Originally Posted by eaglenj
I dont see why the best option right now isnt austin howard.
He is young, strong, and had enough time in the nfl as a PS player to "develop". Oh, and he CANNOT POSSIBLY be worse then what hunter gave us on sat night. No, he isnt jonathon ogden, but none of the players mentioned are either or they wouldnt be FAs midway through the preseason.
Tanny needs to find an actual blocking TE (Cleveland currently has 4 TEs that are all decent and should be waiving one of them), and run 2 TE, 1 RB sets along with Keller, holmes and hill. Give howard TE help and see how the team does.
This is a great question, but if I had to speculate, I'd say the answer is the almighty dollar.
Hunter has a guaranteed salary of $2 million this year. I don't think Tanny can openly admit he casually blew that much of Woody's money for a guy who couldn't even hold the starting job through 2 preseason games.
Because of the oversight of paying Hunter's roster bonus in the first place, Tanny & Co are going to give him every chance in the world to stay in the lineup. Not saying he'll be there forever, but the Jets won't be pulling the plug quickly.