Barring an 11th-hour change of heart, linebacker David Bowens is expected to sign with the Cleveland Browns in the coming days, according to a person with knowledge of Bowens' thinking. That person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to speak for Bowens.
As first reported in The Star Ledger last week, the Jets, who released Bowens last month in a move that wiped his $2 million base salary off the books, are interested in re-signing him at a lower salary.
But Bowens, a 10-year veteran, is said to ``love'' playing for Eric Mangini and will likely select the Browns over the Jets. He visited the Browns this week.
Bowens, who spent two seasons with the Jets, was a valuable backup and special teams ace. Last season, he stepped in for an injured David Harris and did an outstanding job. He finished with 40 tackles, four sacks and an interception in 16 games, five starts.
Meanwhile, don't get too excited about USC quarterback Mark Sanchez working out for the Jets. He expected to be a top-10 pick, if not top-5, and the Jets are sitting at 17. If the Jets go quarterback in the first round, it'll likely be Josh Freeman (Kansas St.).
My thinking, however, is that they go wide receiver, especially with the departure of Laveranues Coles. Jeremy Maclin (Missouri), Hakeem Nicks (North Carolina) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland) are on the Jets' radar and don't be surprised if they traded up to get their man.
A critique, the people happily sending this guy off aren't getting how hard it is to have quality depth. He could play inside and outside and was our best backup LB at all positions.
For example think of how crappy the rest of our backup LBers were the last couple of years, I already forgot their names, Chatham and Kassell I think. They were atrocious. It's difficult to get good depth and a guy like Bowens rounds out the team. Who do we have on the roster that will replace Harris if he goes down again?
If he "loved" playing for Mangina and would rather be in a Passive, "Read and React" version of the 3-4 rather than playing for one of the most creative and aggressive Defensive minds in the NFL for the past decade, then see ya!
Have fun in CLeveland and getting your ass handed to you by the Ravens, Steelers, and Titans while the Jets develop into one of the most aggressive and hardest hitting Defenses in the league.
BUt then again, why play HARD and Fast when you can make your money AND take it easy....