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    For Jets, losing Morton is good thing

    Heads hung low in New York on Monday when news broke that an independent arbiter ruled that kick returner Chad Morton was a member of the Washington Redskins. Not only did the Jets lose one of the best special team players in the league, they lost him to the ever-smug Dan Snyder.

    After learning of the ruling, Snyder decided not to take the high road and took a shot at the Jets.

    "We're sure excited to have a player the caliber of Chad Morton, and we look forward to having him in burgundy and gold," Snyder told the Washington Times. "We've always dealt straight with our player contracts, and we're happy that the arbitrator agreed. I want to see how the Jets spin this one now."

    Magnanimous he ain't.

    To top it off, the New York Post learned Monday night from highly placed NFL sources that arbitrator Richard Bloch is a Redskins season ticket holder, clearly casting doubt on the impartiality of his finding.

    But as troubling as it always is to lose a player of Morton's skill level and despite questions about the integrity of Bloch, this turn of events could work in the Jets favor. Gang Green was $4.5 million below the salary cap before the ruling, and with Morton's cap number no longer on the books, the Jets will have even more money to address their defense.

    Of course, I'm sure the Jets don't see Morton's departure in such an optimistic and opportunistic way. A source close to the situation told the New York Daily News that the Jets offered Morton a $2.75 million signing bonus Thursday night -- $250,000 more than in the Redskins' offer sheet -- if Morton would agree to drop his grievance. Morton turned down the new offer.

    The Jets will have to get someone to replace Morton, but there are available players who could offer similar contributions. One in particular is Charlie Rogers. Rogers is only a year older than Morton and led the league in 1999 by averaging 14.5 yards per punt return, and followed that up in 2000 by averaging 14. During those two seasons, Rogers also averaged 24.9 yards per kickoff return.

    Rogers has recently fallen on hard times and has yet to recapture his magic over the last two seasons, although he did score a touchdown on a kickoff return for the Bills last year.

    There are also some legal concerns. Rogers was charged with punching a police officer at a bar and had to be subdued with pepper spray. He was also charged with spitting on two police officers.

    So there are character issues, but given the Jets' position, he could still be a worthy investment, and certainly a cheaper one than Morton. The five-year, $8 million deal the Jets "matched" was far too much money for a player who only returns kickoffs.

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    there are plenty of guys who can step in Westoff's system and put up good numbers. this will be considered a good thing for the Jets in the long term. mark my words.

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    I'd like to see what Lamont has to offer as well, we'll be okay and he's right we will have alot of cap space to pick up FAs after June 1 cuts, remember we got Donnie Abe late last year for alot less than the 5 mill per he was seeking at the beginning of FA, didn't we?

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    I am sorry to see him go, but I don't think it will be the end of the world. I thought he could build upon his success from last season but he is not the only speedy midget with good field vision. I think most of it was the system and the blocking which will still be there. Let Carter with his speed have a shot and draft another specialist in the later rounds. All will be fine with more cap room yet again.

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    I'm starting to come to terms with this latest FA loss -maybe the system westhoff has is bigger than the individual- but ain't it a pisser that the only free agents we had to resign went to Washington?! Except for Sowell & Richie Anderson!!

    Suck it Snyder! You'll still go 7-9 next year!!!

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    Snyder doesn't realize that you can't buy a winning team..they need time to adjust to each other and get acclimated. Remember when he got all those high prized free agents a few years ago....they did nothing....remember neon deion sanders....


    HAHAHAHAHAHAH

    F Snyder
    that mofo is in for the surpirse of his life


    LL
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    The thing that Morton brought that many of us miss is utmost CONFIDENCE.....his mates on special teams knew he could break one everytime he touched the rock. Guys knew that if they stayed with their block they could very likely "spring" him for a long one....most special teamers go through the motions unless you have someone like that back there. That CONFIDENCE will be missed.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by That'sWhyTheyPlayTheGame[/i]@Apr 8 2003, 06:26 PM
    [b] The thing that Morton brought that many of us miss is utmost CONFIDENCE.....his mates on special teams knew he could break one everytime he touched the rock. Guys knew that if they stayed with their block they could very likely "spring" him for a long one....most special teamers go through the motions unless you have someone like that back there. That CONFIDENCE will be missed. [/b][/quote]
    If Westhoff can get someone with some skills in that position and make the ST believe in the system there is no reason the confidence cannot continue.

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    One thing that the Redskins have to look forward to now is teams kicking the ball away from Morton just like the raiders did to the Jets in the playoffs. Take your 8 million dollar man snyder. What good will it do when no one will kick him the ball?

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by shuler82[/i]@Apr 8 2003, 07:47 PM
    [b] there are plenty of guys who can step in Westoff's system and put up good numbers. this will be considered a good thing for the Jets in the long term. mark my words. [/b][/quote]
    Essentially we traded Coles and Morton to the Redskins for a #1 and a #5. Does this sound like a good thing to you?

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by petejett[/i]@Apr 8 2003, 07:06 PM
    [b] Essentially we traded Coles and Morton to the Redskins for a #1 and a #5. Does this sound like a good thing to you? [/b][/quote]
    It's not that simple. Keep in mind the compensation that these guys are getting from the Redskins. If the Jets had matched both Coles and Morton, there wouldn't be a lot of room left for the much needed defensive improvements yet to come.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by rbstern[/i]@Apr 8 2003, 06:11 PM
    [b] It's not that simple. Keep in mind the compensation that these guys are getting from the Redskins. If the Jets had matched both Coles and Morton, there wouldn't be a lot of room left for the much needed defensive improvements yet to come. [/b][/quote]
    Finally someone says it! We would be hosed if we were to match both contracts. Granted I would have been happy with Morton, but we need to view this as an opportunity to improve the "D" with the cap room that we have!

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by The Gun Of Bavaria+Apr 8 2003, 10:30 PM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (The Gun Of Bavaria @ Apr 8 2003, 10:30 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin--That&#39;sWhyTheyPlayTheGame[/i]@Apr 8 2003, 06:26 PM
    [b] The thing that Morton brought that many of us miss is utmost CONFIDENCE.....his mates on special teams knew he could break one everytime he touched the rock. Guys knew that if they stayed with their block they could very likely "spring" him for a long one....most special teamers go through the motions unless you have someone like that back there. That CONFIDENCE will be missed. [/b][/quote]
    If Westhoff can get someone with some skills in that position and make the ST believe in the system there is no reason the confidence cannot continue. [/b][/quote]
    You have to believe if Morton, Yeast, Moss, and Jordan have all been above average with returns since Westie&#39;s been around that the system just might be the real superstar here. I think we&#39;ll find someone that the big guys up front will block their collective tails off for and we&#39;ll be one of the top units in the league again this year. I think we spring Santana on a punt and Carter or Rogers on a kickoff on a Thursday night in DC&#33;

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