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Conway Jettisoned

March 8th, 2004
As expected, the Jets today announced the release of veteran WR Curtis Conway. Also, who will be playing safety for the Jets in 2004? As expected, the Jets today announced the release of veteran WR Curtis Conway.

The trade on Thursday for Titans WR Justin McCareins sealed Conway’s fate. He is released after playing one season for the Jets. Conway, an 11 year veteran, was signed as a free agent by the team last spring after being released by the Chargers.

Conway was supposed to step in and replace the departed Laveranues Coles but never lived up to the hype. In 16 games he caught only 46 balls for 640 yards with just two touchdowns. Conway never seemed comfortable in the Jets offense and on several occasions dropped passes during clutch times.

Conway’s release will reportedly save the Jets $1.7MM against this years cap. He was due a $500k roster bonus on March 10th.

The actual numbers of LB Eric Barton’s contract are out and it’s reported the deal he signed was for five years at $16.5MM with a $4MM signing bonus. Even though Barton was signed, the Jets still insist that John Abraham will be moved to LB. Coach Herm Edwards explained that Abe would be playing a hybrid type of position where he would be at DE while in the 3-4 set and LB while in the 4-3. There are also still rumors swarming again (despite a strong denial by Edwards) that the Jets may be shopping Abraham for an elite CB, WR or high draft pick.

Bengals FA S Rogers Beckett visited the Jets last week and at this point he seems to be the frontrunner to replace Sam Garnes. The team is also getting a visit from Ravens FA CB Tom Knight who played for Donnie Henderson last season in Baltimore.

One new possibility at safety is Tampa’s John Lynch. CNN/SI’s Don Banks is reporting that the Bucs, who are in salary cap hell, may release the 11 year vet if he refuses to take a pay cut. Although the signing of the 33 year old Lynch would be going against the Jets pledge to get younger and faster on defense, Lynch is like a son to Herm Edwards and is still a ferocious player. Edwards may jump on him if he becomes available. In this scenario, Jon McGraw would likely move to SS and Lynch would take over at the FS spot.

Jets GM Terry Bradway told the press today that WR Wayne Chrebet is recovering nicely from post concussion syndrome and he fully expects him to participate in the team’s off-season workouts that begin on March 22. He also expects Chrebet to be a big part of the Jets’ offense this upcoming season. Bradway declined to comment when asked if Chrebet would be asked to restructure his contract for cap relief this season.

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