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BRADWAY SIGNS EXTENSION
By Justin Paley
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
November 25th, 2004
As previously reported on Jets Insider.com, the team officially announced that General Manager Terry Bradway has received a two-year contract extension. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

As previously reported on Jets Insider.com, the team officially announced that General Manager Terry Bradway has received a two-year contract extension. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

I am grateful to Woody Johnson for giving our organization the resources to build a football team that competes for a World Championship every year, Bradway said. We have laid a foundation here we believe will be successful for years to come and its a tribute to the hard work and leadership of our Head Coach Herm Edwards, his coaching staff, Assistant General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, our personnel people, the scouts, and the players.

Last February, Edwards signed a four-year contract extension and is now locked up through the 2007 season. Bradway said he was not concerned that Edwards received a contract extension but not himself.

Ive always been low key, Bradway said in a conference call with the media this afternoon. Its always been about the Jets. It wasnt a concern of mine. Biggest concern was making sure Herm got his deal done.

Edwards talked about the plan he and Bradway when they were both hired by the Jets.

Our plan was to bring young player, play with a young football team and build on it, Edwards said. I think hes done a good job.

After spending nine years with the Kansas City Chiefs in the player personnel department, Bradway was hired in 2001 to replace Bill Parcells and led the Jets to postseason berths in his first two seasons.

When the Jets lost WR Laverneus Coles, G Randy Thomas, K John Hall, and KR Chad Morton to the Redskins after the 2002 season, Bradway took a lot of heat. More fuel was added to the fire after the Jets went 6-10 last year and Bradway was criticized for letting the team get too old.

But Bradway worked hard in this past off-season. Bradway traded the Jets second-round pick to the Titans for WR Justin McCareins, who has 32 catches for 444 yards and three touchdowns this season.

Among the free agent acquisitions was bringing in QB Quincy Carter as an insurance policy in case QB Chad Pennington got injured. Carter will make his third straight start on Sunday against the Cardinals. LB Eric Barton has shown the fierceness that made him a tough player in Oakland. G Pete Kendall has been a big part of why RB Curtis Martin has rushed for over 1,000 yards this year.

Bradway has selected 28 players in four drafts, 23 of whom are still with the team, six who are starters. Among those starters are rookie LB Jonathan Vilma and rookie S Erik Coleman. Vilma, the 12th overall pick in the 2004 draft, is second on the Jets with 71 tackles.

The moves have paid off as the Jets are younger and faster and have a 7-3 record.

Martin respects Bradway.

"I think Terry is a stand-up guy, Martin said. "When I first came here, the first contract, I didnt deal with him. But dealing with him in the second contract, it was one of the most pleasant contract negotiations that I went through. I respect the guy, and I think a lot of the players on this team respect the guy and the way he handles himself among us. I think it says a lot, and the way he does things and the way the organization does things, like with Jamie Henderson, it seems as though this is an organization that is built on integrity. I think as players we respect and appreciate that."

Bradway appreciates the opportunity given to him.

I really like this team, Bradway said. The character, attitude. Its fun to be around these guys.

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS: Former CW Post star RB and LI native Ian Smart has finally fulfilled his NFL dream by being signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers active roster. Smart, had been in the past two Jets training camps but never made the opening day roster. After being waived by Gang Green on the team's final training camp cuts this summer, he was signed on September 22nd to the Bucs practice squad where he's been until now. The Bucs had an open roster spot with DT Anthony McFarland going to injured reserve. Smart will likely be used mostly on special teams as a kick returner.

INJURY REPORT: The injury report remains the same from yesterday. QB Chad Pennington continued his rehab by throwing in practice. LB Victor Hobson (ankle) remains questionable with a high ankle sprain. LB Mark Brown will start if Hobson is unable to play. S Jon McGraw (groin) is suffering from a sports hernia, according to Edwards, and will be rested this week. McGraw, who is officially listed as questionable for Sundays game, will be re-evaluated next week. His injury will require off-season surgery and could shut down the veteran safety for the remainder of the season. McGraw has the same type of injury that forced DE John Abraham to the Injured Reserve list last season. S Rashad Washington (foot) was added to the injury report and is probable. Here is the rest of the injured list for Week 12.

-QB Chad Pennington (shoulder): Out
-LB Jason Glenn (forearm): Questionable
-S Jon McGraw (groin): Questionable
-LB Victor Hobson (ankle): Questionable
-WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring): Questionable
-RB Curtis Martin (knee): Probable
-S Rashad Washington (foot): Probable

The players will hold a short practice tomorrow as they prepare for the Arizona Cardinals. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Eastern time. Check back to Jets Insider.com throughout the week for all the latest news and team reports.