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Dishonest Abe
By Sean M. Deegan
Publisher, Jets Insider.com
March 16th, 2005
Despite publicly telling the press on several occasions during last season that he would be happy coming back to the Jets as their franchise player until a long term deal can be worked out, DE John Abraham rejected a one year contract for $6.7MM which is the average salary of the top five DEís in the NFL.

Despite publicly telling the press on several occasions during last season that he would be happy coming back to the Jets as their franchise player until a long term deal can be worked out, DE John Abraham rejected a one year contract for $6.7MM which is the average salary of the top five DEís in the NFL.

The deadline to sign franchise players is 4PM today and despite most thinking that it would be just a formality, Abrahamís agents have made it clear that he wonít sign. If a deal is not signed today then the Jets will not negotiate a long term deal until July because if they do sign him before July 15, they will lose the franchise tag for other players for the length of Abrahamís contract. During this four month period, Abraham will be able to negotiate with other teams but the Jets get the right of first refusal. If the Jets refuse to match any competing deal, the team that signs Abraham would owe NY two first round picks which makes the chances of him leaving slim.

There is though, some speculation that Bill Parcells in Dallas may make a run at Abraham. Parcells originally drafted Abe while he was with the Jets and has publicly expressed his fondness of him. The Cowboys have already raided the Jets defensive line by signing long time DT Jason Ferguson a few weeks back and would LOVE Abraham on their line. With two first round picks this year, they may have the ammunition to either sign him or use the picks as trade bait.

Abeís contract rejection means that he will not participate in any team off-season conditioning programs or OTAís. Although a training camp holdout is possible, itís more likely that if a deal to another team hasnít been made by then, he will accept the one year offer and return to the team for camp.

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS: The Jets options at TE are getting slimmer by the minute. First, Anthony Becht signed with Tampa earlier this week, ending speculation that he may return to the Jets. Now, ten year vet Ken Dilger, who was being considered as a short term plug in, has cancelled his visit with the Jets and reportedly is considering retirement.

-The Jets are filing a lawsuit against Cablevision for blocking pro-West Side Stadium commercials on their systems in the Metro area. Last week, Cablevision reported that they would not run the Jetsí commercials but would continue to run anti-stadium spots funded by them.

-NFL owners will vote this week to grant the proposed West Side Stadium the 2010 Superbowl. Itís expected to pass with no major opposition.

-Pro Bowl FA CB Ty Law, who the Jets are reportedly interested in, met with the Steelers and failed a team physical. Law is still recovering from a broken foot suffered last Fall while with New England.

-The NFL released it's pre-season schedule for 2005 today and here is who the Jets will play this summer:

Game 1: Detroit (Sometine between 8/11-8/15)
Game 2: Minnesota (8/19)
Game 3: At Giants (Sometime between 8/25-8/29)
Game 4: At Philadelphia (Sometime between 9/1-9/2)