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Jets Insider.com Monday Afternoon Training Camp Report
By James J. Parziale
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
August 8th, 2005
Ty Law was a spectator at his first Jets practice today. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
Ty Law was a spectator at his first Jets practice today. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
Even before he stepped to the podium, a green and white Jets jersey with the letters Law was waiting beneath the microphones. Much like his reputation, Ty Law’s jersey preceded him. And today at Hofstra the four-time Pro Bowler became the newest addition to the New York Jets. Even before he stepped to the podium, a green and white Jets jersey with the letters Law was waiting beneath the microphones. Much like his reputation, Ty Law’s jersey preceded him. And today at Hofstra the four-time Pro Bowler became the newest addition to the New York Jets.

Law today inked a three-year, $18-million deal that includes a $5-million signing bonus after passing his physical. The negotiations between Carl Poston (Law’s agent), Jets GM Terry Bradway and chief negotiator Mike Tannenbaum heated up the past few days, according to both sides.

The contract, Poston said, is incentive-laden and based on a “slide scale” in terms of pay and could be worth over $50 million over seven years based on incentives and options. If Law meets most of the incentives in the first three years, he could pull in as much $28.5 million.

Sure it sounds like a lot, but no one questions Law is worth the big bucks. Law’s addition fortifies the Jets secondary by giving them a shutdown cornerback for the first time in recent history. Donnie Abraham’s retirement last month necessitated this move for the Jets, but it was Law’s desire to be here that makes him a “happy man.”

“I’m very happy to be here. This was a long process. This was definitely my first choice from the beginning,” Law said.

“He brings with him a great deal of experience,” Bradway said.

Law broke his foot last October while on the Patriots and was out the remainder of the year. Now, he is ready to return to the field. “My goal right now is still to get ready for Sept. 11. I’m not trying to set myself back at all.”

The grueling road back from injury was not easy for Law. Last month ESPN featured Law’s private workouts all to see, and teams around the League took notice. Law was heavily courted by Chiefs, Jaguars, Rams, Lions and of course the Patriots, his now former club. Law said Pats coach Bill Belichick contacted him, but Poston never received a call to negotiate a contract.

The task of separating the Jets from the rest of the suitors fell on the shoulders of RB Curtis Martin, who played with Law from 1995-97 on the Patriots and the two remained friends and said he felt like he was in college recruiting again.

“We always talked about meeting up again at some point,” Law said. “He influenced me a lot. Our relationship goes beyond football.”

Martin wined and dined Law over the past few days, taking him around town and showing him potential areas he could live. If none of those were sufficient, “he could have my place,” Martin joked.

All kidding aside, the future Hall of Fame running back knew Law’s importance to the Jets.

“Ty is one of those players that is a winner,” he said. “To get a player like Ty is rare.”

Law’s friendships on the Jets extend beyond Martin and head coach Herm Edwards. Defensive backs coach Corwin Brown played in the New England secondary alongside Law in 1995-96. Back then Brown’s nickname was “Flakes” and Law said he would have to adjust to calling him “Coach Flakes.”

Martin described his new teammate as a shutdown corner, something the Patriots doubted when they let him walk. Anything to prove to your former employer, Ty?

“I’m not coming to play just to prove something to New England. The proof is in the pudding,” the three-time Super Bowl Champion said.

Over his 10 seasons with the Patriots, Law intercepted 36 passes and knocked down nearly 140 passes. He has six career interceptions for touchdowns with three coming in the playoffs.

More than just his performance on the field, Law believes his winners’ savvy will be his biggest contribution to the Jets young secondary.

“I had experience in big games. I’m a warrior, in my opinion, and I will go out there and play for you,” he said.

Law did not practice in today’s afternoon session and said he is not hampered by his foot injury, but after not playing in a game for about 10 months, he must get back into game shape. That’s something he is ready to do.

“I feel great. I’m just looking forward to going back out there and regaining the confidence in my abilities to go out there and cover and enjoy playing football,” Law said. “I say that before my career is over, I’m going to play the perfect game and I’ve been playing a long time and I still haven’t done it. I still want to go out there and accomplish that.”

Jets fans wouldn’t mind if that game happened in February at Detroit.

INSIDER TIDBITS

-Law was in attendance at the afternoon practice in pads. He didn’t participate in any action but worked out with coaches individually after the session was over. It’s unclear when he will fully participate.

-As reported this morning, the Jets today released five players to make way for Law. CBs Ray Mickens and Roosevelt Williams, S Derek Pagel, RB Delvin Joyce and G Dave Yovanovits. Mickens far and away had the strongest ties with the organization being he was drafted in 1996 and spent all nine seasons with the Jets. Some were sad to see Mickens go.

“We were actually talking about it last night,” LB Jonathon Vilma said, “and I come in this morning and he’s saying goodbye to me. It was a little surprising, a little shocking and kind of tough to see him go so quickly.”

Head coach Herman Edwards was also partial to Mickens’ departure.

“That’s the difficulty of it and every team faces that,” he said. “We’re not the only team [to do it] and you hate to do it, but you have to. Again, you have to make decisions and they’re always tough.”

-Don’t be surprised to see the Patriots take a look at Mickens who was a favorite player of Pats Coach Bill Belichick while he was with the Jets.

- After dropping a comeback route, rookie WR Harry Williams Jr. made the catch on the same route on his next three tries.

- After Saturday’s fisticuffs at Albany against the Giants, maybe some hostility made its way back to Hempstead. TE Dough Jolley, on a crossing route near the goal line, plowed LB Mark Brown by lowering his shoulder for a touchdown.

INJURY REPORT

The happiest Jet to see Ty Law in town could well be QB Chad Pennington, who has taken more questions about his surgically-repaired right shoulder this training camp than snaps.

Pennington practiced in today’s afternoon session while WRs Wayne Chrebet and Jonathan Carter, both suffering from hamstring injuries, were held out.

-WR Jonathan Carter (hamstring): Day-to-Day
-WR Wayne Chrebet (hamstring): Day-to-Day

SCHEDULING NOTE

With the great success of last week’s Family Night, the team has decided to add two more practices under the lights. This and next Wednesday’s afternoon sessions have been moved from the scheduled time of 3:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

The team returns to the field tomorrow at 8:30 AM. Check back to Jets Insider.com for all the latest training camp action.