Meet the Jets new 3rd QB.
Word out of Hofstra this morning is that the Jets have signed former Raiders backup Marques Tuiasosopo. There was talk that the Jets may draft another QB in next month’s draft but our sources say that they want a veteran to help along second year man Kellen Clemens. The Jets still may draft another QB in the late rounds.
Tuiasosopo, a former 2nd round pick of the Raiders from the University of Washington in 2001 has only 88 pass attempts with 2 TD’s and 7 INT’S. He’s believed to be signing a one year veteran minimum contract and unless he performs well in camp he’s no lock to make the final roster.
-Speaking of QB’s, with the release of Ramsey, Clemens has officially commissioned his # 11 which was the number he wore in college at Oregon. Clemens had worn # 6 last season.
-The base contract terms for recently re-signed tackle Anthony Clement is a three year deal worth $5.3MM. The first year was for the veteran minimum salary of $770K with year 2 worth $1.83MM and year 3 worth $1.98MM. A small signing bonus was also reportedly included. The Jets could release Clement after the first year if they choose not to carry the salary.
-The cost of the new shared stadium planned at the Meadowlands is soaring faster than the national debt. Reports have surfaced this week that the latest estimate is up to a stunning $1.6 Billion. This number is mind blowing considering the original estimate was a huge $900 million. The 1.6 billion dollar estimate is aprox. 4 times more than the next most expensive stadium built in NFL history. The retractable dome Cardinal Stadium completed last year for a little over $400MM in Arizona.
Although the NFL has already approved $300MM in financing, they will vote next week on a waiver requested by the Jets and Giants to double the 15 year debt ceiling for financing a stadium due to the huge cost. There is a possibility the NFL could reject the request and then hopefully both teams will re-think this pending disaster.
We were under the impression that the point of a shared stadium was to save money. A half share of this behemoth project is going to end up twice as expensive as Cardinals Stadium. Although the Jets have not confirmed it, one thing season ticket holders can count on with a $1.6 billion dollar price tag, is a hefty PSL (Personal Seat License).
-As reported by JI a few weeks ago, the Jets officially announced the hiring former long time Bergen Record Jets beat writer Randy Lange. His official title is Director of Publications and Editor in Chief of newyorkjets.com. Lange will oversee the website and be in charge of the Jets’ media guide and fan yearbook.
-Cliff Brady, the agent of Jets WR Justin McCareins has told the media that he thinks the Jets may trade his client before or on draft day. McCareins, who’s role was dramatically diminished last season with the emergence of youngster Jerricho Cotchery has reportedly drawn some interest from his former team, Tennessee.
-Look for the Jets to focus on adding to their offensive line and secondary rounds one and two of the draft. A few names that have been mentioned raising the Jets’ interest are Texas CB Aaron Ross, Arkansas CB Chris Houston, Central Michigan T Joe Staley and Texas OL Justin Blaylock.
-Former Jets WR Wayne Chrebet has gone from Mr. 3rd Down to Restaurateur. Cherebet bought the former Bogart’s bar and restaurant on Hempstead Turnpike across from Hofstra and has turned it into an upscale lounge and steakhouse. The new place is appropriately named “Chrebet’s”.
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