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Thread: What's With the McKenzie Talk?

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    anything about Kareem McKenzie? Haven't heard a word

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    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football...6p-148048c.html

    SWAYNE GONE: The Jets severed ties with WR Kevin Swayne. He was eligible to be a restricted free agent, but didn't get a qualifying offer. ... As expected, RT Kareem McKenzie (restricted free agent) got a $1.37 million qualifying offer, ensuring the Jets a first-round pick as compensation if he goes to another team. The Jets would like to sign McKenzie to a long-term deal, but the two sides aren't close. The other restricted free agents got the standard $628,000 offer, which means the compensation is based on the player's draft position: LB Jason Glenn (sixth round), DB Jamie Henderson (fourth) and DT James Reed (seventh).

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    "Restricted free agents are players who have completed three accrued seasons of service and whose contracts have expired. They have received qualifying offers from their old clubs and are free to negotiate with any club until April 16, at which time their rights revert to their original club. If a player accepts an offer from a new club, the old club will have the right to match the offer and retain the player. If the old club elects not to match the offer, it may receive draft-choice compensation depending on the level of the qualifying offer made to the player."

    I know this has been discussed on this Forum many times, but the reality of the qualified offer is that it provides insurance against the loss of a player deemed important to the team. The purpose of the offer is to minimize the possibility that other teams will "raid" your roster of young, talented players. Sometimes, teams like The Redskins leverage their future to acquire those players anyways. No one can change that.

    The Jets are negotiating, in good faith, with Kareem. That process will, most likely, take some time. If Kareem wants to remain a Jet and the front office is willing to offer him a contract commensurate with his position / skill, then he will remain a Jet. If not, we receive a 1st round pick for our efforts. Not bad for a former 3rd round pick. For what it's worth (little), my bet is he remains a Jet. As a a side note: this certainly will help determine Kareem's value in the NFL. We always have the opportunity to match an offer, assuming it is reasonably structured.

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