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    Jets: Cowart wants trade; Abraham tagged
    Wednesday, February 16, 2005
    BY DAVE HUTCHINSON / Star-Ledger Staff

    Jets veteran middle linebacker Sam Cowart, who lost his starting job to rookie Jonathan Vilma after suffering a sprained left knee in Week 2, has asked the club to trade or release him, a team official said yesterday.And in another development, the Jets have officially notified the representatives for Pro Bowl defensive end John Abraham of their intention to place the franchise tag on him. Abraham will earn $6.66 million this season.

    Cowart, who just completed his seventh NFL season, has told the team he wants to go to a team where he'll have an opportunity to start. At 29, Cowart feels he still has a lot of football left in him and doesn't want to sit behind Vilma, who was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.Cowart's agent, Paul Healy, would neither confirm nor deny his client wants out."Any discussions between myself, Sam and the Jets are private," Healy told The Star-Ledger. "I spoke with the Jets last week but what was discussed is none of your business."Cowart, a former Pro Bowler with the Buffalo Bills, has three years left on his contract. He has a base salary of $1.5 million in 2005 with a $500,000 roster bonus due next month. His cap number is $2.9 million. He provides the Jets with quality depth and the flexibility to switch from a 4-3 to 3-4 alignment.

    After struggling in his first two seasons with the Jets while playing outside, Cowart returned to the middle last season and began the year strongly. In the opener against Cincinnati, he had a team-high 13 tackles and forced a fumble that was returned 41 yards for a touchdown by cornerback Donnie Abraham. The following week, he was injured in the second quarter against the Chargers and was sidelined six games. He finished the season with just 23 tackles in nine games, two starts.

    Abraham, who earned his third Pro Bowl berth last season, was officially designated the Jets' franchise player on Monday when his representatives received a letter from the club. The Jets have yet to make an announcement."It wasn't a surprise," said agent Rich Rosa, who represents Abraham along with Tony Agnone. "John knew it was coming. At this point, we're going to move in the direction John wants us to and that's working toward a long-term agreement."

    Bills:
    Buffalo has decided to release quarterback Drew Bledsoe and is expected to announce the decision today, Fox sports.com reported last night.Due to league rules, Buffalo can not officially release Bledsoe until Feb. 22, but the veteran has already been informed of the decision. J.P. Losman, a second-year player who attempted just five passes last season, will take over as the Bills quarterback.


    Star-Ledger wire services contributed to this report.

    > http://www.nj.com/jets/ledger/index.ssf?/b...34263245530.xml

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    Cowart got Wally Pipped.

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    Good trade bait in a potential Moss trade? Ted Cottrell probably still loves his star pupil from Buffalo..

    I will miss Cowart. He is a great linebacker when he is utilized on the inside...........

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    Cowart was a class act with taking the seat. I think he will be included in a trade for Moss....

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    I seriously doubt any team will trade for Cowart since it is likely before his roster bonus kicks in we will cut him and take the cap hit

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    Although he still has a few good years left, I would trade him for one of the two first round picks that the Cowboys currently have. A team like Dallas can always use a defensive standout, like Cowart.

    We now have an extra first round pick that can be used in many different ways. This would put the JETS in better shape to get the players that they are interested in too.

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    Originally posted by MrSFJFC@Feb 16 2005, 08:15 AM
    Although he still has a few good years left, I would trade him for one of the two first round picks that the Cowboys currently have. A team like Dallas can always use a defensive standout, like Cowart.

    We now have an extra first round pick that can be used in many different ways. This would put the JETS in better shape to get the players that they are interested in too.
    The Jets would be lucky to get a 3 for Cowart ... and I'd take that 3 if we can get it

    But there is no way I release Sam Cowart and get nothing in return ... if I can't get a 3rd RD Pick, I would just as soon keep the player for depth

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    Originally posted by MrSFJFC@Feb 16 2005, 08:15 AM
    Although he still has a few good years left, I would trade him for one of the two first round picks that the Cowboys currently have. A team like Dallas can always use a defensive standout, like Cowart.

    We now have an extra first round pick that can be used in many different ways. This would put the JETS in better shape to get the players that they are interested in too.
    This is a joke right? First round pick? 4th at best, and probably not.

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    Originally posted by MrSFJFC@Feb 16 2005, 08:15 AM
    I would trade him for one of the two first round picks that the Cowboys currently have. A team like Dallas can always use a defensive standout, like Cowart.

    There's no way in hell anyone's gonna give up a 1st rd pick for a veteran LB who seems to spend most of his time rehabbing an injury.....

    Unless he's included in the Moss deal cause Uncle Teddy loves him he'll either go for a conditional late round pick...or...just be let go....

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    Originally posted by djc+Feb 16 2005, 08:29 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (djc @ Feb 16 2005, 08:29 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-MrSFJFC@Feb 16 2005, 08:15 AM
    Although he still has a few good years left, I would trade him for one of the two first round picks that the Cowboys currently have. A team like Dallas can always use a defensive standout, like Cowart.

    We now have an extra first round pick that can be used in many different ways. This would put the JETS in better shape to get the players that they are interested in too.
    This is a joke right? First round pick? 4th at best, and probably not. [/b][/quote]
    Yeah you&#39;re right ... I was being greedy with a 3 ... I&#39;ll take a 4 for Cowart

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    Originally posted by MrSFJFC@Feb 16 2005, 09:15 AM
    Although he still has a few good years left, I would trade him for one of the two first round picks that the Cowboys currently have. A team like Dallas can always use a defensive standout, like Cowart.

    We now have an extra first round pick that can be used in many different ways. This would put the JETS in better shape to get the players that they are interested in too.
    A first rounder for Cowart?

    OMG. That is straight-up delusion.

    I would take any pick for Cowart.

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    I would take a SS for cowart from a team that has a decent S

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    Originally posted by Green Jets & Ham+Feb 16 2005, 08:44 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Green Jets & Ham &#064; Feb 16 2005, 08:44 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
    Originally posted by djc@Feb 16 2005, 08:29 AM
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    @Feb 16 2005, 08:15 AM
    Although he still has a few good years left, I would trade him for one of the two first round picks that the Cowboys currently have. A team like Dallas can always use a defensive standout, like Cowart.

    We now have an extra first round pick that can be used in many different ways. This would put the JETS in better shape to get the players that they are interested in too.

    This is a joke right? First round pick? 4th at best, and probably not.
    Yeah you&#39;re right ... I was being greedy with a 3 ... I&#39;ll take a 4 for Cowart [/b][/quote]
    Cowart has had a pretty good years thus far. Not too many years in the league yet too. A Pro Bowl player.

    Cowart&#39;s Stats

    I was thinking along the terms of Dallas already having two first round picks, so their decision to invest in Cowart wouldn&#39;t weight strongly on their minds, thinking they have one first round pick left if they do decide to get Cowart. Knowing that he&#39;s a starter should impact the deal even more.

    Now that I think about this further, Parcell&#39;s will be involved so it might be harder for us to get a first rounder because he looks at every little angle.

    I hope you understand where I was coming from originally here.

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    Originally posted by MrSFJFC+Feb 16 2005, 09:58 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (MrSFJFC @ Feb 16 2005, 09:58 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
    Originally posted by Green Jets & Ham@Feb 16 2005, 08:44 AM
    Originally posted by djc@Feb 16 2005, 08:29 AM
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    @Feb 16 2005, 08:15 AM
    Although he still has a few good years left, I would trade him for one of the two first round picks that the Cowboys currently have. A team like Dallas can always use a defensive standout, like Cowart.

    We now have an extra first round pick that can be used in many different ways. This would put the JETS in better shape to get the players that they are interested in too.

    This is a joke right? First round pick? 4th at best, and probably not.

    Yeah you&#39;re right ... I was being greedy with a 3 ... I&#39;ll take a 4 for Cowart
    Cowart has had a pretty good years thus far. Not too many years in the league yet too. A Pro Bowl player.

    Cowart&#39;s Stats

    I was thinking along the terms of Dallas already having two first round picks, so their decision to invest in Cowart wouldn&#39;t weight strongly on their minds, thinking they have one first round pick left if they do decide to get Cowart. Knowing that he&#39;s a starter should impact the deal even more.

    Now that I think about this further, Parcell&#39;s will be involved so it might be harder for us to get a first rounder because he looks at every little angle.

    I hope you understand where I was coming from originally here. [/b][/quote]
    Just don&#39;t see it.

    The way I could maybe see getting some value would be as an add-on in a deal with Minny. Even if Moss was not involved. Maybe just Cowart and or Mickens for picks or a young RB...

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    Originally posted by MrSFJFC@Feb 16 2005, 08:58 AM
    I hope you understand where I was coming from originally here.
    I understand ... you was lookin to hose Parcells and the Cowboys, and I respect you for that

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    Most teams in the league realize that Cowart does not fit into the Jets plans and he is making enough money that we will not keep him as a backup. I can&#39;t see anybody giving up a halfway decent pick for him because we do not have any leverage. They will all wait until he gets cut (which he will).

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    maybe a 2nd by a team like the cheifs, who suck

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    Good. Get him out of here, we don&#39;t need him. We shoud look for a 1st day draft pick. We&#39;re not going to get a 1st round pick for him unless a team is that desperate but a 2nd rounder from Kansas City, Indianapolis, Cleveland, or anybody else that could be looking for a LB in the off-season.

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    Originally posted by MARYLAND JET+Feb 16 2005, 09:29 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (MARYLAND JET &#064; Feb 16 2005, 09:29 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-MrSFJFC@Feb 16 2005, 08:15 AM
    I would trade him for one of the two first round picks that the Cowboys currently have. A team like Dallas can always use a defensive standout, like Cowart.

    There&#39;s no way in hell anyone&#39;s gonna give up a 1st rd pick for a veteran LB who seems to spend most of his time rehabbing an injury.....

    Unless he&#39;s included in the Moss deal cause Uncle Teddy loves him he&#39;ll either go for a conditional late round pick...or...just be let go.... [/b][/quote]

    and

    Most teams in the league realize that Cowart does not fit into the Jets plans and he is making enough money that we will not keep him as a backup. I can&#39;t see anybody giving up a halfway decent pick for him because we do not have any leverage. They will all wait until he gets cut (which he will).
    Let&#39;s see, a backer who&#39;s good, and has played both inside and outside, and who would be our starter if we hadn&#39;t drafted the DROY, uhhh... should we just let him walk?

    NO WAY. You hold on to this guy with his contract - should one of our three backers go down - you&#39;d be happy to have him around, no?

    Bottom line, unless you can use him as leverage to get a starter (either through the draft or trade) you don&#39;t let him go just because he wants to.

    The 2million he counts (I believe the other .9 mil would count even if we cut him) is a lot less when you consider that you&#39;d have to sign his replacement.

    Dangle as bait - but keep if the fish aint biting. (and we aint getting a first... lol )

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    Everyone is saying a little something about Cowart requesting a trade. Let me just say that I like Cowart. I think he is still a quality player. I also think that we would be crazy to get rid of him. We need LB depth. I can see it now, we trade Cowart for a 3rd rounder or less and then Vilma or Barton goes down for a couple of weeks and our season falls apart because our backups aren&#39;t quality. By the way, all of you who say that Cowart was a class act not saying anything about Vilma starting should realize that we did this guy a big favor a few years back. He was coming off a major injury, nobody was dying to sign him and we greatly overpaid because Cottrell wanted him. The first couple of years he wasn&#39;t anything special because he was playing back into shape and now he is good to go and we should trade him. I am sick of players wanting out of their contracts. He has 3 years left and I think he should either try to win the job back or attempt to switch positions and take over for Hobson if he wants to start. Let him suck it up, he is getting paid alot of money.

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