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    Coles' agent snubs Jets again
    Gang Green rebuffed in another attempt to revive trade talks with Redskins
    Tuesday, March 01, 2005
    BY DAVE HUTCHINSON
    ADVANCE STAFF WRITER

    The Jets presented the agent for wide receiver Laveranues Coles with a new contract proposal yesterday in an effort to revive trade talks with the Redskins, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.

    Coles' agent, Roosevelt Barnes, rejected the Jets' offer, and the two sides remain far apart. It's unclear if the Jets offered Coles a new deal or if they proposed a restructuring of his current contract with new money.

    A proposed even-up swap -- Coles for Jets wide receiver Santana Moss -- was reached in principle last Friday, but hit a snag over the weekend. The trade was believed to be dead when Barnes requested a new contract for Coles.

    The Jets want Coles and might feel uncomfortable bringing back Moss after his name was made public in talks, so they approached Barnes with new contract numbers. They were stunned by Barnes' initial demands and apparently needed a cooling-off period.

    Before any deal can get done, the Redskins have to clear salary cap room and they have been negotiating a contract extension with tackle Chris Samuels. No trade can be completed until the NFL's trading period begins tomorrow.

    Barnes was unavailable yesterday. Moss' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, refused comment.

    At the NFL Scouting Combine, the Redskins gave the Jets permission to continue speaking with Barnes about a trade.

    With the hiring of new offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, the Jets want to rev up their passing game and upgrade their receiving corps. If they can't get Coles, they're expected to pursue a wide receiver in free agency such as former Titans WR Derrick Mason or Bengals unrestricted free agent T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

    NOTES: The agent for ex-Dolphins QB Jay Fiedler said yesterday the Jets haven't contacted him. Fiedler, a Long Island native, appears to be a good veteran backup for Chad Pennington, who is recovering from rotator cuff surgery. Fiedler has told friends he is interested in the job.

    "They haven't contacted me, so I'm assuming they're not interested," Fiedler's agent, Brian Levy, said. "If Jay doesn't have the chance to be a starter someplace, it would be very attractive for him to play for either New York team. Jay can still play. He was in a difficult situation last season. I don't know if any quarterback could've succeeded."

    Levy said seven teams have contacted him.

    Third-year pro Brooks Bollinger is the Jets' current backup quarterback, and the organization is high on him....

    The Jets are just under the $85.5 million salary cap and are expected to release some veterans in the coming days, including S Reggie Tongue.... WR Wayne Chrebet is due $250,000 of his $400,000 roster bonus this month.... RT Kareem McKenzie will hit the free-agent market.... If the Jets lose RB LaMont Jordan in free agency, they're expected to sign a veteran, maybe ex-Bears RB Anthony Thomas.

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    Is that the same Roosevelt Barnes that played with the Lions and
    Colts?? :blink:

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