Jets Free Agent Signings

Jets tender Cromartie and Holmes, Tomlinson stays

Admin - March 1, 2011

According to various sources, the New York Jets placed highest-level tenders (1st and 3rd rounders) on WR Santonio Holmes and CB Antonio Cromartie. While the moves temporarily secure the players' rights, it's unclear what their status will be under a new CBA. The current CBA expires Thursday night. If unrestricted free agency reverts to four years if and when a new CBA is reached, these tenders would be moot. But with the agreement set to expire, and no new labor deal yet in place, teams have to cover their bases.

The Jets also placed a 2nd round tender on WR/KR Brad Smith. Four players received original-round tenders: QB Kellen Clemens (third), S Eric Smith (third), CB Drew Coleman (sixth) and K Nick Folk (sixth).

S James Ihedigbo and OL Rob Turner, who were undrafted free agents, were given right-of-first refusal tenders, which do not require draft choice compensation.

It also appears that the Gang Green will keep RB LaDainian Tomlinson for one more season even though he failed to gain over 50 rushing yards in any of last six regular season games.