According to ESPN, earlier today the New York Jets released OT Damien Woody, a 13-year veteran who spent last 3 seasons with the Jets. Woody got injured late in the season and missed 3 regular season games along with 2 games in the playoffs. OL Vlad Ducasse has been rumored to switch to Woody's position on the right side of the offensive line.
The season full of promises and expectations ended last night for the New York Jets, as their attempt to come back in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers fell just a little too short. After totally forgetting to show up on defense in the first half, the Gang Green desperately tried to salvage their campaign but 24-point deficit was simply too much to overcome. The Jets fought back admirably but you just don't win championships without playing all four quarters on a regular basis. They did so last week against New England and won. They failed to do so last night against the Steelers, and well the season is now over along with all the high expectations to finally end the 42-year drought.
CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), OT Wayne Hunter (shin) and LB Jamaal Westerman (ankle) did not practice all week and will miss Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. C NIck Mangold (shoulder) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. LB Calvin Pace, who missed the first three games of the season due to a foot injury, was limited on Friday and is also listed as questionable. Both Mangold and Pace are expected to play.
CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and LB Calvin Pace (foot) will miss Sunday's showdown against the Dolphins. Revis suffered a hamstring injury last week against the Patriots, while Pace got injured in preseason and hasn't played in a regular season game yet. OL Wayne Hunter (shin) did not practice all week and will not play either.
WR Laveranues Coles was released by the Jets earlier today and it looks like his career is pretty much over. By not putting him on the opening-day roster, the Gang Green will avoid having to pay his entire base salary -- $855,000. They can re-sign him and pay him on a game-to-game basis -- $50,294. Coles, however, does not need the money and will most likely retire. From the day he re-signed with the Jets, a few days before training camp, Coles made it clear this was going to be his last stop. The Jets trimmed their roster to 75 players, and Coles, in his third stint with the team, was one of the victims.
According to various sources, LB Jason Taylor has agreed in principle to sign a contract with the New York Jets, the team he so often bad mouthed in the past. ESPN's Adam Schefter writes it's a 2-year deal worth $13.75M, but the second year is irrelevant. So, it's really a 1-year, $3.75M contract.
RB Leon Washington is expected to sign his 1-year tender on Thursday, the final day of the RFA signing period. Washington's tender is a 2nd rounder, which means he will make$1.759 million in the upcoming season. Washington has been skipping the Jets' voluntary workouts, hoping to attract other teams despite last year's season ending leg injury.
According to various sources, LB Jason Taylor's agent, Gary Wichard, has stated that his client won't make a decision about whether or not to join the New York Jets until mid-week at the earliest. Wichard said that "it's not even about a contract. It's about Jason making the decision with his wife to move up to New York and play. When that's decided he'll have an opportunity to move forward in one direction or another."
Earlier today LB/DE Jason Taylor was given a tour of the Jets facility and introduced to some of his potential teammates. LB Calvin Pace and DE Shaun Ellis both expressed their desire to see Taylor as in green and white. "I think it’s be good for us," Pace said. "It's always good to add another body to the mix. His track record speaks for itself so it’s positive."