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News » New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2009-04-10


New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2009-04-10


New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2009-04-10
--The Jets might not wait until draft day to address their need for a wide receiver that can stretch defenses.


Dallas wide receiver Miles Austin, a Garfield native, was expected to visit with the Jets on Friday, according to an NFL source. Austin is a restricted free agent and has been tendered at $1.545 million by the Cowboys, meaning the Jets would have to give up their second-round pick in this month's draft if they sign Austin to an offer sheet and the Cowboys don't match.

Austin is 6-foot-3 and would give the Jets the tall red-zone target they lack, plus he has more speed than any wideout on the current roster other than David Clowney. The Jets are looking for a starting receiver after veteran Laveranues Coles left for Cincinnati via free agency last month.

Austin, who will be 25 on opening day, had 13 receptions for 278 yards and three touchdowns last season. He has 18 catches in his three-year NFL career, and notched his first two receptions in a win over the Jets on Nov. 22, 2007. He averaged 21.5 yards on 29 kickoff returns last year.

If the Jets choose to sign Austin to an offer sheet, they must do it by April 17. If the Jets do so, the Cowboys, who released Terrell Owens last month, then would have to decide whether to match or perhaps use the Jets' pick (the 52nd overall) to get a wideout.

--RB Leon Washington again said he was confident that he and the team eventually will agree on a contract extension. He is entering the last season of a four-year contract.

"The main thing that's a positive," he said, "is we both want to get something done. They've been expressive about wanting to get something done. I don't want to get into details, but I believe things will work out the best.

"There's no time frame," Washington added. "I'm patient, they're patient. One thing I do I know, I will be in here working out with this team every single day I get a chance."

Unlike fellow RB Thomas Jones, it doesn't appear that Washington intends to miss any voluntary conditioning sessions or practice, although he has made it clear he doesn't begrudge Jones for not being there.

When asked if he could take on a bigger role if Jones was out of the picture, Washington replied, "I absolutely feel I can do that. (But) I would love to have Thomas here. What we have built over the last two years is something that we can really have momentum going forward on. I love having him here. If things don't work out, which I believe it will work out, absolutely I feel that way."

--The loudest voice in the Jets' locker room Thursday came from wide receiver and special teamer Wallace Wright. And why not, considering he is from the University of North Carolina. The Tar Heels captured their second NCAA men's basketball tournament title in the last five years by routing Michigan State in the championship game.

That's another reason why Wright was so loud, because he wanted to make sure safety Eric Smith and fullback Jehuu Caulcrick, both from Michigan State, could hear him from the other side of the locker room.

--QB Kellen Clemens said he first heard of the trade of Jay Cutler to Chicago in a text message from his mother-in-law.

"(Chris) Mortensen hears about it, then she hears about it a minute later," Clemens joked. "She's tied in somewhere."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I would say that we have closure at this point." -- QB Kellen Clemens on the trade of QB Jay Cutler to Chicago



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Added: April 10, 2009

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