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News » New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2009-04-27


New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2009-04-27


New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2009-04-27
--The Jets traded three players and two draft picks, their first- and second-round selections, to Cleveland in order to move up and select Southern California QB Mark Sanchez with the fifth overall pick. On the second day of the draft, they dealt their picks in the third, fourth and seventh rounds to Detroit so they could move up and take Iowa RB Shonn Greene.


Here are the players the Jets gave up: veterans DE Kenyon Coleman, S Ab

ram Elam and QB Brett Ratliff went to Cleveland. As for the two picks, now it gets complicated.

The Browns used the 17th pick to trade down twice in the first round, all the way to 21st, where they selected California C Alex Mack. Those trades with Tampa Bay and Philadelphia, respectively, netted the Browns sixth-round picks Coye Francies, a cornerback from San Jose State (191st overall), and Clemson RB James Davis (195th overall).

Cleveland used the 52nd pick to select Hawaii DE David Veikune, whom the Browns intend to convert to OLB in coach Eric Mangini's 3-4. Sound familiar, Jets' fans? That's exactly what Mangini did last year with Ohio State's Vernon Gholston, who struggled making the switch.

As for Detroit, it used the 76th pick on Wisconsin OLB DeAndre Levy. The Lions used the Jets' fourth-round pick, 115th overall, to take Sammie Lee Hill, a DT from Stillman. Finally, they took Nebraska OL Lydon Murtha with the 228th pick in the seventh round.

--Mark Sanchez, the Jets' first-round draft pick, is represented by David Dunn, who also is the agent for Kellen Clemens. The two will compete for the starting quarterback position in the upcoming months.

Sanchez and Clemens had met before at a golf tournament, so Sanchez called him after being drafted. Sanchez said Clemens told him, "Congratulations, welcome to the Jets family. ... We're going to have fun together."

Sanchez said, "That was one of the first things he said so you can tell he's a first-class guy. ... We had a good talk."

--ESPN reported Sunday that the Jets had discussions about possibly signing troubled former Giant Plaxico Burress, who could be facing prison time for a gun-possession charge.

"Consistent with our normal approach of performing our due diligence, we contacted Drew Rosenhaus several days ago prior to the draft to inquire about Plaxico's pending legal situation," GM Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement. "However, we have had no discussions with Drew about Plaxico since that time."

A source familiar with the discussions said the Jets, "kicked the tires a little bit, but it has not advanced beyond that point."

--GM Mike Tannenbaum fired Eric Mangini in December, but pulled off a trade with the current Cleveland coach as the partner on Saturday. When asked about his relationship with Mangini, Tannenbaum said, "Eric and I had a good relationship. We continue to have a good relationship."

We'll see how it progresses if one team does much better than the other over the next several years because of the Mark Sanchez trade.

--The Jets had only four picks two years ago because they traded up to get CB Darrelle Revis and LB David Harris, both of whom became starters as rookies. Until 2009, that was the fewest number of picks the franchise made in one draft.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't have a concern with (his arm strength). ... He's got plenty of arm strength to be successful in this league so I have no concerns about it at all." -- Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on QB Mark Sanchez.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 27, 2009

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