It’s Super Bowl Saturday, Jets fans and Jet Pressers. That means we are one day away from the big game, and pretty soon, we will be talking about the off-season, and roster moves, free agents…etc. Even though the free agent period has not begun as of yet, that hasn’t stopped the free agency TALK, as we have seen over the last few days.
Wouldn’t the guy to the right look good in Green and White? I know I think that he would. There has been a lot of talk about Osi Umenyiora possibly becoming a Jet in 2013, after he told the New York Post that if he doesn’t return to the Giants, the Jets could be a “good fit”. Safety Ed Reed is also a free agent, and has been linked to the Jets among other possible locations if he doesn’t return to the Ravens. This one is logical as well, as Reed was in Baltimore along with Rex Ryan.
As I saw this news come out, I know I was having Green and White dreams. Imagine Ed Reed added to our already second ranked pass defense! What about Osi? Could you imagine the effectiveness of Coples and Wilkerson, with Osi rushing the passer off of the edge? We would have a dominating front seven, not a good front seven. How exciting!
But, we need to keep things realistic, both from the Jets’ point of view, and from these player’s points of view. The statements, the connections to the Jets, or any other team, really don’t mean a whole heck of a lot at this stage of the game. It is what is going to happen at this stage, nothing more, nothing less.
First, let’s talk from the player’s perspective. We will use Osi because he made the most direct statements about Rex. Osi, or for that matter Ed Reed or anyone else, is a free agent, able to take his services to the highest bidder. Why wouldn’t he say he would come to the Jets, if asked? It’s not good business to say otherwise. He wants to get as many offers as possible, from as many teams as possible. Fact is that a player will play anywhere, if the price is right. The more teams that are involved, the higher the offers can get jacked up, and the more money that the player can make. He can use it as leverage against the current team as well, presenting more offers to them in order to jack up their offer too.
It would make no business sense for a player to say that he wouldn’t play for a particular team. And that is all Osi did, folks, was not deny the opportunity to come to the Jets if the price is right. Turn the page and we will look at it from the Jets perspective.