NFL 2011: Will T.O. and Ochocinco Play for the Jets in 2011?
Scoop Du Jour is reporting that Cincinnati WR’s Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens are lobbying to play for the New York Jets next season. An intriguing idea with both of New York’s star wide outs, Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, becoming free agents this off season.
With 17 players becoming free agents this off-season, and the rest of the team aging fast, the Jets are faced with a lot of decisions about personnel. Not the least of which will be what to do about Holmes and Edwards.
Both wide receivers played fantastic football this year and helped their young quarterback Mark Sanchez step up his play, but the likelihood of both players returning next season seems to be slim to none.
The Jets need to do what it takes to keep their offensive line intact and D’Brickashaw Ferguson should be a priority signing, especially with the Jets run-heavy style of play. After signing center Nick Mangold to a seven year deal at the beginning of the season, keeping Ferguson will be no easy task for the front office.
Also up for free agency will be LB David Harris, CB Antonio Cromartie, WR Brad Smith, S Brodney Pool, DE Shaun Ellis, FB Tony Richardson, CB Drew Coleman, S Eric Smith, S James Ihedigbo, K Nick Folk, P Steve Weatherford, and QB Kellen Clemens.
Out of these players, I would assume that David Harris, Brad Smith, and Shaun Ellis (despite his age) could be of higher priority for the Jets. No matter how you slice it, there is no way the team we cheered on this season will be back intact for next year.
Between Holmes and Edwards, I would personally like to see Holmes retained. Edwards has been as much a source of agony as he was a source of delight for Jets fans. His mid-season, drunken driving run in with the law, helped put him in a precarious position with team management and could still bite him in the butt when it comes to decision time in the front office.
“They will make it to this point every year, I’d do anything to play for someone like Rex Ryan or anyone who has that type of mentality.” – Chad Ochocinco – “The T. Ocho Show”
While Holmes had his own off-the-field issues to deal with, having been suspended the first four games of the season over his violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, his play over the rest of the season was nothing short of phenomenal. He’s proving to be the play-maker the Jets and their fans have been waiting for.
Unfortunately, his comments directly following their loss this Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers may indicate an unwillingness to return to the home of the Jets for another go around.
“I’m jumping on that bandwagon, too, because I was thinking the exact same thing, Chad.” – Terrell Owens – “The T. Ocho Show”
With so many free agents to try and re-sign, Edwards and Holmes may simply be out of reach for the Jets.
So the question is not only should the Jets consider adding the likes of an Ochocinco or a T.O. but can they?
What do you think?