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Rhodes, Sheppard among Jets expected to take off

K_Rhodes.jpgAt least the Jets know they are more than a kicker away.

The last time the team made a playoff run, they brought everyone back and drafted Mike Nugent.  This time, there will be major changes.  Here are some players that could be playing elsewhere next season.

Safety Kerry Rhodes: The New York Post writes that Rhodes’ chances of returning are as likely “Rex Ryan running the New York Marathon.”  Ryan had a private conversation with Rhodes Monday he wouldn’t speak about.  But look for them to try to trade him.  Ryan wants physical play from his safety and Rhodes is due a $2 million bonus in March.

Cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland: The team is expected to release both players.  So the Jets need a lot of help in the secondary.

Vernon Gholston: As mentioned in today’s one-liners, the Newark Star-Ledger reports that “some in the organization are ready to move on” from the sixth pick in the 2008 draft.  They could cut him with cap ramifications . . . since there won’t be a cap.

Thomas Jones: We wrote about this Sunday; the team faces a difficult choice considering the veteran running back’s salary.

Add it all up, and it’s clear the Jets won’t be standing pat in what is shaping up to be a very competitive AFC East.

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28 Responses to “Rhodes, Sheppard among Jets expected to take off”
  1. StevePhillipsLikesFat/UglyChicks says: Jan 26, 2010 9:32 AM

    Ladies and Gentleman… let me introduce 4 new additions for your Cleveland Browns!

  2. mooremi9 says: Jan 26, 2010 9:34 AM

    Lito Sheppard back to Eagles for a smaller contract then they originally offered him.
    Thanks for coming out Lito

  3. Count Sacula says: Jan 26, 2010 9:44 AM

    Welcome back to Philly Lito.

  4. mlason says: Jan 26, 2010 9:54 AM

    so let me get this straight: they go all the way to the conference championship and they immediately proceed to fire 5 coaches and are going to part ways with keys players on defense? wat?

  5. Florio-is-a-tool says: Jan 26, 2010 9:58 AM

    If Mangini picks up Gholston then everyone will know it was his pick (it was).

  6. Prthegreat says: Jan 26, 2010 10:01 AM

    mooremi9 says:
    January 26, 2010 9:34 AM
    Lito Sheppard back to Eagles for a smaller contract then they originally offered him.
    Thanks for coming out Lito
    Count Sacula says:
    January 26, 2010 9:44 AM
    Welcome back to Philly Lito.
    ————————————————-
    That’s all we need… another “ok” cornerback who can’t (won’t) tackle.
    How about we bring back Troy Vicent and Bobby Taylor while we’re at it?

  7. hizzle1281 says: Jan 26, 2010 10:18 AM

    how tight would it be if Rhodes signs with the Pats?

  8. jj jones says: Jan 26, 2010 10:26 AM

    What’s the deal with Rhodes? I thought he was a good player.

  9. surefooted says: Jan 26, 2010 10:34 AM

    mooremi9 says: January 26, 2010 9:34 AM
    Lito Sheppard back to Eagles for a smaller contract then they originally offered him.
    No way…he nuked that bridge with the FO and just recently with the fan base. Looks like Reid & co. were right not to redo his contract. Lito is now GARBAGE!!!

  10. hizzle1281 says: Jan 26, 2010 10:37 AM

    jj jones…………he is good, just cant tackel good enough to Rex Ryans liking
    he wants guys like Jim Leonard
    btw, did you know Leonard holds the all time INT record in college for a career

  11. hizzle1281 says: Jan 26, 2010 10:38 AM

    jj jones…………he is good, just cant tackel good enough to Rex Ryans liking
    he wants guys like Jim Leonard
    btw, did you know Leonard holds the all time INT record in college for a career

  12. jcjets says: Jan 26, 2010 10:43 AM

    Rhodes is under contract so he’d have to be traded. He played well since being benched. I think he’ll be back.

  13. sdffa11 says: Jan 26, 2010 10:51 AM

    ryan would be stupid not to bring back thomas jones. hes proven himself over the last 2 years to be a #1 RB. leon washington might be the future but they need to keep the guy that kept their running game together.

  14. New York Sack Exchange says: Jan 26, 2010 10:52 AM

    With the exception of Jones and Rhodes I really don’t see this as too astronomical a loss. You can get guys in FA to play in the secondary and I trust Rex to bring the right guys in for next year. As for the assistants not coming back, it’s not like we lost Shotty or something, they were all low level assistants and something called a “quality control” coach for Defense. All slots easlily filled except for maybe special teams. Happens to every team out there. The important thing is that we are keeping the key guys and bringing along the youngsters.

  15. moreflagsmorefun says: Jan 26, 2010 10:55 AM

    People around the JETS think he is
    too “HOLLYWOOD “……………..
    Mangini wanted to draft Gholston, he changed the kids position before a NFL snap and there you have it, a wasted # 6 pick…………..
    He also had no use for J. Vima because he was too small and traded him away, the kid was like a veteran in his first NFL PRE-SEASON GAME CHANGING THE DEFENSE AT THE LINE prompting Herm Edwards to tell Donnie Henderson then the D – Coordinator, good audible, Donnie replied the Rookie called the audible, his first preseason game people, and
    we couldn’t use him.
    Now you know why we love Rex and his attitude, he is not top secret 24-7 and you can actually like him. I had a GREAT RIDE with the Jets theis post season, can’t complain, wait til Rex get’s some more players.

  16. Wrathchild says: Jan 26, 2010 11:06 AM

    You’re all mental, Lito’s not coming back to the Eagles.

  17. Indyeagle says: Jan 26, 2010 11:12 AM

    All I care about it what round pick the Eagles are getting from the Jets for Lito. I know it was based on playing time this year and I realize he was (as he always is) injured for most games. I can’t remember what round pick the Eagles got for x amount of games.
    Anyone?

  18. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Jan 26, 2010 11:12 AM

    TJ must come back to the jets, the man put up over 1400 yards and 14 tds and he’s older then LT…that says alot about the man…he can definately still run

  19. raw B says: Jan 26, 2010 11:14 AM

    Count Sacula says:
    January 26, 2010 9:44 AM
    Welcome back to Philly Lito.
    Damn that, Ill take Kerry Rhodes on the Birds! Instant upgrade at either saftey spot.

  20. Indyeagle says: Jan 26, 2010 11:15 AM

    Nevermind, I decided not to be lazy and go look it up.
    The Eagles will get the Jets 5th round pick for Lito.

  21. jj jones says: Jan 26, 2010 11:19 AM

    “Rhodes is under contract so he’d have to be traded. He played well since being benched. I think he’ll be back.”
    Due to the roster bonus he is due, it seems to hint he might be released. Jacksonville could use him.

  22. dsp1899 says: Jan 26, 2010 11:30 AM

    Sorry to hear about Lito. He was my favorite player on the Eagles…guess he will be with the Browns next season….

  23. The Coop says: Jan 26, 2010 11:30 AM

    @StevePhillips -
    You say that like it’s a bad thing. Any combination of these guys going to the Browns would instantly upgrade their defense – even Gholston.

  24. ncsteeler says: Jan 26, 2010 11:49 AM

    I can see the Steelers being interested in Rhodes. He’s the type of mid range FA they go after and he could be a modest upgrade over Ryan Clark who’s FA this year. Rhodes is younger and has better ball skills but isn’t the hitter Clark has become. He also has a spleen.

  25. davidm1886 says: Jan 26, 2010 11:52 AM

    # Indyeagle says: January 26, 2010 11:15 AM
    Nevermind, I decided not to be lazy and go look it up.
    The Eagles will get the Jets 5th round pick for Lito.
    actually i heard it was a 4th rd pick

  26. EY says: Jan 26, 2010 11:55 AM

    I believe Lito will get the Eagles a 4th Rounder.
    Rhodes is living off a reputation from 3 years ago when he was one of the AFC’s top safeties. That happened to be in large part because both Reed and Polomalu had down years/injuries. Since then, he’s appeared to be more concerned about being a model/actor than a football player.
    He shies away from contact, and rarely makes big plays.
    However, Jets fans learned something Rhodes that they can apply to their everyday life. Whenever you screw up at work, just throw your hands up in the air and look around at everyone else with disgust.

  27. StevePhillipsLikesFat/UglyChicks says: Jan 26, 2010 12:38 PM

    @The Coop
    Lito Sheppard or Donald Strickland, an upgrade? We need a GOOD CB, not one who gets burnt over and over and over again, plus can’t tackle. [See: McDonald, Brandon]
    Vernon Gholston, an upgrade? We need a Rush LB, not a guy who hardly sees the field andd can’t get to the QB. [See: Veikune, David]
    Thomas Jones, yes definitely an upgrade over any RB on our roster. And please everyone, save the Jerome Harrison talk because Lee Suggs did the same thing 4 years ago and isn’t even in the NFL right now.
    Kerry Rhodes, kind of on the fence on that one.

  28. tomservo24 says: Jan 26, 2010 10:34 PM

    The compensation for Lito is the Jets will give Philly their 4th rounder, and the Eagles will give the Jets their 5th, so the Eagles are basically trading up a round.

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