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Jets taking a look at Travis LaBoy

As one of the final four teams from the 2009 postseason, the Jets fall within the strict lose one/sign one formula of the “Final Eight Plan,” which limits dramatically their ability to acquire players with six or more years of service whose contracts officially expire at midnight on March 5.

So with the team unable to ink any unrestricted free agents until tight end James Dearth, defensive end Marques Douglas, kicker Jay Feely, linebacker Ryan Fowler, tight end Ben Hartsock, linebacker Larry Izzo, and/or fullback Tony Richardson sign elsewhere (even then, the Jets will be limited in their spending by the contracts the players sign with their new teams), the Jets are looking at guys who already are available.

Per Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News, the team is meeting with defensive end Travis LaBoy.

LaBoy was cut last year by the Cardinals, and spent 2009 out of football.  In 2008, LaBoy had signed a five-year, $22 million deal with Arizona as a free agent. 

Cimini believes that the Jets are prepared to let Douglas walk; LaBoy could replace him as a situational pass rusher.

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7 Responses to “Jets taking a look at Travis LaBoy”
  1. acal83 says: Feb 23, 2010 8:46 AM

    I always wondered why the cards cut him, seemed like a solid d end.

  2. SATAN says: Feb 23, 2010 9:05 AM

    He had a serious leg injury that ended his season during the SB run. He needed at least a year to recover. Had a neat wrestling belt that was awarded to weekly sack leader.

  3. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Feb 23, 2010 9:07 AM

    Laboy is just not that good thats why he was cut

  4. cnelson13 says: Feb 23, 2010 9:09 AM

    Douglas is a 3-4 end. LaBoy is an OLB in the 3-4. How would LaBoy replace Douglas?

  5. SBS0311 says: Feb 23, 2010 9:12 AM

    Mike, but while Cimini mentioned both guys in the same blog post, it was just him adding the bit of news about Douglas at the end. They play completely different positions and have no effect on each other. Douglas is playing the 3-4 DE spot while LaBoy would stand up as a pass rusher.
    Douglas is in no way a pass rusher, let alone a situational pass rusher.

  6. Bassett says: Feb 23, 2010 9:25 AM

    Yes, a fatty 3-4 DE run stopper and a “situational pass rusher” probably wouldn’t be a 1-for-1 swap ….

  7. AZ Red Bird says: Feb 23, 2010 10:37 AM

    He was AWESOME when he played…problem was he was always injured.
    …nature of the beast..but the dude can play.
    Cards couldn’t justify keeping his salary around…but again…LaBoy can flat out PLAY.

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