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.