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Jets gamble that Leon Washington won't return to pre-injury form

When the Leon Washington trade went down, I thought two things:

1. The Seahawks just made a great trade.  Or . . .

2. The Jets know something about Washington’s recovery from a compound leg fracture we don’t.

New York G.M. Mike Tannenbaum expressed doubt that Washington will be ready for the start of the season.  That’s not a shocker.  More telling: Manish Mehta of the Newark Star-Ledger reports the Jets didn’t think Washington would return to his pre-injury form all year.

Since the Jets didn’t expect to sign Washington long-term, they decided to let him go.

In Seattle, a different picture is emerging.  SI’s Peter King reports that Seattle talked with the Jets’ medical people before the trade.  Pete Carroll believes that Washington “was going to be healthy enough to play at his level this season.”

Time will tell who is right, but the Jets made a gamble that will cost them if LaDanian Tomlinson and draft pick Joe McKnight don’t perform as expected.

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29 Responses to “Jets gamble that Leon Washington won't return to pre-injury form”
  1. BRUTUS9448 says: Apr 26, 2010 10:45 AM

    Jets running back moves and getting rid of faneca will haunt them this year. When the running game stalls and they need to rely on sanchez to win games is when they’ll implode

  2. firesnake says: Apr 26, 2010 10:46 AM

    They’ve got one of the best OLs in the league …

  3. SATAN567 says: Apr 26, 2010 10:47 AM

    “Time will tell who is right, but the Jets made a gamble that will cost them if LaDanian Tomlinson and draft pick Joe McKnight don’t perform as expected.”
    Shonne Green

  4. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Apr 26, 2010 10:54 AM

    Man Hawks fans gotta be pumped! Withe Lendale White and Leon Washington they have two GREAT backups! All they need now is a real #1 like frank gore. Too bad they don’t trade those away for garbage like they do Lendale White and what’s left of Leon Washington.

  5. DrakeDB says: Apr 26, 2010 11:00 AM

    Jets will be SO screwed if Shonn Greene gets injured. Lotta eggs in that basket.

  6. BenRapistberger says: Apr 26, 2010 11:06 AM

    Don’t forget about their new FB, The Terminator.

  7. PFTiswhatitis says: Apr 26, 2010 11:07 AM

    Id put my money on Leon way before LT.

  8. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 26, 2010 11:08 AM

    i was surprised by Joe McKnight but he’ll be solid

  9. norton99 says: Apr 26, 2010 11:12 AM

    I think Tannenbaum and Woody are trying to make a splash (starting with renting Favre for 1 year) and sell PSLs.
    They got lucky last year to make the playoffs and made a run on the euphoria of a hyperactive player’s coach but his act will wear thin.
    Jets 7-9 with Ryan taking a swipe at Brian Schottenheimer.(Brian ducks,counters to Rex’s belly,Ryan falls on him,Schottenheimer in traction for 2 weeks).

  10. lifelongphinfan says: Apr 26, 2010 11:23 AM

    i’m again surprised at the off season moves of the jets they seemed to have improved an already good defense but i think they are shooting themselfs in the foot on the offensive side of the ball. maybe i’m wrong but i’m starting to think that no matter how good they may be on defense the d will get worn out as the game goes on because the offense wont stay on the field long enough to give them a break.sept. will be here soon enough and we shall see

  11. jcjets says: Apr 26, 2010 11:23 AM

    the jets ran the ball more than any other team. Its not like TJ’s YPC was all that great. He got his yards from hammering away. And it ultimately cost him at the end of the season when he wore down.
    Jets are definitely gambling a little by changing up these players on offense, but look at the giants. They supposedly had one of the best offensive lines in football last year..till it got old very fast!

  12. GreenAsGrass says: Apr 26, 2010 11:28 AM

    jets have many options at RB and different running styles, they just need to make sure the replacement for Faneca (who had the worst pro bowl year I can remember) is solid. Net: Jets are younger at RB position with one vet, LT who wants to prove himself = all good.

  13. JimmyX says: Apr 26, 2010 11:32 AM

    Very often, basic common sense will reveal more than competing reports from so-called NFL insiders. For example, if you were told that someone suffered a compound fracture of not one but both bones in his lower leg, you might expect him to have a limited prognosis even if he were, say, a plumber, carpenter, or elementary-school teacher. But what if you knew that he was a professional athlete whose living is made almost exclusively with his legs? Let’s not forget that this is essentially the same injury that ended Theismann’s career.

  14. Cougar Bait says: Apr 26, 2010 11:34 AM

    Dumping Faneca will have more of a negative effect than Washington especially if the rookie, Ducasse, struggles.

  15. finsbooyah says: Apr 26, 2010 11:41 AM

    Washington’s injury isn’t likely to cause his play to suffer. I’m so glad he’s no longer a Jet. Broken bones in the leg usually heal stronger than they originally were

  16. thegoldengod says: Apr 26, 2010 11:44 AM

    LW didn’t make any impact when healthy last season…which was surprising, b/c he is a great playmaker. It all came down to contract and that he wouldn’t be getting one from NYJ. —as for the various Faneca comments posting here…The Jets run the majority to the RIGHT side. Faneca was viewed as the weak link on the O-Line…Ducasse likely will be an upgrade over Faneca. Its all the name…thats why he is always a pro bowler

  17. TheSleepness says: Apr 26, 2010 11:51 AM

    GREAT move for the hawks but I see the logic behind the Jets thinking..they have some STUD talent coming up on expiring deals (Revis, Mangold, Ferguson, Harris) that I wouldn’t mind my team taking a look at.
    Loved Leon and I would loved him on the 9ers!

  18. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 26, 2010 12:40 PM

    This upcoming Jets season really does have “implosion” written all over it, in part due to the fact that so much is expected of them already.

  19. Marino13 says: Apr 26, 2010 12:53 PM

    wow – the self implode era has begun even before the 2010 season starts…I love it. These “brilliant” moves are gonna slap the GM and fatso in the face……its gonna be awesome – wish the seaon would start already!!! From making the AFC championship to not even finishing 500 – welcome to when too much pressure is put on your team!couldnt happen to a better team!

  20. rusH1023 says: Apr 26, 2010 12:58 PM

    GreenAsGrass says:
    jets have many options at RB and different running styles, they just need to make sure the replacement for Faneca (who had the worst pro bowl year I can remember) is solid. Net: Jets are younger at RB position with one vet, LT who wants to prove himself = all good.
    ________________________________________
    You are HIGH (not high on pot, but crack) if you think ‘younger at RB is the net of these moves and that it all = all good’.
    There is something to be said for locker room presence, leadership and veteran attitude. You’ll think twice on this later, I think. The Cromartie’s and me-firsts of the world don’t make a team better.

  21. BigBear123 says: Apr 26, 2010 1:03 PM

    That is usually a career ending injury isn’t it?
    Why would the Jets doctors be honest with anyone else not working for the Jets?

  22. gwinn1952 says: Apr 26, 2010 1:22 PM

    The bigger mistake was letting Fanica go…he is still a provin lineman. Washington was excellent on kickoffs and was coming into his own in the backfield. I think this is a good trade for Seattle. Jets seem to be going backwards on offense and will have to rely on their defense again.

  23. nyj-gate D says: Apr 26, 2010 2:07 PM

    finsbooyah says: Broken bones in the leg usually heal stronger than they originally were
    ———————————————————-
    No they don’t, that’s why they have to be repaired with steel bolts and screws, and the pain stays around for a LONG time. You’re an idiot.

  24. BBB82 says: Apr 26, 2010 7:07 PM

    I don’t see how trading away a RB that you know for a fact is very talented, then drafting a similar RB who hasn’t proven a thing, is a net gain?
    Props to Seattle, they robbed the Jets.

  25. Bious says: Apr 26, 2010 7:14 PM

    I wonder if the Jets will replace the bruiser style RB that they need so the clock can be eaten on the ground
    If the Jets need to rely on Sanchez to save them, they are screwed

  26. HellRelle24 says: Apr 26, 2010 7:40 PM

    god i love the jet haters…let the season commence already so you can watch them outplay your teams..
    oh and rex is fat…did any of you ever say that before? haha thats all the material you got.
    offensive line got younger. its anchored by two probowlers who we have to sign at years end, so by NO MEANS was cutting faneca a mistake, use ur heads.

  27. hawksnest says: Apr 26, 2010 10:44 PM

    first off,
    LT has ZERO gas in the tank hes been running on fumes. he wanted to “prove” himself last season. how’d that work? As a hawks fan this reminds me of the late Shaun Alexander.
    This is a low risk high gain situation. Even if leon and lendale dont work out they have waaaay more potential than julius jones
    they have what the hawks have been missing a guy who can run up the gut and an explosive playmaker
    say what you will but these were steals

  28. mrzazz41387 says: Apr 26, 2010 11:54 PM

    Ducasse won’t be starting this year in place of Faneca, unless he impresses the crap out of everyone. Matt Slauson is a 2nd year guy, who came in often last year with no drop off in top rated o-line. We still have D’Brick, we still have Mangold, Woody, and Moore. It’s not like they are deciding to go with 4 O-linemen. Between Greene, LT, and McKnight, the job will get done. Not to mention once we get Holmes back, the passing game will open up even more than it has getting back a pass catching RB. ( which we didn’t have almost all of last year.)

  29. Route36West says: Apr 27, 2010 12:54 AM

    “Time will tell who is right, but the Jets made a gamble that will cost them if LaDanian Tomlinson and draft pick Joe McKnight don’t perform as expected.”
    Or if Thomas Jones and Leon Washington play like Thomas Jones and Leon Washington.

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