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Jets also interested in Australian rugby star

We’ve previously noted that the Broncos and Bills have expressed some interest in Australian rugby star Greg Inglis. Now we can add the Jets to the list.

The Melbourne Sun-Herald is reporting that the Jets contacted an Australian agency called OzPunt to see about bringing in Inglis, with the thought that he has the athletic ability to play in the NFL, maybe at linebacker or maybe returning kicks.

The Jets contacted us about Greg — it wasn’t the other way around,” OzPunt representative Paul Shepherd said. “If he’s serious, we can organize trials but we wouldn’t be doing another thing until we heard from Greg or his manager.”

The Sun-Herald reports that Inglis is under contract to his Australian team through the end of 2012 “but could be forced out of the embattled club after it was busted rorting the salary cap.” I don’t know what “rorting” means, but I assume it’s not good.

Also not good: The New York Daily News reports that Inglis has had off-field trouble including an arrest for assaulting his girlfriend.

But if he’s a talented enough athlete, he’ll get a look from the NFL. Several NFL teams (including the Jets) have signed Australian football players to be punters, but bringing in an Australian rugby player and making him a position player would be another step forward in the internationalization of the NFL.

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29 Responses to “Jets also interested in Australian rugby star”
  1. dakotah says: May 24, 2010 8:01 AM

    Also not good: The New York Daily News reports that Inglis has had off-field trouble including an arrest for assaulting his girlfriend.
    Oh yeah, he’s a natural for the NFL. Especially for the [insert team name you dislike].

  2. savs says: May 24, 2010 8:08 AM

    bottom line is that his club, the Melbourne Storm used creative accounting to go over the salary cap for about 4 or 5 years. They have to get under it before the start of next season and to do this they will have to get rid of 1 of their 4 superstars, which includes Inglis.
    So there’s a real chance he may leave his rugby league club but i still doubt he will move to the nfl and become a backup when he can either stay in code and remain a world superstar or cross codes to union and probably become a superstar in that code.

  3. stan26 says: May 24, 2010 8:14 AM

    Next some team will bring in a sumo wrestler to play NT.

  4. Ashman23 says: May 24, 2010 8:15 AM

    rorting = being paid outside the salary cap

  5. egypt123 says: May 24, 2010 8:23 AM

    “The Melbourne Sun-Herald is reporting that the Jets contacted an Australian agency called OzPunt to see about bringing in Inglis, with the thought that he has the athletic ability to play in the NFL, maybe at linebacker or maybe returning kicks.”
    Yeah, because you see LBs returning kicks all the time in the NFL. Nice reporting MDS.

  6. The Real Shuxion says: May 24, 2010 8:29 AM

    Good thing because the Jets have been so quiet this offseason.

  7. DarnSkippy says: May 24, 2010 8:33 AM

    Wouldn’t he have to be put into a draft before he could sign with a team? What would stop a college player from signing with an Australian football team and then jumping to the NFL so he could handpick his team?

  8. Ken West says: May 24, 2010 8:42 AM

    What would stop a college player from signing with an Australian football team and then jumping to the NFL
    USC pays better. Thats what.

  9. 3Ply Stagliano says: May 24, 2010 9:16 AM

    Has Inglis suggested he would like to play in the NFL? Unless he’s more than a little keen on playing NFL football, this isn’t likely to happen.

  10. K-DIZZLE says: May 24, 2010 9:28 AM

    Also not good: The New York Daily News reports that Inglis has had off-field trouble including an arrest for assaulting his girlfriend.
    ——————————————————————-
    If this guy is signed, Goodell better suspend him for the first 4-6 weeks. This kind of behavior reflects poorly on the shield.

  11. realitypolice says: May 24, 2010 9:29 AM

    If he is a star in Rugby League, by definition he is a great open field tackler. That game, even more than Rugby Union, involves alot of breakaways and open field running.
    Of course with no blocking in rugby, a big concern would be making plays while shedding blockers.
    I would think the combination of his size, tackling ability and ball handling skills (all rugby players, of course, play offense and defense) he would be better suited as a safety rather than a LB.

  12. realitypolice says: May 24, 2010 9:32 AM

    Rorting is a funny word. Let’s combine it with other funny words previously found here on PFT:
    I was feeling mighty pouncey with all the rorting I was getting away with, then I was caught and got poopcanned.

  13. Krow says: May 24, 2010 9:36 AM

    Translation…. please please please buy our PSLs.

  14. gmacisagod says: May 24, 2010 9:37 AM

    Yeah, because you see LBs returning kicks all the time in the NFL. Nice reporting MDS.
    if you have ever watched a rugby game you would know that depending on the position a player would have to be a powerful tackler as well as a skilled ball carrier. So, hypothetically, a star rugby player might have the tackling ability to play LB and the ball skills to return kicks.

  15. spudz says: May 24, 2010 9:54 AM

    The Jets can pick up anyone they want….they will still finish 7-9 in 2010

  16. GDBroker says: May 24, 2010 9:55 AM

    DarnSkippy – Technically once this guys college eligability was over he was eligable for the draft. He wasn’t drafted and thus became a free agent. This is no different from a college wrestler getting drafted by the NFL, even if they never played football. They became eligable, and are either drafted or become a free agent.

  17. robsterNY says: May 24, 2010 10:04 AM

    Come on!!..Rex Ryans coments are one thing and I like him….But alot of this “JETS in the media” comes from reporters who Jumped on the media band wagon and are following the Jets like dim-witted ambulance chasers!….Oh!!.. This just in!!! Darelle Revis just farted!!!…
    Go find a real story guys.

  18. Pier588 says: May 24, 2010 11:37 AM

    Lob-ster-NY – feel free to stop reading and especially commenting if you don’t like whats being presented at PFT. Beter yet – start your own blog so it will only have Lob-ster-NY approved stories.
    “Go find another place to get your NFL fix”

  19. JetsAreAJoke says: May 24, 2010 11:47 AM

    “…..and are following the Jets like dim-witted ambulance chasers!….”
    Wow, you just described the jests entire fan base.

  20. AllThat says: May 24, 2010 11:52 AM

    robsterNY says:
    May 24, 2010 10:04 AM
    So you are really close to Revis & Butt Head eh. What did the fart smell like? Your cologne?
    Go to ESPN dipshit.

  21. SATAN567 says: May 24, 2010 11:57 AM

    Rex Ryan likes linebackers that physically threaten, attack, and/or kill people. The guy should fit in well with the Jets.

  22. FriarBob says: May 24, 2010 12:03 PM

    Heh, I enjoy other versions of English and their slang… which it appears that “rorting” is as well. In this case Aussie slang.
    Thanks for expanding my vocabulary MDS.

  23. robsterNY says: May 24, 2010 12:29 PM

    Hey!! its Pier588….Start knitting a sweater for 2014. Go take a walk off that Pier.

  24. MooninLambeau says: May 24, 2010 12:29 PM

    maybe at linebacker, maybe at returning kicks?
    come on, those are 2 different body sizes/positions- no linebacker should/can return kicks at a high level in the nfl, much less an aussie who has never put on the pads and played American Football.
    this reeks of WWEs Brock Lesnar trying to be a defensive tackle just because he was big strong and fast- he didnt even make the team.
    Aussie has no chance- especially at kick returner if theyre talking about Linebacker in the same sentence.

  25. robsterNY says: May 24, 2010 12:32 PM

    Hey AllThat!….Nice to see you too….WOW!.. Idid’nt know they could pile shit that high.

  26. egypt123 says: May 24, 2010 1:00 PM

    @gmacisagod – “if you have ever watched a rugby game you would know that depending on the position a player would have to be a powerful tackler as well as a skilled ball carrier. So, hypothetically, a star rugby player might have the tackling ability to play LB and the ball skills to return kicks. ”
    ——————————————-
    I don’t fck what they do in rugby. He is not going to be playing LB in the NFL ~AND~ returning kicks. Different body types, different skills in the NFL. So what if he can tackle? Is that all there is to playing LB in the NFL? Can’t wait to see a 250 lbs TE or 300+ OL bowl this “LB/KR” over on a run.

  27. iTorrey says: May 24, 2010 1:12 PM

    While on vacation in London I saw a Rugby match and the locals were quite insistent that Rugby players were far better athletes than those pansies in the NFL who have to wear pads and helmets and get to stop every 10 seconds and rest before the next play.
    It’s hard to explain to them that while I could never play either sport without losing the ability to walk, NFL is extremely specialized and every single position requires a lot of athleticism and a lot of awareness. And ya kinda have to wear pads when you have 280 pound LBs colliding at 4.5/40 speed with 200 pound running backs running a 4.4/40.
    And while I’m sure there’s more too it, Rugby just seemed so simple to me. Not a ton of strategy, you run, when you get hit you toss the ball sideways or you fake the toss and try to break out of the tackle and keep running. I dunno.
    My main point is, great, you’re a great Rugby player, you may even be one of the greatest, but that just doesn’t translate anymore than Jerry Rice being the greatest of all time and then trying to play Pro Golf. Or Jordan playing Baseball.

  28. dangerousdave44 says: May 24, 2010 11:55 PM

    I live in Australia, and I know first hand that there’s no way a Rugby League player (there are 2 types of Rugby btw, League and Union, League is a lot more dumber and boring), could pick up the mental side of the game in the NFL, even one as athletically talented as Greg Inglis. He might be a good HWS guy, but too dumb to not get blocked every single play.
    It’s a completely different game, and the skills simply aren’t transferable.

  29. botchedextrapoint says: May 26, 2010 10:02 PM

    realitypolice says:
    May 24, 2010 9:29 AM
    If he is a star in Rugby League, by definition he is a great open field tackler. That game, even more than Rugby Union, involves alot of breakaways and open field running.
    Of course with no blocking in rugby, a big concern would be making plays while shedding blockers.
    No blocking! Greg Inglis has made a name for himself for shedding multiple tacklers without the help of any blocking. He is one of the few players in world rugby who is a threat to go the length of the field on any play. The big problem I see is that he is very fast by rugby standards but in the NFL they take fast to another level.

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