Hard Knocks may have knocked out Jets' trade leverage on Clemens

Plenty of football people would refuse the opportunity to have their teams featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks.  Even though the team, as we understand it, retains full control over anything and everything that shows up on the air, mistakes can be made.

Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post has spotted a potentially glaring one.

Hubbuch says that, in Wednesday night’s episode, a shot of the team’s roster board reveals an “X” next to quarterback Kellen Clemens’ name.  And “X” apparently marks the spot — as in the loss of a roster spot.

The disclosure comes at a time when the Jets are believed to be hoping to trade Clemens, a second-round pick in 2006.  So with Clemens possibly on the cut list, it’s highly unlikely that anyone will give up anything of value for Clemens — unless another team wants to trade for his $1.176 million contract in lieu of trying to sign him as a free agent.

That said, we’ve watched the portion of the show that shows the team’s position-by-position roster board, and we don’t necessarily think that the information shown by Clemens means he’ll be cut.

Clemen’s name appears over a yellow background, which possibly is the designation the team uses for vested veterans.  Also, there’s a red dot next to his name, but we saw no “X”.

That said, Clemens is third on the depth chart behind Mark Brunell and ahead of Kevin O’Connell.  Presumably, Clemens is the most vulnerable guy, especially since O’Connell will earn only $470,000.

Along those same lines, we noticed that veteran fullback Tony Richardson — who presumably is safe — appears at No. 3 on the fullback depth chart.  At a base salary of $855,000, it’s hard to imagine the Jets keeping him around. 

23 responses to “Hard Knocks may have knocked out Jets' trade leverage on Clemens

  1. So what your saying is that you don’t really know but you thought it interesting to waste your time trying to figure it out.
    well, it worked, I read it and posted and you made hit counts multiple times off it.

  2. “Along those same lines, we noticed that veteran fullback Tony Richardson — who presumably is safe — appears at No. 3 on the fullback depth chart. At a base salary of $855,000, it’s hard to imagine the Jets keeping him around.”
    Wow Florio, within 1 line you go from “presumably safe” to ” hard to imagine the Jets keeping him around”

  3. i do love this show. wish they would do a couple more episodes. you know they leave tons and tons of it on the floor.
    If they can get a pick for the guy they should trade him!!
    BOYCOTTFOOTBALL.COM

  4. Whether the Jets receive compensation for Kellen Clemens is irrelevent, I don’t see right now, the way QB battles are shaping up where there is not a locked in starter, any team being desperate enough for Kellen Clemens when there are veterans who give a better chance of winning. Barring injury in camp, the will maybe get a 6th or 7th round pick or just cut him.
    Remeber, Clemens was only a 2nd round chance by Mangini (Mangenious? Try Mangina) and his college career coming out was nothing to get excited about. Trust me, I have lived through Esiason, Todd, O’Brien, Nagle, O’Donnell, and I will even say the failed Favre expieriment.
    Also, try Tony Richardson, I mean the guy is in the league 15+ seasons, has given guys like Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson, Chester Taylor, Adrian Peterson, and Thomas Jones some of the best years of their collective careers; at least get his name correct.

  5. Isn’t it clear to everyone that winning games isn’t part of the Jets organization agenda?
    It’s all about selling tickets.
    Rex the Hutt’s bluster about guaranteeing a Super Bowl and putting them on Hard Knocks is all about selling PSLs – not about winning games.

  6. The X is there. It’s when they’re dismissing the punter, it’s riiiiight behind his head/hair to the right of Clemens’ name if you look closely.

  7. Clemens sucks, nobody would have traded for him anyways. On another note, Mark Sanchez looks terrible but nobody is mentioning anything about it…..the Jets are going to look real dumb when they start the year 0-3 wondering WTF?
    They may have made the most of their opportunity last year, making it to the AFC Championship game, but if the Bengals and Colts hadn’t packed it in at the end of the season, the Jets would have never made the playoffs. They have about a good enough chance getting to the Super Bowl as Rex Ryan does going a week without cookies….

  8. Obviously, whoever was posting those names on the board didn’t discuss Tony Richardson with Rexy because just a couple days ago Rexy said he would “be shocked if he wasn’t on the opening day roster”.
    Who’s running this team?

  9. If he has value, which is debatable in this case, then a team would be wise to make the trade rather than hope he passes through waivers and they can sign him as a FA.

  10. “Obviously, whoever was posting those names on the board didn’t discuss Tony Richardson with Rexy because just a couple days ago Rexy said he would “be shocked if he wasn’t on the opening day roster”.
    Who’s running this team?”
    yeah and I believe PFT also wrote about it, but now they are saying he could get cut. Get off the fence FPT, haha

  11. If I knew my roster board was going on HBO I would play loose with the facts on it. Just sayin’.

  12. I wouldnt be surprises. The jets are so desperate for attention at any cost and have a history of being a stupid little franchise.
    Look at their decadeS of draft blunders and Wrecks mouth costing them Revis… ROFL!

  13. Rex Ryan said this week that he’d be shocked if Tony Richardson and John Connor didn’t make the team.

  14. i hope that tony richardson does not make the team…god i would love for the vikings to have that guy back. AD is still a badass but there has been a noticeable decline in his game since we lost tony.

  15. “If I knew my roster board was going on HBO I would play loose with the facts on it. Just sayin’.”
    So, you would make it look like a guy, that everyone in the League knows you’re willing to trade, is about to get cut? That would accomplish what exactly? Are you under the impression that would drive his trade value up because you “played loose with the facts” and led everyone to believe you thought so little of the guy that you’re willing to cut him outright? That’s an “interesting” strategy you’ve got going there. Just sayin’.

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