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Jets open to trading Jerricho Cotchery

Jerricho Cotchery AP

With  Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith gone, we figured Jerricho Cotchery’s role with the Jets would only increase.

The team signed Plaxico Burress, but it’s hard to know what to expect from him before he suits up.  The Jets are apparently expecting a lot, and that has made Cotchery available.

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi reports that he’s heard the Jets are making Cotchery available for the right price.

Translation: The Jets want people to know Cotchery is now up for bidding.

We initially didn’t understand this one. Cotchery is one of the glue guys on this Jets team, always willing to accept any role.  But the Jets just don’t trust him to stay healthy.

Cotchery was hurt when completing the most badass play of the year in 2010.  He also underwent back surgery after the season.  That will hurt his trade value.

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29 Responses to “Jets open to trading Jerricho Cotchery”
  1. chipwade says: Aug 1, 2011 12:08 PM

    Last season my fantasy team’s name was “Jerricho Crotchery”.

  2. andyreidisfat says: Aug 1, 2011 12:11 PM

    N.Y. pro football team seeks bag the balls come in for aging WR with bad back.

    If they trade him for a 7th then folks at ESPN will have to do 10 segments about how the jets are the favorites now because they have a 35 years receiver who hasn’t played in two years.

  3. wtf__seriously says: Aug 1, 2011 12:13 PM

    Nooooooo! Not Cotchery, too.
    Free agency just went from exciting/unpredictible to nauseating for me.
    Wake me up for Week 1, please.

  4. curtsosexy says: Aug 1, 2011 12:13 PM

    Just keep him! The guy is a class act and has good hands. You can’t get much for him in a trade anyway.

  5. jetsfanjk says: Aug 1, 2011 12:13 PM

    As a diehard Jets fan and Jerricho supporter I have mixed feelings about this, but he is getting older and injuries have been piling up. If we can get decent value back I am all for it…play for Malcom Floyd? Jets will need one more proven wideout.

  6. lifelongbrownsfan says: Aug 1, 2011 12:13 PM

    His health issues make this move even more puzzling. Cotchery is a good player, but he’s not going to command much in trade because of his health. Were the Jets to keep him around and shop him after demonstrating that the kid can still play, that would make more sense. But doing it now is just bizarre.

  7. favrespeckerpictures says: Aug 1, 2011 12:14 PM

    I give the Jets props for managing the roster and the cap very well the last few years, but…..I don’t get this one. J Co has been a very good player and still has something in the tank…maybe there are some health issues going on there. I enjoy watching the guy play ball….best of luck to one of the classiest guys in the league.

  8. damnws6 says: Aug 1, 2011 12:15 PM

    Oh yea, and Cotchery is the #3 making more than the #2 WR. But no worries, that means nothing. Great reporting.

  9. kmurph1226 says: Aug 1, 2011 12:15 PM

    Jets Statement to Players:

    I know we only have a month before the season starts, but any reciever that has chemistry with our QB or knows the system and name isn’t Santonio needs to get the **** out.

    Love you,

    Rex Ryan

  10. offsideburns says: Aug 1, 2011 12:18 PM

    pretty damn confused on what the Jets are doing at the WR position

  11. gazinkus says: Aug 1, 2011 12:19 PM

    Terrible mistake. Cotchery has been the Jets’ most reliable receiver the past several years, except for last year when he played hurt all year – and still was a contributor. Yeah, he ain’t flashy (usually), but he’s a solid #2. And he’s not a prima donna.

    I hope my Cowboys deal for him…

  12. jetsfanjk says: Aug 1, 2011 12:23 PM

    Rex is just trying to eat a snack, stop picking on him…

  13. rajbais says: Aug 1, 2011 12:26 PM

    Hurt trade value???

    It’s called getting a 7th rounder!!!

  14. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 1, 2011 12:28 PM

    What could you really get out of him, a 6th or 7th?

  15. nyjalleffingday says: Aug 1, 2011 12:33 PM

    @kmurph

    I don’t know if the tears are from laughter or from sadness. That was the funniest, and truthiest thing said about the Jets offseason all year.

  16. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 1, 2011 12:34 PM

    Cotchery was very quietly the most consistent guy on the Jets roster, a huge thorn in the Patriots side, produced no matter what bum was coaching, no matter who they dug up to play quarterback, and played with the kind of understated heart that even won admiration from his rivals.

    I can understand why Tennenbaum would want to get him off the Jets roster as fast as possible.

  17. jnbnet says: Aug 1, 2011 12:39 PM

    in order to trade him, doesn’t somebody have to want him?

  18. newyorkgmen says: Aug 1, 2011 12:40 PM

    Why??

  19. merc13 says: Aug 1, 2011 12:48 PM

    I like jco but he didn’t do anything last year, the guy seemed like he was lost. Then again our oc is lost so don’t know if it’s jco fault

  20. frankpm says: Aug 1, 2011 12:49 PM

    one of the most gutsy, underrated contributors to all 3 Jets playoffs teams since 2006. after not getting Assomuncha after all that hubbub, and failing to keep Brad Smith, things finally started to look up with the signings of plax and cromartie. and now they have to start being stupid again.

  21. gcsuk says: Aug 1, 2011 1:00 PM

    What?!?! Trade rumors, and not one Philly fan has been on here stating that the Eagles are going go get him (even if they don’t need him)?!?! Wake me up, I must be dreaming.

  22. trickbunny says: Aug 1, 2011 1:04 PM

    We are finding out which WRs have pretty feet and which don’t, aren’t we?

  23. jetfuel21 says: Aug 1, 2011 1:07 PM

    I don’t get it. Jericho is a very good #3 receiver and an awesome 3rd down guy – He almost never drops the ball. He is a class act and a “team” guy. Doesn’t make sense.

  24. oriolesvsravens says: Aug 1, 2011 1:15 PM

    Ozzie are you out there?

  25. flavordave says: Aug 1, 2011 1:18 PM

    andyreisisfat – I read that several times and still have no idea what you said.

  26. jpmelon says: Aug 1, 2011 1:23 PM

    He’s not worth very much right now….I don’t see the point of this.

  27. rilassare says: Aug 1, 2011 1:27 PM

    What does Mike have in the works that makes Jericho expendable? What do you think Jericho is making this year? Did you guess almost four million as a #3WR? If they cut him they save about 2.3 on the cap. If the Jets get a draft pick for Jericho then sign Malcom Floyd would it be an upgrade? Let’s see how things play out…

  28. tellemallrex says: Aug 1, 2011 2:16 PM

    Please keep Jericho, he is a class act, who always comes up big, besides Plexico will struggle with injuries all year.

  29. cliverush says: Aug 1, 2011 2:56 PM

    Fans of the Jets opponents know and respect who this man is and what type of player he is. He always gives it his best. The jets will miss him.

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