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Jets not ruling out another move for a tackle

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Jeff Otah couldn’t pass his physical with the Jets, so he’s back in Carolina and the Jets are back with Wayne Hunter as their default choice at right tackle.

The Otah trade suggests that’s not a place where they want themselves to be, so it wasn’t much of a surprise to hear General Manager Mike Tannenbaum asked at a Tuesday press conference about whether or not the team will be looking for another option from outside the organization. Nor was it particularly surprising to hear Tannenbaum say that the team’s considering all possibilities.

“I wouldn’t rule anything out. Nothing is imminent. Again, there’s going to be competition from within as well as on the street,” Tannenbaum said. “We’re encouraged by Austin Howard. It’s early in camp, but there’s some encouragement there. We’ve identified some teams that have depth. Sometimes these things take a while, but I think Wayne has done a good job and Austin in particular has probably done better than we thought he would.”

Tannenbaum was asked several questions about Hunter, but never got quite as enthusiastic about the incumbent right tackle as the position coach Dave DeGuglielmo did earlier this offseason. The Jets weren’t taking a chance on Otah by accident. They want another choice at right tackle and they will likely keep turning over rocks in hopes of finding one.

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9 Responses to “Jets not ruling out another move for a tackle”
  1. gstewart400 says: Jul 31, 2012 8:27 PM

    Hey, the Pats usually have good depth on the line. Maybe the Jets could work a trade with Beli……..oh, wait. Maybe not. Good luck, Rexy!

  2. jiggles420 says: Jul 31, 2012 9:57 PM

    Give Tebow a whirl.

  3. hendeeze says: Jul 31, 2012 10:00 PM

    JaMarcus Russell

  4. 1122world says: Jul 31, 2012 10:19 PM

    Sexy Rexy and his team embarrassed you in your back yard like never before.

  5. giantssb42champs says: Jul 31, 2012 11:16 PM

    I’ll help you fill that part in. Beli…CHEAT.

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jul 31, 2012 11:51 PM

    For some people, the thought of unicorns and rainbows cheer them up when they’re feeling bad. For me? I jet think about Tony Sparano being the Jets offensive coordinator.

    I mean, what could be better than that?

  7. jpb12 says: Aug 1, 2012 6:56 AM

    Didn’t Tannenbaum say Wayne Hunter is the best RT in Football?

    If he hasn’t… he’s about to.

  8. promickey says: Aug 1, 2012 7:32 AM

    Just ask Tony Sparano for an offensive tackle. He is great at bringing back a guy like Marc Colombo who played the entire season for the Dolphins in retired fashion.

  9. surfinbird1 says: Aug 1, 2012 1:37 PM

    This has got to give Hunter alot of confidence.

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