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Jets ready to trade for another tackle, if they can


If at first you trade for a fat guy with bad knees, try, try again.

Undeterred by a previous attempt to find a right tackle when the Jeff Otah deal fell through, the Jets are apparently trying to trade for another one.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets “have reached out to other teams” to try to acquire a replacement for Wayne Hunter.

Hunter was benched yesterday, and they’ll start Austin Howard in that spot Sunday against the Panthers.

But with cuts coming, they’ll be combing through the waiver wire for upgrades.

“We’re always looking for things,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “If we can improve this team, then certainly we’re not going to shut ourselves out of that possibility.

“Right now, I’m thinking that we’re going to be OK. I don’t know exactly what’s out there. We don’t know who’s going to be cut from other teams. . . . I don’t believe you’re going to find somebody right now that can be a starting right tackle ahead of who we have.”

Maybe at this point, the best bet is to get owner Woody Johnson on Twitter so he can hustle something up.

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23 Responses to “Jets ready to trade for another tackle, if they can”
  1. kreedos says: Aug 24, 2012 9:04 AM

    Cardinals brass, are you watching this? At least the Jets act like they give a damn about their o line situation.

  2. eagleswin says: Aug 24, 2012 9:08 AM

    Tebow is willing to play left tackle if it will help the team :p

    Hunter and a pick for D. Bell. They both could use a change of teams.

  3. pastabelly says: Aug 24, 2012 9:08 AM

    Antonio Cromartie recently stated that he is the best tackle on the Jets. He’s right.

  4. revischrist16 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:18 AM

    If the Jets don’t find a decent RT for this year, I can’t see how Tanny keeps his job after not addressing the RT position in the draft or offseason. We all saw how much Hunter struggled last year, and it’s not like he was young and learning, he had been a backup for years. He wasn’t going to miraculously get any better.

  5. bobbyb06073 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:19 AM

    At least Woody isn’t a crazy fool like Irsay…..

  6. scratchnpost1234 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:28 AM

    Trade the Lions a DB or picks for Gozder Cherilus.

  7. altoon88 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:39 AM

    Get a new starting RT, let Howard & Hunter be backup Tackles, but give them some 1st team reps at LG and see if they can compete for Slauson’s job. They are definitely Tackles, but it is worth a look to see if their weaknesses won’t be exploited as much at Guard.

  8. billinva says: Aug 24, 2012 9:49 AM

    Rexy should suit up and play tackle.

    It’s not like he really does any coaching.

  9. otistaylor89 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:54 AM

    Don’t see them getting a tackle off waiver wire since the teams ahead of them need them too.

  10. nyjets1017 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:56 AM

    Nothing like waiting til the last minute to replace someone you had all off season to do

  11. rickeydynamite25 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:58 AM

    Being that they traded for a Qb who plays punt coverage,,, they have a cb who wants to play wr,, maybe they can sign a O-lineman who can throw the ball.

  12. joeypickles says: Aug 24, 2012 10:04 AM

    I think getting owner Woody Johnson to play RT may be a better option than anything else they got…

  13. cylondetector says: Aug 24, 2012 10:04 AM

    Rex Ryan has no shame.

    What the ‘Jets have’ at RT right now is 600lbs of embarrassment.

    The should easily be able to find an upgrade in the upcoming cuts, simply because they have two of the worse OT’s in the league on their roster.

  14. realnflmaster says: Aug 24, 2012 10:17 AM

    Without a line, that offense has no hope. Sanchez has a hard enough time struggling when he has pass protection.

    The again, the defense will carry us to the Conference Title game like it’s done in the 2/3 years Rex has been here.

  15. shmtty28 says: Aug 24, 2012 10:26 AM

    As a Bills fan, this brings a smile to my face. Im sure it brings an even bigger smile to Mario Williams’ face. Dirty sanchez is to get SMUSHED!!! good thing you guys got Tebow

  16. dolfandan1 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:42 AM

    Sparano should give Marc Colombo a call.

  17. rickeydynamite25 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:48 AM

    More serious note,, prayers to those who’s just been affected by this mornings shooting at the empire state building.

  18. urshgur says: Aug 24, 2012 12:25 PM

    “Trade the Lions a DB or picks for Gozder Cherilus.”

    I totally agree with this. It’s not like the Lions would demand God’s Second Son in trade – he could be had for 4th or 5th rounder.

  19. lionsmark09 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:44 PM

    Gosder for a DB, shoot they have they best secondary in the league. At least on paper. Lions should do it.

  20. macjacmccoy says: Aug 24, 2012 12:44 PM

    They may not have to, Austin Howard can play. He was with the Eagles the last couple of years as a training camp/practice squad guy and he impressed when he got the chance. Now Im not saying he’s some diamond in the rough thats going to emerge and be a top linemen just because he’s finally gotten the chance to escape Jason Peters’ shadow , who actually is the top linemen in the league by the way. No thats not going to happen. What he can do though is be a serviceable left tackle for the Jets. He wont win them any games, but he also won’t be a hindrance to them winning either.

    He’ll get by in pass protection but his real strength is in run blocking. And as long as the Jets stick to what they’ve been saying all off-season and go back to the ground and pound team they had so much success with, then they won’t have to look any further then there own depth chart when trying to find there starting left tackle.

  21. green41563 says: Aug 24, 2012 4:07 PM

    ^They have a left tackle. They need a right tackle.

  22. voyager6 says: Aug 24, 2012 8:20 PM

    Andre Smith is probably available for three #1s.

  23. socaljetsfan says: Aug 25, 2012 11:15 PM

    What about Vernon Carey? He was a RT Tackle before moving to guard. Probably get him for cheap. Maybe not the best pass protector but great at the run

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