Austin Visits With Jets, After All

Contrary to a report from the New York Daily News that Cowboys receiver Miles Austin has yet to meet with the Jets, Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Austin indeed visited the Jets on Friday.
We’ve separately confirmed that, indeed, Austin’s name appears on the official list of visits made on Friday.
Austin, a restricted free agent, didn’t sign an offer sheet, but the Jets told him they plan to extend an offer in the coming days.  For restricted free agents, all offer sheets must be signed by April 17, so that the player’s current team will have a full seven days to consider whether to match the offer before the draft.
If the Jets sign Austin to an offer sheet and the Cowboys choose not to match, they’ll receive a second-round pick as compensation, since Dallas tendered to Austin a one-year, $1.54 million contract offer.
So, if this transaction occurs, the Jets will have given up a second-round pick for Austin, and the Patriots will have received a second-round pick for Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel.
Sounds about right.

18 responses to “Austin Visits With Jets, After All

  1. You still don’t read your own posts, huh? The trade of Cassel and Vrabel cleared 15 million off the Patriots payroll, allowing them to do what they wanted in free agency. Seems pretty obvious to the rest of us. If Tom Brady’s a sixth rounder, a second rounder is a great pick, and it doesn’t carry the retarded salary that a high first rounder would have required.

  2. “So, if this transaction occurs, the Jets will have given up a second-round pick for Austin, and the Patriots will have received a second-round pick for Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel. Sounds about right.”
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    Gotta add trade value for having such a cool name:
    – “Miles Austin” –
    Sounds like he should be driving a 74′ Jag convertible, wearing a top hat, sipping a Martini and battling international terrorists.

  3. Hell yeah I’d rather have the pick! That would make 12 2009 draft picks for you “Jones traded the entire draft for Roy Williams” slapdicks (laugh out loud).

  4. “If Tom Brady’s a sixth rounder, a second rounder is a great pick”
    So if Ahmad Carroll is a first rounder, would that make 6th round picks great?

  5. Why does everyone ignore the obvious when noting Vrabel’s inclusion in the Cassel deal?
    Vrabel, though a quality guy and contributor, wasn’t deemed worth the $4.3 million he was due to get from the Patriots, and if not included with a trade, he’d be cut.
    So why no just cut him? Luckilly Belichick is a bit smarter than most fans. He knows that if he cuts Vrabel he could well end up strengthening a division rival. Why would he want to do that?
    Instead ensure that Vrabel goes to a team that likely won’t compete for a title this year… the one team in the NFL that can accept Cassel’s full $14.6 million contract as well as Vrabel’s $4.3 million given all their cap space. Heck – Vrabel probably earns more under this deal than he could as a free agent too.
    Of course the Chief’s cap space is what made them one of the only partners for a trade with the Pats. Most teams would need to sign Cassel to a long term deal to take him on. Cassel held a trump card in that he could refuse to negotiate with a team he didn’t want to be traded to… or he would simply hold out and demand a big guaranteed payday, seeing as he’d need to be offered substantially more than his franchise tender.
    How long would those negotiations have taken? Would they still be dragging out today and would the Patriots be looking more like the Panthers, held hostage by Peppers franchise tender?
    Not a wise choice for the Patriots. Instead they offload $19 million onto what may be the one NFL team that could afford and possibly WANT to take on Cassel for a “prove it” season even at that salary, add a 2nd round draft pick, and use the cap space to be active in free agency.
    Those who think this is “laughable” clearly don’t understand the nuances of the game of football.

  6. You just know Jerry Jones asshole has to tingle at least a little bit at the proposition of getting some draft picks back after the Roy Williams fiasco

  7. the guy has 11 picks people!!! this isn’t the NO saints trade for ricky williams years back my god he would’ve had 13 picks had not traded for RW#11. wow the deadskins only have 4 and are looking to move them all for a WR yet no one is giving them sh$$ for it

  8. He only stopped by to drop the kids off at the pool…why else would you go to the jet’s facilities?

  9. “So why no just cut him? Luckilly Belichick is a bit smarter than most fans. He knows that if he cuts Vrabel he could well end up strengthening a division rival.”
    Same thing the Cowboys did with Fasano/Ayodele to the Dolphins prior to last season.

  10. Apparently pick 34 equals pick 52. Intelligent commentary as always…
    If the Pats signed Austin to play opposite Moss with Welker in the slot, it’d be lauded as a brilliant offseason move.

  11. Hey, Florio. Not so fast.
    You mean to tell me the Jet are gonna give up #48 draft pick to Jerry Jones for some Undrafted Free Agent who caught 18 passes in three seasons?
    A mid second round pick for Cowboy 4th receiver. Whaaa..?

  12. “Same thing the Cowboys did with Fasano/Ayodele to the Dolphins prior to last season.”
    @Vox
    I applaud your last few posts, which have been both logical and entertaining, but let’s not forget one thing… the Dolphins made the playoffs while the Cowboys didn’t. So maybe that trade wasn’t anything to brag about, especially considering the budding rap star the Cowboys drafted to replace Fasano.

  13. “If the Pats signed Austin to play opposite Moss with Welker in the slot, it’d be lauded as a brilliant offseason move.”
    Exactly… saying the Pats got ripped off with only a 2nd round pick (forgetting about clearing $19 million and ensuring Vrabel didn’t go to a contending AFC team) is like saying that trading their backup QB for Wes Welker was a rip off

  14. Hey Florio, you really should not post on Friday nights after drinking that hillbilly moonshine and singing along to John Denver songs.

  15. Enough about this stupid talk about Patriots clearing cap room.
    Who have they signed? Leigh Bodden, Joey Galloway, Shawn Springs, Fred Taylor.
    Mike Vrabel showed nothing last year, he’s not going to be the reason why the Jets/Pats beats the Patriots.
    Amazing, 2nd round pick for a 4th WR compared to a 2nd pick for a starting QB. Just face it- Patriots are the losers on that trade.

  16. I don’t think the Pats made a bad trade with Cassel/Vrabel so much as the Jets will have if they pull the trigger on Miles Austin. I mean that’s just crazy. Maybe Tannenbaum has a crystal ball and knows that Austin will be the next Al Toon or something.

  17. “I applaud your last few posts, which have been both logical and entertaining, but let’s not forget one thing… the Dolphins made the playoffs while the Cowboys didn’t.”
    As if that has anything to do with the discussion. Yeah do you think it might be a little easier to make the playoffs in a division that includes the Jets, Bills and Brady-less Patriots than a division that contains the Eagirls, Giants and Redskins?
    “So maybe that trade wasn’t anything to brag about”
    Nobody was bragging. It was an observation. That aside, should I feel terrible that the Cowboys took the fourth round pick that they got for Fasano/Ayodele and parlayed it into Tashard Choice and Orlando Scandrick and a couple of extra draft picks?
    Which would you rather have? Fasano (who would never have been more than a backup in Dallas) and Ayodele (who was going to be cut anyway) or Choice (scored more in his rookie season than Fasano did in his entire time in Dallas) and Scandrick (projected starter at cornerback this season) and a couple of extra picks?
    “especially considering the budding rap star the Cowboys drafted to replace Fasano.”
    MartyB’s bigger, faster, is a better blocker and has better hands than Fasano. Neither is in Witten’s galaxy, though. So what’s your point? In one rookie season in the same role as Witten’s backup, MartyB far outperformed Fasano’s entire tenure with the Cowboys.

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