From National Football Post:
The New York Jets claimed three players off waivers: offensive tackle Patrick Brown from the Minnesota Vikings, defensive tackle Marcus Dixon from the Dallas Cowboys and wide receiver Patrick Turner from the Miami Dolphins.
Besides waiving three-time Pro Bowl fullback Tony Richardson, the Jets cut wide receiver David Clowney and running back Chauncey Washington.
This is absolute insanity. With Rex Ryan's point of emphasis being offensive leadership, why would the Jets outright cut Tony Richardson, the team's best leader? Could the juxtaposition be any more apparent?
Rex says on Hard Knocks last week that T-Rich has earned a spot on the team. His character, his leadership and the fact that he can still play make him a main roster player. Rex Ryan said that! Mike Tannenbaum agreed! And now Richardson is without a job and the Jets are without a leader and starter.
And golly, I know John Connor is awesome. He really is incredible for a rookie. He's a guy that can knock anyone on your defense on his ass. But it's not like Richardson is a waste and it's not like Connor wasn't an incredible special teams player. Connor could've had the year to learn and be primarily a special teams guy. But I guess not.
And here's what bothers me the most. The Jets' backfield was a question mark to begin with. Shonn Greene was injury prone last year in a two-back situation. LaDanian Tomlinson can be hot or cold -- mostly cold. And Joe McKnight has vomited several times (literally and figuratively) in his short Jets career.
And now the only back who wasn't a mystery is gone. The Jets really could have just killed their offense right there. Let's hope these backs can pull together. It's either that, or Mark Sanchez becomes a 4,000 yard passer with a 2:1 TD/INT ratio. And I'm not positive in that happening.
I heard Rex was down in Florida meeting with Darrelle Revis. Rex better hope he brings Big Daddy back with him, or he's getting a hadouken right to the chest. And you'll be next, Tannenbaum.