CORTLAND, N.Y. - News of Brandon Moore's impending retirement slowly filtered its way around the SUNY Cortland campus Wednesday, as players and coaches took turns reflecting on a Jets career rooted in reliability and professionalism. "Brandon's one of the great players that I've been fortunate to play with," center Nick Mangold said. "We played together seven years, which I think in today's NFL is pretty impressive."
Moore, a starting right guard for the Jets since 2003, had agreed to a one-year free-agent deal with the Cowboys Tuesday night. But, in a stunning move, the 33-year-old Moore instead decided to retire Wednesday morning, according to his agent, Deryk Gilmore.
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At the conclusion of last season, Moore had streaks of 137 consecutive starts and appearances, longest among all current NFL offensive linemen. But in the end, he choose his family over football.
Mangold playfully recalled Moore's "subtle humor that sometimes came off as angry or crotchety," while D'Brickashaw Ferguson spoke of Moore's competitive practice mentality. "He always looked at it as, if you weren't working hard, you were taking it for granted," Ferguson said. "Whenever you have a guy like that who's no longer in the league, it's like, 'Man, that's crazy,' because that guy represented so much to so many."
Chaz Schilens, who caught 28 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns for the Jets in 2012, told the Detroit Free Press his former team looked for "scapegoats" everywhere "except, for maybe, the quarterback position." Asked how Mark Sanchez could win back fan support, the current Lions receiver said: "Nothing good to say, so I'm not going to say nothing."
The team released WR Vidal Hazelton (leg) with an injury and placed fellow wideout Marcus Davis on injured reserve.