No 'Camp Cortland' for Jets this summer

New York Jets are ready to rumble during New York Jets are ready to rumble during the scrimmage. (August 7, 2010) Photo Credit: Pat Orr

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The Jets will hold training camp at their Florham Park, N.J., training facility rather than at SUNY Cortland, the team announced Friday, a move that was expected because of the NFL lockout.

The Jets conducted their previous two training camps in the Rex Ryan era at the upstate college tucked away in the rolling hills of Central New York, and they were scheduled to go there again this year. But they thought the logistics caused by the now-100-day-old lockout made it too difficult to move training camp 200-plus miles away from their facility, especially given the roster reshuffling they'll have to do, thanks to having 17 free agents.

The Jets were facing a July 1 deadline to inform Cortland of the organization's plans. They're expected to return to the town for camp in 2012.

"With all the variables presented by this unique offseason, we felt it was best for the Jets that we hold our training camp here at our practice facility," Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement. "This was not an easy decision, but it's one we felt we needed to make in order to give us the best chance to win."

Jets senior director of operations Clay Hampton said moving the team's equipment from their New Jersey facility to Cortland takes several weeks. With all the uncertainty surrounding the lockout, and the short amount of time to haul everything to Cortland once a new deal is reached, it just didn't make much sense.

"Training camp is a collaborative effort that requires many different departments to work together to be successful," Hampton said, "and staying at our facility gives us the best chance to accomplish that goal. This is a new operation, but with the template we have in place from OTAs and minicamps, we are prepared for this scenario."

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SUNY Cortland president Erik Bitterbaum said he is disappointed but understands the decision.

"We're looking forward to hosting the team next year," said Bitterbaum, who will be invited to attend a dinner with other members of Cortland's staff at Tannenbaum's house. "Our partnership remains strong, and we will continue to support the team as enthusiastic Jets fans."

There's no word on whether the Jets will host another one-day "family night" at Hofstra, something they did the previous two summers.

Edwards in minor accident.
Braylon Edwards was involved in a minor one-car accident in suburban Detroit early Friday. "Got into a fender bender last night, turns out Audi's & rain don't mix too well," Edwards tweeted Friday afternoon. "I'm good, thanks for all the prayers & concern."

According to reports, the free-agent wide receiver was driving his two-seat 2011 Audi with an unidentified passenger on Belle Isle at about 3:40 a.m. when he went off the road and into a pylon. No one was injured and no tickets were issued.

Edwards, who has said he'd like to re-sign with the Jets, still faces trial stemming from DWI charges for his Sept. 21, 2010, arrest in Manhattan.

Police said a Breathalyzer test found Edwards to have a blood-alcohol level of .16 -- twice the legal limit -- when he was pulled over that night.

Edwards is scheduled for a pretrial hearing July 22, the latest date in a case that's been adjourned three times previously for the defense to file a series of motions.

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