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Jets eyeing Olympic track star Demps
CORTLAND -- The Jets have expressed interest in Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps, his agent confirmed Wednesday.
Demps, a former running back and Florida teammate of Tim Tebow's, went undrafted in 2011 after he told NFL teams he wanted to pursue track full-time. But at least eight NFL teams have their sights set on the former Gator -- and according to his agent Daniel Rose, a deal could likely will be struck within the next 24 hours.
Demps recently won a silver medal at the London Olympics as a member of the U.S. men's 4x100 relay team, which finished second to Jamaica. He totaled 2,470 yards and 23 touchdown during his four-year career at Florida and finished his senior season with 569 yards and six touchdown on 98 carries.
Despite his college experience as a back, Demps' speed make him a no-brainer as a kick returner. He's consistently clocked in the 4.2s for the 40-yard dash -- and he's even recorded a 4.18 40 time. Not to mention, Tebow's former teammate averaged 28.8 yards per kickoff return while at Florida. (Watch out Jeremy Kerley and Joe McKnight!)
But kick returning is not the only thing Demps can do. Some teams are are looking to use him in either the slot receiver position or in gadget plays.
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum consistently has said his No. 1 objective is to make his team better. (see: the Tim Tebow trade). And now the Jets are in the running for one of Tebow's friends.
Regardless of team the 22-year-old Demps will be an undrafted free agent when he signs. Per the new CBA, each NFL team has a maximum pool of about $75,000 that is used to pay out signing bonuses to UDFA rookies.
The Newark Star-Ledger was first to report the Jets' interest in Demps.