The Jets have officially announced the tenders for their restricted free agents and eight of their 11 have been offered contracts, with special teams ace Wallace Wright the only surprise.

WR Braylon Edwards was tendered at a first- and third-round pick level as we already knew. We also were aware that RB/KR Leon Washington is a second-round tender, as is WR Brad Smith. Each were originally drafted in the fourth round.

QB Kellen Clemens was tendered at his original draft round (second), but some wording in the CBA makes sure teams don't take full advantage of the tender system. Because he wasn't tendered as a second-round pick and others who were drafted lower than him were tendered at a higher level than their original draft round, the Jets would only receive a third-round selection if Clemens is picked up by someone else.

Clemens wasn't the lone Jet to get tabbed with a tender from his orginal draft round. T Wayne Hunter (third), S Eric Smith (third) and CB Drew Coleman (sixth) also received the designation. Reserve DB James Ihedigbo was undrafted, but the Jets kept their options open by holding the rights of first refusal on the hard-hitting "Digs."

However, Wright, DT Howard Green and LB Marques Murrell were not tendered. Wright was the Jets' main special teams weapon, so it's a bit of head scratcher. Murrell was also a special teams standout, but fell into the doghouse after that fracas he had at the outset of overtime against the Bills when he threw a punch at Derek Fine.

Murrell remained inactive for most of the season following that dust up, so his status comes as no shock.

But with the start of free agency five hours away, don't expect the Jets to be major players in the free agent sweepstakes as I wrote today. The Jets' additions likely won't be unrestricted free agents because of the rules associated with the uncapped 2010 season.

Look for them to get creative, possibly going the trade route. Still, these next few weeks should be interesting because you know GM Mike Tannenbaum isn't going to simply sit on his hands and do nothing.

That's certainly not his style.

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There's a sourced report on that suggests the Jets may try to re-sign RB Thomas Jones after they officially release him at midnight.

We're, of course, checking in to it. Bob Glauber actually agrees with the premise and doesn't believe the idea might be as farfetched as it may seem.

My only question is this: Would Jones' pride be so hurt that he'd spurn the offer the Jets might end up tossing his way? With free agency right around the corner, we'll begin to get some of these answers very soon.


As expected, CB Lito Sheppard, who was demoted to reserve status in the Jets' losss to the Colts in the AFC Championship game, has been shown the door.