Jets notebook: Free-agent CB Law closing in on a contract
Saturday, July 30, 2005
BY DAVE HUTCHINSON
Star-Ledger Staff

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Talks are getting serious between the Jets and free-agent cornerback Ty Law, and if he passes a physical and is impressive during an upcoming workout, he'll likely sign with the club, according to someone with knowledge of the negotiations.

Presumably Law will lower his asking price, which is reportedly $6 million to $7 million per season, or the Jets will satisfy his demands in another way, perhaps with more upfront money.

"Ty is just waiting for some of this two-a-day stuff to pass," said the person. "He's smart."

The Jaguars, Lions and Chiefs are also interested, but the Jets seem to have the inside track because of Law's close relationship with coach Herman Edwards, running back Curtis Martin and defensive back coach Corwin Brown, who played with Law in college (Michigan) and the NFL (Patriots).

Martin, who played with Law at New England and remains close to him, didn't deny he was recruiting him.

"I've spoken to him a few times," Martin said with a smile. "We're friends. We hang out together."

Veteran CB Ray Mickens,

who has longed to start and is currently working with the first team, would again be cast in his familiar role as a nickel back should the Jets sign Law.

"I can't worry about things that I can't control," Mickens said. "Ty is a great cornerback and I don't know one team that wouldn't want him. ... It's not about me; it's about getting a great player when he's available."

Meanwhile, CB Justin Miller, the rookie second-round pick, was impressive on the first day, drawing praise from Edwards.

WR Wayne Chrebet lost

14 pounds in the past month and reported to camp at 180 pounds, his weight his rookie season. He said he lost the weight for "healthy concerns" by simply working out.

Martin, 32, said

he once again ran the famous Santa Monica, Calif., steps this off-season, a 200-step incline on the side of a mountain. This time, though, he intensified his workouts....

The Jets, spurred by their visit to Albany last summer, revamped their cafeteria at Hofstra. They now have different food-group stations, a smoothy mixed-drinks station, video games, couches, a pingpong table, big-screen TVs and beach umbrellas on some tables.

Former Australian Football League

star Ben Graham was booming punts and the kicks have a unique, helicopter-like rotation, making them difficult to catch. ... Second-year SS Oliver Celestin and fifth-year TE Chris Baker started at their respective postions....

TE Doug Jolley and WR Jerricho Cotchery made several nice grabs. ... LB Kenyatta Wright (foot) was placed on the physically unable to perform list and free-agent RB Vick King retired.