JETS - CB Law's agent Carl Poston meeting with team today
Law in order for Jets' 'D'
By RICH CIMINI
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
The Jets' pursuit of free agent Ty Law is getting serious.
Law's Houston-based agent, Carl Poston, is scheduled to arrive in New York today to meet with Jets assistant general manager Mike Tannenbaum, Poston told the Daily News yesterday.
The face-to-face negotiating session is an indication the Jets could be getting close to a deal with the former All-Pro cornerback, who would be the biggest free-agent acquisition of the Terry Bradway/Herm Edwards era.
Law, who has worked out for the Lions, Chiefs and Jaguars, will not accompany Poston on the trip, the agent said.
The Jets are believed to be the frontrunners for Law, who has offers from the Jaguars and Chiefs. The Rams also placed an inquiry yesterday, a source said.
Asked if his trip to New York should be interpreted as a sign discussions are heating up, Poston said, "It's a good sign. I don't know if I'd use the words 'heating up.'
"The Jets have always shown some interest," he continued. "I told them that if they were serious, I'd come on up. It's always positive that we're talking, and it's better to meet face to face."
Poston said he doesn't expect to finalize a deal today, but he quickly added, "You never know if you're on the 5-yard line or the 50." He's scheduled to have dinner with Tannenbaum, the Jets' contract negotiator.
That the Jets didn't invite Law for a workout is somewhat curious. Law suffered a season-ending foot injury last October, a complicated fracture that required surgery.
Some league officials believe Law still isn't 100%, although the former Patriots star has said recently he's healthy.
It's possible the Jets will bring in Law at a later date. A deal would be contingent upon him passing the team's physical.
"Obviously, they're going to take a look at him at some point," Poston said. "I just want to make sure we get the numbers squared away first."
Law, a four-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time Super Bowl champion, is believed to be seeking about $14 million in a signing bonus. That would be the second biggest bonus in Jets history, behind Chad Pennington ($18 million).
The Jets aren't going to pay him nearly that much, but their need for a cornerback and Law's desire to play for a contender could create enough incentive for both sides to meet in the middle. The Jets have been careful not to get into a situation where they're bidding against themselves.
"I'd like to think we're in the same (financial) ballpark," Poston said, adding, "but one side might be in left field and the other side might be in right."
The Jets' interest in Law intensified last month when left cornerback Donnie Abraham announced his retirement. Ray Mickens and recently acquired Pete Hunter, both of whom had major knee surgery last September, are atop the current depth chart. Rookie Justin Miller also is in the mix.
The Jets have sustained some minor injuries at cornerback, prompting them to sign two unheralded players yesterday. Law, of course, is in a different league - if healthy.
Herm Edwards believes Law is a future Hall of Famer, and some in the organization believe he could be the missing piece on an already-strong defense.
Law wants to play for the Jets, according to a person familiar with the talks. Law, who speaks with former teammate Curtis Martin on a regular basis, has made his feelings known through various back channels. Law has a 5-year-old daughter who lives in New York.
"You'd love to have a great player like that, but the problem is his price - and we're probably one of seven teams that's saying the same thing," defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson said. "If he brings down his price, you can afford him."
Re: JETS - CB Law's agent Carl Poston meeting with team today
Ty, come on man, get serious for a minute. You're 31 years old. You ain't worth $14 million in bonus money. You ain't got but another 4 years tops, and I'm bettin' you ain't even got that in you. If you could magically change your date of birth from Feb. 1974 to Feb. 1980, then yea, you could get $14 million. But until you event that time machine, H.G. Wells, you may want to get rid of that leach Poston and be reasonable. The Jets need a corner bad, but they're not going to give you $14 million guaranteed. Drop your numbers, get paid, get to work.
Law, a four-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time Super Bowl champion, is believed to be seeking about $14 million in a signing bonus.