Jets MLB Cowart wants to be traded
Jets: Cowart wants trade; Abraham tagged
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
BY DAVE HUTCHINSON
Jets veteran middle linebacker Sam Cowart, who lost his starting job to rookie Jonathan Vilma after suffering a sprained left knee in Week 2, has asked the club to trade or release him, a team official said yesterday.
And in another development, the Jets have officially notified the representatives for Pro Bowl defensive end John Abraham of their intention to place the franchise tag on him. Abraham will earn $6.66 million this season.
Cowart, who just completed his seventh NFL season, has told the team he wants to go to a team where he'll have an opportunity to start. At 29, Cowart feels he still has a lot of football left in him and doesn't want to sit behind Vilma, who was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Cowart's agent, Paul Healy, would neither confirm nor deny his client wants out.
"Any discussions between myself, Sam and the Jets are private," Healy told The Star-Ledger. "I spoke with the Jets last week but what was discussed is none of your business."
Cowart, a former Pro Bowler with the Buffalo Bills, has three years left on his contract. He has a base salary of $1.5 million in 2005 with a $500,000 roster bonus due next month. His cap number is $2.9 million. He provides the Jets with quality depth and the flexibility to switch from a 4-3 to 3-4 alignment.
After struggling in his first two seasons with the Jets while playing outside, Cowart returned to the middle last season and began the year strongly. In the opener against Cincinnati, he had a team-high 13 tackles and forced a fumble that was returned 41 yards for a touchdown by cornerback Donnie Abraham. The following week, he was injured in the second quarter against the Chargers and was sidelined six games. He finished the season with just 23 tackles in nine games, two starts.
Abraham, who earned his third Pro Bowl berth last season, was officially designated the Jets' franchise player on Monday when his representatives received a letter from the club. The Jets have yet to make an announcement.
"It wasn't a surprise," said agent Rich Rosa, who represents Abraham along with Tony Agnone. "John knew it was coming. At this point, we're going to move in the direction John wants us to and that's working toward a long-term agreement."
Bills: Buffalo has decided to release quarterback Drew Bledsoe and is expected to announce the decision today, Fox sports.com reported last night.
Due to league rules, Buffalo can not officially release Bledsoe until Feb. 22, but the veteran has already been informed of the decision. J.P. Losman, a second-year player who attempted just five passes last season, will take over as the Bills quarterback.
Dolphins: An arbitration ruling that ordered Ricky Williams to repay the Miami Dolphins $8.6 million in bonus money after his sudden retirement was upheld by a federal judge, who rejected arguments the award disregarded Florida law and was excessive.
Attorney Jeffrey Kessler, representing the NFL Players' Association, said a decision would be made in the next several days regarding an appeal.
Titans: CB Samari Rolle was arrested in Brentwood, Tenn., on assault charges after a Valentine's Day altercation with his wife, authorities said. Police said Danisha Rolle, 27, was treated for a cut over her left eye and released from Baptist Hospital in Nashville Monday night.
Rolle turned himself in on a single charge of simple assault, a misdemeanor. The 27-year-old Rolle posted $1,000 bond and was released.
Bengals: Cincinnati used its franchise tag on RB Rudi Johnson, who set a team rushing record last season with 1,454 yards but couldn't secure a long-term deal. By using the tag on Johnson, the Bengals can keep him for $6.3 million next season.
Re: Jets MLB Cowart wants to be traded
Well, Mr. Cowart, come oooooooooooooooon down. You're the next contestant on "The Price is Right...if you're able to pass a physical, work a cap-friendly long-term deal, and assuming we don't get Hartwell from the open market".
Cowart, who just completed his seventh NFL season, has told the team he wants to go to a team where he'll have an opportunity to start.
I'd take a look at him, although he'd be my 2nd option behind Hartwell.
Re: Jets MLB Cowart wants to be traded
Seems you guys want the Rams to get a MLB.
I almost hate myself for saying this, but if the 'Skins Antonio Pierce hits the open market, he is well worth a look at MLB, he was excellent for the 'Skins last year.
Saying that, I am hopeful they will have him locked up before the start of free agency.