In a cap-saving move, the New York Jets announced Wednesday that the veteran offensive tackle Jason Fabini has been placed on waivers.
Fabini, a 6-7, 304-pound product of the University of Cincinnati, recently completed his eighth season in New York. The 31-year old suffered a torn pectoral muscle in a Nov. 2005 game at Carolina in the first quarter and was subsequently placed on the injured reserve list on November 14, 2005.
Fabini was orginally a fourth-round draft selection by the Jets in 1998, and started every game he had played in at the pro level (114 regular season games) before going down with a season-ending injury last year.
After beginning his career as a right tackle (1998-1999), he moved to the starting left tackle spot during the team's 2000 training camp and manned the position through the first quarter of the 2005 season before returning to right tackle following a sprained knee injury in game three vs. Jacksonville.
In 1998 Fabini earned the distinction of becoming the first Jets' rookie offensive lineman to play and start in all 16 games since left tackle Chris Ward in 1978, and he also became the first rookie right tackle to start in all 16 games since Marvin Powell accomplished the feat in 1977. Fabini also started all seven postseason games he played in as a member of the Jets during his eight seasons in New York.
Sources tell TheRanchReport.com that Fabini has been high on Bill Parcells' list since he first drafted him in 1998.
Once viewed as a "project," Fabini parlayed excellent work ethic and mental toughness into becoming one of the most consistent tackles in the league.
In fact, Parcells often compared last year's rookie tackle, Rob Petitti, to the standard Fabini set during his time as head coach of the Jets.
In addition, given that Fabini can likely be signed for a bargain price after being released, and also that the Cowboys need immediate help at tackle, he seems like a natural fit in Dallas.
TheRanchReport.com will have more on this story in the coming days.
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