Positives: Played in 114 consecutive games during his career before a chest injury last season. Durable. Versatile and should not command enormous money in this year's free agent market. Considered to be one of the toughest players with the Jets and will not back down to more talented players. Also consistent.
Negatives: May not be 100% healthy after suffering a torn pectorial last season. Fabini is also entering the end of his career. May only have two or three years left in the tank.
Cowboys Interest: Dallas would like to sign Fabini for the right price. Bill Parcells has often compared his tackles in Dallas to Fabini, citing the veteran's toughness and will to win as two of his top traits.
Key Questions: How much will he cost? Dallas wants to sign a veteran right tackle, but it has to be at the right price. Also, is he healthy? The Cowboys will make sure he's ready to go for the upcoming season before making a move.
Probability of Signing with Dallas: Favorable. In fact, assuming Fabini is given a clear bill of health, this move almost makes too much sense. Fabini would serve as a short-term solution at tackle while rookie Rob Petitti continues to improve.
Fabini, a 6-7, 304-pound product of the University of Cincinnati, recently completed his eighth season with the Jets. The 31-year old suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the November 13, 2005 game at Carolina in the first quarter and was subsequently placed on the injured reserve list on November 14, 2005.
He 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). 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.
A three-time All-Conference USA selection ... Played LT in college, starting 43-of-44 college games ... Was an All-America and All-Conference USA pick as a senior in 1997. Co-captained the Bearcats while starting every game at LT and totaled 108 knockdown blocks ... As a junior, was first-team All-Conference USA choice after starting every game at LT and had 91 knockdown blocks and received the John Pease Award as the team's top offensive lineman.
Jason and wife, Joanne, are parents to sons Hunter, Jacob, and John Michael ... Hails from Fort Wayne, IN ... Majored in marketing at Cincinnati ... Hobbies include golf, computers and exploring new restaurants ... Has worked with YIA (works with developmentally challenged patients) ... Appeared on the Jets' behalf at numerous charity functions and helped with the annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica campaign ... An annual supporter of the New York State Troopers Survivors Foundation Golf Tournament ... Runs a free football camp for children in Fort Wayne, IN with fellow native, OAK DB Rod Woodson.