And according to a league source, they are also working on a trade with the Tennessee Titans for wide receiver Justin McCareins. Since he is a restricted free agent, the Jets will have to send a draft choice to the Titans to acquire the 6-2, 218 pounder.
McCareins, a 2001 fourth round pick out of Northern Illinois, is exactly the type of big, physical target the Jets are looking to add to their offense. Not only does he have impressive size, but also good speed (4.45) and leaping ability. McCareins is coming off his best season in 2003 with 47 catches for 813 yards and seven touchdowns. He caught a 59-yard touchdown pass against the Jets last season. He also has returned kicks and punts for the Titans, so he could help fill the Jets need for a kickoff returner.
McCariens also has excellent character, coming from a great family. He brother John attended Northwestern and his brother Jay is currently enrolled at Dartmouth where he plays football.
The Jets should be able to pry McCareins away from the Titans, who have the worst cap situation in the NFL. Not helping the Titans is the fact that they have another talented receiver, Drew Bennett, who was also a restricted free agent, and was given a new contract last week. So they are likely going to let one of them walk, and it will probably be McCareins.
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