Lynch to be released

Tampa Bay's Pro Bowl safety John Lynch is on the brink of being released or traded, and the Jets are clearly interested in his services.

"We are going in different directions," said a Buccaneers spokesman. "John will be playing in the NFL next year, but unfortunately not with us."

Are the Jets interested?

"At this point of free agency we continue to explore all our options," said a Jets spokesman.

That sounds like a "yes."

It's no secret that Lynch would like to play for his close friend Herman Edwards and the Jets. Lynch is the godfather of Edwards' son Marcus.

While Lynch is 32-years-old and not the player he was, he's still a solid safety, and would give the Jets the defensive leader they badly need.

The Buccaneers are going to allow Lynch to pursue a trade for himself.

"That's the way we're going to handle it right now," said Buccaneers GM Bruce Allen. "That's what we have discussed."

It probably wouldn't be a smart move for the Jets to give up a premium draft choice for a safety with a problematic shoulder and limited range.

Especially since Lynch will be released if Tampa Bay can't make a trade.

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