Jets prepared to make some moves Tuesday

February 22 is the first day veterans can officially be released, and the Jets are prepared to make a few moves.<p>

According to a team source, the moves will be "plural." So that means more than one player will be released.

The leading candidate to depart on Tuesday is linebacker Sam Cowart. A couple of weeks ago, Cowart asked to be released or traded. He has no interest backing up Jonathan Vilma at middle linebacker. It is likely the Jets will grant his wish. There is a good chance he will end up in Minnesota, re-joining his defensive coordinator in Buffalo and New York, Ted Cottrell.

Another likely candidate for release is safety Reggie Tongue, who was signed as a stop-gap measure for last season, and was very inconsistent. The Jets have four candidates for his job in Jon McGraw, Rashad Washington, Derek Pagel and Oliver Celestin.

Other potential candidates could be kicker Doug Brien and cornerbacks Ray Mickens and Donnie Abraham. If the Jets released Mickens, the Dallas Cowboys would likely pick him up very quickly.

Abraham is a Herman Edwards' favorite, so that could work in his favor, and keep him on the roster another year.

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