Could the Jets still get Putzier?

The Denver Broncos inked veteran tight end Stephen Alexander.<p>

Now they could be set to deal recently signed tight end Jeb Putzier to one of the following teams: the Jets, Philadelphia, New Orleans or Washington.

They are believed to be asking for as high as a 3rd round pick, while some have offered a 5th round choice. They could also take a conditional 2006 pick in addition to a mid-round 2005 choice based on Putzier's playing time and production next season.

Putzier was given a multi-year contract by the New York Jets this off-season. However, since he was a restricted free agent, the Broncos were able to match.

Putzier had 36 catches for 572 yards and two touchdowns last season. But one thing for teams looking to deal for him should remember is that he had nearly half of his total stats, 15 catches for 230 yards and one touchdown against AFC West foes (six games), who had a hard time covering opposing tight ends in most contests last season. Kansas City's Tony Gonzalez and San Diego's Antonio Gates, both torched teams in that division.

The contract offer the Broncos matched from the Jets, included $2.5 million dollar signing bonus, so that would also be a benefit to the team obtaining him, as his salary cap number would be lower than the deal he just signed (5-year, $12.5 million dollars).

But are the Broncos willing to take the $2.5 million cap they would receive if they dealt Putzier?

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