Don't expect any stadium news for a while, especially since Jets President Jay Cross and owner Woody Johnson are both out of the country on vacation.
"[The Jets] are going to lay low for a while, for the rest of this month, at least until the Olympic vote on July 6," said a source close to the Jets. "They are emotionally spent, they are fried. They are still walking around in a daze over there."
While working with the Giants on a New Jersey stadium seems to be the Jets best option, they aren't crazy about the idea.
"They don't want to share a stadium with the Giants, but the problem is they have no where to go," said the source.
One day after the June 6 vote in the New York State legislature that doomed the Jets Westside project, the Jets were offered the same deal the Mets received in Queens, but turned it down.
"They won't go to Long Island or Queens," said the source. "It's either Manhattan or New Jersey."
The Jets still feel it was Cablevision's aggressive lobbying against the Westside Stadium that brought down the project.
"Cablevision made a deal with [New York State Assembly speaker] Sheldon Silver," said the source. "If it wasn't for Cablevision, they would be working on the stadium right now."
One interesting twist to the story involves the bidding process for the Westside Railyards, the site the Jets wanted to build their stadium. Remember, the Jets=92 bid of $250 million was accepted, so theoretically they could still land the property. It's possible they could develop the property, even if they don't build a stadium there.
"The next piece of news you will see is the Jets trying to close on the land with the MTA," said the source.
The Jets haven't totally given up on their dreams for the Westside. When Cross and Johnson get back from vacation, they will likely attempt to come up with a way to privately finance the entire Westside Stadium Project. Originally the Jets were going to contribute $1.6 billion for the stadium, while the state would have chipped in $300 million. If the Jets can't raise another $300 million, they will likely then turn their attention to New Jersey.
What is going on with Law?
It's probably a long shot that free agent cornerback Ty Law will land with the Jets.
The Jets feel they are in good shape at the position. We hear second-year cornerback Derrick Strait had an excellent offseason. Let's not forget that Strait was an excellent prospect coming out of Oklahoma. After his senior year he was not only honored as the college defensive back of the year, but also college defensive player of the year. He spent most of his rookie year on the sidelines with a foot injury, but did play at the end of the year and in the playoffs, and performed fairly well. So with Strait, 2005 second-round pick Justin Miller, the return of Ray Mickens from a knee injury and last year's starters Donnie Abraham and David Barrett, the Jets feel they are all set at cornerback, barring injury. Plus, Law and his agents, the Poston Brothers, are going to ask for a fortune, and the Jets aren't willing to overspend on a cornerback - especially a 32-year-old coming off a major foot injury.
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