The Law Has Landed

Getting All-Pro cornerback Ty Law's name on the dotted line was not as difficult a task as the New York Jets envisioned when entering into discussions with the standout defensive back.

While many rumors swirled about regarding Law's physical condition (foot surgery) and his numerous proposed destinations (Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland, and Kansas City), it was the brain-trust in New York which had Ty Law on speed-dial throughout the process.

The Jets informed Carl Poston (representative for Law) that the team was interested in his player, and would be willing to talk shop, if his player was far enough into his rehabilitation for a broken foot, which required major surgery.

"We kept on eye on him (Law) during the process and decided to enter into discussions with him once we knew where he was in his rehab. When healthy, Ty Law is one of the very best cornerbacks in the game and we expect to see him at that point this season," head coach Herman Edwards said.

Released in the off-season by the New England Patriots in a salary-cap cost-cutting move, Law envisioned playing in the AFC East against the Patriots twice a season.

Being rather subdued by the process with New England, Law found the Jets being a team which was aggressive and had a plan to let the veteran cornerback regain his physical conditioning and health, without outlandish expectations during training camp.

As the Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions entertained the notion of adding Law, it was the Jets and New England Patriots who displayed the full-court press to land his services.

While Poston was negotiating a deal between the cornerback and New York representatives, the Patriots, led by head coach Bill Belichick, made one last ditch effort to lure Law back to New England.

"Coach Belichick called and we talked about the upcoming season and how I could return to New England. In the end, I enjoyed my time there, but it was best at this time to move on."

Move on Ty Law has done and to a place where he will have the opportunity to show the New England Patriots he remains one of the best cornerbacks in the game.

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