Q-and-A with GM Tannenbaum at the combine

Q)Can you give us an update on the Chad Pennington situation?

Tannenbaum: Chad Pennington is a member of the New York Jets. We are obviously involved with some negotiations now, but do to club policy, we will not discuss the specifics of that.

Q)Where do the negotiations stand now?

Tannenbaum: We have had numerous conversations, and we are working hard towards reaching a resolution. We are in the middle of active negotiations.

Q)How many agents are you negotiating with at the combine on re-structured contracts?

Tannenbaum: That isn't including my wife is it (laughs). We have a number of agents we are working with. We are going to keep working hard until next Thursday at 3:59, and we are comfortable with where our situation is.

Q)How do you feel about your current cap situation?

Tannenbaum: We have a lot of issues we are working through right now, but we are very comfortable where we are, and our plan will continue to evolve, and by next Thursday we will be where we need to be.

Q)How are you going to divide up your time at the combine between cap stuff and scouting players?

Tannenbaum: That is a great question. We are obviously dealing with all our issues. We will deal with things that are time sensitive first and foremost. We have a lot of great people hear working strictly on personnel like Jesse Kaye, Joey Clinkscales, Terry Bradway. They are devoting all their time to that. Eric (Mangini) and I are working through all the issues that are time sensitive.

Q)Would you like to see other veteran players follow Curtis Martin's lead, and help the team out?

Tannenbaum: I've known Curtis since 1998, and my opinion of him hasn't changed. He's a selfless person, he's a warrior, he plays hurt. I think we are very fortunate. His actions spoke volumes yesterday, and we are appreciative of that, and we are going to use those resources to improve the football team.

We are appreciative of how things worked out with Curt. We think it was a mutually satisfactory solution to the issue, and we are going to keep moving forward with our plan.

Q)Will Brooks Bollinger be given a chance to compete for the starting job?

Tannenbaum: As Eric (Mangini) has said before. All players will be given a chance to compete for a starting job. He will play the best players who give us the best chance to win. I like Brooks a lot. He's tough, he's smart. He played hurt this year. I have a lot of respect for Brooks.

Q)How do you think the John Abraham situation is going to play out?

Tannenbaum: By us designating him the franchise player, that show a lot about what we think of John.

I don't want to comment on any of the speculation, except that we hold John in the highest regard. Over the last six years I've seen him do a lot of great things for the organization.

Q)How is the job treating you so far?

Tannenbaum: Chose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.

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