The NFL said arbitrator Richard Bloch ruled on Monday that the New York Jets "acted improperly" when matching the Redskins' offer sheet to Chad Morton. After seeking help from league's Management Council and being told they did not have to match the two voidable years in Morton's contract, the Jets decided to match the offer and not include the voidable years. On Monday it was determined the Management Council let them down as Chad Morton has been awarded to the Washington Redskins. The Jets will receive a 5th round selection in the upcoming NFL Draft in return for Morton.
Daniel Snyder heated up the newfound Jets-Redskins rivalry with this to say of the ruling, "Chad Morton is going to look great playing in burgundy and gold, and I want to see how the Jets spin this one now."
"We are disappointed in the arbitrator's decision," said Jets' General Manager Terry Bradway. "Based on the NFL Management Council's opinion that so-called voidable years are not Principal Terms and need not be matched by a player's former team, we allowed the process to run its course. As compensation, we have received the fifth pick in the fifth round of the upcoming draft. This gives us nine draft choices, and provides us with flexibility to enhance our positioning in the draft and gives us various options to improve our team."
The season opener on Thursday, September 4, at Washington is going to be a game for the ages. The Redskins have raided the Jets roster this offseason starting with RG Randy Thomas and K John Hall. Soon after the Jets' restricted free agent duo of WR Laveranues Coles and RB/KR Chad Morton joined Washington. To say that there is some "bad blood" between the teams could be the understatement of the offseason.