From Manish Mehta of The Daily News:
The Daily News has learned that Gang Green has explored trading right tackle Wayne Hunter this offseason. The Jets were engaged in trade discussions involving Hunter with at least one NFC team, but a deal couldn’t be struck, according to sources.
Although the Jets still appear amenable to trading Hunter, the lack of depth along the offensive line may ultimately prevent them from dealing him. There is also a belief in the organization that Hunter, who will be entering his ninth season, could improve under offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s new blocking schemes.
All I can say is good fucking luck, Tanny. If some team is dumb enough to surrender something of value for this big waste of life, Mike Tannenbaum should legitimately run for President.
This is how I’d imagine a phone conversation between Mike Tannenbaum and a prospective trading partner:
Tanny: Hey, Jerry. What’s goin’ on man? Mike Tannenbaum, New York Jets.
Jerry Reese: Mike…how are ya?
Tanny: Jerry…did I ever tell you how much I admired what a great job you’ve done with the Giants?
Reese: …What do you want, Mike?
Tanny: It’s Wayne Hunter, Jerry. We’re wondering if you’d be interested in…*gulp*…traaading….for…..him?
Reese: *Dial tone*
Tanny: Blast…Somebody get me Dan Snyder’s number!
If I was an NFL GM, I honestly wouldn’t trade a bag of balls for this guy. At least a bag of balls is consistent, wouldn’t get penalized, and could potentially trip up a linebacker. Wayne Hunter couldn’t block a fucking pop-up ad, nevermind his own shadow, nevermind an NFL defensive player.
Improvement as a team begins with him off the team before the start of next season. Said it once, I’ll say it again: You improve the right tackle position, everything else will follow suit. The line as a unit will improve because other guys won’t have to make up for that buffoon’s mistakes. Sanchez will improve because he’ll have more than .42 seconds in the pocket to throw the ball, without getting speared into the turf. The defense will then improve because the offense will be able to stay on the field for more than 4 plays.
It’s the ultimate addition by subtraction. The way I look at it, this has already been the most successful Jets offseason in about a decade, regardless of what happens in free agency and the draft. Rid ourselves of gonorrhea (Schotty), chlamydia (Mulligan) and now we’re on our way to finding the cure for AIDS (Hunter).
It’s all up-hill from here.