Jets Trade Leon Washington, Draft John Connor


The writing was on the wall when the Jets traded up to draft USC running back Joe McKnight. Clearly the organization wasn’t comfortable with Leon Washington returning off his injury and they didn’t take long to act, trading him and their seventh round pick to Seattle for the 139th overall pick in the draft, where they took Kentucky fullback John Connor.

It is a sad day for TOJ and Jets fans everywhere. Leon was a fan favorite and an electric playmaker during his career with the Jets. Unfortunately, he sustained a brutal injury last year and had ongoing contract problems with the team. After the Jets decided to draft McKnight, a player with a comparable skill set, there wasn’t any room left for Leon on the roster. I wish him the best of luck on a speedy recovery in Seattle and hope the rumors of him starting the season on the PUP list aren’t true.

It was a very surprising decision that the Jets went with a fullback with their newly acquired 5th round pick. Tony Richardson was re-signed on a one year deal so Connor will spend the year learning behind one of the best in the business before taking over as the Jets long term fullback. Connor is known for his blocking skills, inside running, and special teams ability on coverage units.

Who would have ever thought the Jets would use three of their four picks on offensive players this year? Rex Ryan must be pulling his hair out.

Some John Connor Action

Author: Joe Caporoso

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  • Man, I can’t believe Leon is gone. The Jets must have a lot of faith in McKnight, and they must think that since they went on a run without Leon for most of last year, they don’t really need him. We’ll see. The backfield was crowded as it is with Tomlinson and Greene to get most of the carries and reps. I’m glad Leon is at a place where we can root for him, and not have to worry about him coming back to haunt us.

  • Joe Caporoso

    Yea it is still hard to believe, you would have never thought this day would come after watching Leon from 2006-2008 and pre-injury in 2009, hopefully he has a full recovery in seattle and McKnight steps up for us

  • I guess that’s just what we have to expect. There’s no constant thing no matter how good he was during those days. I just hope they made the right decision in this matter.