In a somewhat surprising move, considering the reported interest the New York Jets were expressing earlier in the day about bringing veteran right tackle Damien Woody back, the team has instead resigned veteran RT Wayne Hunter to a four year, 13 million dollar deal and Woody has retired.
The Jets will now move forward with Hunter competing with second year lineman Vladimir Ducasse competing for the starting right tackle job. It is clear the Jets weren’t willing to meet whatever contract demands Woody had, who had made it clear he wanted to come back to the team but not at a veteran’s minimum salary and with a guarantee to start, obviously the Jets weren’t offering that. Hunter was pretty decent filling in for Woody at the end of last season and his contract is likely structured not to have a major impact on the Jets cap situation this year.
Woody has been the Jets starting right tackle the past three years and was consistently very good for the team. He was kind enough to do an interview with me last season for SB Nation New York and we wish him well in his future endeavors. Congratulations on a long, productive NFL career.