On WFAN: Jets’ Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan Talk Free Agency
NEW YORK (WFAN) – Mike Tannenbaum already said he wants his wide receiver trifecta back in New York next season. How he’ll manage to re-sign Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith is still anyone’s guess.
“We don’t know what the rules are, so we’ll be prepared and when they say to go we’ll go,” Tannenbaum told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts at the Pinstripe Bowl Charity Golf Tournament on Monday.
So does having a well-liked head coach give the Jets an advantage at the negotiating table?
“The big thing is, it’s not about me,” Ryan said. “Look at where we’re playing. Right here you’ve got the greatest city in the world in your backyard. You’ve got a brand new stadium, a great fan base. It’s hard not to want to come here. They’d want to play for any coach I think.”
Ocho aside, the Jets have been linked to another embattled receiver: Randy Moss.
“We can’t comment on anyone specifically. Our goal, really, as we’ve said all along, we’d like to keep as many of our own guys as possible. Again, we don’t know what the rules are,” said Tannenbaum. “Working with Rex, he’s the best recruiter in America, so it makes my job a little bit easier.”
At a glance, the buttoned-down Tannenbaum and the boisterous Ryan appear to be a gridiron odd couple. Not so, says the general manager.
“It’s been a great partnership,” Tannenbaum said. “Working with Rex, you’ll laugh a lot, you’ll cringe a little bit, but that’s okay.”
Jets fans — pick one: Edwards, Holmes, Smith or Moss…