Wayne Hunter Traded, What this means for the Jets


Ever since Demarcus Ware made Wayne Hunter look like he was standing in cement in week 1 last season I think we all wanted him gone. It seemed as though his goal was to actually have Mark Sanchez in a body bag at certain times last year. Well all of that is now history. After he was demoted and Austin Howard took his spot with the first team some kind of move seemed inevitable. But because of his guaranteed contract the move had to be via trade. Thankfully St. Louis gave Mr. T a call and offered up Jason Smith. Now, I am not going to sit here and say Jason Smith is the answer at right tackle as he has been a historic bust since being taken with the number 2 overall pick in 2009. Multiple concussions have completely derailed his young career  and at this point he is nothing more than a backup. Even though this is the case the positive is Wayne Hunter is GONE. A guy who in the last year became the poster boy for the Jets offensive woes is out of town and can no longer be blamed.

The Jets did have to add $1.5 million in salary to get this deal done. This bothers me because Hunter could have been cut in the off season before his guaranteed contract kicked in. I am not exactly sure why it took the preseason for the brain trust to realize Hunter cannot play. What they thought they could possibly get out of him this season is beyond me. Going forward, the Jets are hoping that Austin Howard can fill in the right tackle spot adequately. In no way does he have to be the best tackle in the league, just needs to be capable of holding down the spot. On Sunday night against Carolina he certainly appeared to be ready, but the true test will take place about 10 days from now.

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