New York Jets Re-Sign OL Wayne Hunter as Damien Woody Retires
The Jets have come to terms with free agent right tackle Wayne Hunter, according to sources.
Hunter, who filled in as the starting right tackle after starter Damien Woody went down with a leg injury last season, will get a four-year deal worth around $13 million, according to Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated.
That would appear to be starter money, so Hunter will likely enter training camp as the favorite to start on the Jets’ offensive line over at right tackle, although I’d imagine he will compete with second year tackle/guard Vladimir Ducasse.
In a related story, Woody has decided to hang it up, as he has hinted that it was either the Jets or bust for him this year.
The longtime veteran lineman Woody played all over the line during his career, and played three excellent years at right tackle for the Jets from 2008 to 2010.
I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Big Wood, to be honest. I think it’s possible we see him on TV as an analyst or on the sidelines as a coach, maybe. He’s a gifted player with a strong mind and personality. He’s got a post-football future.
But the Jets will definitely be affected by the loss of Woody, who was an elite player when he was on the field. You don’t replace those guys very easily.
However, the Jets do have a great offensive line coach in Bill Callahan, who always gets the most out of his players. Hopefully Hunter or Ducasse steps up big, and keeps Mark Sanchez upright in 2011.