The man they call “The Terminator” could not stay on the field, and the Jets reached an injury settlement with Conner after the 25-year-old was let go earlier this week.
However, even though the Jets have a healthy fullback on the roster in Lex Hilliard, it’s not inconceivable that the Jets will look into bringing back the once-promising Conner later in the year when he’s healthier.
There is a clause in the new CBA that forbids a team from re-signing a player somewhat relatively soon after reaching an injury settlement, so by rule the Jets may not be allowed to re-sign him until late in the regular season.
During that time, Conner is free to sign anywhere he can pass a physical, so if the third-year pro wants to find work elsewhere, he and his agent can shop around if they so choose.
The Jets have not had consistently productive fullback play since Tony Richardson‘s stint with the team from 2008 to 2010, and even as his career was winding down in 2010, he was a little shaky himself.
The Terminator was supposed to be the Jets’ salvation as a blocker, but he’s been boom or bust so far in his career, with far too much of the latter.
Now, John Conner has to get healthy and find work, whether that’s in New York or elsewhere. I imagine the Jets will keep an eye on him, but being unable to sign him late in the year might prevent a potential reunion this season.
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