Thursday, May 14, 2009

Apparently I'm not the only one using Twitter...and a Leon Washington update


The newest addition to JetsDaily is a Twitter widget in the left column. You can follow me at twitter.com/mkraemer1. Now, you can read my 140 characters or less thoughts on whatever I feel like writing about on the side of the page.

Do you care about what I have to say in these little tweets? Maybe, maybe not. I might tailor one down the line specifically for JetsDaily, but then what's the point of this blog?

I've decided that Twitter is best used for stalking celebrities' thoughts, and sometimes you can find out some information. For example, follow Drew Rosenhaus if you want to find out how awesome every one of his clients is
I worked out today with Jon Beason, Frank Gore, Thomas Jones and Donte' Stallworth. They are in great shape and ready to have top seasons.

Lito Sheppard is starting for the Jets and anticipates having a big season. He likes Coach Ryan's scheme and style. He's healthy now too.
That's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of lavish praise to his players.

But he's not the only agent who uses Twitter. Leon Washington's agent Alvin Keels is an avid tweeter (twitterer?), and he has a calming message for fans concerned about his client's no-show in OTA's.
Positive talk with the Jets today. Jets fans everything will be fine. Myself and Mike T will put our heads together and continue to work
This is after Keels tweets questions such as, "How many players in the NFL can 'legitimately' score from 'anywhere' on the field 3 or more different ways? rushing, receiving, PR/KR?"

He lists Darren Sproles, Maurice Jones-Drew, Devin Hester, Reggie Bush, Washington, and DeSean Jackson, with Percy Harvin also being a possibility.

Is it a fair question? Not really because most big-time players are taken off special teams duty, eliminating stars like Adrian Peterson and Brian Westbrook. Receivers are also largely off limits, as most don't receive rushing carries except on an occasional reverse. You bet a guy like Steve Smith has an argument otherwise.

But Washington obviously has a ton of value to the Jets and in the NFL as a whole. He is instant offense, a guy who can score from anywhere on the field as Keels says. He's a playmaker the likes of which the Jets haven't seen in years, and Thomas Jones's contract situation only adds to Washington's leverage.

The one thing in the Jets' favor is that Washington is not an unrestricted free agent after the season if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't agreed upon. He'd only be a restricted free agent, so the Jets would control his rights for another year. Still, it's a slippery slope to deal with, and the Jets have had some issues keeping players happy in the past. Washington is only scheduled to make $535,000 this year, chump change compared to his value to the team.

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