The New York Jets aren’t interested in many players over the age of 30 years old. They also don’t seem to be interested in using common sense these days.
The Jets will say goodbye to 30-year-old receiver Eric Decker at some point this week. They showed Brandon Marshall the door earlier in the offseason too. They’ve basically parted ways with every meaningful veteran on the roster, including Nick Mangold, David Harris and Darrelle Revis.
Yet, NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones reports the Jets contacted retired wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., to see if he had any interest in coming out of retirement. No, this isn’t a joke.
“Earlier today in the green room, Steve Smith Sr. was saying ‘Hey, the Jets reached out to me,'” Jones said. “Yes, the Jets reached out to Steve Smith, asked if he was still interested in playing. He indicated he wasn’t.”
Smith retired after playing 16 seasons with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens. He’s 38 years old, which is eight years older than Decker. Sure, Smith still caught 70 balls last season. But if the Jets are so intent on this youthful infusion, particularly at receiver, then contacting Smith makes little to no sense whatsoever.
But then again, this is the New York Jets after all. They’ve operated with no common sense plenty of times in the past.