Can’t a girl go away for an hour to make dinner? Geesh. I have to feed my kids, you know.
I casually turn on my phone only to stumble upon the news that the Rams have traded away struggling right tackle Jason Smith. Hooray?
Until I realized it was for the much talked about – and not in a good way – Jets Wayne Hunter. I follow a lot of Jets folk and it was quite evident there were parallels between the two guys. Most notably the fact both were relieved of their respective starting duties. Smith was replaced by Barry Richardson and Hunter by Austin Howard.
Smith was due $4 million and Hunter $2.45 million for the 2012, saving the Rams $1.55 million in cap space. More importantly the Rams were on the hook for a $11 million roster bonus in 2013 (which in no way they were going to pay, by the way…). I doubt the Jets will either.
Still no word on whether there are draft picks involved in the trade.
The Rams are slowly becoming “Jets Midwest” with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, QB Kellen Clemens, C/G Robert Turner, TE Matt Mulligan, DE Vernon Gholston and now RT Wayne Hunter.
For what it’s worth, back up center Turner has worked out nicely in Scott Wells’ absence and TE Mulligan isn’t nearly as bad as my Jets tweeps were yelping about.
I for one will keep an open mind about Hunter. Looks like Rams great Torry Holt thinks a change for Hunter might not be a bad idea either.
If anything Hunter has value as a jumbo tight end according to our Aerys Jets writer, Kristine. Hey, there’s an upside.