Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Jets to part ways with college talent evaluator

It has been a bizarre offseason for the New York Jets. First, they gave Mark Sanchez a ridiculous five year contract extension coming off a mediocre season. Then they traded for Tim Tebow and have tried to deny that he will challenge for the starting quarterback job, even though everyone knows better.

Next, Darrelle Revis came out and hinted that he would hold out again, with two years left on his contract. Truly a selfish move by a selfish player who cares more about his wallet than the team. It was only two years ago that Revis held out of Jets camp which became a focal point in the Jets infamous "Hard Knocks" appearance.

Now, Gang Green is parting ways with Joey Clinkscales. If that name doesn't ring a bell with you, fear not: Clinkscales is the Jets Vice President of College Scouting, and he plans to leave the Jets for the Oakland Raiders mere days before the NFL draft is to commence. For a team that has so many needs at different poisitions, the last thing they needed was instability in the college scouting ranks.

Clinkscales spent 13 years with the Jets, drafting the likes of Nick Mangold and Revis; however, he has also been a part of some pretty big stinkeroos. Does Vernon Gholston ring a bell? Or how about trading up in the 2009 draft to take Sanchez, who still has not proven he is a first round franchise quarterback?

In short, he won't be missed if he indeed leaves in the next few weeks, but it is ironic to note that as Gang Green is about to open up the draft, this particular bombshell hits the fan. In an off-season full of headline stories, I'm sure the Jets are proud they are in the news ... again for all the wrong reasons.

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