All along Jets offensive lineman Pete Kendall wanted one of two things – either to get a hefty pay raise from the team that he claims he was promised, or to be traded. One of his wishes is about to be granted. Sources are telling the New York Daily News that Kendall is on the verge of being traded, as there are a few teams that have been speaking to the Jets about making a move to acquire the 34-year-old. Deals with the team that will take on Kendall are still being wrapped up, but it is believed that the team in talks with New York will grant Kendall what he wants, a $1 million dollar pay raise.
In return, the Jets will get a undisclosed draft choice, but the bigger story is just the fact they will be getting rid of one of the biggest distractions the team has ever had during a training camp. It was becoming a daily routine for the media to speak to Kendall and for him to take shots at the franchise for not living up to their word of giving him a raise according to what he claims they told him in the offseason. While Kendall is still a solid lineman at 34, the hassle of having him in that locker room for the 2007 is clearly not worth it to the Jets.
While Kendall has not been on the practice field the last two days with a shoulder injury, which sources say is not all that serious, the outlook of moving him became obvious on Wednesday when he was pulled off the practice field by GM Mike Tannenbaum. The GM spoke to Kendall in his office, likely to tell him a move was coming, and then Kendall was back on the practice field, riding a bike since he was unable to practice. The left guard spot now for the Jets will go to either rookie Jacob Bender or Adrien Clark, who has played in 13 pro games with 4 starts, all with Philly back in 2005.