NEW YORK (Feb. 21, 2007) -- Kevan Barlow 's tenure as the successor to Curtis Martin lasted a season.
The New York Jets released the veteran running back after the least-productive season of Barlow's career. He ran for a career-low 370 yards -- third on the team -- and averaged just 2.8 yards per carry.
Barlow was acquired from San Francisco last August to jump-start a running game that was without an injured Martin. Instead, rookie Leon Washington emerged as a prime playmaker and second-year back Cedric Houston got lots of playing time late in the season.
Barlow started just three of the 12 games he played in for the Jets, although he led the team with six rushing touchdowns.
The Jets had no comment on Barlow's release, and Doug Hendrickson, the running back's agent, was not available for comment.
Also, the Jets released offensive lineman Trey Teague, re-signed cornerback Hank Poteat, and signed safety Raymond Ventrone to a reserve-future contract.
With Martin all but retired and despite still having three running backs on the roster -- Washington, Houston and Derrick Blaylock -- the Jets may still look to acquire a feature back. New York is thought to be interested in Michael Turner, LaDainian Tomlinson's backup in San Diego.
Washington had a team-leading 650 yards rushing and had four TDs, while Houston rushed for 374 yards and five scores. Blaylock had just 44 yards on 25 carries and was inactive most of the season.
Teague was signed by the Jets last April after he spent his first eight seasons with Denver and Buffalo. He was expected to add depth and experience to a line that included two rookies in left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold, but never played a game for New York. Teague broke his left ankle during training camp and again in November.
Poteat, signed before Week 6 last season, started a career-high six games for the Jets and set a personal best with 32 tackles. He previously played for Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and New England.
Ventrone had 41 tackles, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries for Cologne of NFL Europa last season. He spent last NFL season on New England's physically-unable-to-play list and the 2005 season on the Patriots' practice squad.
Any thoughts on where (if anywhere) Barlow might land?
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Darn near forgot about the guy. I think he's more valuable than his stats, but his long run in 131 attempts this year was 12 yards. He may be looked at as a plodder, perhaps even a short yardage guy at this point in his career - with the bonus he is a good pass catcher and generally does not put the ball on the ground. Good ole' reliable, if you will.
I could see him going to bad weather team. If the Bears really wanted to unload Thomas and elevate Benson, I could see Barlow tagging on there. The Packers, unfortunately, may also be interested. I would HATE that as a fan, but it is the type of thing I could see them doing. McCarthy was his OC in San Fran.
Other possibilities could be Indianapolis if Rhodes goes elsewhere. San Diego may actually be a good fit if Turner finds a starting gig on another team.
Other than that, nothing really jumps to mind. Buffalo, Seattle, and Miami could look at him, I suppose, but he could be someone that has to wait until training camp and see who gets injured.
Definately not a fantasy prospect unless something surprising happens.
Gnu314 wrote:This isn't a suprise really, his cap number this season was going to be a lot (something like 6 million).
I can't really see him doing much of anything, signing on somewhere as a backup or worse. Barring injury I don't even see him as a 3rd down or change of pace back.
He didn't want a paycut so he was released. Not really shocking to see the Jets let him go coz he did not perform well based on expectations. He ended last season's performance with 370 yards rushing, 6 touchdowns with just a 2.8-yard average per carry.
And if he insists on a higher salary, he might have a hard time finding a team taking him for what he is worth.
When the Jets, who have an injured RB whose career is over, a disappointing backup who was only good thanks to a stellar KC line, a later round rookie, and a late round 2nd year RB, and Barlow is the guy they cut, Barlow has officially become worthless.
I don't know what happened to this guy. He gained over 1000 yards in 2003 in limited playing time, in 2004 was all the fantasy experts darling, then went steadily downhill. He hasn't had injuries to the extent they should effect him that much. The guy's only played 6 years but is almost washed up. Something sure fell apart for Barlow but I'm not sure what.
maddog60 wrote:When the Jets, who have an injured RB whose career is over, a disappointing backup who was only good thanks to a stellar KC line, a later round rookie, and a late round 2nd year RB, and Barlow is the guy they cut, Barlow has officially become worthless.