Jets need to avoid getting a hostage

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has a saying about players who might not be all in with the program:

“We need volunteers, not hostages.”

So with all these quarterbacks the media proposes the Jets go after, in free agency or trades, if they acquire one, they better make sure the person is into being with them and wasn’t sent there against their will or is just there because they overpaid him.

It seemed like Brett Favre was a hostage in 2008, but he was traded to the Jets and had no choice if he wanted to get paid.

Do you really think RB Le’Veon Bell was into being a Jet in 2019-20, or the money was too great to turn down?

Why do you think Deshaun Watson picked Cleveland? There are $230 million fully guaranteed reasons he went there.

The point is simple, don’t make a trade or sign a player, who, in his heart of hearts, doesn’t want to be there.

Money can’t buy you love.

It almost never ends well.

You’ve got to read the tea leaves.

You need volunteers, not hostages.

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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