Our sources tell us that the Jets worked out Andre Wadsworth before the combine. We are told that he weighed in around 280 pounds and showed up in tremendous shape. The Jets reportedly offered him a contract after his workout. We do not know if an agreement has been reached. A call to his Agent, Roosevelt Barnes, was not immediately returned.
Andre also worked out for the Tampa Bay Bucs. Tampa had Andre work out along with his friend Peter Boulware. The two did not know they would be working out together until they arrived at the Bucs practice facility. The Bucs want Andre to work out for them again. He delayed initally because of the contract offer on the table from the Jets. The contract is believed to have a low base salary and be rich in incentives.
Andre who is now 32 years old has been out of football for the past six years. He was drafted # 3 overall by the Cardinals in 1998. He was the first non QB selected that year, going in back of Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf. He held out and signed before the opener. His rookie season was good but he was slowed by knee injuries in 1999 and 2000 and has not played since.
It would be an interesting move for the Jets. By all accounts Andre fits in well with Head Coach Eric Mangini’s desire to bring in high character players. He has worked hard to get back in the league. He has been successful off the field, so this is not simply a case of a player looking to get paid. Andre is hungry to play football. He was on the verge of coming back a few years ago when he hit another set back (achilles). He walked on at Florida State because he did not receive any scholarship offers, so he knows about overcoming long odds. This is a good move by the Jets by leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit of new talent. Stay tuned, as we learn more we will bring the news to you.