Jets GM banking on McCareins

Jets GM Terry Bradway needs to score big this offseason to regain the trust of his boss.

Updated: March 17, 2004, 11:14 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
When the New York Jets hired general manager Terry Bradway and coach Herm Edwards, owner Woody Johnson envisioned the duo as long term solution. But after three years Johnson seems to have lost faith in his head football man.

Immediately following a disappointing 6-10 season, Edwards received a two-year contract extension and a pay increase while Bradway's deal remained unchanged. That raised eyebrows because their contracts had mirrored each other to that point. Both started out with four-year deals and following their first season together receiver one-year extensions through 2005.

But Bradway took lots of heat for an abysmal offseason last year. He underestimated the interest in restricted free agent receiver Laveranues Coles and only signed him to a first-round tender. The Redskins scooped him up, along with kick returner Chad Morton. The Jets wanted to keep Morton but they didn't fill out the paperwork properly and failed to attach the Redskins' qualifying offer to their own matching offer, which included a clause that would have voided a portion of the contract.