Jordan might be too expensive

New York must decide if and when Lamont Jordan is ready to replace Curtis Martin as the full-time starter.

Updated: June 1, 2004, 3:41 PM ET
By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
Sometimes the moves that you don't make wind up being the best moves. That could be the case for the New York Jets.

General Manager Terry Bradway spent the better part of the offseason trying to deal reserve running back LaMont Jordan. First he offered him to Washington for cornerback Champ Bailey and then he talked with the Raiders about trading Jordan for a second-round pick. Neither trade could be consummated and now the Jets seem comfortable with Jordan being a Jet in 2004.

The Jets never had a problem with Jordan's ability. At 5'10", 230-pounds, he has excellent size and decent speed. In the few chances he's had while playing behind Curtis Martin, Jordan has impressed. In three seasons in New York he has carried the ball 169 times for 789 yards, which is almost five yards a carry.