The quest for another offensive lineman for the New York Jets continues, and it will be interesting to see if former Detroit Lions guard Stephen Peterman ends up being the final destination. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweeted yesterday that the Jets will host Peterman on a visit today, and he notes that Peterman started in every game during the past three seasons for the Detroit Lions.
Peterman could be the Jets replacement for Brandon Moore, who views himself as a starter in this league and wants “starter money” that teams are reportedly unwilling to give him. Why they don’t view Moore as a viable starter is beyond me, because he was as dependable as it gets for the Jets. Of course, it could have something to do with the “butt fumble” mishap, but Vince Wilfork is strong enough to do that to anyone.
Anyway, the Jets are expected to sign Stephen Peterman if his medicals check out, and that’s the biggest concern at this point. He has a long history of severe foot injuries, but the fact that Peterman has managed to play through them all without missing a beat for three years is impressive. The issue at hand is not whether Peterman misses game, but rather how the injuries affect his ability. The long-time Lions G didn’t exactly have his best season in 2012 (I don’t want to slam the guy or anything, because I do like him), and the 31-year-old LSU product was thus released in early February.
Thus, Peterman has received no interest in free agency, save for this reported visit from the Jets. The good news for the Jets is that Peterman will come dirt cheap, and that means a lot to the Jets organization in their current state. If he checks out medically, then he can be capable enough at the guard position for this team.
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