Travis LaBoy: Pursue or No?

The Jets had free agent outside linebacker Travis LaBoy in for a visit.  The 28 year old spent the first 4 years of his career playing defensive end in Tennessee's 4-3 defense. He moved to outside linebacker in the 3-4 after signing with Arizona in 2008. The Cardinals released him after that season. LaBoy had torn biceps. He needed surgery. He sat out the entire 2009 season.

LaBoy would be purely a pass rusher. He was never strong against the run playing end. He would still be learning some of the finer points of 3-4 outside linebacker, something of a liability in coverage. He has 23.5 sacks in 5 seasons including more than 6 twice. He's got a good burst off the line and an array of moves along with an excellent motor.

This would not be a big impact move. LaBoy is a specialist who would add depth. He'd be a good addition for obvious passing downs getting after the quarterback. It's a quiet move that could pay dividends. This team is going to be restricted in the offseason. LaBoy will come cheap given the injury that cost him a season. I wanted the Jets to go after him 2 years ago. I'd be happy to see him in green and white next year.

I vote pursue.

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