According to The Sun-Herald in Melbourne, a "senior official" from the Jets inquired about rugby star Greg Inglis, who plays for the Melbourne Storm. The newspaper reported that an Australian-based NFL scouting agency received an e-mail from a Jets official, checking on Inglis' availability for a workout in New York.
Inglis is 23 years old and is listed at 6'5'', 238 lbs. That's close to the measureables of an OLB. He'd probably even have to bulk up a little bit.
Should the Jets feel comfortable with their depth at OLB?
OLB Bryan Thomas is already 30 years old and has played 9 seasons with the Jets. Although he's generally been productive, some would consider him average at best and long in the tooth. He is signed through 2011, but there is no cap hit if he is released in his last year. Unless he has a great 2010 season there is every reason to believe that this will be his last one with the Jets.
Behind Thomas is Jamaal Westerman who was signed to a UDFA contract last year. He played in 14 games and recorded 3 tackles and 1 sack. Unless Westerman can take his game to another level, it's hard to envision him as Thomas' eventual replacement.
On the other side is OLB Calvin Pace who is 29 years old and is in his 3rd year of a 6-year contract. In 2009, he played in 12 games and recorded 8 sacks and 3 forced fumbles, both career highs. Calvin has fit well into Rex Ryan's defense and there is every reason to expect him to be around for another couple of years.
Behind Pace, I don't know. Perhaps the rookie Kevin Basped. He's the only other player on the roster with the measureables to play the position.
Of course there is Jason Taylor who will add depth. But remember he will be used mostly as a pass rushing specialist. And although he was signed to a 2-year contract, it's not expected for him to remain passed this year.
In short, it's hard to feel comfortable with the depth of the OLB position this year, and certainly not looking ahead. No doubt this would explain the Jets interest in trying to find a diamond in the rough in Australia.