FOXBORO MA - JANUARY 16: Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets and Wayne Hunter #78 celebrate on their way to defeating the New England Patriots 28 to 21 victory over the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16 2011 in Foxboro Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The Daily News has learned that rigth tackle Wayne Hunter has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Jets. Financial terms were unknown.
The Daily News has also learned that veteran free agent offensive lineman Damien Woody will retire.
I take this to mean the Jets were not confident in Woody's ability to recover from his Achilles injury. It takes away athleticism, and it is tough for a 33 year old to overcome any serious injury.
Hunter gives the Jets an insurance policy in case Vladimir Ducasse is not ready to start. He isn't going to end up in Canton, but he showed that he is capable when he got a chance last year. He is a known commodity, and maybe Bill Callahan can make him even better.
Woody probably could have found a job elsewhere, but apparently he was serious when he told ESPN Radio last night that he only wanted to be a Jet. It's a real testament to the first class organization the Jets have become under Woody Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum, and Rex Ryan. He will always hold a special place with this team. He came in when the offensive line was in shambles and was one of the best right tackles in the league.