SAN DIEGO CA - DECEMBER 16: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers is sacked by linebacker Antwan Barnes #98 of the San Diego Chargers in the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16 2010 in San Diego California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
It's that time of night for a Florio rumor. He says the Jets and Chargers are bidding for Antwan Barnes.
But the Jets have other ideas. Per a league source, both teams are pursuing Barnes.
We talked a bit about him in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. I wish I could take credit for the idea, but it came from Pro Football Focus. Barnes played for two seasons with Rex Ryan in Baltimore. He came into his own as a pass rushing specialist in 2010 with San Diego. He impacted the quarterback with either a pressure, hit, or sack on one of every five times rushing the passes, a really, really big number. Since he was not a three down player, he would be somewhat cheap, but he could really bolster the pass rush.
Normally it comes down to purely money, but this could be a case where all of that talk about guys loving Rex Ryan makes a real difference since most things could be equal.