It appears unlikely that we will resign Bray. I understand the business side of it and the cap, etc. There is a fair amount of "oh well , we got Holmes , don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out " sentiment. The culture of the Jets as a franchise changed with Rex and Tanny, however,the rest of the league started to believe it when we traded for Bray 2 years ago. When Cotch and Stuckey were our 1 and 2 we were a good defense with a good running game and a rookie qb. When we traded for Bray, like prarie dogs, NFL teams started to lift their heads and look in our direction. Bray proved them right to do so. He dropped a lot of balls 2 years ago. He also caught a lot and had to be accounted for by defenses, He endeared himself by being a punisher of defenders on run plays and he brought physicality and attitude that fell right in line with what Rex was preaching.. With Bray and Cotch the passing game had to be respected. There was a contest run last year or so on this website about what it meant to play like a Jet. Catching slants over the middle , bulldozing and pinballing off defenders for 8-12 yard gains was the first image I thought of when I thought of what to write for that contest .
Loyalty in the business of the NFL is a fault. As a fan I am horribly conflicted. I will always love Bray for what he and a guy like Kris Jenkins did for this club. They made us tough.Coaching staffs can preach it , but only players can make it real. Guys like John B. see Holmes as a more complete receiver , and Bray not as a #1. We can agree to disagree that's fine. But don't any of you get snide or cavalier over losing Bray. He made the phrase 'play like a Jet' mean something. He helped change the culture of this franchise. And he will be missed and remembered by this loyal fan.