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Jets agree to trade Pete Kendall to Redskins

BY TOM ROCK | tom.rock@newsday.com

12:52 PM EDT, August 23, 2007

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The Jets have reached a trade agreement with the Redskins, sending disgruntled guard Pete Kendall to Washington in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick, reportedly a fourth- or fifth-round selection in the 2009 draft. The deal is awaiting finalization based on Kendall passing a physical, and Jets coach Eric Mangini said he expects the deal to be completed today.

"We were really comfortable with the trade and the value that we got in the trade," Mangini said. "When this opportunity presented itself we thought it was a good opportunity. As always we try to make the best decisions to help the team win."

The trade leaves the Jets with a virtual vacuum at left guard. In recent days rookie Jacob Bender has been playing with the first offensive unit. Bender is a rookie from I-AA Nicholls State who played tackle in a triple-option offense. The Jets started the preseason with Adrien Clarke splitting time with Kendall at the position, but after a lackluster performance in last week's game against the Vikings, he was seemingly demoted to second team. Clarke has played in 13 NFL games and made four starts, all in 2005 for the Eagles. The Jets also have veteran Wade Smith as a candidate for the job. Mangini conceded that the Jets starting left guard on Sept. 9 against the Patriots could not be on the team right now. "The roster is fluid," he said.


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After skipping most of the team's OTAs through the spring, Kendall brought his contract dispute with the Jets public at minicamp in June, claiming that the team had reneged on a promise to rework his contract. Kendall had taken a pay cut after the 2005 season and signed a four-year deal prior to 2006. After a strong performance in that year, which included a heavy influence on rookie linemen D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold, Kendall asked the Jets for an extra $1 million in 2007, which he said would bring him back to his original pay scale. He was due to earn $1.7 million in 2007. The Redskins are likely to sign Kendall at that $2.7 million price.

Kendall, 34 and entering his 12th season, was signed by the Jets in August of 2004 after he was released by the Cardinals. He's played in 159 regular-season games and made 156 starts. Last year he did not allow a sack in 14 regular-season games.

The contentious relationship between Kendall and the Jets included his threat to hold out of training camp, his assignment to the rookie dorm at the start of camp when he did show up, and the move to center from guard which is a position Kendall dislikes and is not adept at. In last week's preseason game he botched a pair of shotgun snaps.

The Jets will play the Redskins on Nov. 4 at Giants Stadium.

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