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Jets trade Kendall to Redskins for fourth-round pick

NFL.com Wire Reports

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The New York Jets have traded disgruntled left guard Pete Kendall to the Washington Redskins for a conditional draft pick.

The NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports that Kendall has passed his physical, allowing the deal to be completed and that Kendall, 34, has signed a new two-year contract with the Redskins.

The Jets will receive Washington's fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. However, the pick changes to a fourth-rounder in 2009 if Kendall participates in 80 percent of the Redskins' offensive plays, a source told Schefter.

"This was a good opportunity and I think everyone that was involved benefits from this," Jets head coach Eric Mangini said Thursday morning. "Pete and I had a great conversation last night, and I wished him the best."

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The deal ends Kendall's tumultuous summer with the Jets after three solid seasons with the team.

Kendall, in his 12th season, was lauded by Mangini last season for helping left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold develop as rookies. But things soured in the offseason when Kendall asked for a $1 million raise on his $1.7 million salary. When that wasn't granted, Kendall made repeated requests to be traded or released.

Rather than hold out, Kendall was at every practice during training camp, because he didn't want to pay the possible $14,000 in fines for every absence. His frustration was evident in his almost daily meetings with the media, and in his body language on the practice field -- standing far from his teammates while the first-team offense practiced.

Kendall figures to be the starting left guard for the Redskins, something it didn't appear he would be with the Jets this season. The 34-year-old Kendall worked mostly with the second-team offense as Adrien Clarke and sixth-round pick Jacob Bender -- normally a tackle -- have practiced at the position.

Kendall also worked as the backup center, a position he failed at two years ago when he was pushed into the role because of injures. Last weekend, he botched two snaps out of the shotgun.

The deal also solves a big question mark for the Redskins, who needed to replace left guard Derrick Dockery, who signed with Buffalo as an unrestricted free agent this spring.

Washington first tried Todd Wade -- a tackle his entire career -- at guard before he injured a shoulder in the first preseason game. Mike Pucillo, mostly a backup in his four NFL seasons, was recently working with the first-team offense.

Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.

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