He is a 10-year New York Jets veteran, a locker-room leader and one of the NFL’s highest-graded offensive linemen set to hit free agency.
New York’s scant interest in re-signing right guard Brandon Moore speaks more about the sorry state of the franchise than the player himself.
Admitting he hasn’t had “a lot of contact with the Jets surprisingly” this offseason, Moore is resigned to leaving the only NFL team he has ever known as New York begins the rebuilding process under new general manager John Idzik. Appearing with me and co-host Solomon Wilcots on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Moore said he spoke with Idzik for the first time earlier this week and “we really didn’t get into any (contract) specifics.”
“I don’t know where they are or how they feel about me,” Moore said Thursday night. “I know they’re going through a lot of changes and have a lot of situations going on, but I’m really looking forward to free agency. I think what I add to a locker room and position group on the offensive line is something a team can take advantage of.”
Moore, 32, was a pillar of professionalism on a team surrounded by a circus-like atmosphere in 2012 following the arrival of quarterback Tim Tebow. Moore, though, said Tebow shouldn’t be made a scapegoat for the team’s 6-10 record that led to the firing of general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
“Tim’s a very personable guy,” Moore said. “You can walk up to him and have a conversation and joke with him. He was very professional in the way he went about his business. In the locker room, he was a great guy.
“I don’t think it had any effect on the locker room. We had a lot of other issues other than Tim Tebow. There are a lot of things that could have been done better. I think guys realize that.”
Besides the imminent departure of Moore and other personnel decisions designed to overhaul the roster and fix a salary-cap mess, the Jets are seeking to trade star cornerback Darrelle Revis. Echoing prior media reports, a source told FOXSports.com that the Jets spoke with his team in hopes of trading Revis for a 2013 first-round pick and a mid-round pick in 2014 that could escalate into a higher round depending on play-time incentives.
Asked about Revis’ future in New York, Moore said, “Being around long enough, you realize some things come to an end. I’ve seen a lot of players come and go from wearing the green and being a Jet. You look back two years ago and where the organization regarded him, you never would have thought this from what you read in the headlines.
“I hope it all works out for him. The most important thing is him getting healthy and back to the old Revis. It’s in the cards for him to play somewhere else and not with a team in the rebuilding process, so be it. I’ve got a lot of confidence that he’ll bounce back.”
Moore himself said he is looking to bounce to a bona fide Super Bowl contender. Moore considers that the biggest priority in determining where he will ultimately sign.
“Right now at this stage of my career I’m looking to be with a team that’s on the cusp of a championship, a team that’s a piece (away) here and there,” said Moore, who has started 137 consecutive games for New York dating to the 2004 season. “That’s what I’m really playing for.
“Time is precious. You understand what the important goals are.”