The Cowboys swapped a TE to the Jets, who in turn swapped one to the Bucs.
Tight end Doug Jolley, who never fulfilled expectations after being acquired by the New York Jets from Oakland, was traded by the Jets to Tampa Bay on Thursday. The Jets also acquired tight end Sean Ryan from Dallas and claimed wide receiver Sloan Thomas on waivers from Tennessee. Both the Jolley and Ryan deals involved undisclosed draft choices.
Ryan, a fifth-round pick by Dallas in 2004, has played in nine NFL games and started two. Thomas, who played at Texas, was a seventh-round pick of Houston in 2004 and played in one game for Tennessee last year, making two special teams tackles.
The Jets got Jolley in April 2005, giving up their first-round pick in that draft and obtaining the Raiders’ second-rounder in the deal. But he had just 29 catches last season for 324 yards and one touchdown, a 60-yarder.
According to the Nick Eatman, Ryan fetched a 7th rounder.
Apparently, one of them was tight end Sean Ryan, who was traded to the Jets Thursday for a seventh-round draft pick in 2007.
Ryan was considered the fourth tight end for the Cowboys, who already have Pro Bowler Jason Witten, rookie Anthony Fasano and fifth-year pro Ryan Hannam, who was added through free agency this past spring.
First-year pro Tony Curtis is the now fourth tight end on the current roster and has flashed some potential here in the preseason, catching two passes for 50 yards. Curtis spent last season on the practice squad, and could end up there again if he is released this weekend.
In two seasons, Ryan played just nine games, including two starts, but has not had a catch in a regular-season game.
Ryan, a fifth-round draft pick for the Cowboys in 2004, spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad. He was called up for the final six games of the year and played primarily as a blocker. Last season, Ryan was expected to have a bigger role, but suffered a foot injury early in training camp that eventually landed him another spot on the practice squad. Again, he made his way back to the 53-man roster by Thanksgiving. Ryan played the last six games of the season, but again, did not record a reception.
Obviously, the Jets and Cowboys both lost in this trade, given that they got far less value in return than their initial outlays. Still, the essence of managing a team in a salary cap world is knowing when to cut your losses. It looks like both clubs decided it was time to do just that.
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