What’s that old saying? “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t trying.” The New York Jets promptly picked up safety Andrew Sendejo from waivers on Sunday after he was cut by the Dallas Cowboys. Sendejo was released as part of Dallas’ attempt to reach the 53 man NFL roster limit on Saturday. But is it just a coincidence that he was picked up by the very same team we play in less than a week?
Cowboy Coach Jason Garrett dismissed the theory when he responded to this very question during Monday’s Press Conference.
Reporter: Do you think it’s a coincidence that they (The Jets) claimed Sendejo this week?
Coach Garrett: “You know, I don’t. I don’t. Cause I think he’s a really good player. And he’s a guy who did a lot of really good things for us. And it didn’t surprise us at all that somebody would claim him. He’s a smart football player. And he’s very good in practice, took advantage of his opportunities in games. And I think he’s just a guy that they liked. Cause we liked him too. I think a lot of teams around the league liked him.”
Despite Coach Garrett’s dismissal, this type of thing is not uncommon. I vaguely remember an interview with Coach Jimmy Johnson where he said he did the exact same thing.
Not solely depending on my sketchy memory, I attempted to try and find a confirmation that this kinda thing actually happens. Therefore, I tweeted current NFL Network Analyst and former Atlanta Falcon Jamie Dukes about the subject. Here’s his response:
So it’s something that happens “all the time” according to Jamie Dukes. I guess it would be hard to prove that you didn’t just grab the guy for his on-field talents. And I’m sure that the coaches around the league know this kind of thing occurs, so their somewhat prepared for it. But in the spirit of gamesmanship, it just doesn’t seem fair.
By the way, does anyone know of a recently released Jets’ player we could pick up?
Added note: It appears Rob Ryan was prepared for this to happen. Tony Romo said he noticed a change in defensive scheme during their last practice session. He call the play “all different” from it’s previous incarnation. Game on, Rex. Game on.