In the New York Post today, Mike Tannenbaum described the way the Jets went about signing Plaxico Burress. Much of the story focuses on the last-minute nature of the deal: how an offer was made to Burress during his one-hour layover in Los Angeles on his way to Pittsburgh and how he drove for 30 minutes looking for a hotel he could spend the night in (and fax a contract to the Jets from) after making his decision.
Then, there's this, which is just pure Tanny:
"Drew if we commit to $3 million, he's a Jet?" Tannenbaum said.What is also intriguing is how early the groundwork for this deal was laid.
"Yeah, I'll recommend it's a deal," Rosenhaus replied.
"Look, I can't do $3 million, but I can do $3,017,000," Tannenbaum said, adding the extra money as a nod to Burress' jersey number.
Before Burress went to prison, the Jets paid him a visit. Tannenbaum and Johnson were at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, Fla on May 18-20, 2009 for the NFL meetings. Burress lived nearby, so Tannenbaum and Johnson took a ride to his house. At the time it was uncertain if Burress would go to prison or what his NFL status would be.Apparently, that legwork just paid off.
Johnson told Burress that he was a big fan and that everyone makes mistakes. He added that after he was free, maybe he could be a Jet.
Of the 32 NFL teams, the Jets were the only ones to do that.