posted on Feb, 27 2004 @ 10:06 AM
Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde is considering retirement. In a statement released through the team Thursday, Testaverde said he told coach Herman
Edwards and general manager Terry Bradway that he will not participate in offseason workouts with the Jets.
"In an effort to figure out what is best for my family, myself and the New York Jets ... I will not be participating in the offseason program,"
Testaverde said. "I am considering, unless something changes, bringing an end to my professional playing career."
The New York Daily News reported earlier Thursday that the 40-year-old veteran would be released after June 1 to lessen the salary cap hit the team
takes, citing an unidentified NFL source.
Testaverde lost his starting job to Pennington early in the 2002 season, and Pennington led the Jets from a 2-5 start into the playoffs. When
Pennington broke his wrist last summer, Testaverde took over and went 2-5 as a starter before Pennington returned.
In 2001, the first year under Edwards, Testaverde led the Jets to a 10-6 record and a wild-card playoff berth. Last season, Testaverde became the
ninth quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 40,000 yards.
In discussions with the Jets' organization, they have been very positive and supportive of me," Testaverde said. "I really appreciate the
opportunity to have come back to New York, my home, and have enjoyed being part of some of the most successful and exciting years the Jets have