Since last season, cornerback Ty Law was rarely heard. Yet when he showed up at the Jets training facility Tuesday and signed, he had plenty to say — including which teams courted him.
Law listed New York, New England and Cleveland as his primary suitors, and thought for a brief time he was going to wind up playing once again for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
“I spoke with them a few times and it was pretty close,” Law said. “There is always going to be a relationship there with the Patriots organization and the fans. It was just that I chose to come here to New York, but I will always love the Patriots. I am a Jet right now and we have to play against them (Thursday night). Right now they have to be the enemy.”
As often as he spoke to the Patriots, Law spoke more with the Jets.
“I was also talking to Eric (Mangini) throughout the offseason,” Law said. “I thought … it was going to be Cleveland, New England or New York. At least that is what I hoped because I had formed relationships with them. I have relationships with those coaches. I talked to Cleveland as well and I am glad that I got a chance to get my wish and play for one of those teams. I think there is no better time than now to come in, get warmed up and ready to roll and try to make a push for the playoffs.”
Asked how enthused he is to be a part of the Jets, Law said: “Just watching them made me say, ‘You know what, I need to be out there playing football,’ because I was straddling the fence for awhile and saying well, ‘Am I going to play? Am I not going to play,’ and to see guys out there having fun, and to see Brett Favre still out there doing it. People call me old, I see Bernard Hopkins, 43. I said, if he can knock somebody out at 43, I sure can cover somebody at 34.”