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Jets confirm Izzo signing

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff March 11, 2009 06:52 PM

The Jets have sent out a release confirming the signing of Patriots special teams captain/linebacker Larry Izzo.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to play for the Jets and Mr. [Woody] Johnson," Izzo said in the release. "I'm grateful for the chance to be reunited with [special teams] coach [Mike] Westhoff, who played a key role early in my career, and look forward to playing for Coach [Rex] Ryan as he brings his passionate, physical style of football to New York. Having spent my entire career in the AFC East, I'm very familiar with the Jets' incredibly loyal, knowledgeable and passionate fans and this is an amazing chance to work hard and make them proud."

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29 comments so far...
  1. not a big loss they can have him see ya Izzo

    Posted by mansfieldhornets March 11, 09 07:25 PM
  1. Well, isn't it so very interesting he spreads around his newfound love for his coaches and New York. Makes me want to puke. Thanks for the good times Larry, at least you didn't throw the Pats under the bus.

    Go Patriots!!!!!!!

    Posted by Mac March 11, 09 08:39 PM
  1. Larry was great but he has little left

    Posted by Jack March 11, 09 08:52 PM
  1. No!!!!!!!!!11 Larry Izzo no. Your my favorite pat you bought me jager shots at the place

    Posted by Rich March 11, 09 08:54 PM
  1. Those are some refreshing remarks from a player who gives his all whenever he touches the field. I am thrilled that he will be wearing Jet Green.

    Posted by Tom S March 11, 09 09:03 PM
  1. he will be missed....

    Posted by laserjock March 11, 09 09:18 PM
  1. Don't you love these prepared press releases with all the excitement of playing for a new owner and a new coach? I guess his time with the Patriots was just OK. Pro sports fans are such saps for paying out tons of dough to attend games and eat all the crappy overly-priced food and watered-down draft beer. This is a business people.

    Posted by Whitey March 11, 09 09:33 PM
  1. Good for him. He was good for the Pats, and deserves a chance to stay active.
    Obviously the Pats felt he wan't worth the cap space, so
    I wish him well, but I wont be rooting for him.

    Posted by John Goldman March 11, 09 09:56 PM
  1. money talks Larry!

    Posted by T_Bone March 11, 09 09:58 PM
  1. trader.

    Posted by bostonfan March 11, 09 10:02 PM
  1. Good signing for the Jets, Larry is a solid guy, great locker room leader, will fit nicely on special teams and can play LB in a pinch. One thing for sure a lot of leadership is walking out the door...

    Posted by JT109 March 11, 09 10:06 PM
  1. At least we still have Ellis Hobbs

    Posted by Bucko from beyond the Grave March 11, 09 10:23 PM
  1. Jeepers! If nothing else, experience with the Patriots organization teaches players how best to market themselves. --Or, perhaps more likely, Bob Kraft's system chooses players who know how to work in the business.

    G'luck on non-Pats Sundays, Larry!

    Posted by James Coffee March 11, 09 10:41 PM
  1. Is it me or does it seem like there are a real lot of people (players and coaches and staff) that are leaving the Pats? Should I be reading something into this or what? It makes one wonder why so many are making the decision to part ways with the Pats... Please help as I am concerned we may be losing the very thing that has kept us a winning franchise -- T E A M

    Thanks,
    Don

    Posted by Don from Norfolk March 11, 09 11:22 PM
  1. I've seen larry in green, he looks like crap! Did the pats make him an offer? I can only guess that money was the only factor here. Oh well...he's old.

    Posted by Marc March 11, 09 11:55 PM
  1. IZZO better maintain that 'Yankees Suck' mantra, even though he's in NYC now!!!!

    Posted by BEEF March 12, 09 02:00 AM
  1. I think they plan on promoting Alexander to Izzo's role, he is to good to cut but not good enough break the LB rotation. Prefect role player.

    I am not a big Pepper fan; so I will leaving him him out of my post. I do think they need another veteran presents at LB, and although Jason Taylor would be nice, I think someone in the 6-9 year range makes much more sense. I think Banta-Cain is going to have some impact on the LB group. He was really come together in the Pats system before leaving. He has four year in it and is now in his prime at 28 with something to prove. I’m not saying he is going to replace Vrable in his prime, but I think he should be one of the first guys off the bench. I don’t think they need much more youth at LB, they have Mayo, Crable, Guyton, Redd, and Ruud coming into their second year. They have Banta-Cain, Woods, and Alexander with 5 or less years.
    I would use the draft to focus on the Offence Line, Running Back, WR and then LB in that order. But again, they do need another starting LB before they can turn their attention to the offence.

    Posted by Ricomandog March 12, 09 08:45 AM
  1. So, after the Paxton and Izzo signing, Brady, Seymour and Light are the only "original" 3-SB players left?!?
    so sad...

    Posted by nostalgic March 12, 09 10:22 AM
  1. C'mon Larry. the JETS!?
    You are one of the long standing consumate Patriots, going to the Jets is like a Sox player going to the yanks. I figure BB low-balled an offer to you , don't blame you for wanting to get more, you should, but the J-e-t-s? It just stinks. How are we suppose to boo Larry Izzo?

    Posted by TG in NJ March 12, 09 11:14 AM
  1. Bostonfan I am not sure "trader" is the correct term, because he was a free agent and therefore not "traded". Perhaps you meant "traitor" as in one who commits "treason" or "treachery"? But here's a news flash: the Patriots are not in Boston! Years ago, through an act of treachery, they betrayed their City of Boston, and traded for Foxborough. Why did they do that? More money, a better deal, a chance to continue to play football.

    Posted by Justin-R March 12, 09 11:42 AM
  1. Ricomandog, agree with you on Jason Taylor but "[Banta-Cain] was really come together in the Pats system before leaving." If that were true, BB would never had let him leave. Banta-Cain entered the starting line up when Seau got hurt and he was totally ineffective against the run and in pass coverage. In fact, you may recall that B-C lost his starting job to Eric Alexander in the game v. the Colts. When the Pats re-signed B-C my first thought was now they can let Izzo go because B-C's only hope to make the team is as a special teamer.

    Posted by Jim Gill March 12, 09 12:30 PM
  1. izzo is on the downswing and the patriots werent offering him much. pats players are leaving because typically you stock grows when youre with the pats. anyways, he has ties to balco and we dont need cheaters in the lockerroom lol

    Posted by Alex March 12, 09 12:34 PM
  1. Nothing like gushing over your new bosses. Lighten up on the syrup Larry - you got the job.

    Posted by jingle_ballz March 12, 09 12:51 PM
  1. This is just horrible. This is the first year since the Kraft era that the team has done everything wrong. First trading Cassel and Vrabel for NOTHING. Cassel should have been our starting QB for the future. Also with great players on the trading block like TO and LT they coulda gotten anyone for Brady. Now Izzo going to the Jets will deff come back to haunt us. I have lost almost all faith in this team, and I am just praying that they prove me wrong.

    Posted by Wade March 12, 09 01:09 PM
  1. "Trader."

    Thank you for the laugh. If you're going to insult Izzo for signing with another team (when the Pats apparently didn't want to sign him), at least use the correct term.

    Traitor.

    Or are you thinking of Madoff

    Posted by PsychoTim March 12, 09 06:38 PM
  1. runningback? are you kidding me? laurence maroney,fred taylor,benjarvus green-ellis,sammy morris,& kevin faulk if the patriots draft a running back in any round i will be shocked.

    Posted by Peter March 12, 09 08:34 PM
  1. Carl Parisien Natick says: I think they've made some positive steps to imprving their defence with their acquisitions.

    Posted by Carl Parisien March 13, 09 12:29 PM
  1. I loved Larry as a Patriot but he is a Jet now so he is dead to me..

    Posted by fitz March 13, 09 02:05 PM
  1. Hey "Fredo" Izzo....wanna go fishing??

    Posted by Michael Corleone March 13, 09 04:51 PM
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