One day after cutting former Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson, the New York Jets re-signed him.
[Head coach Rex] Ryan said he always believed that after the team cut Richardson it would be able to re-sign him quickly.
“I felt confident we would get Tony back at some point,” Ryan said. “It turned out to be 24 hours.”
The release of the popular Richardson hit his teammates hard initially.
“It was jaw dropping — I couldn’t believe it. He’s our top veteran on offense,” tight end Dustin Keller said of Richardson. “He’s been around the block for sure and been through every scenario you could possibly think of. Especially all this talk we’re doing, if it’s true, that we’re going to be the Super Bowl team we want to be, to do it without him is going to be tough, but especially for him.”
But it was apparent after practice Richardson would be returning to the team. His equipment was still in his locker and internet reports had already predicted he might be back as early as today.
Good for Richardson, but bad for the Chiefs. It would have been a huge benefit to Kansas City’s rushing attack to bring Richardson back to town to help clear the way for Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones the way he did last year in New York to the tune of over 1,400 yards.