Former New York Jets offensive guard Brandon Moore has spent much of his pro career being underrated and underappreciated. He went undrafted in 2002 before becoming an anchor on the offensive line for the Jets.
Moore spent 11 years with the Jets, developing into a respected leader and key player. He finally reached the Pro Bowl after the 2011 season. In the round-up of the top 100 players from the 2012 NFL season at ProFootballFocus.com, Khaled Elsayed heaped praise on Moore, placing him at No. 78 overall. He wrote:
While Moore is remembered for Mark Sanchez running into his backside, he should be remembered for another excellent season from the perennially underrated guard. Even though he gave up just 20 quarterback disruptions and was flagged for only four penalties, it was actually his work in the run game that made him stand out, especially a fine end to the season.
Here is the crazy part. Moore is still a free agent!
Turning 33 this offseason, Moore did not get a starter-level deal from the Jets and hit the free-agent market. For reasons that are mysterious to me, he remains a free agent even now after the draft.
Both offensive guard positions remain undetermined for the New York Jets at present. Willie Colon is still somewhat of a question mark. Third-round draft pick Brian Winters still needs to prove himself. Veteran backup Vladimir Ducasse may or may not be ready for a starting gig.
There are plenty of NFL teams that could improve by signing Moore. The Jets, the team that he spent his entire career with thus far, are one of them. Certainly money is a question, and certainly age is a question. Nevertheless, common sense seems to dictate that a conversation should be happening right now between Brandon Moore and the New York Jets.
If Moore does not find a home this summer, it would be shocking. So why not make that home the place he has been for the past 11 seasons?