Less than a month after the team acquired Curtis Martin, they decided it was time to move on from Adrian Murrell. On this date in 1998, the Jets sent him to Arizona in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the upcoming draft. Murrell had been one of the few bright spots during the Rich Kotite era. His 1,249 yards during the 1996 season at the time was the 2nd best rushing season of any Jets RB. That season is still among the top 10 for Jets RBs, and considering he was the lone weapon on an epically bad football team, it is an even greater accomplishment. He also gained over 1,200 all purpose yards during the 1995 season. Murrell deserved better. Although he never had the kind of seasons in Arizona that he had in NY, his team did make the playoffs in 98, and he rushed for over 90 yards and scored a TD in a playoff win against Dallas.
As for the Jets, they took Arizona's 3rd round pick and traded with the Rams, moving down two slots in the 3rd, taking Scott Frost, a QB from Nebraska that the Jets converted to Safety with limited success. He started 1 game in 3 years with the Jets before moving on to Cleveland. They also got a 7 from the Rams and took Lawrence Hart, a tight end out of Southern whose NFL career consisted of 1 game. With pick the Jets originally acquired for Murrell, #65 in the 1998 draft, the Rams took DE Leonard Little out of Tennessee. Little went on to a 12-year NFL career, that included 4 double digit sack seasons and an All-Pro selection in 2003.
2003: The Jets lost free agent Chad Morton to the Redskins, receiving a 5th round pick as compensation. The Jets selected DB Derek Pagel from Iowa with the pick. 2008: Former Jet LB Victor Hobson signed as a free agent with the Patriots 2015: This date last year, the Jets signed LB Erin Henderson
Murrell was a great 5th round pick that gave us some very good production.
Terrific trade as well, getting a 3rd round pick for him.
Pity we blew the pick on a QB to play FS, but that's life as a Jets fan - steal a guy, trade him, pick up someone who sucks.
For all the credit that Parcells gets for restoring the franchise to relevance and bringing us one step short of the Super Bowl, but some of his drafts really sucked. That 98 draft was Idzikian. We didn't have a first rounder due to the Martin signing, but 12 players and only 1 solid NFL player, Fabini, out of the bunch:
2 56 Dorian Boose 3 67 Scott Frost 3 87 Kevin Williams (DB) 4 111 Jason Fabini 5 134 Casey Dailey 5 141 Doug Karczewski 5 146 Blake Spence 5 149 Eric Bateman 6 163 Eric Ogbogu 6 174 Chris Brazzell 6 183 Dustin Johnson 7 195 Lawrence Hart