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Rams get Hunter from Jets in exchange of right tackles

August 29, 2012
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. , The Associated Press

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jason Smith and Wayne Hun-ter swapped places, eager to revive their NFL careers with a change of scenery.

The Jets and Rams complet

ed a trade of struggling right tackles Tuesday, with New York acquiring Smith from St. Louis for Hunter, a former University of Hawaii stand-

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out. Both Smith, the No. 2 overall pick by the Rams in the 2009 draft, and Hunter, entering his ninth NFL season, had lost their starting jobs - and likely their confidence.

Smith was due $4 million this season, but a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the Rams restructured his contract earlier in the day. Smith received a $1.55 million signing bonus that the Rams will pay, with the remaining $2.45 million paid by the Jets, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither team publicly discussed financial details of the deal.

Hunter is due $2.45 million this season.

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"When we signed Wayne, we felt like there was a lot of good football there," Tannenbaum said. "He played a lot of good football for us. Last year was mixed, it wasn't all bad. There were some really good things in there, and we felt like he deserved another chance."

Tannenbaum said the Jets never intended to trade Hunter, instead using him as a backup tackle and extra tight end, but then the Rams called, and that changed things.

"I just felt like the landing spot was good and fair for us," Tannenbaum said.



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