JenkinsThe mammoth nose tackle, rehabbing from his second serious left knee injury in 11 months, told Metro New York reporter Kristian Dyer he wants to resume his career on a grass field to prolong his vitality.
Unless Jenkins changes his mind, that would eliminate the Jets as a possibility and pretty much the rest of the AFC East -- even though they all deploy 3-4 schemes. The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills also play on artificial turf.
The Miami Dolphins have the division's only grass surface, but theirs is partially covered by a baseball infield for much of the year and regularly is rated by the players to be among the worst in the NFL. Plus, the Dolphins already have invested franchise-tag money on nose tackle Paul Soliai.
Jenkins told Dyer he was offered a one-year contract to return to the Jets before the lockout froze all player transactions.
"I'd be interested if [the Jets] had grass on the stadium field, but right now that's the big thing, and they don't," Jenkins told Dyer on Tuesday. "I've played here long and loved it. I love this team. I love the fans, and I've bonded with this team. I feel like I have a connection with this city."
Jenkins added: "[FieldTurf], it ain't my friend. Just as far as my health is concerned, I need to think about that and how my body can and will respond. New York would be a major possibility. We'll have to see, but at this point in time, I want to take care of me, too."
Jenkins twice has been an All-Pro, and he's been a Pro Bowl selection four times.