The New York Jets made a sneaky trade at the deadline last year that flew under the radar.
Gang Green acquired offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in a rare player-for-player swap in exchange for tight end Daniel Brown. The trade with the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t win headlines, but it was a key piece of their rebuilt offensive line in 2021.
This offseason LDT reached free agency and has yet to sign with another NFL franchise and we learned why this week.
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A Different Career Choice
Duvernay-Tardif will be putting his NFL career “on hold”, per the Associated Press.
The veteran offensive lineman is set to do some work in a residency program at a Montreal hospital next month.
This time away is due to him taking care of some medical prerequisites so he can become a physician.
LDT originally entered the NFL back in 2014 when he was selected in both the NFL and CFL drafts respectively. Ultimately the Canadian native chose to pursue his professional football interests in the NFL.
Duvernay-Tardif was the No. 200 overall pick in the sixth round by the Chiefs. He would essentially redshirt his rookie campaign before carving out a nice five-year career in Kansas City:
60 games played
Started in 57 games
Super Bowl championship
LDT is the fourth player in NFL history to graduate from medical school and has balanced that life with his football career.
This isn’t a goodbye, but it is a see you later. LDT won’t be retiring from the game of football but he will be putting that venture off for a while.
The Door Remains Open
While the Jets have added some nice depth to the interior with the waiver wire acquisition of Nate Herbig, you can never have enough.
LDT very much left the door open for a return:
“I’m going to prioritize medicine … and we’ll see in September if there’s a fit,” Duvernay-Tardif said in a telephone interview via the Associated Press. “After eight years in the NFL, and I don’t want to sound pretentious by saying this, but I think I’ve earned the right to do what’s best for me and not just for football and kind of bet on …read more