As Jets Confidential's Dan Leberfeld reported early this afternoon, the proposed trade between the Browns and Jets has been voided due to Lee Suggs failing his physical with the Jets, who had agreed to part with CB Derrick Strait in exchange for the running back.
Jets head coach Eric Mangini explained that Lee Suggs didn't pass the team's medical tests. "We have a whole series of tests that we do, and we were very thorough with the process," Mangini told reporters. "He just didn't pass those tests."
It didn't take long for Browns GM Phil Savage to politely suggest that the Jets had been sniffing aircraft oil. In an official statement from the team, Savage said: "The parameters of the trade between the Jets and the Browns were that each player had to pass a physical. Both players have had injuries during their careers and unfortunately it didn’t work out. This spring Lee Suggs has participated in every mini-camp practice and all of our OTA’s. He has also participated in every practice during training camp and played in our first preseason game at Philadelphia last week (Aug. 10). Medical opinions can vary from team to team, and obviously this is one team’s opinion. We anticipate Lee Suggs returning to the Browns and working hard in practice and preparing for the season to the best of his ability, just as he has shown throughout his career with the Browns."
The Browns made up for the loss of Strait quickly, however, signing CB Jeremy LeSueur to a free agent contract. LeSueur is a former third-round choice by the Broncos out of the University of Michigan. The Browns new defensive back is a big, physical defender who has also gotten looks from the Seahawks and Jets since spending the 2004 season on injured reserve.