Because of the ongoing labor uncertainty, some NFL teams have already made the decision to move training camp back to their own practice facilities.
The Baltimore Ravens announced earlier this week that they’ll be moving their training camp back to their practice facility. The New York Jets are another team that will be doing the same thing.
The Jets announced Friday that they’ll be moving this year’s training camp to the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, N.J.
"With all the variables presented by this unique offseason, we felt it was best for the Jets that we hold our training camp here at our practice facility," Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. "This was not an easy decision, but it's one we felt we needed to make in order to give us the best chance to win."
In Rex Ryan's first two seasons as head coach of the Jets, the team held its training camps in 2009 and 2010 on the campus of SUNY Cortland and plans to return to Cortland in 2012.
Clay Hampton, senior director, operations, expressed that moving the team, the staff and their equipment from New Jersey to upstate New York is an extensive process, one that he said takes a number of weeks. With that time frame in mind, the Jets have decided to stay at home this summer.
"Training camp is a collaborative effort that requires many different departments to work together to be successful," said Hampton, "and staying at our facility gives us the best chance to accomplish that goal. This is a new operation, but with the template we have in place from OTAs and minicamps, we are prepared for this scenario."
The Jets have held a number of OTAs, minicamps and training camp practices at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in both 2009 and 2010.
"We are disappointed, but we understand why the Jets management made this decision, and we're looking forward to hosting the team next year," SUNY Cortland president Erik Bitterbaum said. "Our partnership remains strong, and we will continue to support the team as enthusiastic Jets fans."