The New York Jets are bringing their training camp back to Central New York.
The New York Daily News is reporting that the Jets will return to SUNY Cortland for training camp this summer after exploring other options over the past couple months.
The Jets announced in January that they would review alternate sites for training camp, with general manager John Idzik stating that the team wanted “to perform our due diligence to ensure we have the best possible environment for our camp.”
The Jets have held training camp in Cortland every year Rex Ryan has been head coach (since 2009), with the exception of 2011 following the NFL lockout.
The Daily News article says Jets management ultimately believed that Cortland’s secluded locale offered the best team bonding experience that Rex Ryan and others in the organization desired.
The decision comes on the heels of the announcement over the weekend that the Jets have signed controversial quarterback Michael Vick after releasing Mark Sanchez. Vick served 18 months in prison after he was linked to an illegal dog fighting ring. Vick is expected to compete for the starting position with second year QB Geno Smith.
The Jets were at the end of a three-year contract with SUNY Cortland, which was set to expire on May 31. They have a two-year mutual option followed by two one-year options left on the deal.
SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum said he had not received official word that the team is returning, but welcomed the news.
Approximately 21,000 fans visited the Jets training camp sessions on SUNY Cortland's campus last summer.