You can tell that the New York Jets are ready for life without Curtis Martin. For the second time in a week the team traded for a running back, this time getting Kevan Barlow from the San Francisco 49ers for an undisclosed draft pick in 2007.
I love this deal for the Jets. I think Barlow is a much better back than the one they tried to get last week, Browns backup and often injured back Lee Suggs. That deal didn’t go through since Suggs failed his physical and the deal was voided. This time the Jets have a back in Barlow that should not only pass his physical, but should be able to shore up a team that looks like they should be in the basement in the AFC East.
Last year Barlow ran for 581 yards and three TD’s for the 49’ers, but now the job belongs to Frank Gore. Martin is not going to be back this year, at least that is how it appears on the surface. That lingering knee injury looks like it could be the beginning of the end for Martin and his Hall of Fame career, but for the Jets, it simply means they have to move ahead and think about the future.