To the surprise of no one, the Jets, already super active on the free agent market in day one, is on the verge of getting stud guard Alan Faenca. ESPN is reporting that the Jets and Faneca have tenetively agreed to a four-year deal worth $32 million, in which $23 million of it is guaranteed. Faneca will visit the team this weekend, and likely then wrap up the deal. The story says that Faneca will play left guard.
Faneca leaves what had become a bitter situation with the Steelers, in which he wanted a long-term deal from the team, and in the end didn’t get it. The Steelers for some reason did not want to award Faneca with the type of huge money they saw going to linemen like Eric Steinback, Leonard Davis, or Derrick Dockery. Instead, Fancea did the classy thing and played like an All-Pro and wrapped up his 10-year career with the Black and Gold and simply now will move on.
“I’ve been asking since February to trade me, to let me go,” Faneca said. “I’ve done my piece. I’ve done my time. I’ve done everything I can for this organization. I’ve lived and breathed Steeler football for nine years and gave them everything I’ve had and helped them win a Super Bowl. In my mind, I’ve earned the right to be treated fairly.”
The Jets went out with a mission to be very active in free agency, and in day one they did just that, making a deal to trade for Panthers DT Kris Jenkins, who they then signed to a huge five-year deal, sending Jonathan Vilma to the Saints for a conditional draft pick in 2009, signing DT Sione Pouha, and now it appears that Faneca will be next. No doubt the Jets are determined to bounce back from a disaster of a 2007.