Jets’ Shopping Spree Provides Options

New York Jets guard Alan Faneca
New York Jets. Shopping spree. Those two words are not usually associated with each other, yet the team has went on a free-agent splurge in big fashion – signing the likes of former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Alan Faneca, former Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Calvin Pace and former Detroit Lions guard Damien Woody, so it can be said that the Jets are serious about improving their team. It is also a safe assumption that the team, come draft time, will not have to target those positions (G, DT, LB) nearly as much as in the past.

As Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum told the New York Post Friday, “Our goal was to give us flexibility in the draft.” Which is all well and good, but the question is this: Are the Jets finished yet? The indicators tend to point to that not happening; although the Jets have spent $138 million towards free agents – including $63 million in guaranteed money, the team isn’t done spending yet, as Tannenbaum added, “We still have a few other things we’d like to do.” Some names that have been floating around New York as targets are Indianapolis Colts tight end Ben Utecht – who can be a good, complementary addition to the TE corps, also being floated around are Miami Dolphins running back Jesse Chatman and Baltimore Ravens RB Musa Smith.

They have probably lost out on obtaining former New England Patriots safety Eugene Wilson, as Wilson has probably priced himself out of being a Jet; current Jet Dewayne Robertson, who the Jets tried to trade to Cincinnati for a pair of draft picks, has a 50-50 shot of returning. In the grand scheme of things, the Jets, with all of their spending and trading activity, may be looking to trade down from the 6th overall pick – a move that would anger some Jets fans.


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