Offseason Overview: Jets Hoping Busy Offseason Pays Off in 08

Jones looking for a big 2008

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

• QB Marques Tuiasosopo is a reasonably-priced insurance policy. He could be back.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

• RB Jesse Chatman: UFA Dolphins; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• G Alan Faneca: UFA Steelers; $40M/5 yrs, $21M guaranteed.

• TE Bubba Franks: FA Packers; $1.65M/1 yr, SB unknown.

• S Artrell Hawkins: FA; terms unknown.

• DT Kris Jenkins (trade Panthers).

• OLB Calvin Pace: UFA Cardinals; $42M/6 yrs, $22M guaranteed.

• FB Tony Richardson: UFA Vikings; $875,000/1 yr, SB unknown.

• T/G Damien Woody: UFA Lions; $25.5M/5 yrs, $8.75M guaranteed.

• CB Andre Woolfolk: FA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

• LB Brad Kassell: Potential UFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

• CB Hank Poteat: UFA; terms unknown.

• FB Stacy Tutt: ERFA; terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

• OG Adrien Clarke (released).

• OT Anthony Clement (released).

• FS Erik Coleman: UFA Falcons; $10M/4 yrs, $2.5M guaranteed.

• CB Andre Dyson (released).

• LB Victor Hobson: UFA Patriots; $645,000/1 yr, $40,000 SB.

• WR Justin McCareins (released).

• NT Dewayne Robertson (traded Broncos).

• TE Sean Ryan: UFA Dolphins; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• C Wade Smith: UFA Chiefs; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

If there was a team making headlines in free agency this offseason, it would have to be the New York Jets. The green gang was determined to put their 2007 4-12 mark behind them, and did so by being super active with picking up no less than 8 free agents, and they also made a deal with the Panthers for DT Kris Jenkins. Most of the players they lost were marginal players that are not impact players that will have a big effect on the 2008. The team spent a ton in free agency, and feel that the moves they made will make them an immediate contender again in the AFC.

The glaring need though is to finally decide on the QB spot, as Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens are set to fight it out during camp. Neither QB set the world on fire in 2007, so both have something to prove this year. They also need more out of running back Thomas Jones, and the O-line should get a boost with All-Pro Guard Alan Faneca coming aboard. On defense, they acquired Jenkins, drafted Vernon Gholston in the first round, and nabbed OLB Calvin Pace, coming off a career year, from the Cards. Can the Jets pick it up again in 2008? They have sold out in making sure they answer “yes” to that question.

Offseason Grade to Date: A-


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