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I think they will sign both wrs and let Cromartie go.
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By the time the Patriots have made their 6th (that's SIXTH) pick, the Jest will almost be ready to make their 2nd.
I know we'll trade a few of those but our draft day trades usually put us in a stronger draft position overall.
As for the thread, it does look good but teams determined to win now seem to find a way to self sustain that process. I want to see what they come back with before proclaiming them dead although some like 'Cro and Edwards would seem to be gone.
To heck with him. I felt that way a few years ago but he's teased us for years about how he loves the Patriots then he goes to the Jest. No room at my Inn for Taylor.
I do think the Jets will concentrate on signing/beguiling enough of their free agents -- especially Cromartie, Harris, Holmes or Edwards -- to stay. Rex is the drawing card. What you don't get in money, Rex will make up by praising the players from the podium incessantly.
Well according to incarceratedbob's twitter (granted he isn't the best source because he as gotten A LOT wrong), Cromartie is done with the Jets because he got into a fight with Bart Scott on the flight home and it was was the last straw for Rex. I doubt the story is true until someone real reports it, it was a wonderful use of a second round pick.
I am not going to say their window is shut, but next seasons team could look a lot different at some key positions. Not only are Edwards and Holmes free agents, but so is Brad Smith. Cromartie is gone, hello Kyle Wilson . David Harris is a free agent, but I am sure they will have to franchise tag him, he is going to want more money then that Moron scott, who was ridiculously overpaid by the jets. Fun times ahead...
The Jets knew that some of these players were probably not going to be coming back. They also don't know what the new CBA will be. No question that the under the old CBA that the Pats are in a better situation then the Jets.
With that being said they will re-sign either Braylon or Santonio and Harris. Cromatie and I believe Santonio will be let go because you just can't have that much money tied into WR/CB.
The players that concern me are Brad Smith, Eric Smith and Brodney Pool. The Smith's aren't anything more then average from scrimmage but their overall ability on special teams and to the roles they play on defense are offense are important to what the Jets do. Someone will probably offer Brad Smith more money then he's worth.
Taylor, Tomlinson, Ellis, Jenkins, Woody, Bryan Thomas, Richardson and Pryce may all see the door as well. They will get cap savings from players being cut, retiring or being restructed.
They will have to do a mini rebuild on the front 7 on defense over the next 2 off seasons. That's the only area on the team that will really be hurt by aging and the salary cap.
You guys love to trash our draft class from 2010 but Ducasse should be the starting right tackle in 2011, Kyle Wilson should take over for Cromatie, Mcknight should be splitting carries with Greene and John Connor will be playing fullback.
No question that Belicheck has put the Pats in a better situation going into 2011 but Ryan and Sanchez are only going to get better. They are 24-14 overall and 3-2 versus the Pats. They might take a slight step back in talent in 2011 but the Jets aren't going anywhere and neither are the Pats. The division is going to be a war for a long time.
Cromartie is a must sign since Wilson is not a replacement. Cro has mouths to feed, truly, so hopefully the Jets don't get a discount.
Don't worrying about the ink drying. Edwards will drop the pen before he can sign the contract.
Both of them are going to want ridiculous money. IF they want to keep either of them, given what the cap looks like, they will have to let a lot of players go. Diva WRs, even severely overrated ones, want the world in FA. And you can add Cromartie to that list too. Rex was gunning for the elusive SB, but many of his players had that huge contract in mind. Revis, Mangold and Ferguson got theirs in NJ. There may not be room for more, at least without some veteran cuts.
I don't think so. While the Jets could have some cap and free agency issues, I think the Jets should be very strong next year. If they can resign their FA's and address their lines, I think they have to be one of the favorites again next next year.
That's not quite the way it works though. They have $99M already committed to less than half a roster (80 or so per season including dead cap guys and PS and IR every season...). They could be looking at $30M or so under the cap but with more than 40 players to sign and few draft picks to fill in the gaps inexpensively... Guys like Santonio or Braylon or Cromartie aren't going to give Rex a home town discount in exchange for a gd snack and hollow promises of a ring. Revis deal is set up in a way that could result in another holdout for a restructure. Many of the gaps they will have to fill will require multiple millions. And those PSL's still haven't sold.
We are in way better shape cap and roster wise, and we have a boatload of draft picks they don't. We have two expensive UFA we need to retain in order to add via the draft. They have several. Our 2010 draft class showed exceptional development, their's bombed. You know what BB says, if you're not getting better in this league you're getting worse. We have the cap space and draft ammo to keep getting better. They don't. They will be hard pressed to maintain a close facimile to the status quo. As for attracting veteran FA dreaming of a ring, you can only play that "wildcard" so many times before the promise itself starts to ring hollow. Then you end up with guys really just looking for a solid gig with good pay and benefits like...snacks. As we found out... And when the going gets touch those guys don't rise up for you. That is why drafting well is so important.
I don't think anyone would argue that we aren't in way better shape cap-wise. But the numbers that you're citing assume that a number of Jets won't be cut; Tomlinson, Jenkins, and others won't be back, and that will free up a little space. Won't be much, and they'll be paper-thin, but it isn't quite as bleak as you portray it.
All that I was saying, though, is that they won't be affected by the rule that says that the final 4 can't sign more FAs than they lose--if that rule is even still in effect--since they'll be losing a ton of FAs in the first place due to the very mass exodus that you're talking about.