Jets face severe restrictions Just kindof another nice reminder of what the Jets "won" by making it into the Final 8 this year... and a nice reminder that given the Patriots existing injuries and needs for next season, what a good thing it was we didn't have a pyrric victory over the Ravens (with most knowing the teams was too banged up to win the Super Bowl this year). Can you imagine what it would be like if we were looking at next season, without Welker, with so many other areas of need and have such prohibitions on free agents that come with the Final 8 rule? I get the feeling that reality beginning to sink in down in NYC And while I'm not sure I want to give up all that a Julius Peppers trade would require in return, it's nice that the Patriots actually do have that option if they so desired. It'd be even more of a depressing offseason if we had to factor in the Final 8 rule into our free agent considerations. While there's sure to be some released free agents that the Jets can go for, overall this also means that are fewer teams able to bid for a free agent's services (assuming they've not lost one of theirs) which is a plus. I tend to think that BB would never intentionally lose a playoff game, but if you know the team is far from likely from winning the SB, why try to win a game that's only going to severely limit your ability to rebuild in 2010?