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New York Jets Strategy and Personnel 2009-02-28


New York Jets Strategy and Personnel 2009-02-28
Now that Brett Favre has made his decision to retire, the Jets must find themselves a new starting quarterback. The team hierarchy says it is confident that player already is on the roster. Kellen Clemens and Brett Ratliff are the top in-house candidates, although the Jets could look to bring in a veteran via free agency or a trade.


Of course, the Jets also have other needs, but don't have as many gaping holes as they did last year, when they went on a $152 million spending spree on free agents and players acquired through trades. At this point, they are believed to have about $37 million of cap space to work with.

TEAM NEEDS/OFFSEASON STRATEGY

ILB Eric Barton, a defensive stalwart since coming over as a free agent before the 2004 season, likely will not be re-signed. But the Jets signed Bart Scott on the first day of free agency. Scott is five years younger than the iconic Ray Lewis, and both are Rex Ryan disciples.

Ryan also figures to go after Baltimore safety Jim Leonhard.

Both kickers, Mike Nugent and Jay Feely, are unrestricted free agents, but Nugent wants to test the market, so the Jets will look to sign Feely, even though he is 6 years older than Nugent. They definitely want to re-sign fullback Tony Richardson, who is getting up in years but still is a tremendous lead blocker, and a good change-of-pace ball carrier when called upon. And Richardson has professed a desire to stay with the Jets.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Cornerback: The secondary needs a solid corner to play opposite lockdown corner Darrelle Revis on the left side.

2. Wide receiver: The Jets need a speedster who can stretch defenses, something they've lacked since trading away Santana Moss after the 2004 season.

3. Defensive end: The Jets still could use another big-time edge rusher, and veteran Shaun Ellis' production dropped markedly during the second half of 2008.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--ILB Eric Barton was the team's leading tackler in 2008, but figures to look for (and get) a bigger payday elsewhere.

--CB Ahmad Carroll was signed as a street free agent just before camp, and was good on special teams. The organization likes him and he will be back.

--RB Jesse Chatman's 2008 season was curtailed by a four-game suspension and a knee injury, but returning offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer likes him so he could return.

--WR Laveranues Coles agreed to pass up $6 million of guaranteed money to become a free agent and hit the market.

--K Jay Feely did well for the Jets as a stopgap last season, and with Mike Nugent testing the market, figures to be re-signed.

--TE Bubba Franks didn't have much left in the tank and won't be back, especially now that former Green Bay teammate Brett Favre has retired.

--CB Ty Law was solid after being signed off his couch in mid-November and could play again in 2009, although it likely will be elsewhere.

--DT C.J. Mosley has shown flashes as part of the D-line rotation; could be back if the price is right.

--K Mike Nugent missed all but one game with a hamstring injury and has told the Jets he wants to test the open market.

--CB Hank Poteat is an Eric Mangini favorite so chances are he will wind up in Cleveland.

--S J.R. Reed didn't get on the field after being signed in November. Won't be re-signed because there will be better options out there.

--OLB Cody Spencer is a special-teams standout so the Jets could look to re-sign him if the cost isn't too prohibitive.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--S Abram Elam (tendered at $1.01 million with no compensation) is a hard hitter who is subpar in coverage, yet has an uncanny knack for the big play. But he could be replaced by Baltimore's Jim Leonhard, and thus the Jets wouldn't match another team's offer.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

--OLB Marques Murrell didn't get much of a chance to show his wares under the previous coaching regime, but could be re-signed if Rex Ryan likes what he sees on Murrell's limited tape.

--WR Wallace Wright is strictly a special-teamer at this point, but he does that very well. Is likely to return.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--OG Brandon Moore (had been released by Jets): $16M/4 yrs, $10M SB.

--FB Tony Richardson: UFA; 1 yrs, terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--LB Bart Scott: UFA Ravens; $48M/6 yrs, guarantee unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

--TE Chris Baker (released).

--CB David Barrett (released).

--LB David Bowens (released/failed physical).

--QB Brett Favre (retired).

--RB Noah Herron (released).

--LB Brad Kassel (released/failed physical).



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: February 28, 2009

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