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New York Jets Strategy and Personnel 2009-04-10


New York Jets Strategy and Personnel 2009-04-10
TEAM NEEDS/OFFSEASON STRATEGY


Now that the Jets have taken care of their defense for the most part, they must now look at the offense. With former Jet Chris Baker now a New England Patriot, the team has a major need for a tight end who can block effectively, if coach Rex Ryan's planned "all-weather offense" is to reach its full potential.

They also need a new starting wide receiver now that Laveranues Coles has signed with Cincinnati. The Jets preferably need someone with speed, although there figures to be more speed on offense next season thanks to the signing of Leonhard. He will return punts, allowing dynamic Leon Washington to concentrate on kickoff returns and to get more touches on offense. Look for the Jets to address the wideout problem with their first-round pick, the 17th overall.

However, the Jets also could think about a running back in the first round, now that it's possible they could be in for a contract squabble with RB Thomas Jones, who has so far skipped the voluntary off-season conditioning program.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Wide receiver: The Jets need a speedster who can stretch defenses, something they've lacked since trading away Santana Moss after the 2004 season. Tight end Dustin Keller and the running game would be helped by someone who can loosen defenses and prevent them from stacking the box or playing a lot of press coverage.

2. Tight end: The Jets need a tight end that can block, now that Chris Baker has been released. Yes, Keller is improving in that area, but the Jets don't want to put too much on his plate. Plus, with new coach Rex Ryan a staunch believer in the running game, the Jets figure to use two tight-end packages quite often.

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.

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--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.

--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 if he does, it will be elsewhere.

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

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

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.

--QB Brett Ratliff has impressed the organization and will be given a chance to win the starting quarterback position.

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

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--CB Ahmad Carroll: UFA; terms unknown.

--WR David Clowney: ERFA; terms unknown.

--S Abram Elam: RFA tendered at $1.01M, matched Browns offer; $1.5M/1 yr, $250,000 SB.

--K Jay Feely: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

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

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

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--DE Marques Douglas: FA Ravens; terms unknown.

--DT Howard Green: UFA Seahawks; $625,000/1 yr, guarantees unknown.

--LB Larry Izzo: UFA Patriots; terms unknown.

--SS Jim Leonhard: UFA Ravens; $5.9M/3 yrs, guarantees unknown.

--LB Bart Scott: UFA Ravens; $48M/6 yrs, $22M guaranteed.

--CB Lito Sheppard (trade Eagles).

--CB Donald Strickland: UFA 49ers; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

--TE Chris Baker (released).

--CB David Barrett (released).

--LB Eric Barton: UFA Browns; $11.15M/4 yrs, guarantees unknown.

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

--WR Laveranues Coles: UFA Bengals; $28M/4 yrs, $3MSB/$4.75M RB.

--QB Brett Favre (retired).

--RB Noah Herron (released).

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

--DT C.J. Mosley: UFA Browns; $5M/2 yrs, guarantees unknown.

--K Mike Nugent: UFA Buccaneers; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--CB Hank Poteat: UFA Browns; $745,000/1 yr.

--LB Cody Spencer: UFA Lions; 1 yr, terms unknown.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 10, 2009

David Barrett Name: David Barrett
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