The Zionist Conspiracy
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Kudos To Tanginibaum
The new Jets regime faced their first serious challenge in the negotiations for John Abraham. They did fantastically well.
Patiently waiting for the Falcons to increase their offer of a second round pick, the Jets will receive the Broncos' first round pick - 29th overall - in a three way deal that sends Abraham to the Falcons.
In an offseason in which other teams declined to place the franchise tag on marquee players like Edgerrin James, Drew Brees and Adam Vinatieri, instead watching those stars leave for nothing, GM Mike Tannenbaum franchised Abraham and quickly brought back a late first rounder.
The trade frees up lots of cap room, and gives the Jets three of the first 36 picks in next month's draft, and seven picks in the first five rounds. The Jets might also pick up another draft pick as compensation for last year's losses in free agency of Kareem McKenzie and Lamont Jordan - that will be announced in the next week or two.
The big question now is whether the Jets will move up to the second pick in the draft to acquire Matt Leinart. With the Jets desperately needing to fill holes on the offensive and defensive lines, I tend to feel that trading multiple draft picks to move up would be a very questionable move. If the Saints don't significantly lower their current asking price of the Jets first, second and third rounders in exchange for the number 2 pick, the Jets should take a pass. Instead, offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson or defensive end Mario Williams should be the players the Jets focus closely on. Ferguson could be an anchor on the offensive line, while Williams would serve as a great replacement for Abraham.