Short sighted moves
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The Jets have clearly improved themselves in the short term. Even though he'll only be available for 12 games at best (could be less if the assault charges against him stick) Santonio Holmes should help the team especially later in the year. He may very well be nothing more than a 12 game rental, but then again it's not like the Jets gave up much. I expect that when he does get back he'll be what he was in Pittsburgh. A really good, but a notch below elite, WR.
Antonio Cromartie is a more interesting story to me. He really regressed last year, but he's clearly a guy with talent. He'll get a lot of throws coming his way this year with Revis on the other side, which should be a good thing for a guy known as a ballhawk. If he has a bounce back year he could get big money as a free agent next season. Plus, he'll actually be able to play a full season.
That leads to my biggest question with these deals. They're short term moves. Both guys are on the last year of their deal and the Jets haven't shown much interest in extending either guy before the season. Once the season is over, you'd imagine both guys will want to test free agency. That could easily leave the Jets with the same holes at corner and WR they had before this year with less young talent to fill it thanks to the lost draft picks in all these deals. If you add in that Braylon Edwards is only on a one year deal, the Jets sure don't look like they're building their team with any eye to the future. They've given about seven picks (several in the first few rounds) in the last year to acquire Holmes, Edwards, Cromartie and Mark Sanchez. Only one of those players are guaranteed to be with the team a year from now. With such a young team, you have to wonder about the wisdom of this short term view of theirs.
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Posted by: seraphina2 | April 19, 2010 2:58 AM
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