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Jason Brewer

An economics student at Fordham University who runs Bleeding Green Nation

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.

By Jason Brewer  |  April 14, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  | Category:  NFL , New York Jets , Pittsburgh Steelers , San Diego Chargers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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When evaluating a player move like Antonio Cowardartie, it is a good idea to look at his play on the field. When Old Yeller played for the Chargers this last season he was a very good cover corner. But he doesn't just shy away from tackles, he actively tries to avoid them. Check out the Youtube footage of him deliberately tanking tackles during the Jets playoff game. Or check some of his other non-plays on run defense. Hey, it is not just that he tries to avoid tackles. It is how blatant it is. I don't think his cowardice can be coached away.

Posted by: seraphina2 | April 19, 2010 2:58 AM

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