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Doug Farrar

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Cornering the market

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What the New York Jets seem to understand is the concept of the buyer's market, and the more intangible, spiritual concept of long-term motivation. In bringing Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, and Antonio Cromartie to the team, the Jets have put some level of organizational faith in guys at productive, but not essential, skill positions. Cromartie is potentially awesome in Rex Ryan's defensive system, but if he isn't, the Jets still have the best pass defender in the game in Darrelle Revis. If the Jets don't get the max out of Holmes ... well, they got to the AFC Championship game with the team they had in 2009, including Edwards.

The addition of LaDainian Tomlinson would be a non-starter for most teams, but Tomlinson is going from one of the NFL's worst run-blocking lines in San Diego, to the league's best overall line with the Jets. That's one way the Jets have set themselves up for ancillary additions -- they've taken care of the fundamentals. They have great lines on both sides of the ball, and their front office is all moving in the same direction.

The Jets also understand the idea of career and financial motivation -- while Edwards, Holmes, and Cromartie have all disappointed their former teams in various ways, they're all at the end of their current contracts in 2010. This puts the odds in the team's favor, because no matter how much of a malcontent a player may be, the one time he's going to straighten up and fly right is in a contract year. Add in the fact that Rex Ryan is the ultimate "I want to play for that guy!" coach -- the John Madden of this generation, in a way -- and the Jets are custom-built to take chances like this.

Now, the Jets have that extra depth at the receiver, cornerback, and running back positions for 2010. They don't have to reach in the draft for any of those positions, and they will most likely get the absolute best from the guys they've added in the short term. Nothing is a sure thing when you're talking about mercurial players, but the Jets seem to be on the right side of the curve.

By Doug Farrar  |  April 13, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  | Category:  Crime , Doug Farrar , 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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