TOJ As Tannenbaum: Free Agent Decisions For New York Jets

I am trying to be an optimist with this whole lockout thing, so if free agency does actually start some time in the next month here is TOJ sitting in the big chair as Mike Tannenbaum and making personnel decisions for the Jets this off-season:

1. Sign Santonio Holmes to a long term deal – Yes, this will likely mean the end of Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith’s stay in New York but in the long run making sure Holmes remains a Jet is the right decision. He is a uniquely gifted and clutch playmaker who can change a game at any second.

2. Sign Antonio Cromartie to a long term deal – You need a consistent, athletic corner opposite Darrelle Revis. Antonio Cromartie handled the job well last season. He is already familiar with the defense and it is too risky to hand the starting job over to Kyle Wilson or a free agent. If the Jets want a bigger role for Wilson in year two, they should let Drew Coleman walk.

3. Bring back Damien Woody – Don’t risk the right tackle spot to Vladimir Ducasse after he didn’t have a proper off-season. Let him spend a full year learning behind Woody at the position and have him take over next year. Wayne Hunter will likely walk in free agency if this happens but the Jets should at least make sure they bring back the versatile Robert Turner for depth.

4. Bring back Shaun Ellis – He is a longest tenured player on the team, a leader on the defense and would be a perfect mentor to Muhammad Wilkerson. The Jets should be able to work a short term deal to allow him to retire in green and white.

5. Bring back Brodney Pool – Pool began to develop into the playmaker most of us thought he would be at the end of last season. With a year of this system under his belt, he should flourish in his second year. Eric Smith likely won’t be back if this happens, but if the Jets can bring back James Ihedigbo and if a young player like Emmanuel Cook steps up, their depth should be fine.

6. Veteran Stopgap Receiver – We all have heard all kinds of name thrown around but if Braylon Edwards leaves, I expect the Jets to sign either Randy Moss or Plaxico Burress. Personally, I would sign Burress to a short, incentive-laden deal. He is a more physical player that should be able to do many of the things Edwards did for the Jets offense last season.

7. Linebacker Depth – The Jets need to add another linebacker to their depth chart, whether it requires bringing Jason Taylor back or signing somebody on the cheap like Matt Roth.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • i disagree with the cro edwards parts. i think tanny should make a concentrated effort to sign both tone and bray to long term deals in that way mark whould have all the weapons he needs and our offense will pretty much be set for years to come and we did draft kyle in the first round he has to start at some point and signing cro to a long term deal will not make sense. besides the only way we’re gonna find out if he can play is if he gets on the field.

  • matt

    I feel like holems is a bit over rated. true he makes alot of big time clutch plays, but he also makes stupid mistakes like fumbling or dropping passes…..

  • Reverend

    I like the idea of signing Santonio to a long term deal and getting rid of Braylon. It bothered me to watch a game hoping he would hold on to the ball when a pass was thrown to him. As for Brad Smith… You’ve gotta be kidding me. You can not give him up! He is too versatile and valuable. I love the Jet’s “trickery” plays! Opposing teams don’t know what to expect when he comes on the field.
    Keep Holmes and Smith – get rid of Edwards.

  • um Reverend Braylon was the most consistent reciever we had when it came to catching the football and brad smith can be replaced for cheap

  • Reverend

    I did not say i didnt like him, but consistant?! You mean consistantly dropping major passes. Brad Smith has been with the Jets too long. Rex knows his value and I doubt they do get rid of him. If only Cotchery magically grew 4″ this offseason….

  • Edwards last season dropped the least amount of passes last season holmes was the one dropping passes in crucial situations. And im not saying that brad smith is not valuable but why would they over pay for a guy who does not start and plays mostly special teams sorry it doesnt work that way

  • Reverend

    Everyone likes who they like i guess. If they do get rid of Braylon, what do u think about them possibly picking up Moss or Plax?

  • i would go with plax

  • Tony C

    Plax as well. He has more to prove, cheaper, low risk higher reward.