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Jets Getting Good Offseason Grades

The Jets have certainly had a busy offseason. Despite being hampered by the “final four” restrictions, Mike Tannenbaum has managed to maneuver around the limits and put together a great offseason. Two of ESPN’s NFL experts, John Clayton and Mel Kiper Jr., agree.

Clayton said the Jets had the third best offseason, behind their fellow AFC East rivals the New England Patriots (very questionable) and Miami Dolphins:

3. New York Jets: Teams that finished in the final eight of the playoffs couldn’t do much in free agency because of the restrictions caused by the uncapped year. In the case of the Jets, they had to lose a free agent to sign a free agent. Defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson (Saints) was the only unrestricted free agent who went to a final four team other than the Jets. Give Tannenbaum credit. He was aggressive despite the free-agency handcuffs. He made more with less. The Jets clearly have more coverage ability at cornerback with Antonio Cromartie and first-round choice Kyle Wilson than they had with departed veterans Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland. Brodney Pool was a sleeper who signed a one-year, $1.3 million deal to help at safety. Rex Ryan convinced Taylor he could get 15 sacks as a pass-rushing linebacker, and if he can, that would be five more than Ryan received from the other Jets linebackers combined. Getting Holmes for a fifth-round pick should help even if he plays only 12 games. The only debatable moves are how well LaDainian Tomlinson and fourth-round pick Joe McKnight do replacing Thomas Jones and Leon Washington at running back and how ready second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse is to replace Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca.

Kiper had the Jets pegged as one of his offseason winners:

New York Jets: I just like how the Jets seemingly got exposed in a playoff game, and simply went out and said, “Well, not next time.” With the additions of Antonio Cromartie and then Kyle Wilson, they deepened that cornerback unit in a big way. The draft was solid in terms of using just a few picks to make real dividends, and the team simply looks better. That’s a good offseason.

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