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Trading for Maurice Jones-Drew Makes No Sense for New York Jets

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 11:  Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates following a touchdown during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at EverBank Field on December 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Ryan AlfieriCorrespondent IIIAugust 22, 2012

Based on what we have seen in the preseason, there is no doubt that the Jets could use all of the help they could get on the offensive side of the ball.

Much of the blame falls on the shoulders of GM Mike Tannenbaum, as he chose to ignore holes on the offensive line, failed to give Sanchez any continuity in terms of receiving weapons and only threw lighter fluid on the situation by trading for Tim Tebow.  

However, to think that trading for Maurice Jones-Drew, who is currently in a staring contest with Jaguars ownership over his contract, is going to solve the Jets' problems is beyond asinine. 

First, let's think back to how the Jets got into their current situation in the first place. Rather than surround Sanchez with receivers he could develop with, the Jets looked for stop-gap solutions in Braylon Edwards and Plaxico Burress, trading/signing both players when they were past their primes.

Now, the Jets have a massive lack of talent at the position. However, in due time, Stephen Hill and Sanchez have the potential to become a quality connection, even if there are some growing pains in the process. 

So go ahead, rip apart Mike Tannenbaum for not building his offense efficiently. But don't turn around and beg for him to repeat the same mistake that set the Jets back a few years. 

Remember: MJD is not going to play for the Jaguars until the Jaguars give him a new contract that resembles something like Adrian Peterson's. What makes you think he is willing to forget all of that to go and play for the green and white? When/if MJD sees the field again, it will either be for the Jags under his current deal or a revised deal or a new team on a new deal.

As of right now, the Jets have $6 million in cap space. It is not known exactly how much MJD is looking for, but I can promise you that it is somewhere north of $6 million (he will make just under $5 million if he plays this year). 

For arguments' sake, lets go ahead and assume that Mike Tannenbaum makes more respected players take pay cuts and finds a way to fit MJD under the cap. He trades a second-round pick for MJD, and all is wonderful in Jets land. 

Or is it?

Remember that new right tackle you asked Santa for Christmas? Not happening. How about an edge rusher next offseason? Nope. 

What if LaRon Landry plays well and stays healthy? You can consider him gone. Along with Mike DeVito, Matt Slauson, Brandon Moore and Dustin Keller. 

Of course, there is also the matter of just how productive Jones-Drew can still be. Don't get me wrong, MJD is a great player who would be a tremendous asset to the Jets' offense. But there is a reason why the Jaguars are not interested in giving him the kind of money he is looking for; at 27, he only has a year or two more of top-level production before he begins to decline. 

In fact, given his workload over the past few years, he could already be on the decline. 

So go ahead, criticize Tannenbaum for spending his time going after gadget players like Tim Tebow instead of addressing other more important issues head-on. Just don't go clamoring for the Jets to make the same mistake by going after MJD to exacerbate their issues long-term.

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