Jets Sign Ben Hartsock; Is Marshall Trade Next?

Kevin DeBenedettoCorrespondent ISeptember 2, 2009

ATLANTA - 2008:  Ben Hartsock of the Atlanta Falcons poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Getty Images)

The Jets had many offseason splashes this year, starting from the top with a new head coach. Rex Ryan wants to install a feared defense, with a dominant, 'smack ya in the jaw' running game.

We all know how the defense has molded. With the free agent acquisitions of Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard, Marques Douglas, and Lito Sheppard, Rex Ryan took his first steps to getting that feared defense just like he built in Baltimore.

The problem was, there wasn't many, if any, offensive moves. The Jets traded up to get Mark Sanchez in the draft, but released leading receiver Laveranues Coles and tight end Chris Baker.

Many fans and experts knew the Jets had a glaring hole at the tight end and receiver position. Behind second year Dustin Keller, who has been a poor blocker to date, there was no one worth mentioning for tight ends. Keller did not step up his blocking game, and none of the many tryouts did not work well.

There have been many rumors the Jets are interested in disgruntled Broncos' receiver Brandon Marshall. Denver has reportedly put him on the market and the Jets have jumped.

The Jets receiving core looks weak, with Jerricho Cotchery being the number one receiver for the Jets, many didn't know who the second would be. David Clowney? Chansi Stuckey? Brad Smith?

Today, the Jets addressed a need.

They signed Ben Hartsock, after being released by the Atlanta Falcons.

For those who don't know, Hartsock attended the Ohio State University. He is a six year veteran, who is known for his pass blocking. Some consider him the best blocking tight end in the game, but without doubt he is a top five blocking tight end.

He brings another force to block and open lanes for the three headed beast of Thomas Jones, Leon Washington, and rookie Shonn Greene.

With the signing of Hartsock, maybe the next step would be acquiring Brandon Marshall from the Broncos with a trade. The Broncos have a asking price of a first and fourth rounder for the 2010 Draft, while the Jets think that is too high. Many speculate  they are offering a conditional third rounder, with the ability to become a first.

Do the Jets really want a diva receiver? Many would think not after Keyshawn, but I for one think it would be a good trade. He wants out of Denver and wants to leave soon. If traded to the Jets, he would calm down and get back to playing football.

He would be a great weapon to grow Sanchez into a quality quarterback and it would put the Jets into title contention very soon.