I’ve been reading a lot the past few days about a possible trade involving the Jets and Alan Faneca. Of course, the first thing I did was trace the source and find out if this rumor had any legs. The source of this rumor was Lisa Zimmerman, who wrote about Faneca in her blog a few days ago. Here is what she wrote:
"Someone to keep an eye on—Alan Faneca. The 12-year veteran is getting close to the end of his career and he has an enormous contract. If Faneca doesn’t decide to retire in the next few weeks, the Jets could look to trade him around the Draft. Offensive lineman Rob Turner could likely transition easily in the left guard spot, especially given the fact that the other four linemen are all returning. However, he would probably have to compete with Matt Slauson for the job."
It must have been a really slow day in reporting cause Lisa is doing some serious speculation here. First off, there has been no rumors of Alan Faneca retiring. We all know that Faneca is an outspoken guy and has never shied away from speaking to the media. If he was even contemplating retirement, we would have heard something about it by now. Faneca was the starter at left guard in the Pro Bowl last year and is still playing at a high level, so I’m sure he’s got at least another year left in the tank.
Also, Faneca is extremely important to the Jets offensive line and the running game. Ever since the Jets acquired Faneca, D’Brickashaw Ferguson has looked like a Pro-Bowl type player. Brick is obviously benefiting from having one of the all time best guards next to him. Finally, the NFL is going into an uncapped year, so Alan’s contract should not be an issue. A few extra million to keep the league’s highest rated offensive line together for another year is more than worth it.
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