Throughout the off-season the New York Jets have been making acquisitions to improve their already #1 defense and their young offense. Their biggest roster moves occurred when they signed Antonio Cromartie and weeks later, they signed running back LaDainian Tomlinson. With the signing of former Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes, many have spoken out against the Jets and all of their off season acquisitions.
Using the popular social networking site Twitter, Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco wrote that the "[New York] Jets are unfairly stacking their team up with great players like the Yankees do" and that it needs to be stopped.
In fact, Ochocinco is incorrect when referring to what the Jets are doing. Last season prior to their first game against their rivals the Miami Dolphins, the Jets signed traded for receiver Braylon Edwards. When arriving in New York, Edwards carried a lot of baggage that made people doubt his presence on the team.
The Jets said that their reasoning for trading Edwards was because they could believe that Head Coach Rex Ryan would be able to handle Edwards. That is exactly what he did. By the end of the season, Edwards played a large role in the Jets run in the playoffs and did not drop as many passes as he was expected to drop.
Knowing that they could handle a player like Braylon Edwards the Jets began looking for other players that had talent but did not have great behavior off the field. The first off season acquisition of this type was the acquisition of Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie's off the field behavior is atrocious, he has six different children with five different women in five different states. In February he missed a child support payment and owed about $25, 000 in back child support.
Rex Ryan felt that by bringing him to the Jets, he would be able to help Cromartie as he helped Edwards. The Jets most recent acquisition of Santonio Holmes exemplifies the Jets ambition to give players with off-field problems a second chance. Hours after it was announced that Holmes was traded to the Jets, it was released to the press that he has been suspended for four games.
Although Holmes will be suspended until week 4 or 5 due to the NFL's policies, the question for Jets fans, and critics is whether or not either Jericho Cotchery or Braylon Edwards will be staying for the 2010 season.