New York Jets Look Unstoppable as the Gang Green Coasts Through the Offseason
It has been quite the off-season for the New York Jets and the NFL Draft has yet to pass.
It was a year ago that GM Mike Tannenbaum traded away the team's first and second-round picks, defensive end Kenyon Coleman, safety Abram Elam, and quarterback Brett Ratliff to the Cleveland Browns for a first round selection to draft QB Mark Sanchez.
In 2008, Tannenbaum lured legendary and indecisive QB Brett Favre to Gang Green for a few draft picks. A move that would blow up in his face as Favre would fail to get to the team into the playoffs and later lead the Minnesota Vikings one drive short of the Super Bowl.
Tannenbaum got off to a very early start this off-season by acquiring CB Antonio Cromartie from the San Diego Chargers for a third-round draft pick in next year's draft. With four seasons under his belt, the 28-year-old has 15 career interceptions and one Pro-Bowl selection in 2007.
10 days later, Iron Mike obtained another Charger, this time it was none other than LaDainian Tomlinson.
While coming off from one of his worst seasons in his career, LT brings quite the resume to Gang Green holding a numerous amount of NFL records.
Entering his 10th season, he has over 12,000 rushing yards and 138 TD's, although the Jets did cut ties with Thomas Jones, who like Tomlinson, was the same age.
This gamble could prove to work out in their favor as they resigned Leon Washington, who suffered a horrific injury in week seven against the Oakland Raiders. Add in the rise of Shonn Greene, and the the team has quite a formidable backfield.
The wheeling and dealing didn't stop there for Tannenbaum, who landed WR Santonio Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a fifth-round pick in this years draft.
Holmes was suspended for four weeks by the NFL days after arriving to team for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Despite his conduct problems, he was still the MVP in Super Bowl XLIII, has 20 TD's and 3,835 career receiving yards and is another weapon for Mark Sanchez, who already has Braylon Edwards from last year's trade with Cleveland.
Just yesterday, Tannenbaum signed long-time Miami linebacker Jason Taylor to a one-year $3.75 million contract, bringing one of the premier pass rushers of all time to the NFL's best defense.
While he too is aging, he brings another dimension to the defense where coach Rex Ryan expects him to get 15 sacks.
The former fin, who in his years with Miami had spats with Jets fans—including fireman Ed—will turn in his turquoise for hunter green and join the cause for that lucrative Super Bowl win.
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