The Jets made it their No. 1 priority to re-sign Santonio Holmes and they took care of business by getting his signature early on in free agency on a five-year, $50 million contract. Most Jets fans knew that New York would favor Holmes and that there was a chance that Braylon Edwards would not be back with the Jets.
But when Gang Green snuck in to steal Plaxico Burress away from the Giants and Steelers, it was all but certain that Edwards would not be coming back.
Surprisingly, Edwards signed a one-year deal worth only $3.5 million a year with the San Francisco 49ers, just $500,000 more than how much the Jets paid for Burress. The contract was much lower than what Mike Tannenbaum expected it would be and you know that the team is frustrated that they couldn’t keep the younger receiver for just $3.5 million per year.
In the latest news regarding the Jets receiving core, Jerricho Cotchery asked to be traded or released after feeling left out with the arrival of the high profile receivers that have joined New York as of late.
The Jets have released him and are left with a bit of a hole at the wide receiver position. Cotchery was a reliable third-down receiver who was a frequent target for Mark Sanchez when the pressure was on. He has been with the Jets since 2004 but will not be back with Gang Green in 2011.
The Jets have worked out 37-year-old receiver Derrick Mason but no deal has been signed just yet. New York needs a replacement for Cotchery after already losing Brad Smith and Braylon Edwards, so Tannenbaum must come up with something creative to fill the roster needs at that position.
Rookies Jeremy Kerley and Scotty McKnight are options, but both have less than a month to get accustomed to the National Football League. Experience is certainly an issue for these two players but there is a free agent out there who has more than enough experience in this league playing at a very high level.
Randy Moss has said that he has retired from football after not receiving good enough offers from teams throughout the league. While he might not be Brett Favre, there is speculation that Moss will come out of retirement once the season rolls around.
The Jets expressed some interest in signing Moss in the offseason on a one-year deal but nothing ever happened as the team focused mainly on signing Santonio Holmes and Nnamdi Asomugha. There is no question that Randy Moss isn’t what he once was. That said, we all know that he still has enough in the tank for one more Super Bowl run.
It makes sense for him to play one more season for a Super Bowl contender as he has not won any championships thus far while playing for the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, and Tennessee Titans .You have to believe that he wants to add a Super Bowl ring to his Hall of Fame career after having so much individual success in the league.
The only knock on Moss, however, is his work ethic and what kind of teammate he is. There are a lot of people who do not want Moss anywhere near their team. Many who have been wary about Moss to the Jets have worries about young Mark Sanchez having to deal with the loudmouth receiver after every pass.
Moss might not be the easiest player to team up with but it seems like any player with off-field issues fits in well playing for Rex Ryan. It didn’t work out for him in New England with Belichick because of Belichick’s coaching style. However, things could be different for him in New York.
How much can he possibly want to continue his playing career? If Braylon Edwards makes $3.5 million per year in his prime, Moss can’t possibly cost nearly that much money. If the Jets can get him for cheap, it would probably make sense to talk him out of retirement.
Just think: the former Titan is only 34 years old and can probably play for two more seasons. As a Jets fan you probably know how much Moss wants to get back at the team that traded him away last season—just another added incentive for the Rex to pick up the wide receiver.
If he doesn’t sign a contract now that doesn’t mean he won’t come out of retirement during the middle of the season after teams suffer injuries and need to add a wide receiver to their roster. It would be a nightmare if the Patriots picked up Moss to add to a receiving core of Wes Welker, Chad Ochocinco and the two tight ends who give the Jets so much trouble.
It would surely be a bold move if the Jets talked Randy Moss out of retirement. But is the headache really worth it? Or would Moss thrive while playing under coach Rex Ryan?
What do you think Jets fans?
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