Spring Cleaning: New York Jets Deal Leon Washington, Cut Alan Faneca

Zach BjornContributor IApril 25, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 29:  Alan Faneca #66 of the New York Jets looks on against the Carolina Panthers on November 29, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Panthers 17-6.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Jets are cleaning out some roster space. Following the draft, the Jets announced that they are cutting Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca and have traded Leon Washington to the Seattle Seahawks for a fifth round pick. These moves were obviously preceded by the drafting of running back Joe McKnight and guard Vladimir Ducasse. 

Why cut Faneca? He was a six-time Pro Bowler who helped make the Jets line be the best in the league. Well, he also is a 33-year-old guard who was the highest paid on the line. He was arguably the weakest link on the line. They thought Ducasse was the future.

Was this a smart move? Faneca was old, and they believed Ducasse is a good talent. Faneca eventually had to be let go. Faneca was the highest paid on the line. I think this was a good personnel move.

Now for Washington. He was coming off a broken leg, and no one knew if he would be the same. He's a free agent next year, and the Jets obviously weren't keeping him. The Jet's doctors decided he wasn't going to be the same.

Was this a good move? The Jets apparently loved Joe McKnight and traded up for him. As we learned from Shonn Greene, the Jets are a good gauge of running back talent. Leon was not going to be good again. In my humble opinion, this was a good move, personnel wise. 

However, both these players were longtime Jets. Letting these players go will cause some dissent with the team. However, I think this is another move that can help the Jets be a Super Bowl team.