“Change” is a word that immediately comes to mind when describing the New York Jets’ turbulent offseason. Gang Green cut the cord on six productive veterans and Alan Faneca, Thomas Jones and Leon Washington were all good soldiers that still had much to offer.
GM Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan are of the mind that it pays to release aging veterans a year early rather than a year late. Although in Washington’s case, his departure had nothing to do with age, but rather with health.
While the acquisition of youngsters Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes were no-brainers, the free agent signings of a way-past-his-prime LaDainian Tomlinson and a soon-to-be 36-year-old Jason Taylor were questionable moves.
Others have criticized the Green and White for adding too many components with well-documented off-the field issues in Cromartie and Holmes. But in defense of the Jets management,