With Brett Favre retiring (again), the AFC East gets more of a shakeup than you would initially think. This may have been the 3rd place team in the division, but it was an 8-3 team after 11 weeks of the 2008 regular season.
The Jets were a team that seemed like a powerhouse in the AFC.
Now, they're looking for a quarterback again. Is Kellen Clemens the answer? Probably not. If he was, Favre wouldn't have been in a Jets uniform in the first place.
What's available for the Jets in free agency? Will there be a quarterback worth taking when it's their turn to pick in the draft?
If they want to go after another quarterback nearing retirement, Kerry Collins, Kurt Warner and Jeff Garcia are potentially available. Rex Grossman is available, but I'm not sure the Jets would be willing to take a gamble on a guy that hasn't really proven himself yet.
The draft just isn't really filled with standout quarterbacks this year.
It seems like the best option for the Jets may be to enter negotiations with the New England Patriots on a trade which would send Matt Cassel to New York, in exchange for a couple of first round picks.
At first thought, this may seem like a silly concept. Has Matt Cassel played long enough to be worth that kind of trade value? There is no question that he performed really, really well in 2008, but then again... so did Derek Anderson in 2007.
But... Cassel could be a diamond in the rough for the Jets. He's been in the Patriots system for four years. We all know how these two teams like to get inside information on eachother.
Also, Matt didn't just have a great season. He displayed progression. We watched him become more comfortable in his decision making ability week after week. He's only 26 years old, and if he continues to learn at the rate we've witnessed... this kid could be something special.
To pass on the opportunity for a franchise quarterback who knows your division rival's playbook would be downright crazy!
If something like this were to happen, it wouldn't be until draft day. The Patriots need to be completely confident that Tom Brady is going to return to the field with a healthy knee in Week One of 2009, and there's no way they can tell that at this point in time.
In any case... this is a situation that I'll be keeping an eye out for. I'll be very surprised of this is not, at least, brought up for discussion in the coming months.
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