New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles Release Hank Baskett: New York Jets Should Be Interested

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 27: Hank Baskett #84 of the Philadelphia Eagles cannot come up with a catch in the end zone under pressure from Tyron Brackenridge #41 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 27, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
David WyattAnalyst ISeptember 15, 2009

Last time I wrote a speculative piece involving a player that the Jets should be interested it, it was for Ben Hatsock, who was released by the Falcons and signed by the Jets the very next day.

Well I'm going to try my luck again and say that the Jets should be interested in Hank Baskett.

I think we saw on Sunday that the receiver position doesn't seem to be as big a problem as some were making it out to be.  We have capable receivers; however, I think that by signing Baskett it makes us better.

Baskett stands at 6'4", 220 lbs and is a very big target.  This could only help out Sanchez, especially in the red zone.  The defence would then have to worry about Keller and Baskett size-wise, and many times one of them will be able to make a play.

I don't think the need for Baskett is quite the same as the need for Hartsock.  We literally had nobody at that position and saw on Thomas Jones' second TD on Sunday how valuable that blocking TE can be.

Hartsock's block, coupled with a crushing block by FB Tony Richardson, opened the gap for Thomas Jones to exploit.

Baskett is not a super star.  He is not the star receiver that many fans were calling for in Brandon Marshall.  However, we don't need a star.  We need someone who will add another dimension to this team.  In my humble  opinion Baskett would do that.

If I were Mike Tannenbaum, I would once again pick up that phone.

After all the wheeling and dealing that Mike has been doing, I sure hope that he gets free minutes with his network provider.

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