Saturday, March 8, 2008
McFadden on the horizon for the J-E-T-S?
The New York Jets went on a wild spending spree at the opening bell of free agency. Lets recap the moves of the last week. On day one they began by trading for DT Kris Jenkins for third- and fifth-round draft picks. They then traded away Jonathan Vilma to the Saints for a conditional pick as they have high hopes for LB David Harris. They signed All- Pro left guard Alan Faneca, offensive lineman Damien Woody, linebacker Calvin Pace, and veteran Pro-Bowl fullback Tony Richardson. The Richardson signing I believe was the most telling. The Jets badly needed to upgrade the offensive and defensive line from last season, but why the 36 yr old fullback? Some mock drafts have the dynamic Arkansas rb going to the Oakland Raiders with the fourth overall pick. As there is a new trend developing in the NFL called the RB tandem, the Raiders already have Lamont Jordan, Justin Fargas and alot of other holes to fill. Miami, St. Louis, and Kansas City have franchise rb's. The Atlanta Falcons signed Michael Turner for $34.5 million, including $15 million in guaranteed money. Maybe the Jets also believe he will be available. Darren McFadden falling to the Jets would explain the Richardson signing. Updated round 1 mock Draft's have him falling to the sixth pick. There have also been some character issues adding to the suspense of where McFadden falls. The Jets would jump at the chance regardless. This would be the first explosive offensive player to be drafted by the Jets in ages. Keyshawn Johnson was suppose to be this. Johnny Mitchell was suppose to be this. Blair Thomas (heaven forbid we speak his name) was suppose to be this. Imagine a line of Ferguson, Faneca, Mangold, Woody, Moore, and FB Richardson blocking for McFadden. Can anyone say Rb off tackle left? In an off season that follows a New England Patriot perfect regular season and a New York Giant superbowl the Jets are looking for an answer, the question is will McFadden fall into their hands?