Mike Tannenbaum may have made one of the best decisions of his career by staying away from franchising this organization on the disgruntled QB from Denver. While I think Cutler will have a fine career in Chicago, 2 first round picks, your starting QB, and a 3rd rounder is way too much to pay when you’re trying to build a championship team.
The Jets have shown me with this non-move that they are committed to Rex Ryan’s philosophy of building this team from the inside out. With that said, I think they are going to be big news come draft day!!! The Jets have made a huge committment to the defensive side of the ball this offseason, which leads me to believe they are primed to make a enhance the offensive side of the ball in this draft.
With the 17th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft the New York Jets select…. QB Josh Freeman…
From Manhattan, Kansas to Manhattan, NY Josh Freeman is too good to pass up for Mike Tannenbaum and the rest of the Jets brass. The kid comes from a football family. His father was a pro in the USFL, so he knows what it takes to perform at an elite level. Freeman, who stands at 6’6, 250 should have no problem standing up to the winds in New Jersey. Freeman is also deceptively fast in the pocket. While he won’t be leading the team in rushing, he has a Big Ben “esque” ability to shake defenders and deliver the ball downfield. Freeman will most certainly learn under either Clemens or Ratliff for a while and will have a chance to learn in practice against one of the best defensive minds in the game. Rex Ryan’s system should challenge Freeman to make quick decisions which should prepare him for battle. While the other 2 QB’s in this draft are more polished at this point, Freeman might have the most upside of any PLAYER in the entire draft. The Jets will make the splash here because this draft is loaded with talented WR’s and they should be able to land a good one in round 2.
The Jets will then look to add some RB depth for the dynamic duo as well as some offensive line depth. They will also focus on finding a blocking TE if the price is right. The Jets are strapped with only 6 picks in this one so I don’t anticipate much movement at this point. Well done guys, this season just got more exciting!