“Out the Door”, or “Back for More”: OL Edition

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Dec. 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets guard Brandon Moore (65) looks to make a block during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

BRANDON MOORE: Brandon is an unrestricted free agent, spending his entire career with the Jets since 2002. He has been a mainstay on the Jets offensive line since 2004, surviving 2 coaching changes and a heck of a lot of player changes around him. He has been the consistent rock on the Jets line for a decade. However, sometimes we have to make a clean break with older players, in the quest to get younger. He, like I said before, is a UFA, and would command a pretty good contract if he resigns. As we have seen with him, a quality guard can be signed as an undrafted free agent. The Jets don’t have to spend a high pick on a guard, but I think it’s time to find a young replacement for Moore. As sad as it will be to see him go, Brandon Moore will be………

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AUSTIN HOWARD: He was a nice find at the end of the preseason, wasn’t he? After saying goodbye to our good friend Wayne Hunter, Howard stepped in and did a fine job. He became the immediate starter at right tackle, and kept that position for the entire 2012 season. He held his own in both the run and the passing game. Did Austin have some trouble? Sure, but that is to be expected from a young player. However, he never watched opponents run around him as Wayne Hunter did. He also was challenged by having each team’s top rusher going up against him, and he held his own. There is no reason not to bring in competition for Howard, but he should not be discarded either. He doesn’t make a lot of money and is only going to get better. Austin Howard will be…….

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JASON SMITH: “Number 63 is reporting as eligible!” Sorry, had to get you in the Jason Smith mood. We know his story, he was acquired in return for Wayne Hunter, but didn’t have much of a role, other than in the jumbo package. In my opinion, they could teach a tight end to become that extra tackle in the jumbo package. However, Smith is worth over $2 million in dead money if he is released. Not that much, but in the end, I think Rex likes him in the jumbo packages, and Woody won’t want the dead money. Therefore, Jason Smith will be…………….

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CALEB SCHLAUDERAFF: Not being active for any games in 2012 makes Caleb tough to evaluate, but we are going to do it anyway. Simply put, he hasn’t ever been healthy enough to show us that he is any good. The Jets would save a little bit of money if they release him ($475,000), and I believe that they will. Caleb Schlauderaff will be………..

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