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Such restrictions put the Jets in an interesting position next year. Typically the Jets like to be active in free agency and like to explore the trade market. These avenues will basically be closed to them in the upcoming year. Because the Jets are limited in how many players that they can sign it is unlikely that some of the season long rumored moves of cutting RB Thomas Jones or trading S Kerry Rhodes will ever happen. The Jets will not have the ability to replace them on the roster if the year is indeed uncapped. We

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According to this the Jets can't trade Rhodes???

The Jets can trade Rhodes for a player whose contract is equal value (I think), or for draft picks (definitely). What the article's talking about is the Jets trading for players. When trading for players, the Jets are subject to the same restrictions that they have in unrestricted FA - i.e.: they can only trade for players if the lose a FA, and then can only trade for a player they can sign for the same amount of money as the FA they lost signed for.

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Just out of Curiosity, Since we finished 4th and the top 8 teams can only sign players equal to the value of players we lose , and since Gholston is gauranteed 21 million ,does that mean we can sign 1 player whose worth up to 21 million as a free agent , cause if Mr. T. swings this so we can get the value we are paying Ghoulston Mr. T. is Mr. GM......

NO.

The player has to be a FREE AGENT (in other words his contract ending). Cutting someone does not allow you to "create" free agents (in terms of getting to sign more)

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Ugh... it sucks that everything we try to discuss has to be vetted against these lame restrictions.

Uncapped year = suckage for all the pre-season, draftnik type prognostication!

Yeah, but would you've preferred the Jets to've gotten bounced from the playoffs in Cincy?

The uncapped season has some genuine good points for the Jets.

Ben Hartsock TE/UFA (5 plus)

Brad Smith WR/RFA (3 & 4 Accrued)

Braylon Edwards WR/RFA (3 & 4 Accrued)

Drew Coleman CB/RFA (3 & 4 Accrued)

Eric Smith S/RFA (3 & 4 Accrued)

Howard Green DT/RFA (3 & 4 Accrued)

James Dearth TE/UFA (5 plus)

Jay Feely K/UFA (5 plus)

Kellen Clemens QB/RFA (3 & 4 Accrued)

Larry Izzo LB/UFA (5 plus)

Leon Washington RB/RFA (3 & 4 Accrued)

Marques Douglas DE/UFA (5 plus)

Ryan Fowler LB/UFA (5 plus)

Tony Richardson RB/UFA (5 plus)

Wayne Hunter TE/RFA (3 & 4 Accrued)

The guys in bold are guys who would've been UFA's if there was a CBA in place. Because there's not, the Jets can hold onto Edwards and Washington for relatively inexpensive tenders. That's huge considering Leon's leg and Braylon's drops. Gives the Jets a full year to evaluate each of them before making a long term commitment.

I'd think they'd be able to work out a deal with Brad Smith, but they can tender him at -say- the 2nd round pick level while they figure out what they want to do with him. Maybe they get that pick in return for him instead of nothing!

As far as holding the team together goes, they're in good shape.

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Patriots | Ryan believes team still favorites in division

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Wed, 27 Jan 2010 12:46:08 -0800

Ian Rapoport, of the Boston Herald, reports New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he believes New England Patriots are still the favorites to win the AFC East next season even though the Jets made the AFC Championship game.

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Patriots | Ryan believes team still favorites in division

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Wed, 27 Jan 2010 12:46:08 -0800

Ian Rapoport, of the Boston Herald, reports New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he believes New England Patriots are still the favorites to win the AFC East next season even though the Jets made the AFC Championship game.

And he's right; until we knock them off, they're the team to beat. They've won the division title 7 of the last 8 years.

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