Friday, February 27, 2009

Scott signed, Sheppard acquired, Moore resigned

Wow. I've been gone 5 hours, and look how much I missed.

*Bart Scott finally agreed to terms with the Jets after some back-and-forth negotiations with Baltimore. The final contract appears to be 6 years, $48 million dollars. Scott will slide in next to David Harris in the middle, but he will most likely be the captain of the defense. The last year is an option.

*CB Lito Sheppard is on the verge of being acquired from Philadelphia. The Jets will reportedly give up two draft picks, a 5th rounder in 2009 and a conditional pick in 2010. The conditional selection ranges from a 2nd to a 4th round pick depending on how much he plays. The former Pro Bowl cornerback has hoped for a trade ever since Asante Samuel was signed. He finally got his wish, and he will start opposite Darrelle Revis.

*In other cornerback news, Corey Ivy of the Ravens is close to being signed as well. He and Dwight Lowery will likely compete for the nickel and dime back roles, assuming a deal gets done. The deal could take a couple days because Ivy is visiting other teams, but the Jets are confident he will sign eventually.

*In a surprising move, RG Brandon Moore was resigned to a four year, $16 million dollar deal, including $10 million dollars in guaranteed money. This is a big signing for the Jets, as Moore is a quality guard who will keep the line cohesive from one year to the next, and they're paying him a similar contract to what Chris Kemoeatu got, and Moore is the better player.

*Finally, S Jim Leonhard, who was considered the most obvious choice to sign with New York, is visiting Saturday, so he could be next.

All in all, a very productive and eventful day for the Jets. Scott and Sheppard should work wonders for this defense, which on paper looks very impressive now. Still, Vernon Gholston will likely end up being the key, as the Jets still lack a pure pass rusher. Gholston can provide that, if Ryan can coax anything out of him. Either way, if the former #6 overall pick can't contribute in 2009, it's time to panic.

But the Moore signing is extremely astute. As it turns out, the team saved money in the long run for this year after they passed up his $7 million dollar roster bonus.

The question will be what other moves are made to improve the offense. It's looking less and less likely that the team will bring in a veteran quarterback, and the Jets will surely need to bring in at least one more weapon to help out either Kellen Clemens or Brett Ratliff. That could be how they use the draft.

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