Over the past couple of seasons, the Jets have been the laughing stock of the NFL. Being in a division with the New England Patriots does not help either, as the Pats have won 10 out of 11 AFC East titles. However, with several new, and some old, faces, the Jets finally look like their old selves again.
With the addition of CB Antonio Cromartie yesterday, the Jets have completed their 2010 throwback, with the two starting corners of Revis and Cromartie. While neither is playing a quite the level they were, they are still two of the premier defensive backs the league had to offer.
Additionally, the Jets have added nickel corner Buster Skrine, to play the role of third wheel to the superstar duo in front of him. In all, this secondary looks like the secondary of old, and will poise a major threat to Brady and the Pats.
Loser: New Orleans Saints
The Saint’s trade barrage continued on Wednesday with the trading of starting left guard Ben Grubbs to the Cheifs for a 5th round pick. While Grubbs is coming off a down year, the 31 year old vet is only one year removed from ranking 11th among all offensive linemen and being selected to the pro bowl in 2013. Moreover, the Saints passing game was ranked 3rd in the NFL, and much credit must be given to the offensive line, who played a big role in allowing Brees the time to throw the ball. Therefore, to trade away your best pass blocker for a 5th round pick… makes little sense at all.
On the defensive side of the ball, the saints picked up CB Brandon Browner. A physical player, who specializes in bump and run, is known too often for creating silly penalties that can often be costly (I can tell you first hand as a patriots fan this is true). While Browner is a great player, and is largely responsible for the super bowl winning play (Malcolm Butler interception), he is not worth the 14 million dollars of guaranteed money the Saints are paying him.