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New York teams want in on big names
Posted Mar. 23 at 01:19 AM
If Braylon Edwards, Anquan Boldin or Jay Cutler gets traded this offseason -- or all of them -- there's a good chance a New York team will be on the other end of any deal.
That's according to a couple of stories in today's New York Daily News. The Giants need a wideout given the uncertain status of Plaxico Burress, and the Jets need a quarterback given that their other options are Kellen Clemens and a pair of total unknowns (Brett Ratliff, Erik Ainge).
According to this column, a Giants Insider piece reports that the Giants offered the Browns the picks they got from New Orleans in the Jeremy Shockey trade for Edwards: a 2nd and a 5th. The Browns also wanted slot receiver Steve Smith, at which point the deal fell apart. Assuming this is true, several things to take from this: New York is serious about trying to replace Burress with a top talent (Edwards' drop problems a year ago notwithstanding); they're pretty high on Smith's potential; and maybe they'll be player if the Anquan Boldin trade talks heat up. Plus, the Browns are apparently more than willing to deal their remaining weapon in the passing game (after trading away Kellen Winslow).
New York's other team has said they're comfortable with a quarterback competition between Clemens and Ratliff, with Ainge (the team's 5th-round pick a year ago) a longshot. They could also draft Southern Cal's Mark Sanchez or Kansas State's Josh Freeman. But according to another column in today's paper, they would definitely go after Cutler if the Broncos step up efforts to trade him, and have let the Broncos know it.
Although the Jets haven't been connected to any of the big-name wideouts, after cutting Laveranues Coles they're pretty thin there: just Jerricho Cotchery and youngsters Chansi Stuckey and David Clowney. It wouldn't be surprising to see them in the mix for Edwards or Boldin if one of those players gets moved.
All of this may not amount to anything, but clearly the Giants and Jets will be players if a top wideout or top young quarterback does change teams between now and the NFL draft.
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