Lombardi: Jets need Cassel, but won't land him

February, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Former NFL player personnel executive Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post listed the most likely trade partners for New England Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel.

In the process, Lombardi addressed the possibility the quarterback-needy New York Jets might make a play to acquire Cassel. Lombardi opines the Jets should have drafted Chad Henne, who instead is backing up Chad Pennington for the Miami Dolphins.

Here is Lombardi's passage on the Jets:

Jet fans can forget about Brett Favre coming back. It doesn't look good, or even make sense, for the long-term future of the team. The Jets are in a mess at quarterback, not because they made the Favre trade but because they picked a pass-catching tight end at the bottom of the first round instead of Chad Henne, the quarterback from Michigan who went to Miami. I like [Dustin] Keller as a player, but they needed a quarterback then and they need one now.

However, if you ask anyone inside the building, they all seem to be smoking the Brett Ratliff great-player pipe. Let us face it, even though Eric Mangini is gone as head coach, the Pats and Jets are not doing any deals. The Jets have the 17th pick in the first round but they're going to be tight getting under the cap, and they still have to sign running back Leon Washington. This looks like a good idea on paper, but it probably won't happen.

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