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Jets unafraid to deal draft picks

INDIANAPOLIS -- When it comes to free agency, the New York jets have closed up shop.

They won't re-sign any of their players before the collective bargaining agreement is expected to expire next week. General manager Mike Tannenbaum announced Thursday they will not use any transitional tags to retain players.

In regard to trading draft picks, though, Tannenbaum said "We're open for business."

As AFC runners-up, the Jets own the 30th overall pick, a fact head coach Rex Ryan bemoaned at the NFL scouting combine. The top prospects will be rummaged through by the time the Jets are scheduled to be on the clock.

"There's going to be a few players taken," Ryan said with a grin.

Tannenbaum indicated they would be willing to jockey their picks for a chance to draft earlier -- a concept the Jets are quite familiar with. In recent years, they've traded up to draft cornerback Darrelle Revis, linebacker David Harris, quarterback Mark Sanchez and running back Shonn Greene.

"I wouldn't rule anything out," Tannenbaum said. "Philosophically, we're about quality over quantity as it relates to the draft."

Conditions would seem to favor a lot of draft picks being bartered this year, as Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix predicted. Given the labor situation -- no free agency or player trades until there's a new CBA -- the only way to maneuver for coveted players would be trading draft choices.

"Every draft has its own story to it," Tannenbaum said. "We'll go in and just see what opportunities present themselves."