Thursday, March 11, 2010
How I See It: AFC East Stock Watch
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Terrell Owens, free-agent receiver: Any takers? Not yet. The Bills sent out a press release a week before the free-agency period began to announce they wouldn't offer Owens another contract. A week into free agency, he hasn't found employment. Owens has made one visit. The Bengals hosted him and so far have passed. The reason he signed with the starry-eyed Bills last year is because they were the only team that wanted him. Maybe a team desperate for a receiver will bring him aboard eventually, but for a future Hall of Famer to dangle this long is a sign his career is just about over.
Mike Tannenbaum, Jets general manager: The Jets were supposed to be shackled by the "Final Eight" rules in the uncapped year. That, however, pertained only to unrestricted free agency and couldn't stop Tannenbaum from making one of the splashiest acquisitions of the offseason by trading a 2011 draft pick to San Diego for cornerback Antonio Cromartie. The faded 2007 All-Pro could be a perfect fit in Rex Ryan's defense opposite reigning All-Pro Darrelle Revis. Tannenbaum also traded safety Kerry Rhodes for draft picks and made tough but sensible decisions to cut running back Thomas Jones and cornerback Lito Sheppard.