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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Name the player: Add anyone to Jets' roster


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Next up in our daydream enterprise are the New York Jets.

Once again, here is the question we're posing to all four AFC East clubs:

If money, contracts and salary-cap restraints were no object, and you could choose any player in the NFL to add to your team, whom would you acquire?

There are all sorts of ways to go, but the most obvious is quarterback. Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes and nine interceptions over the final five games, a significant factor in their collapse.

Indianapolis Colts passer Peyton Manning wouldn't have done that. Or maybe the Jets would tab a younger specimen such as Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints or Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers.

Then again, whichever quarterback they selected wouldn't have a receiver with separation abilities. The Jets could go that direction and pick up Houston Texan Andre Johnson, Carolina Panther Steve Smith or Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald.

On defense, the Jets would be tempted to add Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware or San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis, among others.

The Jets have two stars in the secondary, but their counterparts are weaknesses. They would assemble a devastating combo if they were to add Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu to play with free safety Kerry Rhodes. A few young lockdown cornerbacks opposite Darrelle Revis would give the Jets one of the NFL's best cornerback duos.

Those are some thoughts to get you started. Please share your thoughts below or drop a line in my AFC East mailbag. I will gather the responses and make a selection Monday based on your feedback.