Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Jets dangling Faneca, Clemens
They're not stopping with Jason Taylor.
The transaction processing plant known as the New York Jets' front office remains open for business with the NFL draft starting Thursday night.
Rich Cimini, for ESPNNewYork.com, writes the Jets are shopping perennial Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca and quarterback Kellen Clemens for draft picks.
Cimini reports the Jets have been trying to move Faneca "for several weeks" and might cut him if they can't find any takers.
Faneca is a key member of an offensive line that ranks among the top two or three in the NFL. He was selected to his ninth consecutive Pro Bowl last season, but he has been slipping in recent years. He will turn 34 before the end of the season and has a $7.5 million base salary.
Football Outsiders managing editor Bill Barnwell recently produced a study of linemen who blow the most pass-blocking assignments. Faneca was the NFL's most frequently beaten left guard. He gave up seven sacks and three quarterback hurries.
Cimini wonders if the Jets want to move Faneca as part of a plan to draft blue-chip Idaho guard Mike Iupati, who some teams project as a tackle, or Florida center Maurkice Pouncey, who also can play guard.