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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Did Jets give up too much for Sanchez?


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Radio City Music Hall erupted when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the New York Jets had made a trade to obtain the fifth overall pick from the Cleveland Browns.

The Jets gave up the 17th and 52nd picks, quarterback Brett Ratliff, defensive end Kenyon Coleman and safety Abram Elam.

The Jets paid that price to select Southern California quarterback Mark Sanchez

So much for Jets head coach Rex Ryan insisting he was satisfied with the quarterbacks on his roster.

Kellen Clemens, sullen over the Jets' flirtations with Jay Cutler months after they traded for Brett Favre, might be the starter for 2009, but he just got knocked down a few pegs in terms of his long-term outlook with the Jets.

With all of the assets the Jets parted with and the guaranteed money they're about to fork over, Sanchez is their franchise quarterback.

The trade fortifies the Browns' roster and gives them more draft ammo.

What do you think it will do for the Jets?