Day 5 recap: Busy, busy

July, 31, 2011
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The Jets didn't make any major moves Saturday, and they also didn't suffer any major losses. Here's what happened:

• Very late Friday night, they re-signed S Eric Smith to a three-year contract for about $7.5 million. Solid move. Smith isn't a playmaker, but he's a smart, savvy veteran that doesn't make mental mistakes, and that goes a long way with the coaching staff. Adios, Brodney Pool.

• The Jets signed first-round pick Muhammad Wilkerson to a four-year contract for $7.4 million contract. That leaves one unsigned draft pick -- third-rounder Kenrick Ellis. Why the hold up? It might have something to do with his pending legal matter -- a felony assault charge due for trial in November. If found guilty of a felony, the Jamaican-born Ellis -- a non-U.S. citizen -- could face deportation, as reported by ESPNNewYork.com earlier this month. Obviously, the Jets want to protect themselves. Hence, the hold up.

• The Jets signed former Chargers CB Donald Strickland to a one-year contract. Frankly, this is a surprise, considering how things ended for him with the Jets in 2009. Strickland tore a leg muscle early against the Colts in the AFC Championship and didn't return to the game. Rex Ryan was livid because it forced him to change personnel on the fly and, well, you remember what happened. Never thought we'd heard from him again, but Strickland was cut the other day by the Chargers and the Jets are desperate. He signed a one-year contract.

Santonio Holmes made it official, signing his five-year, $50 million contract. No, he didn't crack open another bottle of champagne and tweet a photo.

• The Plaxico Burress talk heated up, thanks to a report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which reported that the Jets are planning to make a "big pitch" to Burress. The Jets are interested in Burress, but they're staying in contact with other receivers, including James Jones (Green Bay Packers) and Randy Moss (Tennesse Titans).

• The No. 1 item on their agenda appears to be cornerback. You can scratch Chris Carr and Nate Clements off the list of possibilities, as they signed with the Ravens and Bengals, respectively. The Jets are still dancing with Antonio Cromartie, but you get the impression their eyes are wandering around the room, looking for something better.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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