Faneca will pay off all over the field

The $40 million the Jets spent on Alan Faneca will pay off as the veteran guard provides stability to a weak offensive line, writes Mike Tainer.

Originally Published: March 20, 2008
By Mike Tainer | Football Outsiders.com

Forty million dollars may seem like a lot of money to spend on a 31-year-old left guard, particularly for a young team with multiple needs. But free-agent acquisition Alan Faneca doesn't just upgrade one position for the Jets. He upgrades at least four.

Two seasons ago, the Jets sandwiched veteran left guard Pete Kendall between two rookies, left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold. The two youngsters had great seasons, and the Jets finished in the middle of the NFL ...

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