Personnel File – New York Jets


Personnel leader Executive Vice President/General Manager Mike Tannenbaum is in his sixth season as the GM of the Jets and he has the power. He shares some of that with head coach Rex Ryan, who has a big say so on personnel issues. Tannebaum began his career as an intern with the New Orleans Saints in 1994, after graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in accounting. He spent time as a player personnel assistant with the Saints and Browns, before joining the Jets in 1997 where he handled player contracts. He moved up the ladder with various titles until 2004 when he was named Senior Vice-President of Football Operations.

Key aides Senior Personnel Executive Terry Bradway, Assistant Player Personnel Director JoJo Wooden, Pro Personnel Director Brendan Prophet, Assistant Director of College Scouting Michael Davis.

Personnel department – 15 people, including the GM. Maybe this tells you a bit about how the Jets feel about their scouts – in a 474-page media guide this year, there is no biographical material on any of the personnel department personnel. It’s a small thing, but I’m sure it bothers a few of those scouts because of the message it sends – work hard for us, but we won’t recognize you. It’s a strange approach to building a personnel team.

Personnel philosophy – They are a little bit all over the board, especially under owner Woody Johnson, who apparently is not afraid to spend money on players. They’ve spent to keep their players with contracts totaling $177 million for just three players, two of them offensive linemen. They’ve spent $77 million on Holmes and Cromartie in contracts after trades. They have 10 players with deals for over $30 million each and they haven’t won a Super Bowl. That’s a lot of money spent and wasted over the last few years.

Big money contracts – LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson, 8 years, $73.6 million; C Nick Mangold, 8 years, $57.4 million; LB Bart Scott, 6 years, $48 million; CB Darrelle Revis, 4 years, $46 million; WR Santonio Holmes, 5 years, $45.25 million; QB Mark Sanchez, 5 years, $44.5 million; LB Calvin Pace, 6 years, $42 million.

Soon to be available/starters & key performers without 2012 contracts – DT Sione Pouha, WR Plaxico Burress, S Jim Leonhard and RB LaDainian Tomlinson.

ROSTER THIS WEEK (starters in bold)

Draft choices (18)

1st-round (7)DE Muhammad Wilkerson (2011), CB Kyle Wilson (2010), QB Mark Sanchez (2009), C Nick Mangold (2008), TE Dustin Keller (2008), CB Darrelle Revis (2007), LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson (2006).

2nd-round (2) – RT Vladimir Ducasse (2010), MLB David Harris (2007).

3rd-round (4) – NT Kenrick Ellis (2011), RB Shonn Greene (2009), S
Eric Smith (2006), NT Sione Pouha (2005).

4th-round (2) – RB Bilal Powell (2011), RB Joe McKnight (2010).

5th-round (2) – WR Jeremy Kerley (2011), FB John Conner (2010).

6th-round (1)LG Matt Slauson (2009).

Draft overview – In the last six drafts the Jets have gotten players out of the first three rounds and they’ve done gotten a lot of play out of them. Over the last decade they’ve busted in the first round only with defensive linemen, drafting DT Dewayne Robertson with the fourth choice of the 2003 Draft and DE Vernon Gholston with the sixth choice of the 2008 Draft. Both were big busts. They do not seem to do a good job of finding a lot of talent in the later rounds; that’s why they have so of their own draft choices on their active roster right now.

Trades (3)

OL Caleb Schlauderaff (2011), WR Santonio Holmes (2010), CB Antonio Cromartie (2010).

Trade overview – In a push for the Super Bowl, the Jets went out and got Holmes and Cromartie two years ago. Both players were expendable in the eyes of their previous teams (Pittsburgh and San Diego) because of their off-field problems including multiple arrests for Holmes.

Unrestricted free agents (3)

ILB Bart Scott (2009), S Jim Leonhard (2009), OLB Calvin Pace (2008).

College free agents (8)

FB Josh Baker (2011), LB Nick Bellore (2011), S Tracy Wilson (2011), LB Josh Mauga (2009), OLB Jamal Westerman (2009), DE Ropati Pitoitua (2008), DT Mike DeVito (2007), RG Brandon Moore (2002).

Street free agents (17)

WR Plaxico Burress (2011), P T.J. Conley (2011), OT Austin Howard (2011), CB Ellis Lankster (2011), OLB Aaron Maybin (2011), OLB Garrett McIntyre (2011), WR Eron Riley (2011), CB Donald Strickland (2011), CB Isaiah Trufant (2011), RB LaDainian Tomlinson (2010), QB Mark Brunell (2010), K Nick Folk (2010), S Brodney Pool (2010), LS Tanner Purdum (2010), DT Martin Tevaseu (2010), CB Marquice Cole (2009), RT Wayne Hunter (2007).

Free-agent overview – The Jets have not spent a lot for unrestricted free agents, giving a big deal to Scott to get him away from Baltimore and then big money for Calvin Pace who has never lived up to his billing as an OLB. Among the college free agents they found G Brandon Moore who has been a long-time starter. Among the street free agents they found a starter in Hunter at right tackle

Waivers (4)

QB Kevin O’Connell (2011), DT Marcus Dixon (2010), WR Patrick Turner (2010), TE Matthew Mulligan (2009).

Waivers overview – Dixon was a nice pickup that played with Dallas for several seasons. He’s a good backup player inside on the defensive line.


7 Responses to “Personnel File – New York Jets”

  • December 7, 2011  - iwriter says:

    another example of why spending large amounts of money does not get you a superbowl and in most cases does not even get you a playoff win…. Look at Phili this year by far the best free agent pickups..but not cigar…same with washington for all those years. I do not know why so many chiefs fans do not get it…mabye the do not look at the standings of the clubs that over spend for free agents…


  • December 7, 2011  - iwriter says:

    another example of why spending large amounts of money does not get you a superbowl and in most cases does not even get you a playoff win…. Look at Phili this year by far the best free agent pickups..but no cigar…same with washington for all those years. I do not know why so many chiefs fans do not get it…mabye the do not look at the standings of the clubs that over spend for free agents…


  • December 7, 2011  - Chuck says:

    I keep thinking that the Old Chiefs will show up for this one. But I have to admit I thought that before the Bears game too. This will be a better and more “realistic” test because we will be facing their “true starting QB”. Not some amatuer like Caleb Hainie.


  • December 7, 2011  - Justin says:

    Hard to throw under pressure or from your backside. Let’s hope it is that way all day for the Sanchise…


  • December 7, 2011  - el cid says:

    Gee, iwriter, I think you do not get it. We have Palko as starting QB, we have Battle starting EB or is that Jones, we have a speed bump at RT, we have a sports announcer, Becht, holding the roster for an injured Moeaki, we have Mc G or Sabby replacing Berry, we had to wait 3 years for a second WR to take pressure off Bowe, we have no depth almost across the board.

    Get the picture…..spend money wisely, WISELY, and fill the missing spots with select free agents. Putting 30+ million into the Hunt bank account has added NOTHING to the player roster, GET IT, MONEY IN CLARK’S POCKET DOES NOT MAKE THIS TEAM BETTER.


  • December 7, 2011  - el cid says:

    Correction, Battle is a RB and Pioli has banked 30+ million 3 years running, that is 90+ million all in the bank, never to be spend except by ownership for lunches.


  • December 8, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Calling Richardson a speed bump is funny stuff :)
    Weigmann plays like Mr. Magoo, he can’t even see the DT’s as they blow by him.
    A fellow STH said 2 years ago that Clarkie would stay under the cap long enough to pay for the $150 mil the Hunt family put into Arrowhead. I’m afraid he was correct.

    The thing I’ll never get over at this point is cutting Gaither when we have 2 wide gaping holes on the O-line.




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