Ben Hartsock...why was he cut?
I'm trying to recall the reasons for Hartsock not lasting past the 2010 season. It was likely financial and hindsight is 20/20, but I think this may have been the single biggest contributor to our poor offensive performance last year.
Yes, Hunter was a turnstile but Damien Woody was not going to be convinced to stay. Woody was set on retirement. This wasn't the Jets doing and they clearly underestimated Hunter's readiness and capability. But with Hartsock couldn't it have been a different story....that was the Jets decision not to retain him, correct?
In any case, looking at the offense....three major downgrades took place last year:
RT - D. Woody to Hunter
TE - Hartsock to Mulligan
WR - Braylon Edwards to Plaxico
The Jets have already sought to repair the problems at WR (Hill, Schielens) and have jettisoned TE. They've also shown their hand in trying to trade for Otah. Let's hope this is a step in the right direction.
(Also, it sounds like Plaxico can be signed for $59K :D )