Jets stay busy, release Faneca, trade Washington

Prior to this off-season, the Jets weren’t exactly known for their propensity to wheel and deal during the draft. But after blockbuster free agent period netted them Antonio Cromartie, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Jason Taylor, New York mad yet another splash in the pool this morning with their release of Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca and their trade of  running back Leon Washington to Seattle.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Jets will pay $5.25 million to Faneca in spite of his release. Faneca’s play has dipped significantly in recent years, and was expected to be a casualty for New York at some point or another.

As for Washington, the knee injury he suffered last season gave the Jets enough cause for concern that they selected USC running back Joe McKnight in the fourth round, making Washington expendable. Shortly afterward, the Seahawks came calling and New York quickly pulled the trigger on a deal that netted them a fifth round selection this year.

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