The Other Path at Wide Receiver

We have spent a lot of time discussing the Jets' options at wide receiver this offseason. The main ideas tend to go on one of two paths. The first is for the team to resign both Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. The second is for the team to resign just one and replace the other with a veteran be it Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Steve Smith, Chad Johnson, or Plaxico Burress. There actually is a third option, though.

It also involves keeping either Holmes or Edwards and letting the other walk. It is easy to forget, but the Jets have a third starting caliber wide receiver on the roster, Jerricho Cotchery. Cotchery, who should be recovered from the injury that plagued him for much of 2010 would replace the departing guy in the starting lineup. The team could then sign a relatively cheap guy like Chansi Stuckey or Lance Moore to slide into the slot.

This is not my preferred option. I would like the team to invest in giving Mark Sanchez as many weapons as possible to aid his development. The Jets only have so many resources. Instead of spending big to incrementally improve a defense likely to be one of the league's best under any circumstances, I would like to see the team try and build a top flight offense to go with it. Cotchery is all right as a second receiver. When he's your third best receiver, you really have some great depth.

Do you agree with me? Do you find this more attractive than the other two alternatives?

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