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Faneca, Ellis, and Bryan Thomas to be Released?

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National Football Post's Michael Lombardi from posted an article this morning discussing some moves the Jets may be planning to make.

Here is a quote from the article:

Speaking of the Jets, they are actively shopping guard Alan Faneca, defensive end Shaun Ellis and linebacker Bryan Thomas and will probably waive these players after the draft. You might be surprised to read Faneca’s name, but he’s the first to go after the draft.


Bryan Thomas being on the trading block is no surprise to anyone. He's been on it through the majority of the off-season, and rumors of him being released spread when the Jason Taylor talk began heating up.

This is the first of any news relating to Faneca. He WAS very sub-par in pass-blocking last season and struggled in that regard. As the year wore on, he started to show some signs of wear and tear heading into the playoffs. However, he is a very hard worker and fought through the pain. The Jets must have taken that into consideration though, and are obviously worried about his durability.

It's the Shaun Ellis mention that surprises me. The 11-year veteran has been a Jet his entire career, but has sustained a couple of injuries that he's been fighting through. He had surgery on his broken hand in the off-season, and has also been fighting recurring knee problems.

This must be the beginning of the Jets rebuilding their defensive front. Remember, they have four defensive lineman over the age of 30.

Also in the article, Santonio Holmes takes a pay cut:

The Jets recently reworked Santonio Holmes’ contract to lower his base salary, so the amount of money that’s deducted for his upcoming suspension will be less. When Holmes was traded, most of his money due in 2010 was in the form of his base salary, but since he became a Jet, the team shifted the money into roster bonus, reporting bonus and signing bonus so Holmes would pay as little as possible for his fine. This clearly cannot make the NFL league office happy and goes against the spirit of the suspension.