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PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 19:  General Manager Mike Tannenbaum of the New York Jets is seen before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 19 2010 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 19: General Manager Mike Tannenbaum of the New York Jets is seen before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 19 2010 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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I am disappointed the Jets did not land Nnamdi Asomugha. He is one of the few difference makers in the league. I do not have any ill will toward him. He made what he thought was the right move and landed a great contract with a great franchise.

While this is disappointing, it is important to keep things in perspective. The Jets had a top three defense two straight years without him. They have the best cornerback in the league and possibly the best defensive mind. This team is going to be very good.

It is also important to appreciate the job Mike Tannenbaum did even in defeat. I am not sure there are many general managers creative and persistent enough who could have turned a situation like the Jets have with a number of big contracts into a place where the team had a great shot at adding a difference maker like Nnamdi. Most would have been resigned to not getting him.

Things like we just saw make me scoff at the notion Tannenbaum acted foolishly without his finger on the pulse elsewhere. Thinking ahead enough to put the Jets in play for Asomugha is an indication he has a good Plan B. There is more than one way to build a team. I would rather have a dollar bill than four quarters, but four quarters sometimes can get the job done.

Eagles fans should celebrate their new ability to put opposing receivers on Asomugha Peninsula, but take heart, Gang Green Nation. Our team has bright days ahead, and our general manager still has some aces up his sleeve.