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Tannenbaum can't help himself

Unlike the past two days, Mike Tannenbaum didn't need to scribble any potential trade scenarios on a piece of paper just for amusement.

The guy nicknamed Trader Mike finally swung his first deal of this year's draft, moving up from No. 124 to the 112th pick to choose USC running back Joe McKnight. The move cost the Jets their fourth-round selection as well as their sixth-round pick (No. 196).

It also gives the Jets an extremely crowded backfield at the moment. Besides starter Shonn Greene, they have free agent pickup LaDainian Tomlinson, Leon Washington (who's rehabbing from a broken right fibula but says he'll be ready for training camp) and even another former USC guy in Chauncey Washington.

Needless to say, somebody has to go and we know it's not going to be Greene and Tomlinson. The obvious choice is Chauncey Washington. But we can't discount the possibility that Leon might be the odd man out given the history with his contract situation over the last year-plus.

There are already rumblings that LG Alan Faneca will be released, especially in light of the Jets drafting UMass lineman Vladimir Ducasse in the second-round last night. Now, there will surely be more talk about Leon's future.

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