There has been plenty of speculation about the future of Jets receivers Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes, both of whom are unsigned beyond the 2010 season. While many people around the league believe the Jets will choose to keep one, but not the other, general manager Mike Tannenbaum told me the team hopes to keep them both.
"We think they complement one another, and we want a team that's hard to defend relative to being able to run it and throw it, be an all-weather offense," Tannenbaum said. "Between trading for Braylon [last year] and getting Holmes for 12 games this year, they haven't played a lot of games together, so every game they play is exciting to see. We think every game they play together, it's another step for them to grow as a unit."
Tannenbaum has done an excellent job over the years in keeping players the Jets have targeted, even with salary cap implications. But he has no immediate plans of extending either player's contract because of the labor uncertainty.
"We have to see how the labor situation unfolds," he said.
The Jets extended the contracts of cornerback Darrelle Revis, offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold before the season, but Tannenbaum won't extend any more contracts until there is more clarity with the collective bargaining agreement. If no CBA extension is achieved by March 1, the NFL is expected to lock the players out until a new deal can be reached. Until then, Tannenbaum won't be very active - if at all - when it comes to future contracts.