Pro Bowler Alan Faneca Released By Jets, Why the Rams Need Him

April 26, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For the past 48 hours, sources have been reporting the New York Jets have released nine-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Alan Faneca.  
His release is described as a salary-dump, and was triggered Saturday afternoon when Faneca refused to take a paycut.
Faneca was acquired by the Jets at the start of 2008 in free agency.  He was scheduled to receive some $7 million in compensation this season ($5.25 is guaranteed and must be paid by the Jets).  
Why the Jets might make such a move is enough to baffle the minds of even the most adept pro football geniuses.
Faneca has been elected to nine-straight Pro Bowls, starting in 2001.  He was elected to three All-Pro teams, most recently in 2008.  
His leadership is credited with solidifying the Jets' line, considered by many to be the best in the NFL.  He has been relatively injury-free, not missed games, and continued to perform at a high Pro Bowl level.
Faneca is just 33 years ...

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