Jets Rumors & News
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The Jets have acquired three-time Pro Bowl DT Kris Jenkins from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a third- and fifth-round pick.

The Daily News’ Rich Cimini provides his initial thoughts on the transaction:

Pros: Jenkins is 6-4, 335 pounds, a space eater that is better suited to nose tackle than Dewayne Robertson. Jenkins has the mass and strength to be a two-gap defender, keeping blockers off the linebackers. LB David Harris probably will have a party today, celebrating the arrival of Jenkins … jenkins.jpgAfter injury-plagued years in 2004 and 2005, during which he played only five games, Jenkins has re-established himself as a front-line player. He’s not what he was in 2002 and 2003, when he dominated, but he has played at a fairly high level … Let’s face it, it wasn’t working with Robertson. In five years with him in the middle of the defense, the Jets had only one season (2004) where they resembled an elite defense. And that was a bit of a mirage because of a weak schedule and because of Curtis Martin, who led the league in rushing and kept the defense off the field.

Cons: The arrival of Jenkins could hurt the Jets’ leverage in trade talks involving Robertson. Now teams know the Jets must deal Robertson, and that could come back to bite them. If it weren’t for Robertson’s contract (he’s due to make $9.8 million this season), they could keep him and Jenkins. But that’s unlikely … The Jets are getting older. Jenkins turns 29 in August; Robertson is 26. Realistically, they should get two or three good seasons out of Jenkins. How many 330-pound, over-30 defensive tackles still are productive? Not many … Jenkins is accustomed to a 4-3 scheme, not a 3-4. As dominating as he was for periods in Carolina, he never was a true nose tackle. That’s about to change … No word yet on his contract status. He had two years remaining on his deal, and I’m not sure yet if the Jets re-worked it. Chances are, they did, because he’s due a $1 million roster bonus tomorrow. They might have rolled that into a new, long-term deal. Stay tuned.

Additionally, JetsCentral points out that the loss of two draft selections in this deal could prompt the team to spin its 6th overall pick to re-stock the picks they’ve traded away.

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