You know for certain that GM Mike Tannenbaum has a plan, and his plan probably has contingencies for the contingencies. He likely would try to acquire a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver and, unless he goes the bad-boy route (Terrell Owens or Randy Moss), the answer isn't going to come from a watered-down unrestricted-free-agent market.
Which means a trade, and that means you should keep an eye on Steve Smith of the Panthers.
Smith reportedly wants to be traded from Carolina, the only team he has known. Presumably, he's worn down by the losing and he apparently isn't thrilled with the idea of starting over with a rookie QB, Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick.
Smith, like most receivers, is a bit of a diva, but the Jets like collecting big games and Rex Ryan believes he can coach anybody. The Jets have a good relationship with the Panthers, having made deals before. (See: Kris Jenkins, 2008.)
In 2008, Smith was one of the best receivers in the league (1,421 yards and an 18.2 average), but his numbers dropped the past two years -- although much of that could be attributed to the Panthers' terrible offense and instability at quarterback.
Potential downsides to Smith? He turns 32 in a week and he has two years and a reported $14.75 million remaining on his contract. That's big money. If the Jets are willing to pay that much, they should just give it to one of their own.
Obviously, the Jets are confident they can retain Holmes or Edwards because they didn't pick a receiver, Jeremy Kerley, until the fifth round. But maybe Tannenbaum did that because he's confident he could pull something out of the trade market, if necessary -- maybe someone like Smith.
What do you think? Would Smith be a good fit for the Jets?