[QUOTE]The comparison between the Jets and the Steelers is a little off base as far as I see it. The Jets have traded up into the top of the draft taking on high salaries for big risks (Sanchez, Gholston) and these players (some, not all Ferguson) have not really panned out. They signed some big name free agents and made trades to get Holmes, Pace, Scott, Burress, Jenkins, Edwards, Tomlinson, and Cromartie. They've had to pay all these guys. The Steelers on the other hand pretty much build through the draft. They haven't brought in many free agents but just have had to pay their own guys. Their mistakes have been made more in the structure of the contracts and some is just trying to keep the talent that they've drafted. This is why I worry about the Patriots signing high price free agents this year. I look two and three years down the road and think that they are going to have trouble signing their own guys, let alone free agents with big contracts. The reason they ended up trading Seymour is because they basically could only afford to keep him or Wilfork and with Seymour's injuries the two years before they could not justify spending big on him.
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