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AFC EAST
Text by Don Banks
February 11, 2013
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February 11, 2013

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AND THEN?

Make it a priority to re-sign unrestricted free agent Jairus Byrd, who at 26 is already one of the NFL's best all-around free safeties.... Put the same emphasis on re-signing LG Andy Levitre to keep Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller running strong.

PROBLEM STAT

65.8% Calvin Pace's pass rushes per passing snaps played, fourth lowest of all 3--4 outside linebackers who rushed the passer at least 300 times.

SOLUTION

If the Jets are serious about addressing an ugly salary-cap situation, they'll cut Pace, 32, who had a six-year low in tackles (35, despite starting every game) and who's had a decline in sacks each of the past three years (three in 2012). They'd be smart to do the same with Bart Scott, 32, who missed a tackle for every 6.6 he attempted in '12, third worst among ILBs.

AND THEN?

Seriously explore trading CB Darrelle Revis, who, if he isn't made the highest-paid defender in the league, will become a distraction.... Draft Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o if he falls to the second round (No. 39).

PROBLEM STAT

11.4% Passing attempts aimed at Wes Welker that went at least 20 yards, 10th lowest of the 82 NFL receivers targeted at least 50 times.

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