I would like to first come out and say that I was dead set against getting retired Brett Favre, and trading away Chad Pennington. As of right now I am happy to report that I was wrong, and Favre is doing well, and my main man Chad is doing well in Miami.
That being said, lets get down to the real meat of this post. Everybody is saying the Jets are in a win now mode, and worry about the future later. I looked at some of the points of the trades they've made, and I think they have done a GREAT job of getting players to help this team win now, while not sacrificing the future of the franchise like teams such as (Redskins, old 49's and Cowboys).
Although they traded away a draft pick for Favre, it is a 3rd rounder, and a 2nd rounder if they reach the playoffs (which I believe they will). It's a 1st rounder only if they reach the SuperBowl. And giving up a 1st round pick for a chance to see the Jets in the SuperBowl is to me worth it.
However, at the same time, they traded Jonathan Vilma. The Vilma trade, as long as he plays this year, escalates from a 4th to a 3rd rounder in 2009. The traded away Pete Kendall, his trade was good for a 4th round pick in 2009. So even though they gave up a pick in Brett Favre, this team is looking at a 1st, 2nd, two 3rd round picks, two 4th round picks, and so on. This is all minus 1 Brett favre pick, wherever he may go.
All in all we enter this year better than last year, and go into the 2009 draft with a few extra picks. Its a win win situation in New York, and I think Tannenbaum deserves some credit for balancing winning now, and adding talent in the future simultaneously.