Report: Jets owner commits to Mangini, Tannenbaum for '09

Updated: March 31, 2008, 11:20 AM ET
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When the Jets threw more than $140 million at free agents this offseason, their expectations seemed clear: Another four-win season, as they had in 2007, would be intolerable.

'Gang' Dishes Its Green

The Jets did not sit on their money during the free agency signing period, and they also dealt for a defensive lineman. Their additions this offseason:

Introducing new Jets
  Position Transaction
Alan Faneca G Signed
Calvin Pace DE/LB Signed
Damien Woody T Signed
Tony Richardson RB Signed
Kris Jenkins DL Acquired
Jesse Chatman RB Signed
Bubba Franks TE Signed

Yet the front office has made it clear it has no intention of operating under a win-now mentality in 2008 after owner Woody Johnson said Sunday coach Eric Mangini and general manager Mike Tannenbaum would "absolutely" keep their jobs for 2009 regardless of how the coming season pans out.

"I really think it takes time to build," Johnson told the New York Daily News for Monday's editions. "You can't do it in one season."

The Daily News also reported that the Jets will not trade quarterback Chad Pennington, who lost the job to Kellen Clemens in the middle of last season. Pennington and Clemens will compete for the starting job in training camp.

The Jets were one of the most active teams in the NFL's free-agency period, signing left guard Alan Faneca, defensive end/linebacker Calvin Pace and right tackle Damien Woody to big-money contracts.

Among other moves, New York acquired defensive tackle Kris Jenkins from the Carolina Panthers for draft picks and signed tight end Bubba Franks after he was cut by the Green Bay Packers.

After trading for Jenkins, the Jets came to terms with him on a new five-year contract worth $35 million, including $20 million in guaranteed money.

The Jets last week also struck a compromise with receiver Laveranues Coles by guaranteeing the $11 million remaining on the final two years of his contract, a league source said.

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