The lowdown on Michael Haynes

The Jets signed former Chicago Bear Michael Haynes this week. Adding a former first round defensive lineman, who is only 26, could turn out to be a masterstroke by Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum. But you have to wonder why the Bears got rid of him after just three years.

Haynes was a bad fit for the defense of Bears coach Lovie Smith. He was picked prior to Smith's arrival, and didn't fit the coach's Tampa-based defense which required smaller, quicker defensive linemen. At the end, Smith attempted make Haynes a three-technique defensive tackle, but that project wasn't given enough time to take root.

The plug was pulled last summer when Haynes hurt his back, and the Bears gave him an injury settlement, and waived him. He was claimed by the Jets and Saints, and he was awarded to New Orleans. But his back still wasn't okay, so they released him, and he sat out the season rehabbing.

While was a bad fit for the Bears defense, Tannenbaum thinks he could be a good 3-4 defensive end. Haynes is 6-3, and close to 290 pounds with a thick lower base and long arms, so he seems to have the physical characteristics for 3-4 end.

Haynes is a good fit for the Jets program with his high-level intelligence and character. He comes from a military family, so he grew up in a very-structured environment.

One problem for Haynes in Chicago was they reached for him in the draft, so the expectations for him were inflated, and unrealistic. He probably was more of a second round talent, but went in the first round after a big senior season.

Coming to the Jets with low expectations, and for little money is humbling, and should motivate him to show people he wasn't a bust.

So this signing makes a lot of sense on many levels.

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