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“The longer I’m in this, the more you realize the only part you can control is the preparation,” Tannenbaum said. “They’re telling us we’re going to draft now, so we’re prepared for that.”

The Jets have also benefited from finding unsigned free agents after the draft who have become key players, including right guard Brandon Moore, defensive lineman Mike DeVito and safety James Ihedigbo. Teams won’t be able to sign any of those players, either, until the lockout is settled.

“Really our plan is once the draft is over,” Tannenbaum said, “we’ll wait to get more information of what we can do and when we can do it.”

New York also has quite a few question marks they can only speculate about. Wide receivers Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith are scheduled to be free agents, as are Cromartie and defensive end Shaun Ellis.

“We’re not sure what the rules are moving forward,” Tannenbaum said. “How many of our guys eventually we’ll be able to keep, it’s hard to say.”

Tannenbaum won’t be able to trade players during the draft, either, as he has done in recent seasons; only draft spots can be dealt. That might make it seem as though Tannenbaum could be a bit handcuffed this year. No worries, he says.

“There’s other ways to get creative, swapping picks, future years,” he said. “If you’re trying to solve a problem, you still have other clubs in the bag to use. You may not have your driver, and if you’ve ever seen me play golf, that’s probably a good thing. You use your utility club, and you just figure out ways to solve problems.”

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