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Shonn Greene unlikely to be in New York Jets' plans

Shonn Greene delivered a workmanlike effort for the New York Jets this season, churning out 1,063 yards as a between-the-tackles bruiser.

But Greene possesses little burst (his 53-yard TD run to ice the Chargers in the 2009 divisional playoffs now feels like a fever dream), and his abilities as a receiver out of the backfield leave something to be desired.

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In other words, Greene has value, but he's replaceable. ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini speculated Tuesday that Greene -- a pending free agent -- is "as good as gone" in 2013. Marty Mornhinweg is the team's new offensive coordinator, a West Coast mind who covets versatility in his tailbacks.

Tony Sparano is history, as is "Ground and Pound." The Jets are closing the book on an era, and Greene is unlikely to be part of what's next.

It's hard to defend any aspect of Mark Sanchez's 2012 season, but not having a running back who could act as a safety valve in the passing game did the quarterback no favors. Though he would likely be a longshot given the Jets' salary cap issues, Reggie Bush is exactly the type of player the Jets need.

If Bush proves too costly, new general manager John Idzik would be wise to target a player with Bush-like traits during the draft process. The Jets need new blood. Finding a playmaker in the backfield could have a positive trickle-down effect on the entire offense.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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