While free agency won’t begin until the end of February, we wanted to take some time to look at the Jets free agent lists, and write up some initial thoughts about their future status with the Jets. We’ll start this morning with the Exclusive Rights Free Agents …
TE Matthew Mulligan — While he had some solid run-blocking performances earlier in the season, Mulligan nose-dived at the end, ranking second in penalties on the team (nine) for the season. In the last game of the season, Mulligan was called for a crucial 15 yard penalty that effectively put the Jets past field goal range (with the team losing by two points). Even though he’s an exclusive rights player for the Jets, there’s little to no reason to bring him back with a full slate of draft picks, Jeff Cumberland getting healthy and Josh Baker showing some promise at the end of the season.
DB Ellis Lankster — While he was a special teamer most of his time on the field, Lankster did show some promise in recovering two fumbles against the Eagles. Lankster showed a knack for getting downfield quickly on special teams, and he might be a player next year who takes on larger roles if he can continue solid performances as a special teamer.
DL Martin Tevaseu — Tevaseu didn’t play a lot this season, but was overmatched when working in replacement of Sione Pouha. He played well in some goal line situations – getting penetration and preventing touchdowns, but for now, he’s not ready to do more than be a role-player for the Jets. There’s no reason to force him out the door, but there also might not be enough compelling reason to keep him either. With time he might take on a larger role, but it depends if the Jets are willing to invest the time
Leave your thoughts on the players in the comments, Restricted Free Agents due up later today!