Quick Look at Pending Jets Free Agents

Brian Bassett , TheJetsBlog.com

As the Jets brace for free agency, here’s a list of the Jets free agents and their likelihood to return in 2013.

Mike DeVito — The cutting of Sione Pouha would seem to put more pressure on the Jets wanting to re-sign DeVito. Either way, there’s no way at this point he’s getting this close and not officially testing the market.  There might be a handful of teams seek to sign DeVito but losing Pouha might make the matter easier for the Jets. That said, see if Mike Pettine hasn’t convinced the Bills to throw some money at their defensive line problems.  Probability to return: 50%

Laron+Landry+New+York+Giants+v+New+York+Jets+0_Pe_1ViJI3lLaRon Landry — The Jets have made it plain that they would like Landry to return, especially considering Landry’s athleticism, speed, and ability to play the one-high which Ryan loves … moreso considering that the Jets might be without Darrelle Revis in 2013.  Still, Landry looks like the successor to the throne of highest paid safety once Niners S Dashon Goldson gets his deal done. Probability to return: 35%

Yeremiah Bell — Not a priority for the Jets, but Bell was a durable player and would make a good run-stuffing safety.  He waited around to find a team last year until after the draft and that might happen again for him.  There’s little chance the Jets would sign him in the next week, but depending on what happens with LaRon, a higher likelihood should Landry not return.  Probability to return: 25%

Braylon Edwards — The Jets have made it known today that they would like to re-sign Edwards, but that they’ve also shown some serious interest in St. Louis Rams receiver Brandon Gibson.  Would a contract for Edwards take a backseat to Gibson?  Edwards loves playing in New York, and loves playing for Rex Ryan. He would likely come on the cheap, so the Jets should consider that, even if he’s not the perfect fit for a Marty Morhinweg offense.  Probability to return: 35%

Nick Folk — Anywhere but the Jets, is my understanding.  If Nick Folk gets an offer elsewhere, he will consider it ahead of whatever the Jets might put in front of him.  Probability to return: 5%

Shonn Greene — There’s been interest from the Green Bay Packers as well as a few other teams for Shonn Greene’s services.  A team like Green Bay would be excellent for Greene as he would benefit from a solid passing attack.  Based on his inconsistent track record with the Jets, I don’t think that he will be a player that the team wants to extend going forward. Probability to return: 5%

Lex Hilliard — Hilliard was a necessary evil for the Sparano offense.  With John Conner not picking it up, the Jets signed Hilliard and he played poorly all season. Probability to return: o%

Dustin Keller — Keller has not received much interest from the Jets and it’s hard to imagine that now would be the time in which they would rethink their more than season long strategy to freeze him out.  Probability to return: 0%

Brandon Moore — Moore has been an invaluable part of the Jets offensive line since 2004, but the Jets won’t have the money to keep a player of his abilities who is likely to want to seek one final payday.  Moore said last week on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he was puzzled in the Jets lack of interest in continuing discussions with him.  The Bears will be the #1 team interested in him.  Probability to return: 20% 

Tanner Purdum — While the Jets didn’t tender him, I’d expect that the Jets will re-sign him soon enough. Probability to return: 75%

Chaz Schilens — Schilens was forced into a larger role than expected for the Jets, starting six games in 2012, but his contributions weren’t what the Jets needed.  Run-blocking from the WR spot will be minimized with the introduction of the Morhinweg offense and higher value will be placed on players who can create separation at the line, run crisp routes and catch quick passes and create yards after the catch.  Schilens won’t be the sort of player that would have much of a priority for Morhinweg’s offense. Probability to return: 5% 

Matt Slauson — The Jets have made it known that they want to retain Slauson, but all signs point to no deal getting done before the start of free agency at 4PM today.  Names like the Raiders and Cowboys have been thrown around as potential interested parties, but I think the Jets will do their best to avoid having two new starters on the offensive line in 2013.  Probability to return: 60% 

Bryan Thomas — Nope. Probability to return: 0%