Buzz: Jets interested in Sanders, Maclin?

An interesting story this morning from the New York Daily News suggests that the Jets will be targeting a couple of veteran wide receivers in free agency:

The Daily News has learned that the Jets covet free agent wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Emmanuel Sanders with the hope that one or both can help revamp the league’s 31st-ranked passing offense from last season.

The top pending free agents at the receiver position are considered to be Eric Decker and Anquan Boldin, but the article states that there are people within the organization who are not sold on Decker’s ability to be a number one receiver. As for Boldin, who isn’t mentioned in the article, it’s not yet certain he’ll hit the open market.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

It’s obvious that the Jets will be looking to upgrade the wide receiver position over the next couple of months. Many people have the Jets taking a receiver in the early rounds of the draft and I don’t think signing a player such as Sanders or Maclin as their top free agent would necessarily change that thinking.

Playing devil’s advocate briefly, would the Jets really believe that someone like Maclin or Sanders could “help revamp” the Jets’ offense? Neither has ever had a 1,000 yard season despite the fact they haven’t been the number one option. If they’re being covered by the other team’s best corner every week for the first time in their career, it might be foolish to expect either player to have a career year – which they would need to do to represent any kind of worthwhile upgrade over a healthy Santonio Holmes.

Also, Maclin is coming off a torn ACL – although that’s the type of player Idzik was targeting last year in an effort to get short term value for money.

For what it’s worth, we had also heard that the Jets are planning to target some free agent receivers. However, the names we’ve heard the Jets linked with don’t necessarily correlate to those from the Daily News story.

210 comments
marcus81
marcus81

they would be an improvement over what Jets have, but nothing to scream about , Kerley would be Jets no.1 receiver, 

Jets can probably draft better receivers than these guys, in the 1st and 2nd rounds

a57se
a57se

Both Maclin and Sanders have injury histories that are concerning.

Maclin with the torn ACL and Sanders with operations on both feet (summer of 2012) and a torn meniscus in his knee last December.

Since both these players rely on their speed, i would imagine workouts and full physicals would be on order BEFORE making any offers and any contract should with them should include SOME protection fo the team in case of injury.

privatejet
privatejet

It seems like every year under Rex, the Jets have the near bottom Pass Offense in the league regardless of who the QB/WR/OC's are. Something has to change this year or the same trend will continue.

jetlife
jetlife

For some reason my Steeler fans friends(I went to PSU) unanimously want Sanders either replaced or signed to a very low deal. They don't care for him much, even as a #2 WR. That tells me a lot, considering I respect their opinions somewhat. In the end, they were right about Holmes too.

jdb4
jdb4

Who are the names that you have heard Bent?  

My guess is Jacoby Ford (Sanjay Lal connection) and Golden Tate (Seattle connection), maybe Tiquan Underwood as a cheap signing as well

kniff
kniff

Ok sign Jerricho Cotchery back for a one year deal (not expensive and fans will love it!) and make sure we get Evans, Ebron, or Amaro with our first draft pick...


The next FA should be a Guard we can feel great about, and our second draft pick should be BPA LB or Secondary....

bob
bob

This just in .. Jets are bringing in Jerry Ricecakes for a physical.

benmoz
benmoz

@marcus81  On the contrary, this would be many things to "scream" about. And here's why. Maclin provides the possession reciever/ deep threat, that we lacked this year. Granted he's healthy of course, but everyone's at risk for injury in the NFL, even Megatron for example, and I beleive Maclin will bounce back from the ACL tear no problem.


SANDERS. This guy would be amazing for the Jets. Look at the team that just won the Superbowl; a huge factor in that game offensively was Percy Harvin. No just for his receiving capabilities, but the reverse runs, kick off returns, the Broncos couldn't catch up to him. If you've watched Sanders play, he's very similar to Harvin in that he's versatile, we could run reverses with him, and he would help a ton on Special Teams.


Yes, the Jets could draft similar guys in the first 2 rounds, but, AND I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH (This is mainly we signing these guys would help the team immensely):


Signing these guys would allow Idzik to draft a tight end in the first round (Ebron) and then he wouldn't even have to take a WR in the second, so he could quality Safety in the second round (lord knows our Safety coverage last year was awful), or an OLB pass rusher to groom behind Pace when he ends up leaving/retiring, or even an OG (unless they really think those guys last year will be above average or even average starters in the league). 


So basically what I'm saying is yeah we need to improve the offense a bunch, but Maclin, Sanders, and Ebron, would probably do it. Plus they could take a WR in the third who I'm sure would be fine as a back up to any one of those guys if they get hurt (as long as at least some of them end up being healthy for the whole year) and we would still have Kerley as our #3 and Hill as our #4 (now that doesn't sound so bad anymore does it?).


Note: this wasn't directed towards you specifically, your comment just sparked my thoughts.


GO JETS!


bradysucks
bradysucks

Kerley is not a #1 receiver. He hasn't been anywhere near as productive as Maclin either. He isn't as good as Sanders. Kerley is a #3 receiver and a good one at that. His production tells you exactly what he is. The numbers don't lie.

Of course the Jets QB play has been so atrocious since 2011 and none of the Jets receivers have stayed healthy so it is hard to say what their true upside is. All we know is that the passing offense has been one of the worst passing attacks in the NFL

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se I always thought of Maclin as more possession receiver, but as Steve Smith showed, if you lose speed as a possession receiver, then the NFL isn't in your future.  A speed receiver who loses his plus speed can always work on route running and try to become a possession receiver.  So, I agree with you, Maclin's injury is a big red flag.  

I'm not big on Sanders.  He's only started 19 games and I'm not sure a rookie or lower level UFA signing wouldn't be as good.

marcus81
marcus81

@privatejet the only defense for Rex is that BAP's where defensive players in the first rounds when Jets drafted, this year the first few rounds should be dedicated to offense

Brendan
Brendan

@jetlife  That's strange, my Steeler fan friends all love the guy. We never really talk about price, though, maybe I should give them some real #'s and see if they feel the same. 

Vinny Stasi
Vinny Stasi

@jdb4 Jacoby Ford would be huge! Instantly help our return game. 4.2 40 speed!! He would sign for around league min. The guy is a gritty play who fights for the ball. and yes had success with Lal.

a57se
a57se

@jdb4  

Bent won't tell us, it might jeopardize his source.


Brendan
Brendan

@jdb4  Ugh. I really hope they're not looking in on Tate, who I think will be overpaid by a considerable amount. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@kniff    I think the fans might remember Cotchery snubbed the Jets in the prospect of returning.  Not sure of any love fest.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@kniff  What is this insistence on signing the team's past?  It's gone.  We already have our 3rd down guy in Kerley - we need more 1st down options!

SackDance99
SackDance99

@bob And Rance Balworth.  Thought I'd go really old school.

marcus81
marcus81

@benmoz @marcus81 if these players can be replaced with the money that Holmes is being paid or less, it's not bad, but Jets should still take a receiver with the second pick, Jets got Allen as a late pick and he looks like he's gonna be a good safety, Jets have enough picks to find enough good players even if half of them work out

Brendan
Brendan

@SackDance99 Maclin was rarely used as the deep/speed receiver, though. Well, maybe "rarely" is an exaggeration, but he wasn't seen as a consistent deep threat in Philly. They had DeSean running the top off of defenses while Maclin worked underneath him with lots of deep crosses and stuff like that. I think you're pretty close when you call him a possession receiver. His career YPC is only 0.4 higher than Kerley's. He runs a lot of different routes, and I think Marty wants him because he knows that last year Maclin was primed for a breakout before his injury. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se By the way, I meant the "other" Steve Smith, the former Giant and, I believe, league leader in receptions.

jetlife
jetlife

@Brendan @jetlife  One direct quote, "He's the worst #2 I have ever seen on the Steelers." So take that with a grain of salt I suppose.

Brendan
Brendan

@Disgruntled Jets Fan And I don't think Cotchery wants to come back. People forget he asked out of his contract with the Jets, they didn't just cut him out of the blue. 

Pat d
Pat d

What UFA is worth #1 money. I would say none.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Brendan @SackDance99 Besides Kerley in the slot and Nelson as a 4th WR, the Jets need a true WR#1 and a speedy WR #2.  I'd get the #1 with a UFA signing and the #2 in the draft, unless the team thinks that Hill can assume that role.  I think it's possible the speedy, but slightly undersized, WRs that could fill this role might be good 3rd round candidates.

Pat d
Pat d

You are right about Steeler fans being spoiled. That said the Steeler fans I know aren't crazy about Saunders

Brendan
Brendan

@jetlife Haha, so they've had Plax, Brown, Holmes and Wallace as their #2 WR for most of their football-watching lives. Nice life. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jetlife Haha good lord, that's rather excessive. 


And how old are these people? In the past 10 years, the Steelers have used Plax, Cedric Wilson, Randle El, Holmes, Mike Wallace, and Antonio Brown. Sanders > Wilson and Randle El, easily. 


And that list shows you that the Steelers have usually had very good #2's, so these guys have been spoiled. That may be swaying it, I dunno, but my friends are a bit older, have been around a while as far as fanship goes, so maybe they have more perspective? 


But Sanders is far from terrible. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jdb4 Yeah, it'll be interesting to see how teams view him, and whether or not he's one of the first guys signed and sets the market, or is one of the guys who has to sit around while others are signed. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jdb4 He had 900 yards and 5 TD's in a run-heavy offense. I think a team out there will definitely throw that much his way, especially if they are going to ask him to return punts. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jdb4 You really think that'd nail down Tate? Amendola signed that, but he would've gotten way more if he wasn't always hurt. I think you're looking at something closer to $7.5 mil a year, rather than the $5.7 mil that Amendola's averaging. 

Brendan
Brendan

@SackDance99 He wasn't O-Coordinator, he was the Asst. Head Coach in 2004. Oops, good point. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Brendan @bklyndudeI don't think MM coached TO in Philly...he became OC in 2006.  Owens was in Dallas by then.  But, he probably coached TO with the 49ers.

__fense
__fense

@Brendan @__fense  I guess we'll never really know. You're right that he wouldn't bad mouth the team even if he hated them. And the team was right, either way. It's sort of funny, though. He'd probably be the #1 WR on the Jets the last two years. He left when we had a strong WR corps, and then it fell apart a year after he left.

Brendan
Brendan

@__fense Yeah, but I think the reason he didn't say anything negative about them is because that's just the type of person he is. I think he was way more unhappy when he left than he let on, but because he's not a whiner he just said nice things and moved on amicably. 


I think he was truly pissed that the team didn't trust him enough and signed Mason. 

And fwiw, the team was proven right because he didn't start anywhere and ended up the 4th receiver on Pitt. He moved up to #3 when they let Wallace walk, and he proved quite useful in that role. I think they re-sign him because he's the type of WR Pitt seems to covet (exceptional route running, smallish, great hands, willing to get dirty). 

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Brendan @bklyndude

I'd like to see some of that for the next few years. 

Add in Maclin and his speed and maybe a nice TE in the draft and I think we could start to see a nice offense.

__fense
__fense

@Brendan @Disgruntled Jets Fan  His stated reason for asking out of his contract was he felt he could start on another team, and so he asked the team to let him take a shot at it. Now he has a better chance to start here than pretty much anywhere else in the league, so maybe he would come back. He never said anything but good things about the Jets.

Brendan
Brendan

@bklyndude Marty can use many types of players. He made it to the Super Bowl with TO, it just matters whether or not they're talented. Marty can shift his offense around and rework it to fit the players he has, so if they get Evans, you can bet that you'd see a lot of seams and stuff where Evans can get on top of the safeties and DB's and try to bully them with jump balls and whatnot. 

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Brendan @kniff

I was thinking that Evans would be a great pickup for Geno and the Jets.  But now I'm wondering if the Jets and MM would prefer pure speed to copy what the Eagles were doing.

A solid TE like Celek and multi-dimensional superstar RB like McCoy would help.

Brendan
Brendan

@kniff I am very much behind the idea of drafting an early WR and signing a veteran as well, we can talk players all day, but the idea itself I'm very much a fan of. 


I also like the idea of a guard, maybe Asamoah from Kansas City? I like Stinky Feet Colon, but he might not be back.