New Jets wide receiver Jacoby Ford’s one year contract with the Jets is worth a reported $740,000 for the 2014 season. (Cimini, April 3). The former Oakland Raider also received a $65,000 signing bonus.
The Jets had interest in Ford for a few weeks now and brought him in this week to compete for kick return duties.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comFord was drafted by the Raiders after posting a 4.29 40 time during the 2010 NFL Draft. Ford has been an effective kick returner, but injury and lack of contributions elsewhere saw his role limited under Dennis Allen in 2013.
Jet GM John Idzik has set up an epic battle at the kick returner spot, but the team still has a major opening at the top of the depth chart at wide receiver. The team flirted with the notion of pursuing the now newly minted Redskin receiver DeSean Jackson, but ended up not entering the fray for Jackson’s services.
As a result of the Jets rounding out the back of the roster with Ford and their fleeting interest in Jackson, look for the Jets to make additions to the roster at the receiver position early in the 2014 NFL Draft. This year’s class is considered to be one of the most receiver rich in many years.