Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comSome news and notes around free agency (with some Jets sensibilities) to get the day started.
Double-down — The Daily News speculates Wednesday that because Jeremy Maclin has been signed by the Eagles, the Jets are all the more interested in Sanders. I see the point, but am calling foul. The key here is that Emmanuel Sanders and Jeremy Maclin are two very different types of receivers capable of vastly different types of production. Yes, the Patriots were interested in Sanders last year … but for what role in a pass heavy offense? If the Jets had interest in a player like Maclin, instead of projecting greater expectations on Sanders, better to begin courting a player like Golden Tate or James Jones.
Stay at home — Speaking of James Jones, the veteran receiver would like to stay in Green Bay, but with a crowded roster at receiver we understand why the Packers might not re-sign the 29-year-old. All the same, Jones has worked through his issues with the dropsies and will likely be a moderate priced receiver who can deliver in the right offense. Jones was on the NFL Network’s Around the League and talked about the idea of landing with his old team or the Colts or Chargers … sadly … no word on the Jets.
Bye-bye Birdie — With the Bills backing the Brinks truck up for Aaron Williams on Wednesday, it would seem that Jairus Byrd will in fact walk from Buffalo as a free agent. Would the Jets be interested? They have the money and the need for a coverage safety … if they aren’t, they should be.
Rent-a-receiver — Jermichael Finley is seeking to return to football, and the Jets are in need of renting some talent for their offense in the interim as they add in pieces in varying stages of productivity through the NFL Draft in May. Finley is set to get his medical clearance to play football again “very soon” according to his agent and seems to have a line of teams interested in bringing him in. A short-term, yet slightly paunchy contract might fit the bill for a player like Finley.
Roberts on the rise? — Yesterday on the podcast, NFL insider Tony Pauline told us he expects the Jets to show interest in 24 year old free agent Andre Roberts. Roberts put up more than 700 yards with the Cardinals in 2013, ranking 82nd by ProFootballFocus and 75th by Football Outsiders. At this point, Roberts has learned the NFL game and might be a third receiver at best right now but could definitely add a level of production to the Jets offense when combined with other moves in free agency or the NFL Draft.
Point of no return — Devin Hester won’t be back in Chicago, Dexter McCluster looks to be moving on from KC. Teams looking for special teams returners (like the Jets) might consider either of these players … as long as they don’t expect to get almost any value out of them on offense.
Cut the Champ — Champ Bailey was finally released last night by the Broncos, which seems to have made Bailey soften his stance on playing safety. It’s an interesting footnote, but I don’t expect the Jets to be in the mix for a player like Bailey, who wants to go begrudgingly to the position in which he is now most suited.