Free Agency: The best of what’s around

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

If you take a look at our free agency tracker, the Jets have been linked to a number of players at many different positions.  With over $40 million in cap room available, let’s take a look at the players we think would be the team’s best choice to add through free agency at a few given positions.

WR – James Jones: In the Packers offense, Jones has been a very productive player although he’s never been the focal point of the offense.  No matter, he’s a good athlete with good quickness, a physical game and who has worked out some issues with drops in the past few years.  For a team like the Jets that was said to be interested in Jeremy Maclin before he was re-signed, a player like Jones represents the sort of upgrade the team was seeking rather than doubling down on a player like Emmanuel Sanders.  The question of course is was Jones productive because of the Packers system or was he productive because he’s a good receiver?  We think the answer lies in the middle but if the Jets make a number of upgrades and maybe even draft a long-term talent Jones will be a more featured part of the offense without needing to tilt the field.

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RB – Maurice Jones-Drew: MJD’s career as a feature back is effectively over, but it is fair to ask whether the Jaguars offensive line was so bad it precipitated his decline.  While the Jets need to add some pieces back to the line on the right side, they would represent a better line with which to work.  If the Jets are indeed looking to become a run-first team this year then they will need to add more talent at the running back spot, most especially a player who can be utilized on third downs and in a pass catching capacity.  Geno Smith seems talented with screen passes (something Sanchez never was) and adding a player like MJD could help Geno immensely.

OG – Geoff Schwartz: The Jets were said to have interest in Schwartz a year ago but it never worked out and he ended up playing spectacularly in relief of Jon Asamoah down the stretch for the Chiefs.  Asamoah is rumored to be heading to Atlanta (though the Jets were interested) and so the Jets should turn their attention to Schwartz to help solidify the right side of the line, especially in the wake of the uncertainty right now with Austin Howard.  Schwartz is a punishing run-blocker and can play on the left and right side.  

QB – Mike Vick: This is the toughest one of the group, but for pure quarterbacking it isn’t close when comparing Vick to the likes of Matt Schaub or Josh McCown.  It comes down to intent for the Jets; do they want someone to truly make a run at the starting spot besides Geno?  If so then Vick is easily their man and the difference between signing him to a $6 million AAV or Schaub for $3 million AAV is infinite.

S – Donte Whitner: He was the top man on my safety free agent list and I think he fits exactly what Ryan would love to add to his secondary.  He’s a hard hitting versatile safety who can stand up in both the run and against the pass.  The expected prices for safeties seems to be sagging a little bit so the Jets could be able to get away with one of the best safeties in the class to pair with a potential top free agent corner and turbocharge their secondary with two bold moves.

CB – Alterraun Verner: Verner is not the same physical run stopping corner that we saw with Darrelle Revis but he is a good cornerback who seemed to finally understand how to play aggressive football in 2013 and it paid off.  With Milliner already in the secondary, the team has a corner who can play the run well and so finding another on the left side won’t need to be a priority.  If Verner were to be placed in a system like Rex Ryan’s with the support he’ll have around him, there’s no reason to think that Verner couldn’t be as good a player as Cromartie was, and his game is much less dependant on that speed (which Cromartie’s was until 2013) and more based on technique.  Adding a player like Verner would give the Jets defense the pieces it was missing in 2013 and quickly tie this whole unit together.




30 comments
Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

I'm not sold on Jones yet sadly he's probably better than any WR currently on the roster. I'm not convinced he can be much help with either Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez throwing to him and CB1 covering him. 

Jones-Drew would be a good pick up if he's still got something in the tank. At 29 years old, it's got to be difficult to recover from the bumps and bruises of an NFL game. Rex does seem to manage older players well. This is could be the FA who has the most impact. (Assuming Verner goes elsewhere) 


Only the Jets could look at Vick and say, "You know, we could use more sociopaths." 


I think Verner would be an excellent addition but he's probably headed for a reunion with Fischer in St. Louis. 

Shomari Norman
Shomari Norman

LOL you call yourself a writer for the NEW YORK JETS!!!!!!!!! With over 40 million to play with the Jets can sign 7-9 Key pieces in free agency. The could sign Verner, Whitner H. Nicks and Saunders for about 6 million each. get your calculator and it comes up to YES,,, 24 million. Add Brandon Spikes, A. Howard and Pettigrew each for 4 million, Michael Vick for 2-2.5 million and a back up Guard like Whimper for 1.4 million per which will equal 39.4 million. In addition if the Jets would cut M. Sanchez, they will have over 10 million to still play with. Subtract the rookie contracts which will be around 4.5 million. The team will still have over 6 millions. Now will the addition of all these players it will instantly make the Jets playoff contenders.

Stanley Bostitch
Stanley Bostitch

This is one of the three best days of the football year. Opening Day, Draft Day, and FA Signing Day! It's like Christmas in March! C'mon Idzik!

machoking
machoking

Jones Drew would be great.  I def think that being in Jacksonville is part of the cause for decline. If we can provide him with an O line and some fire..... He would be a great veteran to add to an offense in need of weapons.

Bytor
Bytor

Any cb, wr and og and I'm a happy camper.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

Jones would be a nice piece,I refer to him as Antwan light with a little more quicks.

Matt Kelly
Matt Kelly

Forget Vick - the thought of that move makes me sick.   Let's just go get Josh McCown for that spot.    4 PM cannot come fast enough!

Juan Cancel
Juan Cancel

Revis is 28 years old.  He is still in his prime! If I was the Jets I will try to get him back as soon he hit the market!!! He is the natural leader of that Defense!!! And you don't have to teach him Rex's Defense!!!! A great signing will be Revis, Verner, OG, back up QB.  I would use the Draft to upload with TE, WR's, and Safety. It's Great to be a NY JETS fan!  feeling so SUPER!!!! lol

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Ganggrels, I know it is juicy today but we have to remember, we are in phase 2 of the Idzik rebuild, so we have to take a measured approach. We are several pieces away from a real run not one or two, so just keep that in mind when these moves are being made, as the future has to be taken into major consideration.


We need to fill the biggest holes with solid, young mid level talent and then draft BPA. In Idzik we trust.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

With the Revis probable 4th round pick, lets get a speedy 3rd down back in the draft.

Gregers Jungersen
Gregers Jungersen

IF Revis is leaving Bucs anyway, I would love to have him back for a long contract. Getting Richardson and a fourth-rounder for a cap-relieving one year rental would be a GM masterpiece.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Fasten your seat belts Ganggrels! First up, sign Howard, then one of those CBs that we desperately need, then, Tate/Jones and an olineman. Lets rock!

Iain Bartholomew
Iain Bartholomew

Does McCown have a reputation for diligent film study? What about Vick?

Bent
Bent moderator

Dear Santa...

greggreen
greggreen

I dont care for the bucs at this point and time. They are upsetting me. I wanted that 3rd


harold
harold

Mike Vick should not be in consideration for the Jets. Period

Whitner is a one year coverage wonder, pass

All others should be in consideration if price right

Bent
Bent moderator

@Bytor  Drew Coleman, Justin McCareins and Adrien Clarke it is then!

greggreen
greggreen

 when you have an ugly divorce, you usually don't get remarried to that person a year later just because you both happen to be single.  Dont get me wrong renting out revis and getting a ROY would be one of the greatest coups in football history 

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

@Gregers Jungersen.... Gregers' suggestion: " I would love to have him back for a long contract".

     Revis' answer to Gregers' suggestion on "signing"(and upholding) long "contract": 'ha,ha,ha...ha..ha....hahaha......!

greggreen
greggreen

@Bent  I Just want Howard, Verner, Scat back and WR....also revis to go somewhere, far far away. like the CFL

joemustgo
joemustgo

@greggreen  And if you do, the second marriage usually lasts just a few months. There's a reason you get divorced in the first place.

Vinnie Pedi
Vinnie Pedi

I know, and I have a bad feeling its gonna be the dolphins. They need his run blocking