UPDATE 6:39: Dimitri Patterson’s deal is worth one-year, $3 million (ProFootballtalk, April 1)
The Jets have signed cornerback Dimitri Patterson (Jets, April 1).
Patterson, who played for the Miami Dolphins the past two seasons, visited the Jets on Monday. He had 24 tackles and one sack in six starts with Miami. The 30-year-old also had four interceptions during the 2013 season — the most he has recorded since 2010 with the Eagles.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIf you haven’t already, pencil in Dee Milliner in as the team’s top cornerback for the 2014. With Kyle Wilson, Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster and now Dmitri Patterson the Jets have more than enough talent to handle the depth at corner from three to six. The problem is that Milliner’s play was shaky until the last four weeks of the NFL season … are the Jets unfairly projecting his acceleration? Regardless of Milliner, that second starting spot is still very much an unknown. The Jets will likely look to the NFL draft to add another cornerback before the end of the fourth round, but there’s a still lot of questions around the secondary, long the strength of the Jets, as the team exits the free agent period.
If there’s a bright side to this, it is that the Jets pass rush will limit the time that cornerbacks are left in coverage as the group gets yet another year under the belt. Remember that between the team’s four starters up front (Wilkerson, Coples, Harrison and Richardson) the team has just eight accrued years of NFL experience, this could be an explosive year in their development as a group.