Link: Other ideas on free agency targets at receiver for the Jets

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

With the rumors on the Jets potential free agent receiver targets making it into the NY Daily News on Friday, we thought this would be a good time to look at Andrew Cohen’s recent article at OverTheCap.com in which he breaks down and predicts the free agent market for wide receivers.

Two players from their list ended up with the Jets, and neither was Jeremy Maclin or Emmanuel Sanders.

Golden Tate

Some front office execs will  be turned off by the 5’10 Tate, who lacks supreme size and speed for the WR position.

Others will see him as a precise route-runner with big-play ability.

Tate said yesterday that he’d be willing to take slightly less to stay in Seattle. But with Percy Harvin returning to full health and the Seahawks needing to lock up Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson in the near future, Tate’s time in Seattle is almost certainly done. He should receive a deal in the same range as Julian Edelman’s.

Contract Prediction: The Jets—who will have nothing at the WR position after they let Santonio Holmes walk—are a possible destination. Gang Green has over $20 million in projected cap space and a bunch of talent on defense, so signing a WR should be a priority. Jets for 5 years/$25 million ($12 million guaranteed)

James Jones

With Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin and plenty of holes to fill on defense, it’d surprise me if Green Bay made much of an attempt to resign the soon-to-be 30-year-old.

Jones signed a 3-year deal worth almost $10 million after the Packers 2010 Super Bowl run, as the market for Jones’ services was dry. Now 3 years older, Jone’ will have even less suitors, and he’ll surely get less than that this time around.

Contract Prediction: As I just mentioned, the Jets have next to nothing at the WR position, so they could conceivably bring in more than one wideout. Jets for 2 years/$6 million

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

I am intrigued by both of these moves.  I’m a little hesitant of the Jets overpaying for a guy like Eric Decker (who might be a number two receiver who will get number one type of money) so when I hear these other names and think about the Jets being able to add two productive players for around only $8 million it is hard not to be pleased.

Tate is an interesting option.  There’s the tie-in to Seattle for Idzik in bringing in a player with whom he is already familiar.  Tate can be brash, but is regarded as a high character guy.  While he doesn’t have elite size or speed he is tenacious, he is known as a willing run blocker and would provide precise route-running and an aggressiveness that could translate use in a variety of ways in the Mornhinweg offense.

As far as Jones?  He will turn 30 on March 31 but the veteran was overlooked back in 2011 when he hit free agency in the post-lockout scramble.  Jones has been second or third fiddle in Green Bay, but he is ultra reliable.  Jones only dropped three passes in 93 targets during the 2013 season.  Jones also missed the 1,000 yard mark in 2013 because he was unable to play in almost three full games due to injury.  Jones would be a good sized target who could be more than just a possession receiver for the Jets at a pretty reasonable price.

Bonus Links: These two articles from PFF go into detail about the pros and cons of signing Tate and Decker. It’s from the perspective of their current team, but still worth a read.

16 comments
marcus81
marcus81

Jones would be good for a couple of years

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

If we sign to FA WR's, do we only draft one this year? If so, do we take a WR in the first or the second? I think when it comes to these two guys you got to roll with one or the other. As much as I hate Tate for not admitting to that pass being intercepted by Greenbay last year, I know how tough of a player he is and I can see him growing on me in NY. Then again... if we do take two FA's, that opens the door to take a TE in the first like Ebron, and take a WR in the second like Jordan Matthews whom i want desperately. But i think something that the Jets and we all should consider is the possibility of picking up a SOLID OLB in the second round. Options like Scott Crichton, Dee Ford, Kyle Van Noy and Trent Murphy should be available to us at the 17th pick in round 2. Clearly if Pace comes back it will be his last year with the Jets, so who will be his replacement? With solid talent like this in the second round, if we find a way to settle our offensive problems before the second round, it would be stupid not to take one of these guys.

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

The WR need is a Stephen Hill able to run routes and get separation.  Is this a possibility?


We need a TE who makes the defense nervous about the middle of the field, and who can block.



kniff
kniff

At 6'-1'', 208lbs. the 29 yr. old Jones is my preferred wideout of these two...he'd be better against taller CBs.


I looked at this guy last week, and thought he was a good fit for the Jets, and wouldn't break the bank.  I really could see Idzik scoring this guy.

Joe De Sr.
Joe De Sr.

The Jets could sign the very best receivers in all of football. The problem is they don't have a QB that can get the ball to them! It will be a waste of time and money!

harold
harold

I think you logic is good.  I doubt all those guys will be available but maybe one or two in round  two who we might consider at OLB.

I have been advocating the TE in the first for a while.

Lastly, for anyone reading I think they wildly underestimate the value for Tate  anything close to 6 million would be a solid value.  For 5 million I would sign Tate and he is not my main target.

kniff
kniff

@Willie Mays Jr.  Geno is accurate, and just needs stepped up pass protection this year, as he's still learning to read Defenses.


There is also every reason to believe we will draft a QB as insurance in the mid rounds...

Bytor
Bytor

Curious to hear about what you would do then. Thanks.

Joe De Sr.
Joe De Sr.

With Geno, yes it's over before it begins ..

joemustgo
joemustgo

@kniff @Willie Mays Jr.  Unless they get a steal on Mettenberger, I'd rather go all in on Geno (with a suitable vet backup) and draft someone next year if it doesn't work out.

harold
harold

@Willie Mays Jr.

So if we don't get a punt blocked inside our own 25 yard line and allow a 75 yard screen pass to go for a TD we likely beat the Panthers and make the playoffs.

Too bad the season is over before it begins I was looking forward to next season

Bytor
Bytor

I really enjoy your keen analysis.

dennisb
dennisb

I agree. Let's get Geno some receivers and shore up the line and see what he can do. If he doesn't take a big step forward, then go for a top qb in next year's draft.