TJB free-for-all: Who is your free agency binkie?

As we wait poised on the start of free agency, I asked the editorial staff to send me answers to the following question.

Name me one free agent that you (desperately?) hope the Jets sign next week to a contract? Tell me why you think he could have a big impact for the Jets.

Here’s their answers with mine at the very end, enjoy!

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

You should know by now that you can’t fence me in and make me commit to one choice.

Aqib Talib, Stephen HillI assume we’re talking about external free agents, but I’m usually more invested in which of the team’s existing free agents will be back.  Still, I remember back to 2011 where I wanted everyone back and wrote in detail about how they should be able to afford that, contrary to expectations…and that’s essentially what they did and it was a DISASTER.  So what do I know?  I honestly don’t know that there’s any one move which would excite me, I’m much more concerned with the overall approach, which I’m hoping is measured and value-driven rather than desperate and extravagant.

Still, while I’ve never been a fan of his, there’s one guy out there who, better than anyone else, would fit the Jets’ system and open things up for Rex Ryan to do some of the things that either he couldn’t do last year or that were ineffective when he did them: Aqib Talib.  Talib’s ability to track the opposing team’s number one receiver and to play physical press coverage at the line would make him a better fit than Antonio Cromartie was while playing hurt last year.  If the Jets don’t target Talib, I’d see this as a sign that they’re grooming Dee Milliner to be “the Revis” of this defense going forward.  (Note: When I refer to “the Revis” I don’t mean “transcendent hall-of-fame level talent”, I just mean that he’ll be the guy to track the opposing team’s number one receiver, much as he did at the end of last season against the likes of Josh Gordon and Mike Wallace.)

I’d stop short of “desperately” and even “hope”, but this is a move not many people are talking about that makes a lot of sense.

Corey Griffin, TheJetsBlog.com

I thought this would be easy. It’s Jairus Byrd, right?

A difference-making coverage safety would solidify the Jets’ defense down the middle, and with Nick Mangold at center, they’d be a Geno Smith progression way from being set down the middle for at least the next two years. But then I started to think, what if Geno doesn’t progress? What if he can’t pick up zone or corner blitzes or if he keeps panicking in the pocket?

michael_vick_eaglesMichael Vick is bar-none the best quarterback on the free agent market and he’s miles ahead of any other option. If the Jets don’t pay for Byrd, there’s Chris Clemons, Antoine Bethea, Mike Mitchell or maybe Malcolm Jenkins. Bottom line, while Byrd is a pie-in-the-sky difference-maker, there’s decent depth behind him. There’s no depth behind Vick and if the Jets are serious about 2014 being a playoffs-or-bust type of season, they need a quarterback they can rely on. Vick would seriously challenge Geno and would force him to either step his game up or Vick could win the job and, if healthy (a huge IF, I know), play well enough to keep the team in the playoff race.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

I like the answers of the guys above, but for the sake of going another way, my secret binkie of free agency will be Seahawks WR Golden Tate.  Golden Tate? Yes, Golden Tate.  Tate has never developed into the receiving threat that Seattle hoped he would be.  Last year the team paid a king’s ransom to bring in Percy Harvin and as he demonstated in the Super Bowl, when healthy he can have a devastating effect on the team.  Both sides have paid lip service to bringing Tate back, but Seahawks GM John Schneider has some tough decisions ahead of him and bringing back Tate might not be high on his list, despite what he told reporters at the Combine.

tate-hurdle2-11-11-12From a numbers standpoint, Tate has never wowed anyone.  Even so, by going to the advanced metrics sites Tate is efficientlty effective (ranking 25th in FO) and solid on film (22nd on PFF) despite being statistically buried on a run-heavy Seahawks team.  Tate is no choir boy, but he’s a gritty player who has no fear in going across the middle or getting physical with defensive backs.  Tate has been one of the best receivers after the catch and after contact in the league.  While Tate might not be the flashiest signing, he’d be a big help to whoever lines up under center for the Jets in 2014.




93 comments
Juan Montalvo
Juan Montalvo

After seeing what happened to the Broncos in the SB,I want toughness. I want receivers like Tate. I want Talib. I don't want Hill,I don't want Cro type of players.Give me players unafraid to Hit ,or be Hit.

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

One more thing, if the Jets can get him on the cheap I'd take a chance on Anthony Spencer.

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

Let Byrd fly as our free safety and bring in Donte "Hitner" to play the strong safety. That would lock up those two positions for the next 4 to 5 years. Even with the cap space I'm sure this would be tough to do considering these guys will both be looking to break the bank. A man can always dream...Sign Vick as the starting QB, Bring in Sanders as WR and one of the FA guards Beadles, Schwartz or Asomoah. Draft Ebron in the first (if he's there) Jordan Matthews in the second, Zach Mettenberger in the third and the best available corner.  

Snack Exchange
Snack Exchange

Byrd. Though this talk of Asomoah is sounding mighty pleasant, too.

levi
levi

Id say Byrd or Talib. Theres nobody out there on offense that makes me say "I want this guy now!"

a57se
a57se

Looks like Philbin is cleaning house in Miami...Randy Starks and Paul Solaili both gone.....

a57se
a57se

What are the chances the Pats sign Arthur Jones to play alongside his brother?

jetdee
jetdee

Hakeem Nicks. When he's on his game he can be one of the top receivers in the league.

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

Byrd.

Haven't had a ball hawking safety since Kerry Rhodes. Haven't had a good coverage safety since then as well. Would allow us to do different things with the back end of the defense.

Alasdair Barratt
Alasdair Barratt

McCluster.


Might not make a HUGE difference to the team, but at least he'll always give a feeling of danger, and the possibility of enjoyment.


Also field position could be very important for Geno

Joseph Koll
Joseph Koll

Any thoughts on Mike Mitchell at FS?

Joseph Koll
Joseph Koll

Davin Joseph G TB was released. Could be a steal if he can get healthy. Mike Mitchell FS Car will reach FA. He had a really nice '13 season.

Joseph Koll
Joseph Koll

Two players to watch: DE/LB Mike Neal GB and FS Stevie Brown NYG. Neal is a very versatile player. He can set the edge, cover and rush the passer. Can also play from multiple spots. Brown can add playmaking ability to a defense that annually lacks it. I mention both because they have injury red flags but flash above average ability. For the price, they could be the type of bargains that Idzik covets.

Joseph Koll
Joseph Koll

Tate is my binkie!

AND Asamoah, Verner, Whitner, Neal and McCluster. Add a few dynamite rookies and...........Championship!!! Lol.

juunit
juunit

Jared Allen. 


At all the other positions, I could go a few different ways. But there's only one Jared Allen. (Unless Ware becomes available.)

joblowme99
joblowme99

.....and when he's not? He is hot trash!

a57se
a57se

@j3tsfan29  

Haven't needed one and Kerry Rhodes did not play well in rex' defense.

Kirk Michael
Kirk Michael

He can kr,pr, n catch out the back field we can stick him in the slot, outside, bubble screens. Get him a wr, og, then the draft baby!!!

harold
harold

Solid player.  First really good year so is a gamble. 

At 3 million or so per year maybe.

But don't know if enough upside for us to bother with so many young safeties on roster.

Brendan
Brendan

@Joseph Koll  I don't really know much about Neal, but his PFF scores and signature stat rankings show he's pretty bad. 

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

I post Jared Allen and I get beat up for doing so. You post it and everyone's like omg what a great idea..... What gives?

bradysucks
bradysucks

Jared Allen as an edge rusher would put this defense over the top!

Love it

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

If we haven't needed one why did we sign ed reed? Cause we DO need one. I'd rather have Byrd then any wr on the market.

Joseph Koll
Joseph Koll

@Harold

Thanks. All I knew was he had a good year. Not sure of much else.

Joseph Koll
Joseph Koll

@Brendan

I thought I remembered him being a stud before injury. I just threw it out there. I'm sure we don't have to bargain shopping as much this year.

harold
harold

He is not an awful player.  He has had a solid career in the NFL.  If he is 3 million per year he may be a good pick up.  No comp picks lost.

Joseph Koll
Joseph Koll

@ Brendan

He is no worse than Pace, in addition to being younger and more versatile. I am not saying he is very special but could be a value signing with potential.

juunit
juunit

@j3tsfan29  

Ha, I dunno. I've actually brought him up a couple times before and people mostly ignored my posts. I guess they're coming around now.

harold
harold

@junnit @williamg1

I pray Ware would be available. 

I am thinking 3 years 30 million.

24 million in years 1 and 2.

And then 6 million non-guaranteed in year 3.

I know it sounds rich but I think he is worth it!

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @harold  "Oh, that's a guy I actually know at guard, I'll pick him" 


Here's hoping that's not Idzik's approach to free agency.

harold
harold

He was not bad in 2011 but he was really bad this past season, easily his worst year, coming off the injury.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  "Oh, that's a guy I actually know at guard, I'll pick him" 


- how I assume 50% of fans vote for the PB, with the other half voting for their own team's guards. 

harold
harold

He has really fallen on hard times.  Good update on Joseph.

He is a multiple Pro Bowler but I guess he got there the Cromartie way on reputation.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  Last year he was 2nd to last with a -34.4 grade and he was 47th in pass blocking efficiency. To put it in perspective, he had a worse grade than Winters did. 

harold
harold

@Brendan

What was he last year? 

He has gotten worst.  He has always been viewed as an average player by most. 

Surprised to see his rankings so low.  That would turn him in to vet min or slightly above signing like Colon was last year. 

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  He was the 2nd worst guard on PFF with a -34.4 grade, -2.2 in 2011 (missed 2012 with a knee injury), -25.0 in 2010 (worst in the league), -7.5 in 2009, -4.6 in 2008, -11.8 in 2007. 


Not a good player, at all. 

a57se
a57se

@harold  

Man, you guys agree way too much...:)

Brendan
Brendan

@Joseph Koll  I would rather sign Pace on the cheap and draft someone to be that player for the future. Neal is nothing special. 

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

Yea I posted about Allen before Orakpo was tagged and 57 and Brendan did not like that idea. Now Brendan does. Go figure.

juunit
juunit

@harold  

Ware is definitely worth it. Although, I think Ware would be replacing Pace while Allen would replace Douzable while also stealing some snaps from Ellis/Harrison. So while they're both pass rushers, I don't see them as filling the same space. 


BRAIN WAVE: GET BOTH!

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  Hah hey, I think we tend to agree more than we disagree, we just spend less time discussing those items. 

harold
harold

@Brendan

I am glad my message is Brendan approved!!

At least I got one right today :)