Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comAs the negotiating period of free agency begins Saturday March 8th at noon, here’s the quick list and links to articles about players which the Jets are already tied to in terms of some level of interest, or Jets players who have already been retained by the team.
We’ll keep this somewhere on the front page for the next few days, see the full list after the jump.
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Last update 6:29PM ET Tuesday
EXTERNAL FREE AGENTS
WR Emmanuel Sanders (PIT) — Sanders was the first name to come to light almost a month ago along with the now re-signed Eagle Jeremy Maclin. Sanders would provide the Jets a deep threat to stretch the field but the team shouldn’t expect more than 40-50 receptions from a player like Sanders in the Jets offense. No word on whether talks have progressed since the start of free agency.
WR Andrew Hawkins (CIN) — The restricted free agent was low-tendered by the Bengals and according to our own Jake Steinberg, the Jets are reported to have interest in him.
WR Andre Roberts (ARI) — Draftinsider‘s Tony Pauline told us on the podcast this week that the Jets could demonstrate some level of interest in the 24 year old unrestricted free agent who had over 700 yards with the Cardinals in 2013. Roberts is joining the Washington Redskins.
WR James Jones (GB) — Draft insider Tony Pauline reports that the Jets have “heavy interest in Jones“.
TE Jermichael Finley (GB) — The Jets were reported to have been snooping around the Packers tight end who is recovering from a serious spine injury. He has yet to be cleared medically and is beginning team visits.
TE Brandon Pettigrew (DET) — Named among potential targets in a NY Daily News report alongside the news of the signing of Jeff Cumberland’s new deal.
TE Ed Dickson (BAL) — Named among potential targets in a NY Daily News report alongside the news of the signing of Jeff Cumberland’s new deal.
TE Scott Chandler (BUF) — Named among potential targets in a NY Daily News report alongside the news of the signing of Jeff Cumberland’s new deal.
OG Geoff Schwartz (KC) — Tony Pauline reported that the Jets might be looking to ground their offense in 2014 and Schwartz could be a part of that plan. Schwartz has signed with the Giants.
OG Zane Beadles (DEN) — Same as above, but Beadles is nowhere near the talent that Schwartz is. Beadles has signed with the Jaguars.
OG Jon Asamoah (KC) — While Schwartz displaced Asamoah due to injury, Asamoah is a solid started and has been linked to the Jets Friday night in a report by the NY Daily News. Depending on what the Chiefs decide to do between Schwartz and Asamoah, the Jets might pursue the other. Asamoah has signed with the Falcons.
QB Mike Vick (PHI) — The Jets have been closely tied to Vick since the opening of free agency.
QB Josh McCown (CHI) — It is unclear as of yet, but the Jets are rumored to have some level of interest in the Bears backup.
QB Matt Schaub (HOU) — This is a little convoluted, but apparently if the Jets were to cut Mark Sanchez, Schaub might be in the mix for the Jets as a potential veteran backup to quote-unquote push Geno Smith.
QB Shaun Hill (DET) — Seth Walder from the New York Daily News reported that the Jets have “some interest” in the 34-year old.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX) — The Jaguars running back is also on the Jets’ “Person of Interest” according to Mehta.
CB Alterraun Verner (TEN) — Brian Costello from the New York Post reported that the Jets are interested in the emerging young corner.
CB Vontae Davis (IND) — Draft insider Tony Pauline reports that the Jets are “going hard after Davis“. Davis was re-signed by the Colts.
CB Captain Munnerlyn (CAR) — Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that the Jets are “interested in Munnerlyn“.
S Donte Whitner (SF) — The former 49er is on the Jets’ Persons of Interest list, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Whitner was signed by the Browns.
S Chris Clemons (MIA) — Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the former Dolphin is “on the Jets’ radar“.
S TJ Ward (CLE) — Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Browns safety is “also on the “Persons of Interest” list“. Ward has signed with the Broncos.
K Nick Folk — Folk has been franchised by the Jets. The kicker tag is worth $2.9 million. Folk was signed to a multiyear deal on Tuesday.
DB Ellis Lankster — The Jets re-signed Lankster to a two-year deal worth appromixately $1.6 million.
DB Darrin Walls — The Jets signed Darrin Walls to a two-year deal worth approximately $1.9 million.
TE Jeff Cumberland — Friday night the Jets agreed to terms with their tight end on a three year deal worth a maximum of $5.7 million with $1 million guaranteed.
LB/ST Nick Bellore — The Jets tendered RFA Nick Bellore at the lowest rate worth approximately $1.4 million. The Jets have right of refusal to match any offer sheet within five days.
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