In between now and the start of free agency, we’re taking a look at some of the players the Jets added to their roster since the end of the regular season. Last week, we took a look at cornerback Keith Lewis. Today, we’re looking at another cornerback, former Pittsburgh Steeler Curtis Brown.
The 26-year old Brown is a former 3rd round draft pick out of Texas who struggled to earn himself much playing time on defense with the Steelers, but was a solid contributor on special teams in his first three seasons. After suffering an ACL tear late in the 2013 season, he did not play last season. Brown is listed at 6’0″ and 185 pounds and ran a 4.51 forty at the 2011 scouting combine.
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Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comFree agency doesn’t begin for a month, but everyone knows that the NFL Combine weekend is the unofficial kickoff as agents and teams whisper about potential pending free agents. Rumors are flying … and here are some that are worth noting for Jets fans.
Money to burn … but wisely of course — The Jets have the money this year to spend and won’t be averse to doing so. With the salary cap moving up to a whopping $143 million this year, the Jets are now projecting to have $51 million in team allotted space (including rollovers) with their recent opt out on Chris Johnson. Of course, the Jets could soar to over $60 million should they cut Percy Harvin. So what does this mean? In order of importance, the Jets could 1) allocate lots of room for a new Muhammad Wilkerson deal 2) sign one starting and one slot corner 3) upgrade the interior offensive line 4) sign CJ Spiller and 5) try to work out a deal for pending free agent David Harris. Harris looks to be an appealing free agent to at least three or four other teams.
Focus on the majors — The Jets might be taking the right approach as they get ready for free agency. ESPN NY’s Rich Cimini wrote that he suspects the Jets “will attack the cornerback and guard positions in free agency” two of the teams most dire needs beyond quarterback, wide receiver and safety. I believe that upgrading the guards could pay massive dividends for the Jets in the run and pass for 2015, but they will need to consider their options at right tackle further down the line. As far as corner, getting Todd Bowles press man coverage corners will allow him to play the sort of defense that both he (and his predecessor) loves and the best players for 2015 will come through free agency. It’s a good thing that Maccagnan would be happy to have a “surplus” at the position as he told reporters in Indianapolis this week. To read more of this story, click here
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GEICO SportsNite has reaction from QB Marcus Mariota, who discusses his draft status heading into the combine and preparing for the NFL.