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Free Agent Friday comin' up!!!

For the second consecutive season, Gang Green has poised themselves for a major free agency splash. In the last few days the Jets have done a nice job clearing up room to make some major improvements on this roster. Chris Baker and Brandon Moore will likely be off to new sites unless they come back for a discount, plus Kerry Rhodes and Calvin Pace have restructured their deals to make more cap room for the upcoming season.

It’s no secret that Rex Ryan would love to bring over some Ravens to the Jets roster. Bart Scott & Jim Leonhard are the Jets most likely targets to fill the presumptive holes at linebacker & safety respectively. Rex Ryan didn’t include Eric Barton & Abram Elam in his discussion about next years defensive starters… coincidence?

The Offensive line depth looks to me as one of the most important positions to fill in this draft/FA period. If Moore is gone for good, the Jets are slim as far as their depth on the line and will rely on it heavily this season. The Combine has shown some talented big guys, some that could possibly fall!

If there is one thing I can give this organization credit for recently it’s their willingness to go the extra mile and get the guys they desire. They’ve made an effort to move up in drafts for their guys… i.e. Revis, Harris, Keller. They’ve also did a great job in last year’s free agent market bringing in character guys like Pace, Jenkins, Faneca & Richardson.

Here’s my personal opinion in this whole situation… (in no specific order… #6 might be the most important!!!)

1. The Jets need to focus on improving the defense through free agency. Scott and Leonhard would be great moves.

2. Offensively, the Jets desperately need improve their depth on the offensive line through any means necessary. The likelihood of getting through another year injury free is slim to none… Big Time need!

3. Thomas Jones is turning 30, and as much as I think he’s a great guy, if Moreno is available at 17, get him. He’s a Jersey guy and will be a superstar.

4. Let the QB’s battle it out… There are no viable free agents this year at the position + it’s a weak QB draft in my opinion. I don’t see any franchise guys, besides Stafford… maybe…

5. We can use our 4th round magic on a WR… this year’s class is very deep and we can get good value on day 2…

6. (Possibly the most important!!!) Kris Jenkins is a monster and if healthy is tops in the league. Unfortunately the bottom line is the Jets need a backup at that position. Jenkins should be tops in the league if he can catch his breath during the season. The Jets need to have some meat in the middle to learn from Kris. They will need to determine if Pouha is that guy.

This should be an interesting few weeks… We might as well enjoy it now!!! Hope baby!!!

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  • http://post Daniel Jackson

    ok. we already have upgraded our D but we need to add some more pieces to make it one of the best in the league. take a crack at linebacker cato june. no matter what they say every team needs a good QB and we just don’t have one. forget mark sanchez. if were gonna draft it should be Josh Freeman. he has size and a great arm. plus he could run the ball. or draft Pat White in the 3 round. good arm plus great speed, he’s like a better michael vick if he stays a QB. in the 1 round draft a DE like Tyson Jackson or Brian Orakpo. 2 round take a WR like hakeem nicks if hes still there.

  • Brad Cotter


    With the addition of Bart Scott, I’m not sure the point in bringing in Cato June. He’s a little undersized to be a Rex Ryan backer. I agree that Mark Sanchez is not a good option at this point. The Jets need someone who knows the system that can limit turnovers. If they think Josh Freeman is a project they can develop, I’m on board, but I’m not sure he’s the answer.

    You’re 100% right on Pat White. He’s a winner and will be able to make plays at the next level, whether at QB or in some kind of a hybrid position. Unfortunately, I don’t see him dropping past the 2nd round with the way he looked in Indy… I would like to see Orakpo & Jackson fall to us, though I don’t think that’s likely either. I think Jackson is the better option for a 3-4 DE to be honest, but I don’t see them going there either. I think they will go WR because of the talent they will see at 17. They should reach out to Marques Douglas (DE) from the Ravens as depth at that position.

    As far as Hakeem Nicks, it would be a miracle if he makes it out of the 1st round, let alone to the end of the 2nd. Either way, it should be interesting… I don’t think they’re done in free agency just yet either!