With the end of another New York Jets football season comes the obvious questions about who will be returning next year.
The Jets have a ton of potentially unrestricted free agents (collective bargaining agreement aside), and surely will not be able to keep all their players from this season.
Here’s a look:
Unrestricted Free Agents
At first glance, it seems necessary for the Jets to re-sign Harris and either Holmes or Edwards. Cromartie played well the entire season and depending on what he will be demanding, it would be nice to have him back opposite Darrelle Revis. The Jets have expressed a desire to re-sign Brad Smith, but again, depending on what he will be demanding, it might be wiser to cut ties with the KR/QB/WR. With Cromartie obviously emerging as the dominant kick returner and the use of Smith in the wildcat for 2-5 plays per game, it doesn’t make sense to spend a lot of money on his limited action.
As for Pool, Richardson, Coleman, Smith, Ihedigbo, Folk and Clemens, it may be time to leave.
Vernon Gholston should be seeing the door as well, but we’ve seen crazier things happen.
Obviously, the landscape could change, depending on the outcome of the league’s labor negotiations. This free-agent list is based on four years’ experience, the requirement under the current collective bargaining agreement.
It looms as an expensive offseason with tough decisions, and that doesn’t include the non-financial decisions — more specifically, Mark Sanchez’s throwing shoulder and whether he will need some form of surgery to repair cartilage damage.