Now that the free agency period has slowed down and teams are beginning practice, it’s time to review the New York Jets acquisitions this off-season.
1. Santonio Holmes. Grade: B+
Clearly the apple of the Jets eye, Holmes was first on their “to-do” list. Signing him was great move by the Jets as they have that breakout WR for QB Mark Sanchez, and the contract, 5 years at $50 million with $24 guaranteed, is what you’d expect for a number 1 WR.
The only problem we see here, and why Holmes doesn’t get an A, is his off-field behavior. Already in trouble with the NFL substance abuse division, it will only take one incident for Holmes to see major suspension time and the Jets to be without a WR for a season. Can Holmes keep on the straight and narrow for the remainder of his time with the Jets? Time will tell.
2. Plaxico Burress. Grade: B
With a contract for only 1 year and $3 million all in guaranteed money, this is almost a no-brainer. Whatever Burress does on the field is gravy. Let’s face it, $3 million is nothing in the NFL these days.
With that being said, the Jets have Burress as their Number 2 WR. If Burress cannot regain his form, prior to entering prison, two years ago, the Jets are without a Number 2 WR.
3. Antonio Cromartie. Grade: B-
At 27 years old, expect Cromartie to help the Jets maintain their standing as a Top 5 NFL defensive team. With a 4 year, $32 million contract, Cromartie is cheaper than other CBs, and knows the Jets system. As with Holmes, watch out for his off-field behavior, where Cromartie allegedly needed money last season to pay for his child support. The Jets loves character-issue players for some reason, and they don’t come better than Cromartie.
4. Wayne Hunter. Grade B
Filling in for the injured Damien Woody last season at RT, Hunter knows the system and is ready to play. Can’t ask for more than that from an o-lineman.
5. Nick Folk. Grade: Just make your FGs.
Let’s face it; Folk is the Jets kicker. All he needs to do is make his field goals and extra points. That’s it. No point in giving a grade here. It’s an A or an F for the kicker. It’s that simple.
Lost free agents:
1. Nnamdi Asomugha.
The Jets made no secret about their love for Asomugha. In fact, the team was all-in for about $12 million, only to see the CB go to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Would Asomugha have helped the Jets? Of course. Do the Jets need him this season. Of course not. Finishing 3rd in total defense last season, how much more could Asomugha have helped? By signing Cromartie and Burress to the same price as Asomugha, the Jets got a 2 for 1 deal.
Eventually the Jets will realize they need more power for Sanchez and less for Rex Ryan and his defense.