Five Free Agents the Jets Should Look Into

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Jan 6, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) runs after a catch for a third quarter touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Wild Card playoff game at M

DENNIS PITTA, TE(RFA): Another guy that hasn’t been talked about, but should be. Conventional wisdom is that the Jets will let Dustin Keller walk. Assuming that comes true, the Jets will be in need of a big time pass-catching TE. Anthony Fasano, who is also a free agent, is a guy that Jets fans talk about a lot, and might be an easier get. Dennis Pitta, however, has out-performed Fasano. He had his coming out party in 2012, with 61 receptions for 669 yards and 7 TDs, a statline that is on the edge of top tight end status. Pitta has only been in the league for three years, as opposed to Fasano’s seven, so he has much less mileage on him. It might be tough to convince him to leave a team in two straight AFC championship games, but not impossible. This guy would fit the Dustin Keller role admirably, and the Jets would be silly not to explore it. Make the call.

MATT MOORE, QB: This is a guy that has been talked about a lot amongst Jets fans, and with good reason. In the quest to find competition for Mark Sanchez, if the Jets can’t land a bigger fish such as Matt Flynn or Alex Smith, they need to go ahead and look into Moore. He’s only 28 years old, and hasn’t been a full time starter, so has a lot of gas left in the tank. However, when he has had the chance to be a starting quarterback, he has performed well. In 2011, Moore started 12 games, and threw for 16 TDs against only 9 INTs. He started 5 for Carolina in 2009 and threw for 8 TDs vs only 2 INTs. When Moore has the chance to play, he plays well, and that chance is not coming in Miami. Staying in Miami he will be a career backup, with Ryan Tannehill there for the long haul.  It is certainly worth a try, he wouldn’t hurt to have in training camp.  The Jets should absolutely make the call.

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) reacts after a tackle for a loss against New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

ANTHONY SPENCER, OLB: Anybody remember the last time the Jets had a player with double digit sacks? I don’t. Yes, we probably have one on his way their(Coples), and likely two (Wilkerson), but they are not there yet. Could you imagine how good these guys would look if they could add an established edge pass rusher to the mix? Anthony Spencer could be that guy. He had a career high in 2012 with 11 sacks, and has recorded 22 sacks over the last three seasons. He is only 28 years of age, he’s got something left. It can’t hurt. Make the call.

What do you guys think of this list? Agree? Disagree? Please comment below………

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  • Michael Balboa

    As Bart Scott said today, “The Jets Need Talent!” – They should definately try their hardest to acquire Reggie Bush and Matt Moore (double whammy as it hurts the Miami Dolphins) and if Chris Ivory is reasonably priced as I suspect he will be – take him! Pitta and Spencer will be harder to get and more expensive, but hey – “They need Talent!”…

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks for reading Michael. Bart hit it right on the head, we do need more talent. Pitta and Spencer will probably be tough I agree, but why not reach for the stars? Getting two Dolphins away would be pretty awesome wouldn’t it?

  • John Szeligowski Jr.

    You definitely hit the nail on the head with Matt Moore. Obviously I’m no NFL coach, but it seems to me Moore has done very good things when given the chance. Not only does he do more than just manage the game but he has a very good arm so if you put him in a run centered offense which is not having a good day I would feel great about him. Plus the money he requires if he wins the QB competition is fantastic for a starter; keeping Sanchez might be a foregone conclusion so if you have to keep him for a year I can think of more disastrous ideas for a backup QB. In regards to the other players: Unless the thinking is that Pitta will stay healthier than Keller, I might not get rid of Keller. Getting a stud free agent RB is not a bad idea (I wouldn’t go for Bush), we just may not have the money to do it and keep the defensive guys we absolutely need like Landry and Revis…which is an imperative imo. Spencer is not the OLB we’re looking for/need and I would only see adding him as a pass rusher if we needed that push over the cliff into greatness. Our coaching, personnel, and money situation doesn’t allow us to do that yet.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks for all the feedback John, love to read your thoughts.

      You don’t like Spencer? He had over 90 tackles, you don’t think he would fit in well? Just brainstorming.

      As far as Keller, I actually agree with you 100%. I don’t know how long you have been reading us, but I love Keller. I would like to see him stay, but just don’t think they will keep him because of the injuries.

      Anyone you like as far as a stud running back?