One of the biggest issues facing the New York Jets in 2013, although it’s not a “talked about” position, is offensive guard. Both of the Jets starting guards, Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore, are unrestricted free agents. The Jets have a lot of problems with regards to the salary cap as we all know, so keeping both of these guys is not a guarantee. So again, we will be looking at some changes along the offensive line. Let’s first talk about who is more likely to be gone.
It would be nice to say that we could keep Brandon Moore, as he graded out (per PFF) as the fourth best guard in the sport, with a rating of 21.3. The problem is the money. Brandon Moore’s contract that just expired averaged $4 million per year. It is not likely that a guy like him is going to sign for less than that, which will be a problem for the Jets.
Matt Slauson, on the other hand, only had a contract without $1.05 million per year. As hard as it is for us to admit as Jets fans, Vladimir Ducasse is improving with every snap that he is in for. Vladimir played noticeably better, and earned the praise of his coaches, and splitting playing time with Matt Slauson. Bringing back Slauson at a reasonable rate may be a better financial arrangement for the Jets, rather than paying out of their ears for Brandon Moore.
There has been a lot of talk, including with our college writers on this website, about taking Chance Warmack, guard, with their ninth pick in the draft overall. The pick would certainly make sense as he is a terrific football player. However, to me, 9th is a little bit high to pick a guard, when there are players available at other needs for the team, such as stand up edge pass rushers. I am not so sure that I would take a guard with the ninth pick.
So , I have a couple of alternatives, that shouldn’t cost a lot, via free agency, to fill the hole instead. Turn the page and take a look.