Bryan Cox made an impact on the Jets' defense from 1998-2000.

New York Jets Free Agency 2013: Best Signings of All Time: #5

It’s Tuesday morning, and we are just 4 hours away from the official start of the free agency period. As we have been doing the last several days, we are going to continue our countdown of the Jets’ 10 best free agent signings ever. So far, we have talked about Alan Faneca, Bart Scott, Ty Law, Tony Richardson, and Kevin Mawae.

With such talented acquisitions, you would have thought we would have more success in our team’s history, no?

All kidding aside, let’s move along and see the second half of this countdown, starting with number 5:

BRYAN COX

A problem with Jets teams through the years, especially prior to the arrival of Bill Parcells, was the lack of a pass rush.  Quarterbacks then, and now, could sit in the pocket and have a meal before there was any threat of a quarterback HURRY, much less a SACK.

Bill Parcells brought Bryan Cox to New York for a reason.  Well, his spirit was part of it, (sound familiar Bart Scott?), but all kidding aside, Bryan Cox had pure pass rushing ability.  In five years with the Dolphins, Cox recorded 31.5 sacks, followed up by 8 sacks in two years with the Bears.  Parcells knew he was getting a talented guy, and he was right.  Cox put up six sacks in two of his three seasons in New York.  Despite the fact that the Jets didn’t make it all the way to the big game, Bryan Cox was a force on the defense side of the football in his time with Gang Green.

Bryan became a player that brought the heart that coach Parcells was looking for, similarly to how Bart Scott brought it for Rex Ryan.  He became one of “Bill’s Guys”, and a clear choice for this list.

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