May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (left) and general manager John Idzik (right) during the New York Jets organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Players The NY Jets Need to Target to Help Kick-Start the New WCO

Let’s get to the point here: The Jets need more playmakers.
Santonio Holmes is still recovering from a Lizfranc injury, and Stephen Hill wasn’t consistent enough in his rookie season to prove he can handle the #2 WR spot. Jeremy Kerley is something special, mark my words. But Kerley alone is not good enough for the Jets offense this year, in a new West Coast system that requires a QB to get the ball out quickly to his playmakers.
So how can the Jets address this issue? I have a proposal, but I need to say this first: With new GM John Idzik in charge, the Jets are (more than ever) striving to build a team through the draft. With that said, I believe that the Jets can afford to sacrifice a mid-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft, to help the offense get rolling NOW. My thinking is this: The mid-round draft choice in the 2014 NFL draft (let’s say it’s a offensive playmaker) will have to come in and learn the offense. Also, it’s a little up in the air, when you consider how their success will transfer to the NFL– against bigger and faster defenses.
My point is… if the Jets can find it in them to surrender a mid round pick and get ONE of these few players, I believe it will help the franchise move forward faster, and shread the “rebuilding” label rather quickly.
Remember the fact  not everyone mentioned in this session can be immediately signed. But, free agent or not, each of the following players have potential, but also have a unique reason for their current team to want to cut ties, or are undervalued by their team. If you put this aside and focus on the upside with each player, it seems like a good idea in my eyes.
I should note that these deals are hypothetical, so the deals can vary depending on each player. With that said, we’ll give an estimate of trade value based on each player.
Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars
Jets would likely have to surrender a 2nd or 3rd round pick.
Kenny Britt- Tennessee Titans
Jets would give up a 3rd round pick.
Doug Baldwin- Seattle Seahawks
Jets would give up a 4th round pick.
Each of the players above would immediately improve the Jets offense, and help contribute in their own unique way.
If you are one of the many fans that would HATE to give up a valuable draft pick, especially for an aging player like MJD, you have a good point. There are other options remaining in free agency, so the Jets can go this route as well.
A few other options out there are:
RB- LaRod Stephens-Howling
WR- Braylon Edwards (fan favorite and rightfully so)
WR- Brandon Lloyd
WR- Austin Collie
The Jets are pretty much set at RB, assuming Mike Goodson is around. But for insurance, Stephens-Howling would be an excellent addition, in my opinion. The WR’s listed above can also contribute to an offense that is without Holmes, at the moment.
The Jets have brought in Mike Sims-Walker and signed Kellen Winslow Jr. That’s a nice start, but I think we’d all agree that there’s room for one or two more!
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  • Paul Newbold

    The Jets should have a few mid rounds picks next season, starting with the Revis pick, then their own and of course we’ll pick up some compensatory picks for the loss of several FA. They need a veteran play maker on offense, so I can see them parting with a draft pick. Its a scary thought to start a season with this cast of receivers, I expect to see some sort of move before camp. Free Agents receivers don’t hold much promise, so I think off the wire, or by trade.

  • Joe Willie

    whatever the Jets can do to help the offense without giving up too much I’m all for it–I trust our new GM Idzik –unlike Mr. T who should be selling used cars in NJ.

    • matr dontelli iii

      let him sell used cars in ny. he’s caused enough trouble in nj for one lifetime.

  • matr dontelli iii

    i would much rather see us use a fourth rounder to pick up someone with youth and potential or accomplished youth than give a roster spot to a one-year rental on the downside of his career. i don’t wanna see us lose hayden or rogers for a one-year rental. if we have to give up a third rounder so be it, but i’d rather go fourth, logic being we would be giving up something we gained basically for free as we should have a comp pick before our fourth rounder. if we could get chris ivory for a fourth we should be able to get someone more serviceable than chaz shilens or clyde gates for a fourth.

  • Joe Willie

    No matter what this offense will be geared to the run–Unless geno comes out in the preseason and lighting it up–I dont see the jets looking to stick their neck out on a retread Wr— Sanchez throws one route the slant–and even then he stares the wr down–a few yrs back he threw a nice fade to the corner of the end zone–but not in the past 2 yrs