Potential New York Jets’ Free Agent: WR James Jones

Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

With the new year, comes a whole new crop of free agents. The Jets need a lot of weapons, especially on the offensive side of the football. There is a guy out there that would be an excellent asset, and a great weapon for Geno Smith. His name is James Jones.

He is only 29 years old, still definitely in the prime of his career.  Jones did miss a couple of games in 2013, but prior to that, he had been a touchdown machine.  In 2012 he posted a career high of 14 touchdowns.  Excluding 2013, he never posted a year of less than five touchdowns since the year 2009.

The Jets were not great in the red zone in 2013.  They need a guy with a nose for the end zone, and James Jones has a nose for the end zone.

He can also get deep, which is a part of the game that the Jets haven’t been able to take much advantage of in recent years, despite the addition of the speedy Stephen Hill.  In 2013, Jones posted an 83 yard touchdown reception.

From the time he entered the league in 2007, he has posted touchdown receptions of 83, 70, 66, 74 and 79 yards, showing us that although his yards per catch for his career is low (13.9), James Jones can get deep when the time is right, and give an opponent that knockout punch that the Jets have been sorely lacking.

Needless to say, Geno Smith would salivate to have a guy like this on his side.

He will also seem attractive to a general manager as well.  The Jets need a lot of weapons, not just one.  Breaking the bank for one player like Anquan Boldin would be nice, but not necessarily be the BEST idea.

According to our friends at Over the Cap, James Jones earned approximately $3.2 million in 2013, and has never posted a 1,000 yard season.  He has scored a bunch of touchdowns, so he will earn a raise, but not likely one the size that someone like Boldin will earn.  Now, here’s a guy that Idzik can sign, make an immediate difference, and still have a bunch of money left to go after more players.

What could be better?

John, make sure you give this guy a hard look.  He would be a great Jet.

 

Topics: 2014 Free Agency, Geno Smith, James Jones, New York Jets

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  • RONBO19

    Alan, No question Jones will be in the mix as the jets will likely import at least two receivers for next season.Most expect one via free agency and the second via the draft. The free agent class is decent so guys like Jones,Macklin and Decker are all intriguing possibilities. I would like a combination of one taller possession receiver Decker and a stretch the field big play guy like Marques Lee from USC or Mike Evans from Tex.A&M and Macklin from Philly or Jones .Of course the TE position is also gonna have to be addressed so perhaps Austin Sefarian Jenkins might still be there when the jets pick number 17 in the second round. With that type of talent combined with hold overs like Kerley,Hill and Cumberland Geno will have a stable of receivers capable of scoring enough points to compete for a playoff spot next year.

    • TheJetPress

      I love all of those ideas. This draft is so deep isn’t it? Especially at the skilled positions.

      • RONBO19

        Alan, yeah, I really like this draft a lot more than last years.Obviously I love it more because we will likely have 12 picks so we can address most areas of deficiency and augment it with a few key free agents where needed.Frankly I think this is John Idzik’s big opportunity to show Jet fans and Woody we made the right choice last year. Obviously its too early to say for sure how many WR’s or TE’s are worthy of 1st or 2nd round picks as we still don’t know who has yet to declare for the draft among’st the under class men.Also the all star games and the combine will separate them even more but taking an early look among’st those who are officially in it looks like there will be about 20 wr’s and 5 TE’s who will go off the board by the end of round 2. So yes there is reason for optimism for Jet fans.

        • TheJetPress

          Exactly right. Having 12 picks doesn’t hurt, they can practially rebuild the team in a draft. The all star games are going to be exciting, to see who grades out really high and how might not.

  • Ben

    I agree that Jones would be a logical addition. Although I like the idea of Maclin and Marty reuniting, we are not in a position to pick up an expensive receiver coming off ACL surgery. Emmanuel Sanders may be safer and cheaper but I agree that Jones would relish the opportunity to be the number one guy. Here is how I hope the offseason progresses:
    (1) Cut Holmes
    (2) Cut Sanchez
    (3) Cut Cromartie and restructure to 2 years/8 mil fully guaranteed
    (4) Re-Sign Austin Howard
    (5) Re-Sign Nick Folk
    (6) Re-Sign Cumberland (and draft a TE).
    (7) Sign Orakpo. He would make the Jets defense lethal. He is a young veteran entering his prime and it would be a coup to pick him up. We don’t need anymore rookies on defense. It’s time to pick up a couple veterans and use the draft to get explosive offensive talent.
    (8) Sign Jarius Byrd.
    (9) Sign Richie Incognito. He could come relatively cheap and we know Rex is not afraid of having him on his team.
    (10) Sign James Jones or Emmanuel Sanders
    (11) Sign Josh Freeman to compete with Geno. But if he doesn’t come cheap, forget it. This would be a good competition that wouldn’t disrupt training camp too much because they would be utilized in a similar manner. I always think it is important to have your starting and backup QB have similar styles.
    (12) First Round: Draft TE Eric Ebron. There is good receiver depth in the second round and I have a feeling Lee, Evans and Watkins will be gone and Idzik will not trade up (he may even trade down to pick up a receiver like Kelvin Benjamin).
    (13) Second Round: Draft WR Brandin Cooks. He’s small but could be great complement to Jones. Similar to Kerley but you can never enough guys like that with Geno.
    (14) Third Round, Revis Pick: Draft RB Charles Sims. He would be a great third down back for this team perfect complement to Ivory and Powell. He had 41 receptions this year at WVU and led the team in rushing. He could be dynamic in Marty’s offense.
    (15) Third Round: Draft S Ty Zimmerman.
    QB: Geno, Freeman, Simms
    RB: Ivory, Sims, Powell
    TE: Ebron, Cumberland
    WR: Jones, Brooks, Kerley, Hill, Nelson
    Line: Howard, Winters, Mangold, Incognito, Ferguson
    DL: Richardson, Wilkerson, Harrison
    OLB: Orakpo, Coples
    ILB: Harris, Davis
    CB: Cromartie, Milliner, Walls (re-sign), Wilson
    S: Jarius Byrd, Ty Zimmerman, Allen, Bush

    • TheJetPress

      HI Ben,
      Thanks for your thoughts. I agree with all of your offseason points except for brining in Incognito. I just don’t think we need a guy like that. We finally have a better locker room, we don’t need that type of guy.

    • RONBO19

      Ben, I was with all the way until you got to Josh Freeman. I don’t know the guy personally but there seems to be something missing with this guy? i don’t know if he wants it bad enough or if he’s simply lacking in the football I.Q department.Basically after a promising start he has kind of morphed into a Mark Sanchez 2.0 as he has become a turn over machine. The fact Minnesota is willing to let him walk away is very telling in my mind. As for Incognito, that may be a tough sell to the jet fan base but the guy is a tough dude. And we all know Rex likes tough guys.I have heard a lot of positive comments from his Miami teammates so I’m less than convinced he was the problem in Miami.The conduct of the so called victim in that case is more a mystery to most fans than can fathom as well.You did a really good job with your plan!

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