Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik before the game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Poll: What is the Jets’ First Priority when Free Agency Begins?

OK fans, time to play the role of John Idzik.

I want to know what you guys say is the Jets’ number one priority when free agency opens up.

Maybe you think it should be a weapon like a tight end or wide receiver. Jimmy Graham and Eric Decker are two of the best ones available, but there are others. Some names that come to mind are Jeremy Maclin, James Jones, and Hakeem Nicks at wide receiver, and Jake Ballard, Dustin Keller and Fred Davis at tight end.

Maybe you think that a veteran quarterback is where the Jets need to concentrate on. Chad Henne is a name that comes to mind, as well as Jason Campbell, and even Michael Vick. The Jets need someone to compete against Geno Smith. Should this be the first choice of John Idzik and the Jets during free agency?

Believe it or not, the Jets could work on the defense in free agency as well. The pass rush was good early, but got quite slow as the season rolled along. Should the Jets sign one more edge pass rusher to help the cause for Rex and the defense.

What about safety? Turnovers are the name of the game, and the Jets didn’t force many throughout 2013. Maybe they should start here.

Or, do you have another position in mind that the Jets should concentrate on?

Let me hear what you think. Please take part in the below poll, and debate the topic in the comments section:

What is the number one priority for the Jets when free agency begins?

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  • Paul Newbold

    I’d rather see them go defense via free agency. While a veteran receiver is a plus, spending top dollar for one should be a lower priority. Several veteran WRs should be available at less expense while the Jets draft younger talent. TE is much the same, draft young and avoid the big names whom are older and will carry big ticket contracts. Geno Smith is a young guy, I say surround him with young talent and allow them to grow together. I’d chase Jairus Byrd from the Bills, if he makes it to FA. Byrd is young, is proven, and surpasses anyone the Jets have at the position. It would be an expensive signing, but the Jets can afford it and it immediately strengthens the secondary that struggled so mightily last season.

    • TheJetPress

      I hear you Paul…..did you vote above?

      • Paul Newbold

        I voted safety Alan

    • Piazza31nyj

      The jets are unlikely to acquire a FA starter at safety. Besides Byrd will get 5 years from 40-50m with 25 guaranteed.
      John idzik won’t spend that money on a position that rex doesn’t put high value on.

      • Paul Newbold

        As I said Byrd will be expensive, I agree Idzik has been conservative in FA signings, and that Byrd likely won’t be wearing Green and White. It would be nice though. Rex normally doesn’t put a lot of importance on the position, mainly because he depends on his corners to cover man in most cases. However, with the state of the Jets secondary, and with quite a few free agents, he’d had better to look long and hard for an uprgrade at the position. The Jets were beaten deep far too often last season!

        • RONBO19

          Paul, Once again you are spot on as if the jet defense is to be considered among the elite units in the league the secondary is next in line for an over haul. I wont argue that its unlikely we sign Byrd but that wasn’t the question. A good safety can make up for a lot of mistakes by and aggressive CB and really, when you think about it, when was the last time the jets had a player like that? Some will say Laron Landry in 2012 but the reality is he was not a great player for us.Yes he made a few big hits and picked off a few passes but PFF had him rated near the bottom at his position as a cover guy and a lot of those big hits he had resulted in senseless penalties so I’m afraid we have to go back quite a bit further to name that big play safety we had.