Report: Jets Interested in Emmanuel Sanders and Jeremy Maclin

Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) reacts on the field before playing the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 26, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) during training camp at the Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

If the reports are true, the Jets are already planning out how to align Geno Smith with far more weapons than he had in 2013.

There are multiple reports that have surfaced that the Jets are setting their sights on not one, but two free agent wide receivers, Emmanuel Sanders (left), and Jeremy Maclin (below).

According to the report, the team has already factored in the savings of letting Santonio Holmes leave as a free agent, saving them approximately $8.25 million against the cap.

Let’s take a look at these guys.

Here are the career stats for Emmanuel Sanders:

Receiving & Rushing

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2010 23 PIT KR 88 13 1 28 376 13.4 2 35 2.2 28.9 376 2 2 3
2011 24 PIT wr 88 11 0 22 288 13.1 2 32 2.0 26.2 288 2 0 2
2012 25 PIT wr 88 16 7 44 626 14.2 1 37 2.8 39.1 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.3 0.1 630 1 3 5
2013 26 PIT WR 88 16 11 67 740 11.0 6 55 4.2 46.3 1 25 0 25 25.0 1.6 0.1 765 6 1 7
Career 56 19 161 2030 12.6 11 55 2.9 36.3 2 29 0 25 14.5 0.5 0.0 2059 11 6 17

There are definitely pros to this signing. First of all he is versatile. Here are his stats in the kick return game:

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
2010 23 PIT KR 88 13 1 4 60 0 38 15.0 25 628 0 48 25.1 1064
2011 24 PIT wr 88 11 0 3 22 0 10 7.3 5 93 0 25 18.6 403
2012 25 PIT wr 88 16 7 9 93 0 63 10.3 1 27 0 27 27.0 750
2013 26 PIT WR 88 16 11 10 268 0 46 26.8 1033
Career 56 19 16 175 0 63 10.9 41 1016 0 48 24.8 3250

It never hurts to add a player that can return kicks and punts. He is only 26 years old, and heading into his prime on a high note. 2013 was his best season yet, with 67 receptions for 740 yards and six touchdowns.

The concern with Sanders is that he doesn’t really play as a number one. He has never shown himself to have the ceiling of a number one receiver. He has always been in the shadow of guys such as Santonio Holmes, and Mike Wallace, among others. A player like Sanders would have to come on board with someone else, either via the draft or free agency.

That could be a guy like Jeremy Maclin.

Here are his stats so far in his career:

Receiving & Rushing

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2009 21 PHI WR 18 15 13 56 773 13.8 4 56 3.7 51.5 2 -7 0 -1 -3.5 -0.5 0.1 766 4 0 7
2010 22 PHI WR 18 16 16 70 964 13.8 10 83 4.4 60.3 3 36 0 14 12.0 2.3 0.2 1000 10 1 9
2011 23 PHI WR 18 13 13 63 859 13.6 5 59 4.8 66.1 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 860 5 1 7
2012 24 PHI WR 18 15 15 69 857 12.4 7 70 4.6 57.1 857 7 1 6
2013 25 PHI 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 59 57 258 3453 13.4 26 83 4.4 58.5 6 30 0 14 5.0 0.5 0.1 3483 26 3 29

Maclin will also be 26 years old in 2014, also heading into his prime. He would be a logical fit for the Jets, as he comes with knowledge of the Marty Mornhinweg offense. He has also had number one quality numbers, with a season of nearly 1,000 yards to his credit, to go along with ten touchdowns. He also has use in the return game as well.

There is talk that both the Eagles and Maclin are working on a new deal already. If Maclin is available, he would be a great fit, provided that he is healthy. Remember, he lost all of 2013 due to a torn ACL, and we know how much trouble they can be.

Personally, if they can only sign one, give me Maclin, if he is healthy. But either one will be an improvement. How do you guys feel about it?

Topics: Emmanuel Sanders, Jeremy Maclin, New York Jets, Nfl Free Agency

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  • Piazza31nyj

    I like both of these provided we get Lee or Evans. Personally, I would love Anquan Boldin. The guy is a #1 who catches everything and has size. If the jets draft Marquise Lee, they would have a very good top 3 of Boldin Lee and Kerley. Boldin is the only #1 on the free agent market. His age will allow us to get him on a 2 year deal worth 12-14m.

    • Paul Newbold

      If they are going WR in the first, (I prefer TE), then I’d prefer Evans. Lee’s final season was a bit of a let down, his injuries concern me, and I’m a bit gun shy about using a #1 pick on a USC product at this point. I think whoever they sign via free agency, Idzik will be conservative in the contract offers.

      • Piazza31nyj

        2/14 or 2/12m is a relatively small contract and 6m or 7m per year is cheap for a player like Boldin. And I hear ya on Lee. I don’t think Evans will be there at 18. I would go Ebron only if all the good WRs are off the board.

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