New York Jets Free Agency: ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

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Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Offensively, the Jets have been said to have the most interest in Mike Vick as a backup quarterback but they have also been linked to Shaun Hill and Josh McCown. Personally I think that Shaun Hill is the right choice. He has shown he can come in and start in a pinch and it won’t cause all of the outside distractions that signing Vick would bring.  Vick, however, does run the West Coast Offense well and has played under Mornhinweg so he would fit on the football field. There has been a strong link between the team and Jon Asamoah. Asamoah is a guard that is just entering his prime so it would be an upgrade to the injury-prone Willie Colon. The Jets have interest in another tight end after signing Cumberland to a team-friendly three-year, 3.7 million dollar agreement. Ed Dickson, Brandon Pettigrew and Scott Chandler have been discussed according to multiple reports.

The Jets have been linked to Andrew Hawkins of the Bengals, who is a very elusive wide receiver that doubles as a returner. A lot of fans, myself included, wanted to trade for him before last season but better late than never. His agent, Donte Robinson, said both that he was trying to get one of his players to the Jets and Andrew Hawkins would be a great fit here on Twitter (@DRobinson_Elite). Robinson was speaking to Jake Steinberg (@Steiny31) originally, then myself (@CraigLauraSam). He also has been linked through other reports. Emmanuel Sanders of the Steelers is a player the Jets are said to like via multiple reports. Sanders is a vertical deep threat, who has never averaged less than 11 yards per reception and had six touchdowns in 2013, and that is ascending at age 26. I prefer Golden Tate to Sanders but Sanders wouldn’t be a bad choice, especially pairing him with the short and intermediate threats of Kerley and Hawkins. There was also a Daily News report that the Jets were interested in Maurice Jones-Drew. I don’t know how much Jones-Drew has left, even though he is only 28 years old but he does catch the ball very well out of the backfield and can pass block. He might thrive in a reduced role, paired with Ivory and Powell.

Obviously the Jets can’t sign all of these players but it is nice to see that they recognize that these are the positions of need and that they are going to aggressively try to improve those areas. The best thing about these rumors are that none of the players are over 28 years old, and pieces to add to the core long-term not just stopgaps.

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  • Frank Antonelli

    Not sure where you are getting your information but there hasn’t been any rumors about the Jets and Byrd which might be worth noting in itself, considering how tight of a lid John Idzik has kept on everything since taking over. Remember there was zero “inside information” about the Jets and WIllie Colon, Mike Goodson, David Garrard and Kellen Winslow Jr before they were all signed. Given how Idzik operates anything is possible and the less we hear about a situation the more likely it is to come true!