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Bargain Basement Free Agent Option for the Jets

By Alan Schechter

Dec 30, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (91) reacts during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Ravens 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

In the weak economy that we all live in, it is important to save our pennies wherever possible. I, for one, like to collect my coupons and use them to buy my groceries for next to no money.

The Jets are no different. We all know the cap hell that they are in, so as much as we would like to see them bring in a big name like Anthony Spencer or Reggie Bush, we know the likelihood of that type of move is quite small. The more likely move to be made in free agency is the mid-level player with a lot of upside.

A guy who could fit that bill is the guy to the right, defensive end Wallace Gilberry. He is coming off of his fifth season in the league, playing for the Chiefs, and most recently, the Bengals. He has never been a starter in the league, but has more than made the most of his time when in there. Look at the past year, for example. For the Bengals, he played in only 316 snaps, coming off the bench. In those snaps, he recorded an impressive 6.5 sacks, which would have led the Jets.

He is no flash in the pan either, as he recorded 14 sacks over three years with the Kansas City Chiefs.  As he has never been a starter, he is not a guy that will command top dollar on the open market, so he should be a guy that can fit into the Jets budget.  Imagine this efficient of a pass rusher, working the outside with Coples and Beast Mo on the inside.  It could be great.

Just another guy for the Jets to look into.