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New York Jets Free Agency 2013: Best Signings of All Time: #1

By Alan Schechter

Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

As the week has come to an end, we have finally begun to see the John Idzik plan coming into a bit more focus. He has been able to restructure and dump pay in order to give the Jets salary space. Finally, we learn of a couple of signings Mike Goodson, and the one not expected, Willie Colon.

While this has been happening, we have been counting down the 10 best free agent signings by the Jets so far in their history. Here is who we have so far:

Alan Faneca

Bart Scott

Ty Law

Tony Richardson

Kevin Mawae

Bryan Cox

Jumbo Elliott

Vinny Testaverde

Jim Leonhard

And now for the top free agent signing in the history of the New York Jets.  The winner of this honor needs no introduction.  No special words are ever going to be adequate to describe how special this player was.  His name?


I had forgotten that Curtis was acquired by free agency, rather than by trade.  Curtis was a restricted free agent, and Bill Parcells made him an offer that New England couldn’t match, and the rest was history.

Instead of using some empty chatter to talk about this player, let’s just watch this player, and his greatness. First, we look on the field:

And then, we can marvel at his greatness off the field:

Why say anything else?