May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (left) and general manager John Idzik (right) during the New York Jets organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s get to the point here: The Jets need more playmakers.
Santonio Holmes is still recovering from a Lizfranc injury, and Stephen Hill wasn’t consistent enough in his rookie season to prove he can handle the #2 WR spot. Jeremy Kerley is something special, mark my words. But Kerley alone is not good enough for the Jets offense this year, in a new West Coast system that requires a QB to get the ball out quickly to his playmakers.
So how can the Jets address this issue? I have a proposal, but I need to say this first: With new GM John Idzik in charge, the Jets are (more than ever) striving to build a team through the draft. With that said, I believe that the Jets can afford to sacrifice a mid-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft, to help the offense get rolling NOW. My thinking is this: The mid-round draft choice in the 2014 NFL draft (let’s say it’s a offensive playmaker) will have to come in and learn the offense. Also, it’s a little up in the air, when you consider how their success will transfer to the NFL– against bigger and faster defenses.
My point is… if the Jets can find it in them to surrender a mid round pick and get ONE of these few players, I believe it will help the franchise move forward faster, and shread the “rebuilding” label rather quickly.
Remember the fact not everyone mentioned in this session can be immediately signed. But, free agent or not, each of the following players have potential, but also have a unique reason for their current team to want to cut ties, or are undervalued by their team. If you put this aside and focus on the upside with each player, it seems like a good idea in my eyes.
I should note that these deals are hypothetical, so the deals can vary depending on each player. With that said, we’ll give an estimate of trade value based on each player.
Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars
Jets would likely have to surrender a 2nd or 3rd round pick.
Kenny Britt- Tennessee Titans
Jets would give up a 3rd round pick.
Doug Baldwin- Seattle Seahawks
Jets would give up a 4th round pick.
Each of the players above would immediately improve the Jets offense, and help contribute in their own unique way.
If you are one of the many fans that would HATE to give up a valuable draft pick, especially for an aging player like MJD, you have a good point. There are other options remaining in free agency, so the Jets can go this route as well.
A few other options out there are:
RB- LaRod Stephens-Howling
WR- Braylon Edwards (fan favorite and rightfully so)
WR- Brandon Lloyd
WR- Austin Collie
The Jets are pretty much set at RB, assuming Mike Goodson is around. But for insurance, Stephens-Howling would be an excellent addition, in my opinion. The WR’s listed above can also contribute to an offense that is without Holmes, at the moment.
The Jets have brought in Mike Sims-Walker and signed Kellen Winslow Jr. That’s a nice start, but I think we’d all agree that there’s room for one or two more!
Thanks for reading!