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Potential New York Jets’ Free Agent: WR James Jones

By Alan Schechter

Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver

James Jones

(89) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

With the new year, comes a whole new crop of free agents. The Jets need a lot of weapons, especially on the offensive side of the football. There is a guy out there that would be an excellent asset, and a great weapon for Geno Smith. His name is James Jones.

He is only 29 years old, still definitely in the prime of his career.  Jones did miss a couple of games in 2013, but prior to that, he had been a touchdown machine.  In 2012 he posted a career high of 14 touchdowns.  Excluding 2013, he never posted a year of less than five touchdowns since the year 2009.

The Jets were not great in the red zone in 2013.  They need a guy with a nose for the end zone, and James Jones has a nose for the end zone.

He can also get deep, which is a part of the game that the Jets haven’t been able to take much advantage of in recent years, despite the addition of the speedy Stephen Hill.  In 2013, Jones posted an 83 yard touchdown reception.

From the time he entered the league in 2007, he has posted touchdown receptions of 83, 70, 66, 74 and 79 yards, showing us that although his yards per catch for his career is low (13.9), James Jones can get deep when the time is right, and give an opponent that knockout punch that the Jets have been sorely lacking.

Needless to say, Geno Smith would salivate to have a guy like this on his side.

He will also seem attractive to a general manager as well.  The Jets need a lot of weapons, not just one.  Breaking the bank for one player like Anquan Boldin would be nice, but not necessarily be the BEST idea.

According to our friends at Over the Cap, James Jones earned approximately $3.2 million in 2013, and has never posted a 1,000 yard season.  He has scored a bunch of touchdowns, so he will earn a raise, but not likely one the size that someone like Boldin will earn.  Now, here’s a guy that Idzik can sign, make an immediate difference, and still have a bunch of money left to go after more players.

What could be better?

John, make sure you give this guy a hard look.  He would be a great Jet.