New Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has many difficult decisions to make in free agency.
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While I have seen many people give their thoughts on who the Jets should keep, and who they should part ways with this offseason, I decided to share my thoughts on what I feel the Jets should do this offseason. With a ton of cap space, the Jets will be big time players in free agency, but who of their UFA’s should they look to bring back?
Next: David Harris
Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker David Harris (52) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
David Harris –
Harris is arguably the Jets biggest free agent. While many people feel the Jets should make sure Harris is resigned, I am not so sure I agree with that. I think it is time for the Jets to move on from the veteran linebacker. Harris can still contribute to a team, but I feel he is no longer an every down linebacker, and is a liability in coverage. The Jets should look to get younger at the LB position, and can find a much cheaper replacement for Harris.
Next: Michael Vick
Dec 28, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick (1) looks on from the sideline during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Vick is an interesting option for the Jets. Vick was a serviceable backup for the Jets in 2014, but his $5 million price tag is a little steep. While the Jets may look to add a QB in free agency to compete with Geno Smith, I would not mind seeing Vick brought back for another year, with a cheaper contract. The issue is, Vick may want to go elsewhere for more money and a better chance to start.
Next: Kyle Wilson
Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson (20) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
It is time for the Jets to move on from the former first round draft pick. Wilson has had a very disappointing career up to this point. I feel it would be best for the Jets and Wilson to part ways.
Next: Willie Colon
Sep 7, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tackle Willie Colon (66) defends against Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Antonio Smith (94) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The veteran lineman has done a serviceable job for the Jets the past two seasons, but I feel it is time for the Jets to get younger on the offensive line. Look for second year player Dakota Dozier or Brian Winters to take Colon’s spot at right guard.
Next: Bilal Powell
Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson (54) tackles New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
Powell is one player I would like to see the Jets resign. Powell is a perfect backup running back for the Jets. He has good hands out of the backfield, and is a very good pass blocker, a very underrated part of any running backs game.
Next: Dawan Landry
Oct 12, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) scores a touchdown in front of New York Jets strong safety Dawan Landry (26) during the second quarter of their NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Another veteran who has done a nice job for the Jets in the past few seasons. But just like Harris, I feel it is time for the Jets to get younger at the safety position. The Jets have young safeties Calvin Pryor and Antonio Allen, so letting Landry walk is not a huge loss.
Next: Nick Bellore
Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Nick Bellore (54) celebrates a defensive stop against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won the game 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Bellore is a key special teams player for the Jets. Unless he is looking for a crazy contract, no reason he should not be brought back.
Next: Leger Douzable
Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leger Douzable (78) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
If I had to guess, I would say the Jets would love to bring back the veteran defensive lineman, but the decision will ultimately be up to Douzable. It is possible he will be looking to start elsewhere, instead of being a backup and playing limited snaps behind Wilkerson and Richardson.
Next: Kenrick Ellis
Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets defensive end Kenrick Ellis (93) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Ellis is a similar case to Douzable. If he is willing to stay in his same role, the Jets should look to resign Ellis. It is certainly possible though that Ellis will test the market and see if he can land a starting job somewhere else.
Next: Damon Harrison
Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets nose tackle Damon Harrison (94) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Luckily for the Jets, Harrison is a restricted free agent. There is no reason for the Jets to even think about parting ways with the man they call ” Snacks” . Harrison is one of the best nose tackles in all of football, and has been a huge part of the Jets front seven. Snacks is going to get a very nice contract this offseason.
Next: Jaiquawn Jarrett
Nov 9, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets free safety Jaiquawn Jarrett (37) reacts after recovering a fumble against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Jarrett is a very solid backup safety for the Jets. He flashed what he can do this past year against the Steelers, recording two interceptions as well as recovering a fumble. Jarrett is also a restricted free agent I would like to see the Jets resign.