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New York Jets: Re-sign or decline Buster Skrine and Morris Claiborne

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14: Cornerback Morris Claiborne #21 of the New York Jets celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14: Cornerback Morris Claiborne #21 of the New York Jets celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Cornerbacks Buster Skrine and Morris Claiborne enter 2019 unrestricted free agents. Should the New York Jets re-sign or decline the two in 2019?

The New York Jets enter the 2019 free agency in a great position. They have about $100 million in cap space and a new coaching staff that will help Mike Maccagnan spend that money.

March is around the corner and the Jets should aggressively attack free agents that will help with the growth of the organization. The Jets also have the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Jets cap space and their draft pick give them an opportunity to dominate in the offseason. But before they can focus on that, they have some tough decisions ahead of them as the Jets have over 20 unrestricted free agents.

Although some of the players are irrelevant, household names like Buster Skrine and Morris Claiborne could be on the chopping block.

But who deserves another opportunity, and who doesn’t? Here is a breakdown of the two players.

The Jets should invest in Claiborne in 2019. Even if the Jets give him just another one-year deal, Claiborne has been the most decent cornerback the Jets have since Darrelle Revis.

In 2018, he had 57 tackles and 13 assists. He also had two interceptions for 17 yards and two touchdowns.

In the last two seasons, he played 30-of-32 games. Claiborne has proven himself and deserves another opportunity to play for the Jets in 2019.

If we consider his previous injuries with the Dallas Cowboys and his age, Claiborne should come at a reasonable price. He is a keeper.

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Buster Skrine is my most disappointing Jets player. When did Buster Skrine take a turn for the worst? He showed signs of greatness when he joined the squad in 2015 but hasn’t really produced since.

Last season, he only had 58 tackles. Compared to Claiborne, Skrine was just a number on the field. Not to mention, he gave up over 100 yards in penalties in 2018 alone.

He is the last man standing since the defense makeover a few years ago. It’s best to just let him go, keep Claiborne, and obtain a cornerback during free agency.

Yes, he is a positive influence on his teammates and in the locker room, but is that worth another contract? No!

Skrine adds no additional value to the 2019 Jets roster. It saddens me to say, he is not worthy of another Jets contract. Good luck Skrine, Jets nation will miss you!

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