Per a report from Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, the New York Jets are interested in signing wide receiver Donte Moncrief once free agency begins.
The New York Jets will head into free agency with a massive amount of cap space but many roster spots to fill. With only two wide receivers currently under contract, you could bet that the team will look to add some depth at the position.
Players such as Adam Humphries, Golden Tate, and Tyrell Williams have been thrown around as potential targets but a new name has emerged from the free agent landscape. Per a report from Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, the Jets have interest in signing Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Donte Moncrief this offseason.
Moncrief originally entered the league as a third-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2014. He spent four seasons there before signing on with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2018 season.
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Last season with Jacksonville, Moncrief hauled in 48 catches for 668 yards and three touchdowns, each of which ranked second among Jaguars receivers. His best game of the season coincidentally enough came against the Jets in Week 4 when the Ole Miss product torched prized free agent signing Trumaine Johnson for 109 yards and a touchdown on five receptions.
Moncrief is a speedy downfield threat who has proven to be a capable target when healthy and in the right offense. His best season came back in 2015 with the Colts when he brought in 64 receptions for 733 yards and six touchdowns.
At just 25-years-old, Moncrief would be a younger, cheaper alternative to a player such as the aforementioned Tate who is five years older and will likely come with a higher price tag. Still, Moncrief doesn’t come without his fair share of concerns.
The 6-foot-2 wideout has struggled to remain healthy in his NFL career missing significant time in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Moreover, Moncrief has had his issues with drops over the years but the concerns have subsided a bit.
While he shouldn’t be the Jets top option, Moncrief would be a welcome addition to a Jets wide receiver core lacking any depth to speak of at the moment. The team will likely go into next season with Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson being two of their top three targets.
Moncrief would be a nice signing, but the team could probably do a bit better when looking for a top-three receiving option.
Nonetheless, the signing would make some sense if the price was right.