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New York Jets: Top 3 players to re-sign in 2019

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Kicker Jason Myers #2 and tight end Eric Tomlinson #83 of the New York Jets show camaraderie against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Miami Dolphins won 20-12. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Kicker Jason Myers #2 and tight end Eric Tomlinson #83 of the New York Jets show camaraderie against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Miami Dolphins won 20-12. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – SEPTEMBER 16: Kicker Jason Myers #2 and tight end Eric Tomlinson #83 of the New York Jets show camaraderie against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Miami Dolphins won 20-12. Andre Roberts Henry Anderson (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – SEPTEMBER 16: Kicker Jason Myers #2 and tight end Eric Tomlinson #83 of the New York Jets show camaraderie against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Miami Dolphins won 20-12. Andre Roberts Henry Anderson (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NFL free agency will officially begin in the afternoon of March 13 and the New York Jets have plenty of needs with plenty of cash to spend. However, before they get too crazy spending money on players to bring in for 2019, they need to focus on players to bring back. Here are the top three players the Jets must re-sign for 2019.

The National Football League new year officially kicks off on March 13 at 4 p.m. ET and with it, brings the official start of NFL free agency. Although most of the free agent contracts are agreed upon during the legal tampering period on March 11, players can not put pen to paper on these agreed upon contracts until 4 p.m. ET. The days leading up to the official start of free agency are full of crazy rumors and NFL insiders double checking with sources.

The New York Jets have the second most cap space entering free agency according to OvertheCap.com ($80 million as of the time of writing). The Jets have plenty of cap space to fill plenty of needs on their roster.

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However, before they go out and spending money on new players, they need to focus on bringing some quality players from last year’s Jets roster back. Almost half of the team’s roster are free agents so deciding who to bring back will be a major decision for general manager Mike Maccaganan.

There are plenty of good players worth bringing back for the 2019 season, but there are three players that the Jets must bring back. Listed below are the top three players the Jets must bring back for 2019.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 30: Henry Anderson #96 of the New York Jets tackles Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at TIAA Bank Field on September 30, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 30: Henry Anderson #96 of the New York Jets tackles Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at TIAA Bank Field on September 30, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

3. Henry Anderson — DL

The Jets hired a new defensive coordinator in Gregg Williams and one thing that he loves in his players is a high motor. Luckily for Williams, the Jets have a guy in defensive linemen Henry Anderson who is worth bringing back.

Anderson was traded to the Jets from the Indianapolis Colts last April in exchange for the 235th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Anderson was sent over in his contract year and wanted to prove he was worth the Jets giving up the pick.

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Anderson showed that he was worth it and more in 2018. The Stanford product tied Jordan Jenkins for the team lead in sacks with seven, along with recording 16 quarterback hits and seven tackles for loss. Anderson was praised by many people throughout the Jets locker room for his high motor and high character during the season.

He is just entering his prime at 27-years-old and could develop into a vital part of the Jets defense. Williams will run a 3-4 defense with the Jets and Anderson has the versatility to line up anywhere on the defensive line. There are some high-quality pass rushers in free agency and the NFL Draft but the Jets would be smart to lock up Anderson as a vital part of the defense.

Anderson is expected to re-sign with the Jets when free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 13. Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Anderson is expected to sign a three-year, $25 million deal.

Next: 2. Andre Roberts

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: Andre Roberts #19 of the New York Jets runs the ball in for a touchdown on a punt return in the second half against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 10, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: Andre Roberts #19 of the New York Jets runs the ball in for a touchdown on a punt return in the second half against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 10, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

2. Andre Roberts — KR/PR

Surprisingly, the Jets had the best special teams unit in the NFL last season and their return man played a huge role in that. Andre Roberts was arguably the best returner in the game last season and his work provided much-needed sparks to the team on a weekly basis. Roberts is a reliable return man who the Jets need to bring back if they want to maintain that top special teams unit rank.

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As you can see, Roberts was one of the most important parts of the Jets game plan and he delivered time and time again when he was called upon. The days of Leon Washington seem like centuries ago and the Jets would love to have an elite return man like Washington was back in his day.

If there is one knock against Roberts, it would be his age. He is 31-years-old and the Jets are currently undergoing a youth movement to set their team up for a decade of future success. However, having a player like Roberts would help set up the offense in good field position.

Good field position is essential for any offense to thrive, especially one that is run by a second-year quarterback in Sam Darnold. Darnold is the future of the franchise and he could use all the help he could.

Next: 1. Jason Myers

MIAMI, FL – NOVEMBER 04: Jason Myers #2 of the New York Jets kicks a field goal against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter of their game at Hard Rock Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL – NOVEMBER 04: Jason Myers #2 of the New York Jets kicks a field goal against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter of their game at Hard Rock Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

1. Jason Myers — K

It’s no secret, the Jets offense wasn’t pretty in 2018. They constantly had troubling finishing drives with touchdowns and would have to settle for three points instead. Now, if you are going to settle for the three points, you want a kicker who is nearly perfect on most of his kicks.

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Jason Myers provided a steady leg for the Jets in 2018, converting on 33-of-36 field goal attempts. Myers was nearly automatic every time he lined up, but the most impressive stat has to be converting on 6 of 7 50 plus yards field goals. Myers was perfect with “chip shots”, converting all four of his attempts between 20-29 yards.

Myers from 50-plus yards was a sight to see in 2018 as he set an NFL record with five 55+ field goals made. Perhaps the most impressive game of 2018 for Myers was Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts. Myers was a perfect 7-of-7 on field goals that helped push the Jets past the Colts, 42-34.

Kickers are the most underrated group of people in the NFL because they are always off doing their own thing in practice. However, when a game comes down to just one or two points, a reliable kicker can make all the difference.

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The Jets need to bring Myers back because he is the reliable kicker the Jets need to get to them points to stay in or win close games.

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