New York Jets: 3 superstars you could see with Gang Green in 2020
By James Barone
The New York Jets could make a few big-time acquisitions this offseason. Here are three NFL superstars who could be playing for Gang Green in 2020.
With another NFL season in the history books, it is now the time where players have the opportunity to change the colors they will wear once the new season kicks off.
Struggling teams, mediocre teams, and even great teams will be looking to make upgrades in pursuit of a possible Super Bowl run.
The New York Jets could be considered a struggling team that needs to look at the basics and try to acquire players that will help them have a winning season. With so many free agents and so many gaps for the Jets, the recruitment strategy could make or break the Jets season.
Let’s take a look at the top three free agents that would fill some of the most important gaps in the Jets roster and look great in green while doing it.
Next: 3. A.J. Green
3. A.J Green, WR
A.J. Green, a star receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, is known for his spectacular catches and is a dangerous deep-ball threat. Following ankle surgery, Green watched the entire 2019 season from the sidelines.
Green could be the free-agent to take over Robby Anderson’s top wide receiver position if Anderson chooses to take his play elsewhere. Green and Anderson are similar in some respects since they both have a breathtaking ability to snag the deep ball.
At 6-foot-4, Green’s big frame gives him the ability to make the uncatchable, catchable. Green helped take Cincinnati to the playoffs five times, but the wideout’s flame seems to have been blown out as they were the worst team of the 2019 season.
Green’s market value is a reasonable $9.1 million per year, per Spotrac. This price could be a bargain if Green is not able to get back to superstar form through his signing. But it just may be worth the risk.
As an added bonus, Green could help Sam Darnold develop and mature with the nine-year veteran providing leadership and a very large target for Darnold.
It’s always possible that Green will stay in Cincinnati, especially if Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow becomes the Bengals’ new offensive general. But the Jets need him so let’s hope we see Green in green next season.
Next: 2. Chris Harris Jr.
2. Chris Harris, CB
The Jets’ young cornerbacks in Arthur Maulet and Blessuan Austin would certainly benefit from having a veteran like Chris Harris Jr. to help the younger players to develop while simultaneously improving the Jets pass defense.
Harris, a three-time pro bowler and Superbowl winner is a talented and experienced player who will be starting his 10th season in the NFL.
Harris could possibly do what high-priced Trumaine Johnson failed miserably at if Harris becomes the veteran leader and catalyst for the Jets young cornerback squad. However, his price could become a potential barrier for the Jet’s interest in recruiting Harris.
After spending so much on Jonhson by signing him to a five-year, $72.5 million dollar contract with no results, we will have to see if the Jets want to spend top dollar again for another veteran cornerback.
Once other big-name free-agents in the league like Byron Jones, Eli Apple, Trae Waynes, and Marcus Peters land new deals, we will figure out a range of pricing for Harris. One thing is for sure, once free agency begins the price tag for these valuable players won’t be cheap.
Let’s hope the Jets are willing to spend the dollars to acquire Harris after a miserable performance by Trumaine Johnson in all of his seasons with the Jets.
Next: 1. Brandon Scherff
1. Brandon Scherff, OG
Free-agent Brandon Scherff — a 28-year-old guard — is a dominant player for the Washington Redskins who could be looking for a new home. Scherff, a three-time Pro Bowler, has the potential to reinvigorate the Jets’ lackluster offensive line.
Amazingly, the Jets only used six percent of their total salary cap on the offensive line in 2019. The old adage is true that you get what you pay for as the Jets’ offensive line was ranked dead last in 2019.
Scherff gives the Jets the perfect opportunity to show fans that they are serious about rebuilding the offensive line by spending top dollar for a top player. In 643 offensive snaps, Scherff has only allowed one sack. You can almost hear Sam Darnold’s sigh of relief.
This 6-foot-5, 315-pound beast led the 13th best offensive line in the NFL last year and will give Darnold more than a millisecond to throw before he gets pounced on by a hoard of lions like we saw this past season.
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The Jets offensive line is perhaps the biggest gap for the team going into next season. They need star power for immediate improvement before Darnold gets hurt or irreversibly frustrated and does not develop to his full potential.
Before Jets fans get too excited about Scherff, it is possible that the Redskins will franchise tag Scherff which would mean he is most likely going to be with the Redskins next year. But the Redskins might see him as injury-prone since he missed 13 of the last 34 games.
This statistic may be enough for the Redskins to let Schereff walk to New York. The Jets have to dig deep in their wallet to acquire a lineman such as Scherff as the top offensive guards in the league are asking for more than $15 million a year.
It might seem like a lot, but that is the cost to protect the Jet’s franchise quarterback.
That’s my rundown of how the Jets can best fill their most critical gaps next year. There is no doubt that the Jets are capable of landing any one of these players.
They need whoever they acquire to make an immediate positive impact on the outcome of their season, there is no time for development at these positions.
If the Jets do not aggressively pursue any of these big names, next season could be another challenging one for Gang Green.