The NY Jets have decisions to make on 21 pending unrestricted free agents this offseason. One of those players is backup cornerback Maurice Canady.
Canady was picked up by the Jets in November of last year after the team suffered through a ton of injuries in the secondary. He would play in eight games with the Jets in 2019 making two starts and playing admirably after being thrust into action.
The 25-year-old originally entered the league as a 6th-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens back in 2016. Canady would play three and a half seasons with the Ravens seeing extended action in 2017 before being released in November of last year.
That’s when the Jets — needing depth in the secondary — swooped in and picked him up.
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Should the Jets re-sign him?
Canady was one of a few late-season replacements who stepped up in the second half of the season for Gang Green. Alongside the likes of Blessuan Austin and Arthur Maulet, Canady made some plays late in the season that might make the team consider bring him back.
The Virginia product finished with a very respectable 73.4 Pro Football Focus grade which was better than any cornerback on the team not named Brian Poole. Of course, this was in limited playing time, but it was still impressive.
Canady showed versatility being able to play both on the outside and in the slot which helps increase his value. His physicality and willingness to tackle stood out in particular which definitely earned him some praise from the coaching staff.
Nonetheless, the Jets will be looking to overhaul pretty much all of their cornerback group in the offseason and Canady might be kicked to the curb as a result.
But at the same time, it wouldn’t hurt to bring Canady back and have him compete for a roster spot in the preseason after he showed some promise in 2019.
Will the Jets re-sign him?
With back-of-the-roster players like Canady, the best bet is always to assume that the team opts to let them walk.
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Unless that player is a key special teams contributor or actually has a role on offense or defense, NFL teams will usually look for cheaper, younger options to fill the back-end of the roster.
Even though he’s only 25-years-old and he played well last season, this is likely the trajectory that Canady will follow.
The Jets will most likely address the position in the 2020 NFL Draft and in free agency leaving little room for a player like Canady who could demand more money than his counterparts.
Still, there’s a chance that the Jets saw something in him last season and they choose to bring him back. If anything, it helps that he’s one of the few players on the roster who was a legitimate Joe Douglas acquisition.
It’s never safe to bet on a player like Maurice Canady being re-signed. But it’s not out of the question either.
Odds of re-signing: 35%