NY Jets: 4 free agent targets for Gang Green buzzing at NFL Combine
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
4 free agent targets for the NY Jets are buzzing at the NFL Combine. Here are all the details and how those players would fit with Gang Green.
A lot of rumors are swirling on who the NY Jets would be interested in once the free agency doors open on March 16 (legal tampering window) and officially on March 18 at 4:00 p.m.
Here are some of the names that ESPN’s Rich Cimini is hearing during NFL Combine week:
Jack Conklin, offensive tackle, Tennessee Titans
On Thursday Tony Pauline of the Pro Football Network reported the Jets are in “hot pursuit” of Conklin ahead of free agency. During the latest episode of the Flight Deck podcast with Rich Cimini, he confirmed those rumors:
“I think the player to watch for the Jets is right tackle, Jack Conklin. Over the last few years he has been somewhat up and down, but he’s young and has a good pedigree. It’ll cost a lot of moolah, in the $15-16 million per year range, but at least it’s an offensive tackle which is more of a value position than a guard.”
Rich would later go on to say that Joe Douglas will be “selective” during the free agency period. That doesn’t mean he won’t spend, it just means he will be very careful. Cimini says the Jets could make “one or two splurge” signings during free agency.
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Now let’s dive into a few names that are off the beat and path that Rich Cimini says Jets fans should keep an eye out for:
Emmanuel Sanders, wide receiver, San Francisco 49ers
“Emmanuel has a connection to Adam Gase. I think he’d be a good stop-gap, especially if they lose Robby Anderson.”
Breshad Perriman, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
“He came on a little bit late last season and he’s basically a poor man’s Robby Anderson. Breshad is a solid vertical threat.”
Jalen Mills, cornerback, Philadelphia Eagles
“A lesser name guy to watch out for is Jalen Mills of the Eagles. Joe Douglas has a connection and he’d be a cheaper option at cornerback.”
The NY Jets need to revamp their receiver room desperately, but Emmanuel Sanders is an older guy (32 will be 33 by the start of the 2020 season) and the team needs to get younger.
While Breshad Perriman is younger (26) he doesn’t have much production in the league and has flamed out as a former first-round pick who hasn’t gotten over his injury-riddled past. If he signed an extremely cheap deal I’d be open to it.
While finally, Jalen Mills is 25 years old (will be 26 by the start of the 2020 season) is an option that makes a ton of sense. The team needs more bodies in the secondary and he has had some good and bad years in the league, definitely worth kicking the tires on.