CB Arthur Maulet chooses NY Jets over ‘other offer’ in free agency
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
The NY Jets are expected to retain cornerback Arthur Maulet on a short-term deal. Here are all the details and what this means for the roster.
The NY Jets solidified some depth on the backend of the roster on Friday morning.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported that cornerback Arthur Maulet, a non-tendered restricted free agent, is expected to return to the team on a one-year deal.
Maulet reportedly chose to return to Gang Green “over an offer from another team” during the free agency period.
This is much-needed depth for the Jets at corner. Plus it’s nice to hear that Maulet wanted to come back and chose the team over another free-agent offer. It seems like the narrative is changing on 1 Jets Drive with Joe Douglas in the head chair over Mike Maccagnan.
Speaking of Maccagnan, the team recently released free-agent bust Trumaine Johnson and they needed to bring in some guys with experience.
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Maulet is 26-years old (will be 27 by the start of the 2020 season) and was a nice story last year for Gang Green. Last season due to injuries was forced to start six games and he earned defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ trust.
The NY Jets still are desperately searching for a No. 1 corner, but this helps add another versatile piece to the table.
Here’s the current look at the depth chart at cornerback for the NY Jets:
- Brian Poole (re-signed with the Jets on a one-year $5 million contract this offseason).
- Bless Austin
- Nate Hairston (was acquired via trade from the Indianapolis Colts last offseason).
- Darryl Roberts
Interesting nugget on Roberts from Cimini: “his roster spot is tenuous and he’s owed a $2 million roster bonus on Sunday if he’s still on the roster.”
This means the team has a decision to make by this Sunday. If Gang Green decides to move on from the veteran cornerback this offseason they’ll save $6 million on the cap with zero dead money.