The NY Jets are reportedly not expected to sign the remaining top free agents
The NY Jets have understandably been doing their due diligence when it comes to the top remaining free agents on the open market. But “due diligence” often doesn’t lead to actual deals getting done.
And if recent reports are to be believed, the Jets don’t seem to be in any rush to sign some of the top free agents still available.
Brian Costello of the NY Post reported on Thursday that the Jets had shown interest in some of the better players still on the market, but they appear unwilling to pay what they are reportedly asking for.
Ryan is reportedly looking for a deal worth up to $10 million per year at the moment. And despite an earlier report indicating that the Jets believed that they would sign Ryan, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen at the current price point.
Meanwhile, Warford is still looking for a deal worth $7 million per season — a figure that seems considerably low for a player who’s made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons.
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At just 28-years-old, Warford is still playing at a very high level and has remained extremely durable. One would think that the projected $7 million asking price is low, but general manager Joe Douglas doesn’t seem to think so.
Clowney is obviously the biggest longshot of the bunch with reports of his market value all over the place. It’s safe to say that Jets fans probably shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for the team to sign the three-time Pro Bowler.
Douglas seems intent on remaining patient and waiting for their market values to fall or simply passing on them altogether. And in many ways, that’s how the Jets’ executive has operated throughout the entire offseason.
Why change that strategy now?
Should the NY Jets still sign Larry Warford?
Warford is probably the biggest point of contention here as the former New Orleans Saints guard would immediately be the team’s most accomplished lineman off the bat with the largest track record of recent success.
And for just $7 million per year, it seems like a no-brainer. Especially given the fact that the Jets could cut veteran guard Brian Winters and save almost the exact same amount of money.
If $7 million is all it takes, there doesn’t seem to be a logical argument for keeping Winters under contract and Warford on the open market. Although you could never account for the unknown — perhaps Douglas and the NFL know something we don’t.
Ultimately, Jets fans holding out hope for some big-name additions here in late-May probably shouldn’t set their expectations too high.
Or else they’re bound to be disappointed.