It is no secret that the NY Jets' pass defense struggled this season. Under defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich, the defense finished third-worst in passing yards, allowing almost 260 passing yards per game.
If Gang Green wants to be in the playoff hunt next season, it is pivotal that general manager Joe Douglas adds pieces to the defense this offseason, especially in the secondary.
Fortunately for the Jets, there are quite a few cornerbacks set to hit free agency this year that would provide a major upgrade to the secondary.
In addition to a boatload of cap space ($48 million before cuts), Douglas has multiple first-round and second-round picks to spend, including five spots in the top-70, four of which are in the top-40 and two of which are in the top-10. This cornerback class, however, lacks a clear blue-chip prospect at the moment.
At the top of the class, LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. has injury concerns and Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner lacks elite athleticism and fluidity, standing at a lanky 6-foot-3. There are much better options at the top of the draft at other positions of need that the Jets should target.
Overall, free agency provides better options for the Jets at cornerback all things considered, especially since Gang Green already has a very young cornerback corps. Adding an experienced and proven veteran at the position would improve this defense drastically.
Let’s take a look at a few free agent cornerbacks that the Jets should consider signing.