5 free agents NY Jets were wise to avoid this offseason

The Jets were smart to avoid these players

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4. The NY Jets were smart to avoid WR Gabe Davis

The Jets also went into the offseason with an obvious plan to address the wide receiver position. In the end, the Jets settled on a cheap one-year, prove-it deal with former Los Angeles Chargers star Mike Williams.

The Williams contract was another excellent value move by Joe Douglas, and it looks even better when compared to some of the other wide receiver deals handed out in free agency. Case in point; Gabe Davis.

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Davis to a three-year, $39 million contract, making him the second-highest-paid wide receiver in free agency this offseason. All that for a who has never caught more than 48 passes in a season.

Davis has struggled with separating, has had persistent drop issues, and had five games last season without a catch despite playing with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. The Jets were wise to stay away from Davis' market.

3. The NY Jets were smart to avoid S Jordan Whitehead

The Jets brought back Chuck Clark and have shown interest in retaining Ashtyn Davis, but as for Jordan Whitehead, the team opted to let him walk in free agency this offseason.

Whitehead signed a relatively cheap two-year, $9 million contract to re-join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason. The 27-year-old seems happy to be returning to his first NFL team, and the Jets should be as well.

Whitehead led all safeties in both missed tackles and touchdowns allowed last season. His tackling inconsistencies were often masked by an elite Jets defense, but Whitehead's been a liability for the team over the last two years.

The Jets will go in a different direction with Clark, Tony Adams, and possibly Davis next season. As for Whitehead, perhaps he could revitalize his career now that he's back in Tampa Bay.