Predicting 9 NY Jets moves in free agency including big WR trade

What will the Jets do in free agency this week?

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The NY Jets are just hours away from the start of the legal tampering period and the unofficial start of free agency. It's a time of the offseason that always comes with great excitement, but it hasn't always been kind to the Jets.

From Trumaine Johnson to Le'Veon Bell to, most recently, Laken Tomlinson, the Jets have made quite a few mistakes in free agency over the years. They'll be hoping to turn their fortunes around in what promises to be a crucial offseason for the organization.

Those hoping to see general manager Joe Douglas spend big on many of the top names in free agency might be disappointed. Douglas has proven to be prudent and stingy with his spending in the past, and it doesn't seem like that's going to change this year.

Here is our best attempt at predicting the moves the Jets will make over the coming days.

9. The NY Jets re-sign Thomas Morstead and Greg Zuerlein

Let's start this off with a few internal re-signings first. The Jets are expected to retain both punter Thomas Morstead and kicker Greg Zuerlein in free agency following a pair of standout seasons from the stellar specialist duo.

Morstead technically can't be re-signed until the official start of the new league year on Wednesday because of a weird quirk in the NFL rule book, but he feels like a lock to return.

As for Zuerlein, his market could get a little pricier, and the Jets did sign kicker Austin Seibert to a reserve/futures contract, so they have a little leverage in the form of a younger insurance policy.

Still, the safe bet is to assume that both players are re-signed this week. Don't be surprised if fellow special-teams standout Justin Hardee, also a pending free agent, joins them.