New York Jets Exploring Running Back Market

The New York Jets are showing interest in free agent running backs, but they should be considering swinging a trade

With most of the focus on the New York Jets improving the secondary by adding LaRon Landry and potentially signing another safety, there have been some rumblings about the team looking to boost their depth chart at running back.

By the way, Wayne Hunter and Vladimir Ducasse are currently the Jets top two right tackles. I just needed to remind everybody of that…now back to the article.

Anyway, the Jets have expressed interest in BenJarvus Green-Ellis and there are rumors they could have interest in Michael Bush. Both are intriguing as they would signal an attempt to return to the “Thunder/Thunder” approach of Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene during the 2009 season. Both running backs were considered top tier free agents at their position but have seen lukewarm interest so far. Bush is a bruiser, who is a quality receiver out of the backfield who is coming off his best season and Green-Ellis, as we know plenty well, is a solid, not spectacular back who never fumbles the football…literally.

A more intriguing option has presented itself with the Carolina Panthers signing running back Mike Tolbert. The Panthers were already well positioned at running back with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, so the Tolbert signing has led to speculation that either Williams or Stewart could be traded.

Carolina would love to move Williams and the asinine contract they signed him to last year. However, nobody will be taking it on unless he agrees to restructure. Stewart on the other hand has one year left on his rookie deal and it is hard to picture any scenario where they will have the money to re-sign him after how much they spent on Williams and now on Tolbert. So, why not move him now and get compensation for him?

Stewart is coming off a season where he racked up 761 rushing yards at 5.4 yards per carry and 47 receptions for 413 yards. He is an explosive playmaker who would make a terrific combination with Shonn Greene. If I am Mike Tannenbaum I am embracing my trading roots and offering Carolina a 3rd and 5th round pick for him. If that offer doesn’t satisfy them, I’d be willing to move up to a 2nd rounder this year and a conditional 5th rounder next year.

Bush and Green-Ellis are nice role players. Stewart has the ability to be a star in Tony Sparano’s run heavy system. Tannenbaum traded for a running back in 2007 in Thomas Jones who piled up 28 touchdowns and 3,833 rushing yards in three seasons. Stewart is capable of that type of production.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Elio

    Really?! A 2nd round pick for Stewart? RBs are a dime a dozen. Hopefully the Jets don’t offer anything more than a 4th round pick.

  • great point didnt think about that but a 3rd and 5th i dont know but that better get it done. damn the 2nd round pick think. hopefully we can only give up a 3rd round pick

  • Tony

    hell no, if I’m giving up a second round pick for a RB I’d rather get David Wilson.

  • How about addressing the fact we have no line before they look for another running back!!

  • but we do have a line

  • hp3

    Stewart would be a steal for a 2nd round pick! he has the ability to be a top 5 back in the league for the next 5-7 yrs!

  • Joe Holland Jr

    Lets not jump the gun just yet Mike T. First of all J.STEWART is always getting injured and if you are going to get a back why not go after someone like Michael BUSH that stays on the field more. Or better yet use your draft picks to get younger. And i here you are going after Tim TEBOW which is okay by me but if you go that route why not pickup one of his fellow school mates from Florida Chris Rainey in the draft this kid is electric on the field in many ways. He can return kicks with blazing speed he can run out of the backfield he has great hands to recieve the ball he can do it all. Believe me i live right up the road from Gator football and have seen this kid play and it is no joke Diamond in the draft does not do this kid justice. Get him at any cost you can thank me later. Ask Tim Tebow about this kid he played with him at Florida.

  • @ estar if your seriously happy with our current situation on the o line, then you didn’t watch a snap last year!! sanchez spent the season on his back and on the run!! look at our rb’s numbers last season!! i agree that we do have mangold, ferguson, and moore but no RIGHT TACKLE AND NO DEPTH AT O LINE!!! if u make a case for either vlad or wayne, i will find you and kill you!!

  • well echy i guess ur gonna have to kill me cause if believe in ducass man i think now that he can focus on one position for the first time in his career i think he will be a stud. he got all the physical tools to be great he just needs time and an opportunity and now he has got it. and we do have a line we have 3 pro bowlers, one solid guy and an up and comer. wayne can go back to being a back up and we got a couple of guys we have be developing to be back ups plus we can address the depth in the draft

  • dude i obliviously didn’t mean it to that level, and I hope your right!! And is this Mike T in disguise? I honestly have no faith in Vlad, he’s looked lost ever since we drafted him!!