Monday was an active day for NFL teams releasing players to improve their salary cap situation, more than a few should catch the eyes of the New York Jets.
Most notably, the Houston Texans surprisingly released Erin Winston. He has been one of the most consistent right tackles in the league the past few years. In case you haven’t noticed, the Jets badly need a right tackle because of that whole Wayne Hunter thing. If there is one player for the Jets to take a big money run at, it is Winston.
Beyond that, Levi Brown was also released by the Arizona Cardinals. Brown is the former number five overall pick in the draft, who has been good not great so far in his NFL career. Regardless, he would be a major upgrade over Hunter and is a player the Jets should strongly pursue if they are outbid for Winston.
A couple of other low cost options at the tackle position, as documented by Pro Football Focus are Anthony Collins and Geoff Schwartz. When you look at the free agent situation at tackle, there is no excuse for the Jets not to upgrade over Hunter, particularly with the amount of cap space they have.
On the defensive side of the football, the Raiders are expected to release Kamerion Wimbley who is a solid pass rushing option at outside linebacker. They will still look at Jarret Johnson but the Ravens will fight hard to keep him and the Colts will be after him as well. The Redskins released OJ Atogwe, which brings another name to the safety market. The Jets are expected to pursue LaRon Landry but would be foolish to offer him any type of long term deal that doesn’t protect them from his injury history.
At wide receiver, the Jets should still be giving Laurent Robinson a long look along with Robert Meachem who remain on the market. Former Dolphins Chad Henne and Ronnie Brown will also probably be brought in for a visit to improve depth at quarterback and running back respectively.
Overall, there is more than enough of an opportunity for the Jets to improve their roster with the crop of players available.