Don’t worry, we’ll get to the Peyton Manning talk you maniacs. But for now there is other chatter picking up around who the New York Jets will pursue in free agency this off-season. In case you forgot, this team still needs help at linebacker, safety, offensive line and wide receiver. Let’s look at what we’ve been hearing -
Erin Henderson – An under the rader linebacker who Evan Silva speculated the Jets could pursue. The team recently hired Karl Dunbar to be the defensive line coach so he should be familiar with Henderson’s ability since both were in Minnesota last year. Henderson could be an affordable option to replace Bart Scott when the Jets eventually dump him.
Ronnie Brown – We speculated here back in January that the Jets would have interest in Brown and it has recently been confirmed by ESPN’s Rich Cimini. This is logical move as Brown would come on a veteran’s minimum deal, is familiar with Tony Sparano’s offense and provides a successor to LaDainian Tomlinson as a reliable veteran who can contribute in a variety of ways. Brown is solid in pass protection, as a receiver and could offer 5-7 carries a game, along with helping bring the Wildcat element to the Jets offense. If the Jets do sign him, it tells you everything you need to know about what the team thinks of Bilal Powell being ready to contribute.
Jarret Johnson – The Baltimore Sun and a few other outlets have been reporting this. Johnson played for Rex Ryan in Baltimore and would be a stopgap at outside linebacker to replace to Bryan Thomas. He is excellent against the run but doesn’t really get after the passer, sound familiar? If the Jets can draft a pass rusher in the first round to groom behind him, this is a sensible move.
Jameel McClain – The Baltimore Sun also reported the Jets being interested in McClain, another Ravens linebacker. McClain could be a replacement for Bart Scott, if the team doesn’t go after Erin Henderson or hand the job off to Josh Mauga.
Chad Henne – It is no surprise to anybody that the Jets are being linked with Henne considering his history with Tony Sparano. His price tag could end up being a little high for a backup.
Braylon Edwards – The Daily News reported the Jets having interest if “the price is right and he is healthy.” This means if he comes on a veteran’s minimum deal and that the team won’t move on him for a few months.
Many people are assuming the Jets will interested in Vernon Carey at right tackle and Anthony Fasano at tight end, if he is released. There has been no official reports on this however. It also makes sense to think the Jets will take a hard look at the few remaining names at safety, including Reggie Nelson, LaRon Landry, and Reggie Smith.