The NFL is in absolute frenzy right now with the official opening of free agency. The New York Jets have not been overly active, as we expected but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a large collection of news to round-up. Here is our opinions, commentary and predictions on what’s happening with the Jets as of right now, along with a few thoughts around the league
The Exodus - Mike DeVito signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, meaning the Jets need to find a veteran defensive lineman to improve their rotation upfront. Get used to seeing familiar faces leaving, it sounds like LaRon Landry, Shonn Greene, Brandon Moore and Dustin Keller aren’t far behind. If you are bummed about Landry, read this. If you are bummed about Greene, you need to have your head checked.
The Good News - The Jets worked out a restructured contract with Santonio Holmes, who will be back in 2013 while saving the team some cap space in the process. This team needs all the playmakers they can get and Holmes needs to rehabilitate his value so this was a sensible move for both sides.
Who Could Be Coming Here - Running back Mike Goodson and wide receiver Brandon Gibson are both visiting the team tomorrow. Both are low-cost, high upside players who made their share of big plays last season. Goodson has limited tread on his tires in his four year career. Last season he averaged 6.3 yards per carry and despite only having 35 total carries, had two runs of over 40 yards. Shonn Greene had nearly 276 carries and ZERO runs of over 40 yards. Goodson also had 16 catches last season and has always shown good hands out of the backfield, a must in Marty Mornhinweg’s system. It is also worth noting Goodson has had two games in his career where he had 20+ carries and both times he had over 100 yards rushing.
Gibson has good size and the skill set of a possession receiver. He finished with 51 receptions, 691 yards and 5 touchdowns for the St. Louis Rams last season. Gibson could end up out of the Jets price range and if he does they will use Braylon Edwards as a fall-back.
Also at receiver and returner, the team is exploring adding Brandon Banks who would be a nice upgrade at punt returner and allow the team to move on from Joe McKnight at kick returner. Banks has good speed and shiftiness, and could also be worked into a few packages on offense as a receiver/runner.
The Jets are also interested in Jason Campbell and Brady Quinn at quarterback. Once one of them are signed, then Tim Tebow will be released.
Who Could Stay - The team is smartly pushing to bring Matt Slauson back. They need as many young, competent affordable starters they can get their hands on. Outside of that, Yeremiah Bell will likely be brought back once LaRon Landry leaves in free agency.
Around the AFC East - Let’s call Jeff Ireland “Mike Tannenbaum 2.0″ from now on (without the 3 playoff appearances and 4 playoff wins on his resume). The Dolphins wildly overpaid for Mike Wallace and Daniel Ellerbee, while deciding to let Jake Long, Reggie Bush and Karlos Dansby walk. Look forward to the Dolphins being hyped the Bills were last season before inevitably not making the playoffs…again.
Speaking of the Bills, they released Ryan Fitzpatrick…we will miss beating the crap out of him every time we play Buffalo. They also lost talented Guard Andy LeVitre to the Titans.