Alex Kaczynski runs through the New York Jets three primary remaining needs in free agency, as the market continues to thin out…
Quarterback – With the exception of Mark Sanchez in 2010 and 2011, I do not think that there has been an offseason in recent memory where the quarterback position has not been a question mark. Ryan Fitzpatrick, it is time to come home. One side has to budge and I can tell you that it is definitely not going to be the Jets. At the end of the day, Fitzpatrick is still Fitzpatrick. I think within the next two or three weeks a deal will be reached.
If a deal is not reached soon, the Jets are going to have to move elsewhere. With Robert Griffin III officially off the market, the selection for remaining QBs is slim. The league is pressing the Jets and Fitz back together. If Fitz did not land with the Jets, I would presume there would be some added interest regarding a trade to the San Francisco 49ers for Colin Kaepernick, There has also been fan buzz around acquiring Mike Glennon of the Tampa Bay Bucs via trade. The Jets definitely have a little more leverage with Fitzpatrick with the amount of QB vacancies that have been filled.
Offensive Line – As per the roundtable from early this week, there is a possibility of both D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Breno Giacomini both being cut or restructured. There should be a strong focus on the offensive line with the new additions at running back. The Jets passed on Kelvin Beachum early in free agency and the market for any offensive linemen has basically dried up. The draft might be the only way for Maccagnan and Bowels to aid the line. The Jets have been linked to MSU’s OT Jack Conklin in multiple mock drafts. The All-Big Ten and All-American is an all-around stud but it’s hard to say for sure if they would use the 20th overall on him with linebacker being another major issue.
Linebacker – With the recent re-signing of Erin Henderson, there has been some stability added to the position, however the Jets can’t be satisfied with their current depth at outside linebacker. Aldon Smith is still available, and even though he has to wait until November before he sees playing time, he may be a nice signing for a small amount of cap space. Smith was a dominant linebacker and when put in the right scheme can be a game changer. If the Jets are hanging around the playoff bubble again next year, Aldon may be a great addition in the final stretch of games. You can also expect a linebacker in the NFL Draft and it would not be surprising at all if it was in the first round, especially if Noah Spence drops.
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