PrimeSport Turn On The Jets 12 Pack – Final Free Agency Thoughts Edition

Joe Caporoso with a Turn On The Jets 12 Pack of final free agency thoughts before the league year opens…

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A handful of thoughts before the free agency frenzy begins today, broken down by position. Here is an overview of potential targets from about a month ago.

1. Quarterback – There are four primary names to watch. Mike Glennon, who is consistently being linked to both the Chicago Bears and Jets (mostly to the Bears) at an incredulous price tag of 14-15 million per year. The consensus expectation seems to be the Bears may move quick on him, which would be good news.

The second is Tyrod Taylor, who may or may not be released by the Buffalo Bills. If he is released, it would likely be between the Jets and Browns for his services. Taylor would likely also come with a hefty price tag, but unlike Glennon he has played the past two years and played relatively well, especially in comparison to the body work Glennon has in the NFL. This is your best case free agent scenario for the Jets.

Your most realistic free agent scenario may be Brian Hoyer, The veteran journeyman will come cheap and should provide a level of competence that Ryan Fitzpatrick could not find last year. For those who say, why bother with Hoyer, why not just start Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg?

The reason is if Petty is as bad as he was last season, it hinders the development of the young receivers, offensive linemen, running backs and tight ends. If the one team who thought Hackenberg was good enough to be a second round pick doesn’t think he is ready to play yet, the situation would only be magnified with him under center. Hoyer could at least provide a degree of stability when it comes to properly setting protection and reading basic route concepts, despite all his limitations.

Last, Chase Daniel could be an option if everything falls through with the top three. Daniel has some experience with new Offensive Coordinator, John Morton and is basically an unproven stopgap, bridge quarterback who would come at a low cost.

2. Secondary – Tony Jefferson is likely to be an early target for the Jets to take over as a new leader in their back end and help stabilize the safety position. The signing of Jefferson may prompt a trade or release of Calvin Pryor. Marcus Gilchrist is likely on the chopping block regardless of what happens in free agency.

At corner, the Jets could sniff around AJ Bouye but it is unlikely they fork over 15-17M per year for him. They are more likely to play in the second and third tier of the corner market. Keep an eye on Logan Ryan, Dre Kirkpatrick and Prince Amukamara.

3. Fullback/tight end – Pieces missing from the Jets offense the past few years. A few names to watch are Kyle Juszcyk, Patrick DiMarco, Zach Line, Jack Doyle, Ryan Griffin and Dion Sims. These won’t be a big money spends but are potential key secondary pieces to a young Jets offense.

4. Linebacker – Kevin Minter has been a popular name associated with the Jets because of his history with Todd Bowles, if he is signed, David Harris is likely to be released. Zach Brown could be another inside linebacker target. The Jets are unlikely to be involved in the Dont’a Hightower bidding. At edge, keep an eye on John Simon, Jabaal Sheard and Alex Okafor.

5. Offensive Line – The Jets main focus will likely be bringing Ben Ijalana back, even if he initially hits FA and finding a competent starting option for left tackle. They could be involved in the Russell Okung, Kelvin Beachum and Riley Reiff chase. They also are likely to tender Wesley Johnson sooner rather than later.

6. What Else? – Other names to watch:

  • Gerald Hodges (ILB)
  • Bradley McDougald (SS)
  • Duron Harmon (FS)
  • Micah Hyde (CB/S)
  • Rex Burkhead (RB)
  • DJ Fluker (OL)

7. Still Potentially On Chopping/Trading Block – Marcus Gilchrist, Calvin Pryor, Sheldon Richardson, David Harris, Eric Decker, Buster Skrine.

8. New Nickel? – If the Jets do release Buster Skrine, Nickell Robey-Coleman, released recently by Buffalo, could be a potential target.

9. Youth Movement – It would be surprising to see the Jets spend on any free agents over 28 years old.

10. Other Internal Candidates – The Jets will work to bring back Josh Martin on special teams. They may do the same with Antonio Allen.

11. Be Wary – Of fake accounts posting “news”. Follow along here for real time updates all week.

12. Final Predictions – All names listed above are potential options but here is one man’s guess

  • QB – Brian Hoyer
  • SS – Tony Jefferson
  • CB – Prince Amukamara
  • FB – Patrick DiMarco
  • TE – Ryan Griffin
  • LT – Kelvin Beachum
  • LB – Kevin Minter

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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