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A final batch of New York Jets free agency predictions before the madness starts…
1 – Quarterback – I think the Jets have a legitimate chance at Kirk Cousins. They will get him in for a visit and outside of the Vikings, I don’t think there is anybody with higher odds to land him. Gun to my head, I’m saying he ends up with the Vikings but I’d be far from shocked if the Jets signed him. Let’s hope they can execute. However, if Cousins signs with the Vikings, I expect the Jets to quickly pivot and sign Josh McCown back to a 1 year, 9 million dollar deal.
2 – Offensive Line – The Jets will sign Weston Richburg fairly quickly out of the gate to be their new starting center. They will not make any other major additions as there is a high internal confidence (maybe higher than there should be) in Dakota Dozier as a depth option at guard.
3 – Cornerback – Morris Claiborne will hit free agency but will ultimately return to the Jets. The Jets will sign Tyrann Mathieu when he is cut by the Cardinals to play slot corner and then release Buster Skrine. They will make one other mid tier addition at corner in free agency, potentially either Rahsaan Melvin or Aaron Colvin.
4 – Tight End – After hitting the market initially, Austin Seferian-Jenkins will come back on a 3 year, 16 million dollar deal. The Jets will not make any other signings at tight end.
5 – Wide Receiver – The Jets will make an aggressive push for Allen Robinson but ultimately come up short. After this they will pivot and add a mid tier option like John Brown or Donte Moncrief. They will also be sniffing around the trade market at receiver. I could also see them signing somebody like Jeff Janis to help boost special teams.
6 – Linebacker – Somebody will outbid the Jets for Demario Davis. The Jets will sign an inside linebacker like Jon Bostic or Tahir Whitehead to replace him. They will also sign Alex Okafor or Bark Mingo to improve their depth at outside linebacker.
7 – Other Internal Free Agents – Mike Pennel, Kony Ealy, Terrence Brooks, Dakota Dozier, David Bass, Jonotthan Harrison and Chandler Catanzaro will all be brought back.
8 – Restricted Free Agents – Neal Sterling, Xavier Cooper, Rontez Miles, Brent Qvale and Quincy Enunwa will all be given tenders and be back in 2018.
9 – Running Back – The Jets will sign a mid tier back like Damian Williams or Orleans Darkwa…for some reason. They will also add a true fullback, like Zach Line.
10 – Trade Market – The Jets will get involved in some way before the NFL Draft, potentially moving Bilal Powell for a mid/late round round pick and maybe acquiring a veteran receiver from another team.
11 – Other Thoughts – The Jets will also be aggressive going after Malcolm Butler and host Teddy Bridgewater for a visit, however ultimately end up with neither.
12 – Pre-NFL Draft Depth Chart
- QB – McCown, Petty, Hackenberg
- RB – Powell, Williams, McGuire
- FB – Line
- WR – Enunwa, Anderson, Kearse, Brown, Janis, Stewart, Hansen
- TE – Seferian-Jenkins, Sterling, Tomlinson, Leggett
- OT – Beachum, Shell, Qvale
- OG – Carpenter, Winters, Dozier
- C – Richburg, Harrison
- DL – Williams, Cooper, Ealy, McLendon
- LB – Lee, Whitehead, Jenkins, Mauldin, Okafor
- CB – Claiborne, Matthieu, Melvin, Roberts, Burris
- S – Adams, Maye, Miles, Brooks
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