TOJ Roundtable – Free Agency Crush Edition

The TOJ Roundtable lists out their biggest free agency crush in 2019

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Who is your biggest crush in free agency? 

Joe Caporoso (@JCaporoso)

If you follow this site/my Twitter you know I am all in on Le’Veon Bell. Instead of ranting for another paragraph about him, I’ll focus on a lesser hyped name: wide receiver Adam Humphries. At only 25 years old, Humphries has compiled 219 receptions. 2,329 yards and 9 touchdowns over 4 seasons. Last year was his most productive season to date as he finished with 76 receptions, 816 yards and 5 touchdowns. Humphries has good size (5’11, 195 pounds) for a slot receiver and has been durable throughout his entire career. He will fit in well alongside Quincy Enunwa (who has the ability to play outside, H-Back and the slot) and Robby Anderson. Looking at the other popular free agent receiver names, he has been a flat out better player than Tyrell Williams who will probably command more money, more durable than Jamison Crowder and is at a more desirable part of his career than Golden Tate or Cole Beasley.

Clayton Smarslok (@CSmarsNFLDraft)

There are big names like Demarcus Lawrence, Jadeveon Clowney and Grady Jarrett as impending free agents but it would be shocking if any of them actually hit the open market when the time comes. With that being said, the free agent crush I want to see come to the Big Apple is Mitch Morse, the former center of the Kansas City Chiefs. With Morse, you get a smart player in the middle of the offensive line who shows the ability to move whether it be laterally or to the north and south. However, where he will provide the most help is in the passing game, as he only gave up five pressures in 534 pass blocking snaps last season and hasn’t given up a single sack since 2015, according to PFF. He isn’t coming off a season ending surgery like Matt Paradis and is also two and a half years younger (turns 27 this offseason), making him the best center to get on the market, in my mind. With the quarterback position finally set, protect him as best as you can and this way we can forget the disaster that was Spencer Long.

Greg Armstrong (@gregarmstrong_)

If you’ve been following along on my Twitter account for the last month, you’ll know that my free agent crush is Trey Flowers. I don’t think the top tier edge rushers hit the market (Demarcus Lawrence, Frank Clark, etc.) but Flowers is just a tier below them, in my opinion. The Patriots played him in a bunch of different spots on the line (0 tech, 3 tech, 5 tech) and he has the ability to not only be a stand up edge, but also stick his hand in the dirt to play in a three point as well. Flowers also plays well against the run, is disciplined in his gaps and has won two Super Bowls with the Patriots. He has the experience, will only be 26 when the season starts and might be the best guy on the market at his position when free agency begins.

Dalbin Osorio (@da_osorio)

Favorite Free Agent: it’d be easy for me to say LeVeon Bell, because he fills both a need and is still the best running back in football. Plus, I can’t remember the last time the Jets had a legitimate home run threat from anywhere (Robby is not this). However, I’m going to go on the defensive side of the ball and focus on Vikings LB Anthony Barr. When Minnesota made the choice to pay Kirk Cousins all that quan (not to be confused with Kwan Alexander, another linebacker the Jets should look at), someone was bound to shake free, and it seems like it’ll be the uber-athletic linebacker. 13.5 sacks in his career, young, and excels in coverage, Barr is what Darron Lee pretends he is, and with the Jets sticking to a 3-4 Barr can replace him next to Avery Williamson and the Jets can either shop Lee or move him to be primarily an edge rusher (his best position as is). The defense has Jamal Adams and really not much else (crazy to think about when you realize how much draft stock they’ve put into this unit), and it’s time they get him some animals to play with him. Barr would be a start.

Least Favorite Free Agent: Devin Funchess had a better 2017 than 2018, as he battled injuries and an inefficient Cam Newton, and he is the kind of guy that gets paid for what folks think he can do instead of what he’s done. A 55 percent catch rate in 2018 (51 percent career wise), and still very much a body catcher in the Stephen Hill/young Demaryus Thomas mold I just do not believe he is a guy that fills a need for the Jets when this draft has bigger and better WRs that can do what people alleged Funchess can do. Funchess is a good red zone target, but a trips formation with Enunwa, Anderson, and Funchess doesn’t give Sam Darnold the kind of reliable targets he needs. Give me Golden Tate (connection to Jets RB Coach Jim Bob Cooter) at a shorter and cheaper deal, and as a true slot weapon that can move the chains for the Jets.

Dan Essien (@JetsAndJollof)

I’ve been dropping a few hints here and there but it’s no secret. My free agent crush is Kwon Alexander. I know the Jets keep sending mixed signals about whether they’re going to run a 3-4 or 4-3 base. But I think Gregg Williams’ scheme will be largely based on the players the Jets can acquire in free agency and the draft. Kwon Alexander would be a perfect match for a Gregg Williams defense. He has rare speed and range  for a linebacker and still has plenty of potential to be unlocked at just 24 years old. He’s coming off of a serious knee injury in 2018 but he showed a glimpse of his ceiling in his first 3 seasons before that and he was named to the Pro Bowl in 2017. If his medical checks out, I would love to see the Jets get him signed and put together a really dynamic group of linebackers.

Ben DiNapoli (https://twitter.com/ben_dinapoli)

I could easily say Le’Veon Bell or Demarcus Lawrence is my offseason crush, but I’ll go a little outside the box with Eagles CB Ronald Darby. Although there are no elite corners hitting the market this year, I believe Darby is the best of the bunch and would come at a bit of a discount due to a torn ACL suffered  in 2018. Hitting free agency at only 25 years old, the former Bill has consistently been active around the football and is a productive NFL starter. Over the last two seasons, he’s played in only 17 games total because of injuries, but Darby has 4 interceptions and 21 passes defended in that span. He also has top-end speed, which would be a welcome addition to the Jets’ defense. Everyone knows about Trumaine Johnson’s struggles in 2018, but adding another starter like Darby would instantly upgrade the secondary and give the Jets a solid, physical duo on the outside in 2019.

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