TOJ New York Jets Free Agency Rumor Mill – 3/18/19

Collin Spence rounds up New York Jets free agency rumors

 These are some of the remaining needs of the New York Jets:

  • EDGE RUSHER
  • STARTING CENTER 
  • #2 CORNERBACK
  • OL DEPTH
  • RETURNER
  • #2 RUNNING BACK

Let’s break down some potential options for the Jets at these different needs

EDGE RUSHER

It’s amazing that this remains an unknown for the Jets, as this position has been a need for this team since John Abraham, minus the magical stint of Aaron Maybin.  The Jets have a couple options with this position.  If they choose to address it in the free agency period, Justin Houston seems to be a logical option, or potentially take a chance on a less-proven individual such as Shane Ray. However, the team currently hold the #3 pick in the draft, and with speculation that Kyler Murray is a lock to Arizona at 1, either Bosa or Allen should be available for the taking, who are the two top edge talents in this year’s draft class.

STARTING CENTER/MORE O-LINE DEPTH

After missing on both Mitch Morse and Matt Paradis, the Jets need to find a quick pivot.  Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be many options here.  Josh Sitton, formerly of the Dolphins and Adam Gase, has been linked to the Jets over the last 24 hours, despite his natural position being the guard spot. He has little experience at center, but could provide valuable depth at offensive line. Jonotthan Harrison, who filled in adequately for Spencer Long last season, should not be the week one starter at Center, and the Jets hopefully feel the same way.  As I see it, the Jets will probably end up addressing this in either the 2nd or 3rd round of the draft, as many teams have found starting centers in this range. The Jets are also visiting with former Eagles guard/center Stefan Wisniewski today.

#2 CORNERBACK

Morris Claiborne was a guy who I believe to be better than most Jet fans think. I respected that he followed most of the other teams’ top receivers (Landry, Diggs, Hopkins, etc.), despite the fact that Trumaine Johnson was paid a king’s ransom to do that very job.  However, it is clear that the team is seeking a new #2 corner, and hopefully that does not mean Darryl Roberts, who they brought back on a 3 year, $18 million deal.  The Jets top options here are Trevor Williams from San Diego, Darqueze Dennard from Cincinnati, or Rashaan Melvin from Oakland.

RETURNER

The Jets could very well be filling this vacancy in-house, with either the newly-acquired Jamison Crowder, or the second-year Trenton Cannon.  Crowder has experience on punt return, as does Cannon, but kick return is a little trickier.  In addition, Cannon struggled mightily in last year’s preseason with fumbles, which gave way for eventual pro-bowler Andre Roberts to take the reins.  With Roberts departure to Buffalo, the Jets should try and find an adequate replacement.

#2 RUNNINGBACK

This is the least-pressing need for the organization for a couple of factors.  First off, I’m of the opinion that Le’Veon Bell will a 3-down football player, and will be on the field for around 80% of snaps.  However, if need be, the Jets might want to pursue a secondary option.  I think that Elijah Mcguire is a decent backup option, but considering that the Jets may want to ease Bell into the offense having taken a full year off, I would expect Bell’s lowest usage to be in weeks one to four.  A couple of intriguing options for this secondary back would be Spencer Ware, who was used to supplementary Kareem Hunt in KC, or Doug Martin, who complimented Marshawn Lynch in Oakland.