TOJ Pick Six: Six Remaining Free Agents The New York Jets Should Sign

Fresh off the news that the New York Jets have sogned All Pro RB LeVeon Bell, All Pro ILB CJ Mosley, former Washington WR Jamison Crowder, and former Bears WR Jay Bellamy, as well as re-signed both Henry Anderson and Darryl Roberts, it is time for the Jets and General Manager Mike Maccagnan to move on to Phase 2 of their roster building. There are ALOT of difference makers still left on the market, that could both fill holes and provide much needed depth. Like an Eli Manning duck that gracefully lands in the hands of Jamal Adams next year, let’s take this pick six back.

As it stands, the Jets currently project to have about $52M in cap space if the following numbers turn out to be true:

Cap Space at beginning of league year

$92M

Trade for Kelechi Osemele ($10M)

$82M

Signing of WR Jay Bellamy (910K)

$81M

Signing of WR Jamison Crowder (9.5M)

71.5M

Re-signing of DE Henry Anderson (8.4M)

63.1M

Signing of RB LeVeon Bell (11.6M)

51.5M

Signing of CJ Mosley ($12.75M)

Current Cap Space: 38.75M

I’m assuming Bell’s guarantees are over 3 years, and not two, because I believe he is committed to having some security compared to what he had in Pittsburgh. I’m also assuming CJ Mosley’s guarantees are over 3 years as well.

The Jets currently have holes or lack depth at CB, EDGE, DT, C, S, and T. Here is who I’d target within those six position groups:

1. Center

Brett Jones, C/G, Minnesota: 27 years old, above average pass blocker, experience playing both guard and center, allowed 10 QB disruptions on 842 snaps as Giants C in 2017

2. EDGE

Justin Houston, OLB, Kansas City: 53 QB disruptions in 437 pass rushing snaps (1 every 8 snaps), veteran, would immediately start opposite a potential first round pick

Shaquil Barrett, EDGE, Denver: only 26 years old, above average pass rusher, 26 QB disruptions in 127 pass rushing snaps (1 every 4 snaps), excels at stopping the run

3. Cornerback

Ronald Darby, CB, Philadelphia: allowed a 53.7 catch rate and a QBR of 72.3

Bryce Callahan, CB, Chicago: allowed a 75.6 QBR, only allowed one TD all year, allowed to receptions in 472 pass coverage snaps

Pierre Desir, CB, Indianapolis: 57.8 percent catch rate allowed, sure tackler who only allowed 211 yards after catch, two touchdowns allowed all year

Jason Verrett, CB, Los Angeles: PFF gave him grades of 88 and 85 his last two healthy seasons, has only played 323 snaps the last three years

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Cincinnati: gave up one catch every 11 pass coverage snaps, allowed three touchdowns all year, has been used as a slot corner

4. Defensive Tackle

Ndamukong Suh, DE/DT, Los Angeles: still an excellent run stuffer and showed renewed engagement in rushing the passer, can play DE or NT, familiarity with Adam Gase and AFC East

Malcolm Brown, NT, New England: still only 25 years old, a true 3-4 NT, 20 QB disruptions on 279 pass rushing snaps

5. Safety

Tre Boston, FS, Arizona: above average run stopping safety with 66 tackles last year, 3 interceptions showcase his playmaking skills, also added 8 QB disruptions

Mike Mitchell, FS, Indianapolis: veteran safety who excels in man and zone schemes, only played 8 games last year, didn’t allow a TD

Ha Ha Clinton Dix, SS, Washington: traded to Washington mid year, a playmaker in the box, ton of upside as a third safety with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye

6. Tackle

Daryl Williams, RT, Carolina: only allowed 3 hurries in limited duty last year, would be insurance for Brandon Shell, has played both tackle positions and RG

Jared Veldheer, RT, Denver: played 704 snaps last year and only allowed 48 QB disruptions (1 every 16 snaps), was only penalized 8 times (once every 88 snaps), veteran who could provide starting quality depth and competition for Shell

Prediction

Jets sign Mike Mitchell, Ndamukong Suh, Jason Verrett, Darqueze Dennard, Brett Jones, and Justin Houston

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.