New York Jets – Internal Free Agent Priorities

Michael Meegan on the New York Jets internal priority free agents

Today we will look at the New York Jets top internal free agents and whether they should keep them and how likely it is that they will be able to retain them…

Kelvin Beachum – A player that has divided many Jets fans on his importance. If Beachum is your best linemen your unit is going to struggle. If he is your 3rd or 4th best linemen, you have a good shot of being a middle of the pack OL.  In the ten games Sam Darnold played with Beachum he had a passer rating of 96.4, 18 total touchdowns and only 5 interceptions.  We have not heard much about re-signing him before free agency opens and I fear Sam Darnold will be playing in 2020 with two new starting tackles.

Brian Poole – The most unheralded signing of the 2019 mega splash in free agency. Poole proved himself to be one of the best slot corners in the league under Gregg Williams this season. He graded out as the Jets third highest rated defender according to PFF. Poole brought stability to a secondary with many moving parts and was a massive upgrade over Buster Skirine. Poole deserves a multiyear deal.   

Jordan Jenkins – Jenkins was one of the very few mid round finds of the Mike Maccagnan era as the 2016 third rounder has improved every year with the Jets.  His sacks have gone up, as he topped out with 8 to lead the team this year. Jenkins is not a top tier edge but if he were paired with one it would create better matchups for him and he would become a double digit sack guy.  Jenkins is a guy who works hard and reminds Jets fans of an old fan favorite in Calvin Pace. Jenkins should be rewarded with a second contract with the Jets. 

Robby Anderson – The biggest upcoming free agent for the Jets, Anderson showed he is more than just a deep threat this season.  Under the guidance of Hines Ward and Shawn Jefferson (The only two offensive coaches I don’t want fired into the sun, Robby improved his route running and contested catches and morphed into a well-balanced receiver this year. 

Robby should be back this year as he looks to only be getting better and the Jets should be adding to the arsenal for Sam Darnold, not depleting it. With Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill on the roster the Chiefs still went out and got Sammy Watkins for 16 million per year over 3 years.  Unfortunately for the Jets Robby’s going to likely command between 13-15 million per year and will have plenty of suitors. A return to hometown Miami, a reunion with college head coach Matt Rhule in Carolina, or following Hines Ward to Philly all seem likely and I do not believe he will be back for the Jets. 

The Jets also have some minor free agents that can and should be brought back for depth and will be cheap  Alex Lewis and Tom Compton proved to be upgrades over the OL they replaced in Osemele and Winters and should be brought back as they are good backups and have proven to be able to come in and perform if needed.  James Burgess did well at LB after CJ Mosley, Blake Cashman and Avery Williamson went down and looked to blossom under Gregg Williams tutelage.