New York Jets Free Agent Targets – Cornerback

Michael Meegan on what cornerbacks the New York Jets can target in free agency

Free agent targets for the New York Jets at cornerback, who should also be prioritizing bringing slot cornerback Brian Poole back before he hits free agency…

Byron Jones, 27 years old

Jones will almost certainly hit the free agent market with the Cowboys likely to franchise Dak Prescott and leaving Amari Cooper in need of a new deal. Jones is an athletic corner who has blossomed since switching from free safety in 2018 and will get paid handsomely for his services this offseason. He relies on his athleticism in his coverage and that can tail off for corners as they get closer to age 30.

James Bradberry, 27 years old

Quietly been a steady corner for Carolina the past few years making them forget about the loss of Josh Norman in free agency. Bradberry thrives in man and being physical with receivers which makes him a perfect fit for Gregg Williams. Bradberry regularly faces top WR’s as he has to go against Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, and the two headed monster of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin twice a year every year.  Jones is likely going to command 15 million dollars a year but if Bradberry can be had for around 11-12 million per year he is someone the Jets should seriously consider.

Ronald Darby, 26 years old

Darby is a name most Jets fans will be familiar with as he was a target for them last year before he re-signed with the Eagles. He is still young as he just turned 26 and a fresh start could be what he needs.  Darby will be a relatively cheap option as will likely take another one year prove it deal. The Jets have often tried to only hit home runs in free agency and sometimes you just need a competent guy who can do the job and not kill you and that’s what Darby can be.  

Artie Burns, 24 years old

Burns was a first round pick for the Steelers in 2016 who has not panned out. With Burns, the raw talent is easy to see but the mental lapses and inconsistencies have caused the Steelers to look elsewhere to help their secondary. We have seen Gregg Williams get a lot out of guys with far less talent then Burns and he would provide a very low risk, high reward option for the Jets. At only 24 Burns is well worth the swing on a short deal with little guaranteed money.

Logan Ryan, 29 years old  

A big part of the rock solid Titans defense in 2019. Ryan is coming off the best season of his career, as he posted a career high in tackles, sacks and passes defensed. Ryan is a physical corner who is very good at tackling and a veteran who’s play is not flashy but it gets results. If Ryan is not looking for a serious pay raise and is willing to take a deal around the 10-11 million per year mark the Jets would be wise to pursue him.