New York Jets – Top Remaining Free Agents

Michael Meegan with the top remaining free agents the New York Jets could purse

June 1st was a glorious day as it marked the end of Trumaine Johnson’s time with the New York Jets, as he was a designated post June 1st cut.  This frees up 11 million in cap space and once the rookie class is signed the Jets should have about 15 million dollars of cap space to work with….

Larry Waford, OG –  A three time Pro Bowler, Warford was released in May by the Saints and is said to be looking for 7 million per year. Brian Winters can be cut for 7.5 million, so adding Warford would not even impact their current cap situation.  It has been said Warford would be a horrible scheme fit for the Jets citing his limited athleticism and his slow 40 time of 5.58. While not going down the rabbit hole of what Adam Gase’s scheme even is, Alex Lewis posted a slower three cone time then Warford and Winters who is coming off major shoulder surgery and was never that athletic to begin with. 

Warford is dominant in the run game and the Jets had the worst rushing offense in the league last year.  If you want Chuma Edoga to be your RT of the future, he has a better chance of becoming that playing next to a guy of Warford’s pedigree over someone like Lewis or Greg Van Roten.  With Sam Darnold on a rookie deal the focus should be putting the best five linemen possible in front of him and not fail to do so because of the scheme of a sub .500 coach.

Logan Ryan, CB –  Ryan is coming off a successful three-year tenure in Tennessee.  He would be an intriguing chess piece for Gregg Williams as he can play both outside and in the slot and could even line up at safety.  He has shown to be an effective blitzer as well racking up 8.5 sacks in his last 2 seasons.  Logan Ryan wants 10 million dollars and there is noway Joe Douglas will not give him that but if that price comes down it is fairly likely he will become a Jet.

Jadeveon Clowney, Edge– A polarizing player. Clowney is not that the typical sack artist you see in a high profile edge defender. He is an excellent run defender and game wrecker with his elite athletic ability. The Jets have not had a pulse at edge for a decade plus and a tandem of Clowney and Jamal Adams attacking in the front seven would be quite a handful for opposing offenses. Joe Douglas has preached about building the best culture in sports and given the questions about Clowney’s work ethic this is one I do not see happening.  

Taylor Gabriel, WR –  A small, speedy WR Gabriel that is a lot like Albert Wilson, who Adam Gase had in Miami.  The Jets WR depth chart gets pretty thin after Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman, and Denzel Mims as they do not have a clear WR#4 currently on the roster.  Gabriel could be brought in on a cheap 1-year deal and would be better insurance for the slot if Crowder went down then someone like Braxton Berrios.  Joe Douglas needs to turn over every rock he can to improve this WR core and Gabriel would be a shrewd move.