Training Camp is slated to open in about two weeks pending a delay from the NFL. As it stands, the Jets have about $24MM remaining in cap space. Some of which will need to be allocated to their unsigned 2020 rookie class. Besides, Clowney and Warford, I’ve highlighted a few players who are worth a FA flier…
Dre Kirkpatrick – The former first round pick by the Bengals out of Alabama would make an intriguing DB depth option. Jet fans know that the CB depth chart is really up in the air with the exception of Brian Poole penciled in as the top slot corner. Dre was limited to only 6 games last year due to a knee injury. At age 30, I believe he has something left in the tank and can provide a nice depth option behind some of the younger corners on the roster.Vinny Curry – This guy must be near and dear to Joe Douglas’ heart as they spent time together with the Eagles. Curry, a local Jersey product, has been a solid DE during his 8 year NFL career. He’s notched 29.5 sacks as a situational pass rusher during his time with both the Eagles and Bucs. Given Jordan Jenkins is the only legit sack artist on the roster, any pass rushing depth can be an added bonus for the Jets in 2020.
Jared Veldheer – Veldheer is a 10 year NFL veteran who has bounced around the league across 5 teams. He is 33 which means his best years are probably behind him. He did have a productive tenure with the Cardinals from 2014 – 2017 starting at tackle for Bruce Arians. I know Jet fans are banging on the table for Larry Warford, but Veldheer could be a cheaper option who can potentially spot start if needed while also teaching Becton and Clark in the OL room.
Chris Hogan – This man needs no introduction as we saw him many times during his time with the Pats. It’s not a secret the Jets need WR help in the worst way as Crowder is the only proven starter on the team. There have been reports that the Jets are interested in bringing back Demaryius Thomas. I personally would rather a different option. Hogan definitely fits the TOJ joke (older and slower) that Joe Caporoso always mentions. I like him being in the room to help Berrios and Smith due to his special teams experience. This one is extremely unlikely but it would be a good veteran presence.