The New York Jets have about $15 million in cap space and new general manager John Idzik is starting to snoop around the free agent market to fill several holes on the Jets roster. One of the potential targets is St. Louis Rams receiver Brandon Gibson who came into town for a visit today.
Gibson, 25, began his career with the Philadelphia Eagles under current Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft and signed a four-year deal with the Eagles. However, Gibson was traded with a 2010 fifth round draft choice in exchange for Will Witherspoon during the 2009 season.
Gibson is coming off of his best season in his NFL career. Last season he caught 51 passes for 691 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games, 13 starts. He is not anywhere close to a number one receiver but could be a nice compliment to Santonio Holmes. He has decent speed in the open field but he won’t stretch the field with his speed or break open huge runs on a regular basis. He possesses decent size at six-feet, 205 pounds and is adept at running routes and grabbing the football in traffic.
It has been reported that Gibson has already left the Jets without a contract and will go on to visit the Miami Dolphins. The Jets, however, do have a backup plan.
Mohamed Massaquoi is another free agent receiver the Jets are interested in. Massaquoi is a very good route runner with nice hands and a willingness to get physical who is not afraid to go over the middle of the field. Listed at 6’2”, 204 lbs., he has nice size and decent speed who could benefit from a stable environment. The Jets, at the moment, are not exactly the most stable franchise but with Holmes lining up on the opposite side it could open up the field a little for Massaquoi. He only had 17 catches for 254 yards but was placed on injured reserve for a knee injury. The knee should be good to go come 2013.
Between Gibson and Massaquoi the Jets are pursuing two solid receivers but Massaquoi is the better choice for the Jets and probably the more cost-effective option.