Helpless Feeling for New York Jets' Rex Ryan in Free Agency

By Stephen Conway
Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports

Rex Ryan must be going “bonkers” this off-season as he watches great defensive players go to other teams day by day as free agency rolls on.
Ryan, known for his genius defensive mind, is unable to go after many coveted defensive free agents this year due to the team’s salary cap issues.

The New York Jets defense, eighth overall in the league last year, will be losing some players, thus, they need to fill some holes. The 2013 Jet defense will be without LaRon Landry, Mike DeVito, Sione Puo’ha, Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, and most likely Darrelle Revis. They need help on the defensive line, at linebacker, and in the secondary. For those of you who caught that, that is virtually the entire defensive unit.

A few big name defensive players who hit the market yesterday for any team to sign them are Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Nnamdi Asomugha, James Harrison, and Bernard Pollard.

Ellerbe and Kruger are with new teams, and Asomugha, Harrison, and Pollard will find new teams probably by the end of the week.

Ryan loves going out and getting top notch talent during free agency. Think back to his first year as head coach, when he personally flew out to Scott’s house, with the intention of not leaving until they agreed to a deal. With the inability to go out and sign free agents this year, it must be hard for him to watch all of these defensive talents go elsewhere.

Because of the incapability of signing big time free agents, the Jets will have to be huge winners in the upcoming draft this year. With help needed at all three sectors of the defense, the Jets need to figure out a way to be somewhat competitive with the rest of the NFL, who are miles ahead of them in free agency.

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