Two players who were reportedly on the radar for the New York Jets to sign have found new homes today; and they weren’t New York.
Offensive guard Matt Slauson agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears earlier today as well. Slauson would have been a re-signing, but the Jets failed to lure him back to the gang green. Slauson marks the sixth starter from last season that the Jets lost during free agency.
Now, where do the Jets go from here at these two positions?
At quarterback, the depth chart already looks a little full, with Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, Tim Tebow, and David Garrard. If they do decide to go out and get another quarterback, Matt Flynn is still available on the trading block, although reports are surfacing that the Oakland Raiders might bid heavily on him. If that is the case, they would release Carson Palmer, which would make him available, but it’s hard to believe that Palmer would want to come to New York.
On the offensive guard side, the Jets brought in Willie Colon to fill in for Brandon Moore, who the Jets lost out on in free agency as well. Now they are going to have to find someone to fill in for Slauson. The Jets reportedly held a tryout for guard Jake Scott, but very little has been said after.
Whatever the case may be, the free agent market is appearing thin, and the Jets are losing out on more free agents than they are acquiring, which is not good for the gang green.