Slauson marks the sixth starter that the Jets lost due to free agency. Dustin Keller (Miami Dolphins), Mike Devito (Kansas City Chiefs), Shonn Greene (Tennessee Titans), Yeremiah Bell (Arizona Cardinals), and LaRon Landry (Indianapolis Colts), were among the other five.
The Jets signed Mike Goodson in order to replace Greene and then signed Willie Colon to replace Brandon Moore, who likely will be moving on from the gang green. The Jets also signed Antwan Barnes to replace the need at defensive end with the loss of Devito. Other than that, the Jets have yet to replace the other starters.
The Jets have met with Landry’s brother, Dawan Landry, but nothing as of yet has surfaced about the meeting since its initial report. Even if this were to go through, the Jets would still need to find another safety to replace Bell. Second year players Antonio Allen and Josh Bush will likely get first reps, but due to their inexperience, it will likely be an open competition.
The Jets will likely address their tight end situation during the draft. With plenty of good prospects to choose from, Keller should be one of the easier starters to replace. The Jets will also likely draft a defensive end or outside linebacker, which will also help strengthen the defensive end position with the loss of Devito.
Even though it may seem like plans are in place, losing six starters is tough and will be difficult to overcome. The lack of ability to go out and sign big time free agents, as well as keep their coveted ones due to their cap space really hurt them during this off season. Now, the Jets will have to look to the draft to fulfill all their needs.