So far this offseason, the New York Jets have failed to do much more than blow up their roster and sign a few fringe starters. Apparently, they have another move in the making that could give fans another reason to gripe and groan.
According to Jake Steinberg of SportsNet New York, the Jets are trying to bring back outside linebacker Calvin Pace, who was released at the beginning of free agency as part of the Gang Green’s roster deconstruction.
“Ok ok ok here’s the news guys: #Jets are in talks to bring back Calvin Pace. #nyj” Steinberg announced via his personal Twitter account.
While Steinberg isn’t exactly the most plugged-in Jets reporter, the move makes a bit of sense coming from Rex Ryan and Co. He’s 32-years-old and already showing signs of slowing, but would be a better option than just about anyone the Jets currently have at outside linebacker.
The Jets carried Garrett McIntrye and Ricky Sapp over from last season while signing Antwan Barnes this offseason to help the pass-rush department. Apart from those three players, New York has nothing on the roster besides camp bodies and longshots.
Whether or not re-signing Pace goes over well would depend largely on how much the Jets paid him to play in 2013. He’s far from a stable starter at this point in his career and is coming off of an average 2013 campaign. Only the veteran minimum would make sense, even if the Jets’ currently have a nice amount of cap space available.
In the end, the Jets need to get younger and more athletic on defense to pull themselves out of tailspin their stuck in. Pace doesn’t fit that formula.
The Jets are already a joke heading into the 2013 campaign, and signing Pace wouldn’t help.