5 Underrated Free Agents the New York Jets Should Target This Offseason
Underrated Free Agents the Jets Should Target This Offseason
Prior to the 2013-14 NFL season, the New York Jets were an organization in turmoil from most of the media's perspective. Although they were coming off a solid draft where they selected DL Sheldon Richardson, who would go on to win Defensive Rookie of the Year, along with CB Dee Milliner and QB Geno Smith over the course of the first two rounds, the team was mainly forecasted to make a mockery of football all season, and they were deemed unable to win more than three or four games.
The proclamations turned out to be a bit off. Rex Ryan had his team ready to play, and while at times Jets games were a bit hard to watch as a fan, they always competed and rarely embarrassed themselves. It was evident that the roster believed in Ryan and did not want to see him lose his job, and they would go on to win a surprising eight games despite an offense that at times would completely disappear.
While Smith would struggle mightily throughout his rookie campaign, in all fairness he did not have many weapons to work with. Santonio Holmes, who was supposed to be the team's top wideout, was either out with injury or highly unproductive all season. Running Backs Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell showed effort, but were inconsistent as well, and the team would stall on drives outside the red zone on the regular.
The Jets defense, on the other hand, was rather impressive. Mohammed Wilkerson has grown into one of, if not the best DLs in the league, and the addition of the aforementioned Richardson gave the Jets quite a wall up front. While the linebackers and secondary were average, the unit kept the team in games they otherwise would not have been in.
During the 2014 offseason, GM John Idzik has an opportunity to build through the draft, but there are plenty of players that could help them in free agency. Finding some underrated value is critical, as their salary cap scenario is not ideal. The following is a list of underrated players the Jets should target in free agency.
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It is unlikely that the New England Patriots will offer Blount a contract, but the Jets should. The bruising back showed flashes of brilliance in 2013, and could end up an excellent bargain that could be paired with Ivory.
Decker is constantly underrated by those that say he is nothing without Peyton Manning. With the Jets, he would get a chance to prove that untrue, and could help turn around the fortunes of a highly unproductive unit.
Perhaps the Jets' biggest mistake last offseason was their lack of a veteran quarterback presence behind Geno Smith. McCown played well in Chicago, and if he does not choose to retire, the Jets should sign him.
Julian Edelman played exceptional football in 2013. The Patriots had lost the majority of their weapons from the season prior, and without Edelman they would not have gotten where they did. Slot receivers are hard to find, and he would fit in well in offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's scheme.
It is no secret that the Jets' tight ends struggled in 2013. If the Jets cannot muster one in the draft, they should take a chance on Finley. When healthy he produced for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.