The New York Jets continue to look at every option in free agency for another good pickup at wide receiver. Most at the top of the list have already landed new contracts, so it’s now a game of patience.
General manager John Idzik is known for being patient individual. He likes to test the market by waiting for the right opportunity to strike. There is one particular player the Jets have shown a good interest in, and that is wide receiver Jacoby Ford.
Ford was phased out last season as a member of the Oakland Raiders since they had other players who contributed better stats. At the moment about three other NFL teams have contacted him inquiring about his services. The Jets have expressed the most interest as they are leading the pack.
Even though the Jets acquired Eric Decker in free agency, they truly need to build around him by bringing in more complementary pieces. With over $25 million left to spend in cap space, the Jets need to at least grab one more receiver before the 2014 NFL Draft.
A versatile player like Ford would not only be given a big opportunity to become the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver on the Jets, but he could also fill their need for kickoff and punt returns. Ford’s numbers might be a bit deceiving since in his career he only has 57 receptions for over 848 yards and just three touchdowns. He’s due for a breakout season.
It’s all about opportunities. Should the Jets acquire him, it could be his big break to turn into a huge playmaker for the team. He’s yet to be given a real chance to shine.
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