By Greg Sulik @GregSulik on March 23, 2014
The New York Jets entered free agency with million of cap space, but general manager John Idzik has chosen to forgo a big spending spree. The Jets have been very quiet, and as a result they need at least two starters, and it is easy to argue they need as many as six. The Jets want to build through the draft, but they should consider going the free agent route for these six players.
The Jets re-signed Jeff Cumberland, but they need another tight end to boost the passing attack. Finley has a world of talent, but he is coming off a scary spine injury that has left some doubt about his future. The Jets have the space and the need to take a chance on a one year deal. If they don't like the risk, Ed Dickson would be a safer alternative.
The Jets re-signed Willie Colon, but he is coming off another major injury (torn triceps) and the team could use another veteran guard to compete with him on the right side. Idzik is familiar with McQuistan, who is a solid run blocker who would strengthen the Jets' offensive line. Davin Joseph and Ebon Britton could be options here as well.
The Jets brought in Eric Decker to be one starting receiver, but they need another. They've shown interest in the speedster Ford, who would bring a different element to their offense. The Jets need all the weapons they can get, and Ford is the best available. Riskier alternatives include Danario Alexander, Miles Austin and Kenny Britt. To be clear, none of these players would change the need for the Jets to take a receiver in the first round.
Idzik completely failed to address the cornerback position, and that has reportedly upset Rex Ryan quite a bit. Patterson is a solid corner with the man to man skills Ryan needs, and he could be a good fit. The Jets are probably going to draft a corner, but if they want a veteran opposite Dee Milliner then Patterson makes sense, as do Carlos Rogers and Terrell Thomas.
The Jets re-signed Calvin Pace, but they still badly need pass rush help. Spencer is the best 3-4 OLB available, and he has a history of productivity. The Jets have so many other needs in the draft that they probably won’t be able to address this position to early, so Spencer is a must add. Alternatives include Robert Ayers and Parys Haralson.
The Jets have a massive need at free safety, and forcing Antonio Allen to play out of position again this season is not a good idea. The draft is thin as far as true free safeties go, but Clemons would give the Jets the type of rangy coverage safety they need. Most of the remaining free agent safeties are better against the run, but Mike Adams could be a decent backup plan. However, the Jets need to get a deal done with Clemons.
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