The New York Jets took a gamble in free agency when it came to their cornerback situation. They let Ed Reed walk as well as Antonio Cromartie and didn’t go after any of the available top free agents. A reunion with Darrelle Revis was rumored, but never took fruition. It wouldn’t be until much later in the NFL free agency that the Jets would finally bring in someone to fill the missing gaps at cornerback on the depth chart. General manager John Idzik is a very patient man and his patience usually pays off in the long-term.
With that being said, the Jets went out and signed Dimitri Patterson to a one-year deal worth a little over $3 million. It’s not a crazy contract and will provide a short-term investment to hopefully have Patterson continue developing others around him in the secondary. This is an intelligent move by the Jets since they figure he will also be a role model to their future drafted players in the Jets secondary. Head coach Rex Ryan absolutely loves shut-down kind of players in his defensive backfield, so expect the Jets to definitely draft some future prospects for development by Patterson.
It’s expected he will secure a starting spot and be a defensive anchor at the corners. He has nine career interceptions and has been relatively healthy so far in his nine years in the NFL. He does have a nagging groin injury, but he did pass the Jets’ physical exam before inking his new contract.
One of the key reasons the Jets brought in Patterson was to help with the continued development of Dee Milliner. He’s coming off a very inconsistent rookie season and needs more veteran guidance to have a better sophomore season. Milliner is capable of being the next big thing provided he gets the right leadership and football advice to become a better all-around defensive player. Patterson will bring that and much more to the Jets this upcoming season.