2014 NFL Free Agency: New York Jets Should Target OL Eben Britton
The New York Jets continue to be extremely patient when it comes to the NFL free agency. They’ve made some key offensive upgrades so far but haven’t made any major noise or big spending like most predicted them to do going in. One area the Jets need to address is definitely their offensive line and their depth.
Austin Howard left via free agency, and the Jets brought in Breno Giacomini to fill his vacancy which is a good pickup via free agency. However, the Jets need to add some insurance just in case injuries or issues arise. One such player would be unrestricted free agent offensive lineman Eben Britton.
The Brooklyn, NY native has plenty of starting experience in the NFL. He’s capable of starting at either guard or tackle on the Jets’ offensive line and will provide a quality backup. He could also be quite the mentor to the young guys who already protect the quarterback.
Britton spent last year with the Chicago Bears but was used mainly as a backup and extra tight end on certain offensive formations. It’s weird to see a man of his size (6-foot-6, 308-pounds) lining up as a tight end, but he has decent hands come short-yardage situations. At just 26 years old, Britton should have a handful of years left in him to contribute to teams looking for a player of his experience.
The Jets should definitely explore to see if his services are available since he’ll probably be able to be brought in just on the minimum veteran salary. Doing so wouldn’t hurt their salary cap at all and could be a good key pickup for the next few years on the Jets’ offensive line.
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