5 NFL Free Agents the New York Jets Should Still Sign

Who’s Left? 5 Free Agents the New York Jets Should Sign

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As the dust of the 2014 free-agency period settles, the New York Jets still have holes to fill and money to spend. The Jets will look to the draft to address some of their more glaring needs, but there are still veterans on the open market who could make an impact next year. Here are five experienced free agents the Jets should look to add.

5. James Harrison

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5. James Harrison

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James Harrison would be a nice addition to help bolster the Jets' pass rush which likely won't receive much attention in the draft due to other needs. He'll be 36 this year, but that shouldn't stop the Jets as this type of move wouldn't be without precedent. New York signed the over-the-hill Jason Taylor in 2010, and managed to squeeze some production out of him despite a limited role. The Jets should give him a shot, and see what he has left.

4. Miles Austin

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4. Miles Austin

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Miles Austin's hamstrings tear easier than single-ply toilet paper, as anyone who's owned him in a fantasy leagues will tell you. But Austin is available, has a "WR" next to his name and the Jets need bodies. The Jets' depth chart at receiver is still mighty thin, and a veteran like Austin would be a big help. He's had success in years in which he's been healthy, and if the Jets' training staff can keep him on the field, Austin could be a steal.

3. Chris Johnson

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3. Chris Johnson

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"The waiting is the hardest part," Tom Petty once said, and that truly is the case here as Jets fans eagerly await the breaking news that Chris Johnson has been signed by Gang Green. It has yet to happen though, as Team CJ2K and GM John Idzik play "Let's Make A Deal." Johnson's production has dropped off the last few years, but he would still be an upgrade to the Jets' already solid backfield. He's a game breaker and certainly would be an asset.

2. Sidney Rice

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2. Sidney Rice

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Sidney Rice is another receiver who's had injury issues in the past, which is why he's generated little interest in free agency. It's unlikely, at this stage, he would be able command a long-term contract with any guaranteed money, so he could be signed on the cheap. Rice is a former Pro-Bowler, who when healthy, has the size and speed that can change games. This is a gamble that makes a lot of sense for a team with such a desperate need at WR.

1. Asante Samuel

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1. Asante Samuel

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Here is an opportunity to stick it to Bill Belichick by signing an ex-Patriot and fill a dire need at corner with a proven veteran. Asante Samuel is 33 years old, not exactly ancient, and could still have something left in the tank. The Jets need another starter opposite Dee Milliner, and Samuel is the best available. Even if he has little to offer on the field, the former Pro-Bowler has the wisdom that could be invaluable to the young Milliner.