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The Jets need for a pass-rusher has reached its boiling point. With so many options on the market this year, this could finally be the time when New York lands an elite pass-rusher.
Mario Williams is the prize of the free-agent market. The outside linebacker is one of the most talented defensive players in the NFL, and he could be an immediate game-changer. Williams will be very expensive if he hits the open market, but rumor has it that the Jets have the cap room to make a run at him.
Cliff Avril, John Abraham and Robert Mathis are terrific consolation prizes for teams who miss out on Williams, but they will also make franchises dig deep into their pockets. New York may opt to go a different direction with their cash.
Ahmad Brooks has shown that he can rush the passer from the outside linebacker position. The Jets may throw some cash his way if they miss out on the elite options.
As for wide receivers, DeSean Jackson would be an amazing pickup for the Jets, but he is likely to be retained by the Eagles.
Marques Colston, Reggie Wayne and Steve Johnson are three of the most talented wideouts in the league, but they all come with major question marks. Colston's injury history, Wayne's age and Johnson's attitude problems will scare away some teams and make them cheaper options for New York.
New York's need for a steady presence opposite David Harris at middle linebacker could lead them in the direction of Stephen Tulloch or Curtis Lofton. Lofton is likely to be retained by the Falcons, but Tulloch will hit the open market. Tulloch won't be cheap by any means, but he would fix a gaping hole for the Jets.
Peyton Hillis will hit the open market and likely be the top running back on the open market. The Madden cover boy will drift out of the Jets' price range sooner or later, as New York has other priorities.