2012 NFL Free Agency: Vincent Jackson and New York Jets' Best Options at WR

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2012 NFL Free Agency: Vincent Jackson and New York Jets' Best Options at WR
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Even before the official free agency period began, Marques Colston, a possible target of the New York Jets, is already off the board as he agreed to a five-year contract with the New Orleans Saints earlier today.

And he's getting paid. According to ESPN, the deal is worth $40 million and includes about $19 million in guarantees. Losing out on Colston may have been for the best, as he proved to be very expensive.

Colston's deal has to make you wonder that if he can command that much money, what will Vincent Jackson command?

After losing Plaxico Burress in free agency, the Jets wide receiving corps leaves much to be desired. With Santonio Holmes as the No. 1 receiver and second-year wideout Jeremy Kerley as the No. 2, New York must make a move in free agency or the draft.

The Jets need a prototypical, tall receiver who can be a red-zone threat, as well as one who can stretch the field to play opposite the shorter Holmes. Re-signing Patrick Turner, who has the height and potential to be such a player, just might not be enough.

With Colston gone, the 6’5’’ Jackson moves to the top of the list.

At 29 years old, Jackson had 60 receptions for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns last season. While averaging 18.4 yards a catch, he is the deep threat that can be what the Jets need.

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