The New York Jets were not expected to make a big splash in free agency this offseason, but the lack of any new free agents should be a major concern for Jets fans this upcoming season.
The Jets have many holes in their roster, and they cannot expect to fill all of their needs via the NFL Draft. They didn't need to make the big splash, but many thought they would be more active than they have been thus far.
After day one of free agency the only move the Jets made was resigning 32-year-old outside linebacker Bryan Thomas. Thomas is coming off a significant injury in 2011, and while he is the longest tenured Jets player on the roster, it is still a risky move. The Jets allowed a guy like Jarret Johnson to slip out of their grasp and land in San Diego; he would have been a welcome upgrade to the Jets roster.
On day two the Jets resigned kicker Nick Folk. This move was to be expected, as many expect the Jets to either draft or bring in a kicker to compete with Folk and hopefully take the job from him.
The Jets still have glaring holes at wide receiver, safety and right tackle. Also, the Jets could use help at inside and outside linebacker and a running back to compliment Shonn Greene.
The rumors are that the Jets are targeting Chaz Schilens, former wideout from the Oakland Raiders. He is 6'4", 225 lbs and ran a sub-4.4 40-yard dash at the NFL combine back in 2008. Clearly he has a ton of potential to be a deep threat, but he was inconsistent during his time with the Raiders.
A few other names being associated with the Jets this offseason are Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery, who were fan favorites during their time with the Jets. Their familiarity with Mark Sanchez and the Jets seem to make this a receiver reunion that should happen. But, tread with caution when it comes to Edwards, as he is coming off an injury plagued season with San Fransisco, and Cotchery was less than impressive this past season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
No rumors have surfaced about the Jets talking to any tackles, but the Jets cannot start Wayne Hunter at right tackle this season. The Jets might believe that coaching is all Hunter needs, but last year he was not just bad, he might have been the worst tackle in the NFL. Also, could it hurt to bring in some depth along that offensive line? We all witnessed what happened last season when injury occurred to Nick Mangold.
All that said, if the Jets do not start making moves soon, we all know that patience will run thin among Jets nation. The Bills just got better by signing Mario Williams, and the Patriots are...well...THE PATRIOTS. The Jets cannot expect to make the playoffsl without filling some of those needs on the roster, and so far this offseason has been disappointing to say the least.
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