There is no secret that the Jets are trying to make a huge overhaul to their safety position, which was nothing short of dismal last year. They gave up far too many big plays, especially to tight ends, which is a poor reflection on the safety play.
Fear not, Jets fans. Mike Tannenbaum knows this is a problem and is taking proper measures to get it fixed.
They have already brought in Reggie Nelson, who will extend his visit to Saturday, which points to a deal getting done. Nelson is a good fit as a free safety because of his cover skills.
However, with seemingly showing little interest in bring back Jim Leonhard (or starting Eric Smith), the strong safety position remains wide open.
Former Redskin LaRon Landry will make a visit, and according to Jake Steinberg, the Jets want to get both players under contract.
This would be music to the ears of Jets fans, but given their cap space, can Tannebaum make it work?
In a word, yes. It is entirely possible. After the Chaz Schilens and Drew Stanton signings, the Jets still have about $10 million in cap room, which should be plenty to sign a second-tier safety and a player who is coming off of a major injury. Both players, especially Landry, will have a tough time getting a lot of guaranteed money from anyone.
Of course, a lot has to go right in order for this to take place. Landry has to enjoy his visit, and the Jets must like having him around. Plus, Landry must pass a physical and prove that he is ready to go when the next season starts. Nelson, on the other hand, seems like he will be a Jet by the end of the weekend.
If Mr. T can swing these two signings, those nightmare of Gronkowski and Hernandez catching all kinds of passes may finally begin to go away.
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