2012 NFL Free Agents: Reggie Nelson Says No to the New York Jets

Miguel Ramirez Jr.Contributor IIFebruary 23, 2017

In what seemed like a perfect scenario with the New York Jets attempting to sign two of the most coveted free-agent safeties, the plan has now dissolved entirely and the franchise will have to come up with a new strategy fast. 

Reggie Nelson has agreed to stay with the Cincinnati Bengals, agreeing to a new contract which was disclosed earlier this afternoon by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The focus now shifts to LaRon Landry, the dynamic, hard-hitting but injury-prone strong safety of the Washington Redskins.

The only good news that Jets fans can take away from this is that he will come cheap.

The contract that will be most likely given to LaRon Landry will be similar if not slightly more than what has been given to the other free agent signings by the Jets, who were all signed to one-year contracts at the veteran minimum salary price (with the exception of Sione Pouha).

The philosophy behind such contracts is that the team is giving the player the opportunity to prove himself, to display his talent and abilities, with the goal of warranting a larger contract for more years and higher salary.

The benefit to the franchise is that it comes with little to no financial investment and the club has the option to release the player if they do not perform, as the contracts are not guaranteed.  

It is disappointing that Reggie Nelson did not sign with the NFL's AFC representative, being that the Jets boast a top-five overall defense despite going 8-8 in the regular season. Had Nelson signed with the Jets, he would have immediately became the starter at the free safety position.

With Nelson signing with Cincinnati and the only viable safety remaining being LaRon Landry at the strong safety position, the Jets will now undoubtedly target a safety in the first several rounds in the 2012 NFL Draft

The New York Jets are now on the clock.