The free-agency period begins in less than two weeks, yet the Jets have not progressed talks with any of their free agents, although reports have surfaced from the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta that they are trying to retain LaRon Landry.
Jets have had discussions & made it known that they'd like re-sign S LaRon Landry. Unknown at this pt how much he'll command on open market— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) February 27, 2013
A lot of these re-signings are contingent on whether the Jets can deal one of their two star cornerbacks—Darrelle Revis or Antonio Cromartie—but trade talks for Revis have remained stagnant.
Although Jason Fitzgerald predicts that the Jets could, with some difficulty, produce $20 million more in cap space, the chances of the Jets undergoing all of these restructures in the next two weeks is nearly impossible.
So where does that leave the team? They need to somehow fix this roster with minimal available cap space and a lot of needs. So, let's take a look at two free agents whom the Jets should seriously look at in the coming weeks.
No. 1: Donald Thomas, OG, New England Patriots
This really does not warrant much explanation. The Jets need an offensive guard and the Patriots are rapidly producing superstars on the offensive line. Among interior linemen on the free-agent market, ProFootballFocus ranks Donald Thomas as the fifth-best guard. His grade is nearly equal to the average of Brandon Moore's and Matt Slauson's.
It likely would not cost the Jets much to sign him, given his lack of playing time (his 614 snaps are good for 15th among offensive guards) and because of New England's uncanny ability to develop anybody on the offensive line, it is a buyer beware situation.
Look for the Jets to offer him somewhere around $1.5-3.5 million per year on a short-term deal.
Many people knew of Felix Jones when he was drafted in the first round by Dallas, but not much has been said about him since. Two things have been established though: first, he is lightning quick. Second, he cannot stay on the field. Anybody who chooses to sign him is well aware of that.
With all that said, it was more than apparent that Jason Garrett was planning for life without Felix Jones in the 2012 season. DeMarco Murray was given the ball and ran with (see what I did there?) the opportunity.
Marty Mornhinweg, from all his time as Philadelphia's offensive coordinator, would provide the most accurate insight on Felix Jones, but time will tell if he can handle the split workload like he did from 2009-2011, where he averaged 950 yards from scrimmage for the three seasons.
Look for the Jets to sign him at an inexpensive $1.25 million as they continue looking for a future star at running back.
So what do you think? Any smaller names who are more bang-for-the-buck? Leave me a comment with your opinion. Thanks for reading!