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Despite the fact that one of their incumbent starting outside linebackers, Calvin Pace, is coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his career (10.5 sacks), the Jets cannot put all of their eggs in the 33-year-old's basket.
Pace may have had double-digit sacks for the first time in his career, but it was not a result of him playing at a dominant level. While he was certainly better against both the run and pass than his dreadful 2012 campaign, most of his sacks can be attributed to either good coverage or him just being in the right place at the right time.
Jason Worilds is not the most dominant pass rusher in the league who will rack up sack totals, but he can get consistent pressure on the quarterback without relying on stellar coverage on the back end. The Virginia Tech product has seen his sack totals increase every year, notching eight in 2013.
Worilds, however, separates himself from some of the other free agent options in his versatility, which is an essential trait to have in Rex Ryan's defense. Worilds is an above-average zone pass defender and can run with most running backs while covering the sidelines.
Worilds won't necessarily be cheap, but he won't command the type of cap room that someone like Brian Orakpo will. Worilds would be an excellent "splurge" that won't prevent the Jets from attacking other positions in free agency.