NFL Free Agency: Top 10 Free Agents New York Jets Should Go After
Now that the seemingly-everlasting lockout has finally come to a conclusion, it is time to start talking about free agency, as there is a very slim time period for all of these transactions to occur.
From WR Santonio Holmes to Nnamdi Asomugha, there are some extremely valuable free agents on the market whom many teams will be furiously attempting to sign.
With all of the questions surrounding the rookies' lack of preparation due to the lockout finally aside, the next week will prove to be one of the busiest and most newsworthy weeks in sports.
The Jets have many free agents this season, which could mean a severe talent loss at the wide receiver position—if Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards don't re-sign with the team.
However, there are some very gifted receivers that could replace these valuable targets.
The following players are the Top 10 free agents available for the New York Jets this offseason.
**Written by Chris Faig of Unfamiliar Luminary
10. DE Stylez G. White
Weight: 270 pounds
2010 Regular Season Stats: In 16 games, White recorded 36 tackles (28 solo and eight assisted), 4.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.
Stylez G. White is a guy that can make big plays when given the opportunity.
With the way Rex Ryan works his defense, constantly shifting formations and rotating guys, White would be an incredible force on this defensive line.
In his first four seasons in the NFL, White has already recorded 24.0 sacks. That's pretty impressive, considering the amount of playing time he received at times.
9. QB J.P. Losman
Weight: 217 pounds
Although J.P. Losman didn't throw a single pass last season, he would still make a better backup to Mark Sanchez than Kellen Clemens.
Losman would give Jets fan a little faith if Sanchez was to go down for some reason.
Clemens has failed over and over in his appearances.
Clemens isn't an NFL quarterback. It's time that the Jets realize this and bring in Losman.
8. WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Weight: 203 pounds
2010 Regular Season Stats: In 16 games, Houshmandzadeh made 30 receptions for 398 yards and three touchdowns in an off debut season with the Baltimore Ravens.
Baltimore simply didn't seem like the proper fit for Houshmandzadeh, and boy did it show with his lack of production.
Whether it was the quarterback or the way the offense is run, T.J. just simply could not adjust to the Ravens' organization.
With a change of scenery, T.J. will once again become a reliable go-to receiver.
Before last season, Houshmandzadeh recorded over 900 yards in each of his previous six seasons.
7. CB Nnamdi Asomugha
Weight: 210 pounds
2010 Regular Season Stats: 17 solo tackles, two assisted tackles and six pass deflections
Nnamdi Asomugha is alongside Darrelle Revis as two of the most feared corners in the National Football League.
He rarely gets thrown at.
His superb coverage skills almost always takes the opposing team's star receiver completely out of the game.
Although highly unlikely, if Asomugha became a Jet, Gang Green would easily have one of the best secondaries ever assembled in the game of football.
6. CB Ike Taylor
Weight: 195 pounds
2010 Regular Season Stats: 66 total tackles (52 solo and 14 assisted), one sack, one forced fumble and two interceptions
Antonio Cromartie is expecting to cash in on the next deal he signs, which means the Jets most likely won't be signing him—unless he allows some wiggle room in bargaining discussions.
If the Jets don't sign him, they will certainly be in search of another cornerback to place alongside Darrelle Revis.
Ike Taylor would be a great fit, and I really think he would work extremely well under Rex Ryan.
With all of the schemes and matchups that Ryan likes to run, Taylor would be valuable tool for the Jets defense.
**Although Taylor was recently re-signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, a scrappy guy like Taylor at cornerback is what the Jets need.
Other ideal candidates at cornerback would be: Josh Wilson (BAL), Jonathan Joseph (CIN) and Ellis Hobbs (PHI).
5. S Dawan Landry
Weight: 210 pounds
2010 Regular Season Stats: 111 total tackles (86 solo, 25 assisted), one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown
Six-year pro Dawan Landry is a remarkably talented safety who has been making an impact in this league since his rookie season.
Last year, Landry put up his best numbers.
You can expect him to be among the elite safeties in the NFL this season.
There are a few safeties that the Jets can go after, but Landry is definitely one of the best choices at that position.
4. DE Ray Edwards
Weight: 268 pounds
2010 Regular Season Stats: Recorded 37 total tackles (28 solo and nine assisted), eight sacks and two pass deflections
Ray Edwards is an explosive defensive end out of Purdue but is unknown to many.
Edwards is going into his sixth year as a professional. You can expect him to make a serious impression around the league after two back-to-back eight-sack seasons.
The Jets have a very impressive lineup, but they do lack depth at many positions. And DE is one of those positions.
Edwards would be a tremendous addition to this already-feared defense.
3. S Roman Harper
Weight: 200 pounds
2010 Regular Season Stats: Recorded 98 total tackles (76 solo and 22 assisted), three sacks, six forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception
Roman Harper put up some impressive numbers last year for the Saints and is quickly becoming one of the best safeties in the NFL.
With no real depth at the position, Harper would be a great addition and would fit beautifully with Rex Ryan's defensive schemes.
2. WR Plaxico Burress
Weight: 232 pounds
Season Stats from his last season of play: 2008 with New York Giants—in 10 games played, he made 35 receptions for 454 yards and four touchdowns.
In 2007—the previous year—Burress played in all 16 games, making 70 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Plaxico is one of the most athletic players in this league and is valuable to so many aspects of the offensive game, from the long ball to simply being a decoy due to his feared big-play mentality.
1. WR Santonio Holmes
Weight: 192 pounds
2010 Regular Season Stats: Made 52 receptions for 746 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games played
Although he was a Jet last year, Santonio Holmes is the most important move of the offseason for New York.
Holmes gave the Jets' offense a versatile threat at wide receiver, and he's only getting better.
If Gang Green could keep Holmes and sign a guy like Plaxico Burress, Mark Sanchez would have a breakout season, ranking among the top quarterbacks league-wide.