Sometimes NFL rumors are just that…rumors. But when several rumors are being floated simultaneously by different sources, you can’t help but wonder if there is some validity in the claims.
There’s no denying that this is pure speculation, but In regards to the Jets rumored targets in free agency, one thing that stands out is that the team is reportedly on the lookout for a running back who can do all of the same things Bilal Powell does. This, as the running back approaches 30, and the team already having added Isaiah Crowell to their backfield.
The Jets are definitely interested in Patriots RB Dion Lewis, according to a source. And @ProFootballTalk says the Giants are one of seven teams pursuing him, too.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) March 13, 2018
Before coming to terms with the Tennessee Titans, the Jets were said to be very interested in running back Dion Lewis, who, like Powell is a shifty back who can block well and catch the ball out of the backfield.
Jets will remain active today. Spencer Long signing is very likely. They are pushing toland Jerick McKinnon and DaQuan Jones as well
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 14, 2018
Now this nugget from Jason La Canfora, who may be blowing smoke for all we know, but claiming the Jets are interested in Vikings free agent running back Jerick McKinnon. Yet another back who does all of the things Powell does well, and this is of course with the Jets having just drafted Elijah McGuire, who has been favorably compared to Powell several times since coming to New York.
Powell is a fan favorite who has never really been given a shot to live up to his full potential and he’s been all class from the day he arrived, but as we all know, the NFL is a business, and it looks as if the Jets might be looking to do a bit of business in Powell’s neighborhood.