Jets General Manager Joe Douglas clearly has a lot of work to do this offseason when he gets his first full offseason with the club while trying to repair a roster that can use plenty of help in multiple spots. The offensive line and secondary will be at the top of his list, while a new receiver or two would also be welcome additions.
With so many holes on the roster to fill, Douglas should take aim at retaining a few of the key pieces currently on his roster who are due to become free agents this offseason. His top three priorities?
OLB Jordan Jenkins:
Jenkins has picked up 9.5 sacks in his last 15 contests and offers good support against the run. With a need at edge for a true rush linebacker, the Jets can ill afford to let another hole open up on the other side of the defense by letting Jenkins walk. Aside from the production, Jenkins is a tireless worker and a high character person to have in the locker room.
WR Robby Anderson:
Say what you will about Anderson not being a number one receiver or the fallacy of being a “one trick pony”, the bottom line is that he’s a proven NFL receiver who consistently gets open and has some chemistry with Sam Darnold. Even if you view Anderson as a second or third receiver, he’s still a valuable piece on a team that needs as many play-makers as possible. Letting Anderson walk means one more gap on the roster for the front office to try to fill.
CB Brian Poole:
Poole has been one of the Jets best defenders in the slot this season and will likely command plenty of interest in free agency. In a secondary that’s in dire need of upgrades at cornerback, the last thing the Jets should be doing is letting one of their only good ones walk out the door.
The Jets front office will have a long enough shopping list this offseason. No need to add three starters to it that are already in place.