Joe Douglas and the Jets have used the first waves of free agency to focus heavily on the offensive line while upgrading several other positions of need on short-term “prove it” deals. With their cap space dwindling, the Jets still have a bit of wiggle room if they re-negotiate a deal or two with the additional possibility of moving on from guard Brian Winters, which would save them an additional $7.2 million.
Should the Jets free up some cash, there are still a few players worth keeping an eye on as the NFL draft approaches:
CB Logan Ryan:
Probably the least likely candidate to join Gang Green as the best cornerback on the market will probably have the highest price tag. Even still, the Jets should make some calls to gague Ryan’s demands and interest in becoming a Jet. If not, there’s always…
CB Prince Amukamara:
The Jets hope they have a pair of quality starters in Pierre Desir and Bless Austin. With questions about Austin’s ability to stay healthy, they should touch base with Amukamara on a short-term deal. Some veteran stability on the boundary would be a welcome addition for Gregg Williams to work with.
Left Tackle Jason Peters:
At 38 years old, Peters might be willing to take a 1 or 2 year deal which is exactly what Joe Douglas has been doing over the past few weeks. Adding Peters could allow the Jets to take the best receiver on the board at 11 with an aim at drafting a left tackle later on or even next season.
Linebacker Markus Golden:
The lack of interest in Golden comes as quite a surprise as he has managed to put together double-digit sack seasons twice in the past four years. With no true edge rusher on the roster, Golden should be a priority for the Jets at this point as it’s hard to envision him seeking a huge pay day.
Running Back Devonta Freeman:
The Jets do have a pair of backs with NFL experience behind Le’Veon Bell in Josh Adams and Kenneth Dixon.
Their NFL opportunities have been limited, but the Jets do have a pair of backs behind Le'Veon Bell who have had success.
Josh Adams (2018):
120 carris, 511 yards (4.3 YPC) 3 TD's
Kenneth Dixon (2016 and 2018):
148 carries, 715 yds (4.83 YPC) 4 TD's
36 rec, 213 yds, 1 TD
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Even still, Freeman is a more established player and may come cheap at this point to sit behind Le’Veon Bell on the depth chart.