Some Veteran Free Agents the Jets Should Pick Up
May 29, 2013 in New York Jets
All and all I have been impressed with the Jets moves this off season. They are clearly setting a new locker room culture. I have a few more suggestions of veterans that the Jets should look into signing before the beginning of the season.
1) Braylon Edwards
Braylon Edwards is a perfect fit for the Jets for many reasons. The main one being he actually likes Mark Sanchez. They have had some good connections over Edward's two stints with the Jets. He is also a much needed veteran to go along with Santonio Holmes who is coming off injury and should help mentor younger receivers like Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill. Another solid option here would be Brandon Lloyd. He knows the Patriots play book and he is another solid NFL veteran. I am going with Edwards because he will be less expensive.
2) Charlie Batch
Charlie Batch is a very proven back up quarterback in this league. If he comes back, I am sure it will be with the Steelers but the Jets could use a veteran quarterback to mentor Geno Smith. If not Batch, I would like to see the Jets keep Garrard on as a part time coach up until the season starts.
3) Another Tight End
I am not happy with the Jets tight end situation. I am not a big Mulligan fan. I have been reading former rugby star Hayden Smith is looking good but I want another veteran to fill in for Dustin Keller. Some options I would like are Dallas Clark, Kellen Winslow, or Kevin Boss.
4) Sione Pouha
To me this is as easy as a move as it gets for the Jets. He has been a solid Jet for the past few years, got released for cap purposes, and still not has been picked up by another team. He should be cheap on a one year deal and he is already well respected in the locker room. I can see former Patriot Richard Seymour as another potential option but he does not have much left,
5) Chris Wilson
I am pretty familiar with Chris Wilson in his time with the Redskins. I think he can do well as a third down rusher in Rex Ryan's defense.
6) Former Jet Secondary Players
Rex Ryan loves having many defensive backs on his roster and new Jets GM John Idzik loves bringing in competition. So why don't the Jets look into resigning Eric Smith (similar situation to Pouha) as well as another defensive back who played in Rex Ryan's system like Brodney Pool. Hell, lets even go before Rex Ryan and look into signing Erik Coleman, Abram Elam, or Kerry Rhodes (played one year with Ryan but they did not see eye to eye).