After months of pondering what the Jets might do once the lockout ended, their plan is rapidly coming into focus. Priority number one: Re-sign Santonio Holmes. The deal is reported to be five years, $50 million with $24 million guaranteed.
It has been said that the Jets do not have the cap room to bring back both Holmes and Braylon Edwards, and if that is true, it makes sense to target Holmes over Edwards. Holmes is a more unique player than Edwards. He is more consistent and reliable.
There are several other options that the Jets could look at who have similar skill sets to Edwards such as Vincent Jackson, Sidney Rice, Malcom Floyd, Steve Breaston, Mike Sims-Walker or even Plaxico Burress and Randy Moss. There is no one else like Holmes on the market. In addition to being called “un-guardable” (which is a slight overstatement), Holmes is singularly clutch. His big catches are well documented.
With Brad Smith likely to go, this leaves the Jets with Holmes and Jerricho Cotchery and a bunch of nobodies at receiver. Dustin Keller is definitely ready to take on more of a role in the passing game, but even so the Jets really need to add one or two guys at WR to fill out their depth chart.
The other hole on the roster is at corner back. If Antonio Cromartie decides to pack up his litter and leave, the Jets have only Kyle Wilson and Dwight Lowery in the fold to fill his spot. Wilson was disappointing last year, but there is still a chance he can develop into a starter. After losing in the AFC title game two years in a row, however, the Jets would prefer not to leave anything to chance.
They put a phone call out to Nnamdi Asomugha, but they already have the highest paid (and best) corner in the league, and it doesn’t seem likely that they are going to be able to invest that much money in one position. Take a minute to imagine what it would be like if they could though. The opposing quarterback looks right-Revis, he looks left-Asomugha, then he looks up at the sky as Calvin Pace and Muhammad Wilkerson put him on his back.
Okay, back to reality. If Cromartie goes and they can’t land Asomugha, a great option that has not been discussed would Washington’s Carlos Rogers who is an unrestricted free agent. Rogers is strong, athletic and disciplined. Though he’ll drop interceptions, he’ll stay with his man long enough for the blitz to get there. And we know how the Jets love to blitz.
Some other free agent corners the Jets could consider are Ike Taylor, Jonathan Joseph and Richard Marshall who would all be significant upgrades over what is currently on the depth chart.
Some riskier options include DeAngelo Hall and Eric Wright. Hall’s missed tackles and asinine gambles will have Jets fans screaming, but he’d probably snag at least five interceptions and including a couple of defensive TDs. Wright was awful last year for the Browns, but he has at times shown the ability to be good. Perhaps playing for a defensive whiz like Rex Ryan would help Wright increase his football IQ and concentration.
As T.O. would say “getcha popcorn ready”, the NFL is back! The next few days should be especially exciting since teams have had all summer to consider what free agents they want to sign, it will be interesting to see everyone’s plans unfolding at once.
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Written by Fran Berkman
Francis (Fran) Berkman is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a BS in Human Development. He is currently working towards a master's degree in journalism at Hofstra University. He lives in Massapequa, NY.