There are no premium options for Jets in free agency


The “Get Up” crew reacts to the news that Aaron Rodgers is being considered for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s running mate.
(2:04)Could Aaron Rodgers be Jets QB and VP candidate at the same time?
(2:04)Open Extended ReactionsFLORHAM PARK, N.J.– A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets:1.
Receiver wanted: Now that Aaron Rodgers has a new protection detail — we’re talking a revamped offensive line, not the secret service — the focus shifts to wide receiver.
Wilson and Lazard are the only ones left, and Lazard, who was benched last season, could be on thin ice.
Rodgers, who has said in multiple interviews they need to add a receiver, might be wondering about the state of his weaponry because the Jets failed to address the position in the first wave of free agency.
The options are rapidly dwindling, and there’s mounting pressure on general manager Joe Douglas to deliver for his future Hall of Fame quarterback.
The most sensible plan for the bargain-hunting Douglas is to sign a moderately priced free agent and then dip into the deep pool of receivers in the draft.
Talent evaluators believe the quality will stretch into the third round, when the Jets make their second pick (they traded their second-round choice for Rodgers).
As for free agents, it’s a middling group that includes a fading star (Odell Beckham Jr.), a star coming off ACL surgery (Mike Williams), a steady WR3 (Tyler Boyd) and another Rodgers crony (Marquez Valdes-Scantling).
Davis, who applied for reinstatement after opting to sit out last season, is available.
For now, the Jets’ top three receivers are Wilson and second-year players Xavier Gipson and Jason Brownlee, the latter two of whom combined for 26 catches as rookies.
Perhaps soon Rodgers will be on the campaign trail — for a receiver.
The New York Jets and general manager Joe Douglas have been relatively quiet during the first wave of free agency.
The Jets’ current starting five, from left to right: Smith, John Simpson (via free agency), Joe Tippmann, Vera-Tucker and Morgan Moses (via trade).
Before the Smith deal, most folks in the mock drafting world had the Jets selecting a tackle at 10, but now they could go wide receiver or tight end, perhaps Georgia’s Brock Bowers.
In a perfect world, they’d like to trade down to pick up another top-100 pick.
The additions of Smith and Moses won’t preclude them from drafting a tackle — they’re 33 years old, on one-year contracts — but it certainly reduces the need.
All-in: The Smith move reflects the sense of urgency felt throughout the organization, which was put on alert by owner Woody Johnson after another disappointing season.
If the eight-time Pro Bowler is on his game, the Jets will have their best left tackle since D’Brickashaw Ferguson a decade ago.
Smith allowed two sacks in his last game, Dallas’ playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Financially, the Jets protected themselves with an incentive-heavy, one-year contract that includes less than $7 million in guarantees.
Clowney on the radar: With Bryce Huff and Quinton Jefferson signing with the Philadelphia Eagles and Browns, respectively, the Jets lost 33% of their sack production.
They’re in the market for an edge rusher and reportedly will host former No.
1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney on Tuesday for a free agent visit.
Clowney, 31, recorded 9.5 sacks last season for the Baltimore Ravens as a three-down player.
It will be interesting to see if the Jets view him as a situational pass rusher — essentially, Huff’s role — or as a starting defensive end.
He’s still is a productive, three-down player, but his cap charge is $16.4 million.
Jefferson memorial: When the Jets signed defensive tackles Javon Kinlaw and Leki Fotu, the natural assumption was that they had moved on from Jefferson.
The Jets were given a chance to match the one-year, $3.6 million contract offer he received from the Browns, but they took too long to respond, two sources said.
Jefferson had agreed to terms with Cleveland by the time the Jets answered.
Things move fast in free agency.
Oldies, but goodies: The Jets might be getting younger at some positions, but not quarterback.
Newly-signed backup Tyrod Taylor will be 35 by the start of the season.
The Jets will have the oldest quarterback room in the league.
It also happened with the 2016 New Orleans Saints with Drew Brees (37) and Luke McCown (35).
With the New York Giants, he ranked 19th out of 41 quarterbacks in expected points added/play, based on a minimum of 200 dropbacks.
In his 13-year career, he’s had fractured ribs and four documented concussions, plus hamstring, wrist and groin injuries.
The Jets are hoping the injury gods smile on them for a change.
For sale: Speaking of Wilson, his New Jersey condo went on the market about 10 days ago, the New York Post reported.
The Jets are trying to find a new home for him, but the trade market hasn’t been kind.
One for the team: By reworking his contract and providing cap relief, middle linebacker C.J.
Mosley sec

In response to the rumor that Aaron Rodgers is a candidate for Robert F. Kennedy Sr. is the running mate. (2:04).

Is Aaron Rodgers a front-runner for vice president and the quarterback for the Jets? (2:04).

Allow for Extended Reactions.

New Leaf Park, N. I. J. An examination of recent events surrounding the New York Jets:.

1. Wide receiver wanted: With Aaron Rodgers’ new protection detail (a redesigned offensive line, not the secret service), the emphasis now is on wide receiver.

On paper, Rodgers’ receiving group, which included veteran receivers Garrett Wilson and Corey Davis, as well as recent additions Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb and rookie Mecole Hardman, was strong and well-rounded when he arrived 11 months ago.

That was never successful. The only two remaining are Wilson and Lazard, and considering that he was benched the previous season, Lazard may not last. Given that the Jets neglected to address the position in the first wave of free agency, Rodgers—who has stated repeatedly that they need to add a receiver—may be concerned about the condition of his arsenal.

General manager Joe Douglas is under increasing pressure to produce results for his quarterback, who is expected to become a Hall of Famer, as the options are rapidly becoming fewer.

According to a source, Douglas is still examining the trade market. Prior to Jerry Jeudy and Keenan Allen being traded to the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears, respectively, Douglas had some interest in both players. Although Brandon Aiyuk of the San Francisco 49ers is said to have wandering eyes and Tee Higgins of the Cincinnati Bengals has requested a trade, there is no hard evidence to support either player’s availability.

For the budget-conscious Douglas, it makes the most sense to sign a reasonably priced free agent before selecting from among the many receivers available in the draft. The Jets will select second overall in the third round (they traded their second-round pick for Aaron Rodgers), and talent evaluators predict the quality will last into the third round.

A fading star (Odell Beckham Jr.) is among the mediocre group of free agents. ), Mike Williams, a star who recently underwent ACL surgery, Tyler Boyd, a reliable wide receiver, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, another friend of Aaron Rodgers. There are rumors that Williams will be here this week. Watch Beckham as well; they were on the verge of signing him last year.

Davis, who decided to sit out the previous season and then applied for reinstatement, is available. Although it seems likely that he will look around and choose a team nearer to his home in Nashville, Tennessee, the Jets would welcome him back to compete for a roster spot.

Wilson, along with rookies Xavier Gipson and Jason Brownlee, who combined for 26 catches as rookies, are currently the Jets’ top three receivers. Rodgers might be hitting the campaign trail for a receiver soon.

During the initial wave of free agency, the New York Jets and general manager Joe Douglas have remained mostly silent. By Kirby Lee from USA TODAY Sports.

2. Tyron’s impact: The addition of Tyron Smith, a former left tackle for the Dallas Cowboys, accomplishes three goals for the Jets: it completes the first phase of the offensive line rebuild, it keeps Alijah Vera-Tucker at guard, and it opens the draft board with the 10th pick.

The Jets’ current starting five are Smith, Joe Tippmann, Vera-Tucker, John Simpson (via free agency), and Morgan Moses (via trade), in order from left to right. This season’s line is, on paper, much better than the previous one.

Most people in the mock drafting community had the Jets selecting a tackle at number ten before the Smith deal, but they could now choose to go wide receiver or tight end, maybe Brock Bowers of Georgia. In a perfect world, they would like to acquire another top-100 pick by trading down. There are currently just two.

Smith and Moses are 33-year-olds with one-year contracts, so they won’t be unable to draft a tackle despite their additions, but it lowers the necessity.

Three. All-in: Following yet another disappointing season, owner Woody Johnson raised the organization’s level of alertness, which is reflected in the Smith move. Smith is a high-risk, quick-fix player.

Since D’Brickashaw Ferguson ten years ago, the Jets will have their best left tackle if the eight-time Pro Bowler is performing at his peak level. There will be parallels to the Duane Brown and Ryan Clady tragedies if injuries continue to be a problem (he has missed 37 games in the last four seasons). In Dallas’s playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers, Smith gave up two sacks in his final game. Perhaps you were having a rough day at work.

The Jets hedged their bets financially with a one-year contract that is heavily incentive-laden and has less than $7 million in guarantees.

4. Clowney under observation: The Jets lost 33 percent of their sack production when Bryce Huff and Quinton Jefferson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Browns, respectively. They will reportedly host former No. 1 overall pick and are looking for an edge rusher. Jadeveon Clowney, the first overall pick, visited as a free agent on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Clowney was a three-down player for the Baltimore Ravens last season, recording 9 points and 5 sacks. It will be intriguing to observe if the Jets see him as a starting defensive end or as a situational pass rusher, which is essentially Huff’s role. Is he viewed as a possible John Franklin-Myers replacement, in other words? He is still a productive three-down player, but his cap charge is $16.4 million.

5. Jefferson memorial: It was assumed that the Jets had moved on from Jefferson when they signed defensive tackles Leki Fotu and Javon Kinlaw. False. They yearned for his return. The Browns offered him a one-year contract offer worth $30.6 million, and the Jets were given the opportunity to match it, but they responded too slowly, according to two sources. By the time the Jets responded, Jefferson and Cleveland had reached an agreement. Free agency is a fast-paced environment.

6. Oldies but goodies: While the Jets may be adding youth to some positions, the quarterback position is not.

Rodgers is forty years old. Tyrod Taylor, the recently signed backup, will be 35 years old come football season. The quarterback room in the league will be the oldest, courtesy of the Jets. As per ESPN Stats and Information, they will be the first team since the 2020 Atlanta Falcons with Matt Ryan (35) and Matt Schaub (39), to have two quarterbacks in the 35-and-up category on their Week 1 roster.

It also occurred with Luke McCown (35), and Drew Brees (37), of the 2016 New Orleans Saints.

Taylor has served as the junior quarterback on previous occasions. He supported Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (38) in 2019.

7. Not so much tough as dot. Taylor demonstrated his ability to play last season. Based on at least 200 dropbacks, he was ranked 19th out of 41 quarterbacks with the New York Giants in terms of expected points added/play. Zach Wilson was forty-first, by the way. Taylor’s longevity is the question.

He has sustained four documented concussions, broken ribs, and injuries to his wrist, hamstring, and groin during his 13-year career. With an Achilles tendon repair, he is now supporting a quarterback. The Jets are hoping that, for once, the injury gods will be kind to them.

8. It was reported by the New York Post that Wilson’s condo in New Jersey was put up for sale approximately ten days ago. Although the trade market hasn’t been kind to the Jets, they are still looking for a new home for him.

9. One for the team: Middle linebacker C was able to relieve cap space by renegotiating his contract. I. J. Mosley improved his chances of making a comeback in 2025 by securing his spot on the roster this season. For their defensive captain—whose birthday is June 19—this was significant. His desire to be present when the Jets achieve success has been expressed repeatedly by this genuine player.

He took a pay cut in terms of basic accounting, turning a $17 million (nonguaranteed) contract for the last year of his agreement into a $17.25 million ($13.25 million guaranteed) two-year agreement.

The completion of the task took some time. Negotiations dragged on until this past week, when former linebacker for the Jets Demario Davis revised his contract with the Saints, which Mosley later accepted. An outline was given by the Davis agreement.

With five years and $85 million in 2019, Mosley’s initial contract was always unusual for off-ball linebackers. At $806,625 million, his new annual average ties him for eleventh place in his position.

10. Leaf-peeling tea: Cornerback DdotJ. Recent agent changes by Reed have fueled rumors that he’s seeking a contract extension. Eligible for a nonguaranteed $10,05 million in his contract’s final year, Reed has been one of their better players over the last two years.

scroll to top