February 21st, 2014
Each season every NFL team tries to have an amazing season and have a shot at the Lombardi Trophy. This year the Broncos took on the Seahawks and there were a few surprises. The Broncos were unexpectedly blown out in Super Bowl 48 and the weather was much warmer than anticipated in a now freezing New York City. Now that the Super Bowl has come to a close, all 32 teams are getting back to business and starting to make roster moves for the 2014-15 season. So the question is which teams are the best fit for big name free agents and for my favorite team the New York Jets, who will they spend their big cap space on in free agency.
Jets Free Agent Options:
Jeremy Maclin- Last season Maclin tore his ACL in the preseason for the Eagles which has probably lowered his price for a deal with a team which makes him perfect for the Jets. Let's face it, the Jets are in desperate need of a number 1 and 2 wide receiver so they can deal with his torn ACL but would still improve their poor receiving crop. Another up side is that he has familiarity with the Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. They were together when Mornhinweg was the offensive coordinator of the Eagles. If the Jets signed Maclin he would be a great number 2 receiver with the ability in the slot and downfield. I think he would be a constant target with Geno Smith at quarterback and improve with his former mentor Mornhingweg at offensive coordinator. My prediction- Jets
Jarius Byrd- Again this is another glaring need on the Jets team for 2014. Last season when the Jets defensive line strived the corners and safeties struggled. They were so desperate that they signed and started the aging Ed Reed midway through the season. Byrd on the other hand is young and one of the best safeties in the league and would instantly improve the secondary, resembling Reed as a ball hawk. The Bills might not be able to afford him after using a franchise tag on him last season. But with the Jets cap space they could steal Byrd from their divisional rival. If they stole him it would definitely make Rex Ryan happy with another Ed Reed for his dominant defense. My Prediction- Bills
Brent Grimes- He had a great Pro Bowl season and would fit the Jets needs of a cornerback. My Prediction- Dolphins
Aquib Talib- Another Pro Bowl corner that could fit the needs of a corner. But he had an injury which caused him to not play but watch in the Pro Bowl. My Prediction- Patriots
Allterraun Verner- This is our third corner on this list which shows that they need another corner to compliment the young Dee Milner. Verner is a young corner who could develop in Rex Ryan's system to be a reliable corner. My Prediction- Vikings
Jimmy Graham- It is highly doubtful the Saints would let Jimmy Graham test the open market. They will probably lock him up to a huge multi year deal. But if he somehow he becomes open the Jets need to think about signing him because they need serious help at tight end. Graham has all the talent the height, the catch passing ability, and just being a great athlete. If they could get him it would be huge. My Prediction- Saints
T.J Ward- If the Bills lock up Jarius Byrd, Ward is the next guy up. The Browns safety had a great season with a successful Browns defense. He should get attention in free agency. My Prediction- Browns
Eric Decker- In my opinion I think Decker is overrated. Just because he had great stats doesn't matter. He was surrounded by Peyton Manning and receivers that steal the number 1, 2, and 3 corners which leaves Decker with corner number 4. That is where the production comes from. With that said he is still a solid number 2 receiver and that's what the Jets need. My Prediction- Raiders
Hakeem Nicks- Nicks is usually a good receiver but this year he struggled in the offense. Eli Manning was the main reason but he was still very quiet. Every quarterback would want him but he wants big money like a lot of wide receivers in free agency. I still don't think the Jets will fight for him in free agency. My prediction- Panthers, 49ers, or Chiefs
Michael Vick- I talked about him early in the year being dangerous but the Nick Foles storm took over. Now Vick is a free agent hoping for a starting job. I see him on a team that needs a mentor backup quarterback like the Jets. My Prediction- Buccaneers, Rams, Vikings, Jaguars, or Jets
All of these players can go to any team and make a difference. So now the focus is off the head coach on the GM's to find these difference makers. You never know what can turn up in free agency.