Oct 30, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) against the New England Patriots at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Sign Glennon, Stephon Gilmore and stay smart in FA

After jumping on Mike Glennon early, the Jets should sign the three-year veteran once free agency officially opens. That is, of course, unless the money becomes completely outrageous. If that happens, another vet would need to show face.

One of the other positions of desperate need for the Jets is at cornerback. Without Revis, Buster Skrine (who’ll most likely be back), will need to shift back to his regular nickel spot. This means Maccagnan will need to fetch two starting CBs.

Buffalo Bills top guy Stephon Gilmore will be ripe for the taking.

Obviously, he’ll be expensive. Buffalo couldn’t lock him down prior to the season and he’s entering the free agency season as the top CB of the bunch. If the Jets cut the right vets and make the necessary trades, Gilmore could be had. At 26-years of age, he’s a No. 1 ready-made cornerback.

The offensive line will be another position of need. Tackle T.J. Lang, guard Luke Joeckel, guard Jonathan Cooper, guard Chance Warmack, and tackle Jake Long could all be options.

Defensively, the Jets could kick the tires on outside backer Jamie Collins and middle linebacker Dont’a Hightower (if he makes it to free agency). Chiefs stud safety Eric Berry is also a free agent, but it’s unlikely he’ll ever make to UFA and the Jets wouldn’t have the money necessary with so many positions of need.

The bottom line in free agency this time around will revolve around smart signings, not splashy ones.

1 COMMENT

  1. I really enjoyed reading this, it’s a sound plan. Nobody is going to completely agree with everything, but for the most part this makes sense. The Jets will be battling with 31 other teams when it comes to Free Agency. I like the idea of trying to acquire Glennon & Gilmour as it fills imediatte needs with young FA’s. The Jets will also want to keep OLG B. Winters, finishing the season on IR just may help that cause? NFL scouting is every bit as important as NCAA. This team is not a player or two away so attracting talented players and not losing any will be a difficult task.

    The team will have to rid itself of the aging vets who are overpaid. Mac didn’t structure contracts in a way which marries the Jets to any of these problems. I’m thinking CP will return at SS, and agree with the other departures. The Patriots have been able to do all of the above hence the long term success.

    The Jets train wreck of a season that started off with promise will end with the team drafting early. Like yourself I hope to see the Jets trade back a few spaces and repeat. This is easier said than done. This draft has plenty of talented DB’s but the OT position has but a few players who currently look to be mid to late 1st rounders. One you failed to mention is the OT from Wisconsin. A lot will change between now and then but a priority lies with building an O-Line. Where is B. Callahan when you need him?

    After watching T. Bowles and his coaching staff in year #2, I became convinced the Jets have one of the worst coaching staffs in the NFL. When you lose control of your locker room there is no hope. While T. Bowles is a nice guy that’s not what this team needs. It’s time to find an Offensive mind at HC, this is crucial when your rebuilding an O-Line and developing a QB. There are many qualified candidates available, we all would benefit by Woody getting the ambassador to the U.K. post. It would allow someone else to take over the day to day operations of our beloved team. A GM should be able to select his own HC. To borrow an analogy from The Big Tuna, otherwise your groceries will spoil or fail to be properly cooked.