The New York Jets are rumored to be interested in a ton of players, but what’s fact and what’s fiction? We investigate.
The New York Jets have approximately $90 million available to spend on prospective free agents. Whether it’s Kirk Cousins or not, the green and white could bring in several impact players that could change things on 1 Jets Drive. So who will they be chasing?
The Jets reporters who work for the team do a great job with their ‘Jets 360’ coverage, specifically around the NFL Combine. I noticed an interesting nugget from NFL Insider Ian Rapoport who joined the set to give us an update on Morris Claiborne and the green and white:
#Jets and Morris Claiborne will try to get something done that works for both sides likely during the legal tampering period before free agency kicks off per @RapSheet on #Jets360 w/ @eallenjets @EthanBGreenberg
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) March 1, 2018
Apparently, Claiborne is being chased by “eight-to-10 teams,” according to Newsday‘s Calvin Watkins. So the Jets better hop on it if they want to retain Claiborne. If not, the bidding could get out of hand for a player at a premier position.
Unlike Claiborne, who the Jets want to bring back, the team threw Muhammad Wilkerson to the curb. According to ESPN Insider Rich Cimini, there was no thought to try to work with Wilkerson to stay on the team.
Todd Bowles said there was no attempt to re-work Wilkerson's contract. He said "it was a business decision, it wasn't a disciplinary decision. It was good for both parties." #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) February 28, 2018
While all of our suspicions were confirmed when Rapoport intimated that if Matt Forte didn’t retire, he would’ve been released.
Speaking of running backs, are the Jets trying to acquire a running back who won’t have to pack his bags?
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 1, 2018
Here’s my take. The Jets need to draft and find their own guy. Stop bringing in recycled garbage, especially at the running back position. No disrespect to Orleans Darkwa, but the Jets can do better than that.
Like Saquon Barkley for instance. Heck, he grew up a Jets fan, that’s complete destiny!
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 1, 2018
Other Jets News, Stories:
- ESNY’s Robby Sabo and Paul Esden Jr. unveiled a new series that puts together the perfect Jets team after free agency and the NFL Draft. On Sunday, they started with the quarterbacks.
- The Jets have three QB plans — and play dumb on obvious one (Brian Costello of the New York Post)
- Jets Spotlight: Mike Maccagnan spoke with Eric Allen of NewYorkJets.com