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The New York Jets added some depth to the backfield by signing Thomas Rawls. Plus, some free agency grades for the green and white. 

The New York Jets saw an upcoming yellow light which means one of two things.

  1. Slow down like most rational people or on the other side of the coin.
  2. Punch it and test yourself.

There’s a reason this team has garnered the nickname Gang Green. Not only for their propensity to go, go and go, but also, for their affinity for money.

The latest signee is Thomas Rawls from the Seattle Seahawks backfield.

Rawls is 24-years-old and this could spell the end for veteran Bilal Powell (who will be 30 during the 2018 season). With so many youngsters, Powell sticks out like a sore thumb. If the team can get good value in a trade, this could make sense for a player entering a contract year.

While one of the biggest areas of need for this team was along the offensive line. It seems the starters have been solidified, but depth has been a question mark for some time.

While Travis Swanson has yet to start a full 16 game season in his career, he would provide invaluable depth behind new addition Spencer Long. Swanson has starter experience and some scheme versatility as well.

So with all these additions, how did the green and white fare in free agency thus far in 2018?

It’s hard not to give a solid A, despite swinging and missing on Kirk Cousins. This team used their cap room wisely. The Jets solidified their secondary, added multiple starters on prove it deals, and are set to have the most cap space heading into 2019. Not too shabby.

The next step is obviously the biggest one of the offseason and that’s the 2018 NFL Draft. With the No. 3 pick, the Jets are in a premiere position to solve their quarterback woes once and for all.

People call me Boy Green for my unwavering dedication to all things New York Jets. I work at The Score 1260 in Syracuse and I'm extremely passionate about sports. I aspire to continue my rise through the business and hopefully I'll end up working for the New York Jets in some capacity.