Corey Davis is headed to Florham Park. Reports suggest the Jets have agreed to a three-year deal with the former Titans wideout.
The Jets have landed a new wide receiver.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New York agreed to a deal with former Titans wideout Corey Davis. It’s a three-year contract worth $37.5 million, $27 million of which is guaranteed.
Former Titans’ WR Corey Davis reached agreement on a three-year, $37.5 million deal that includes $27 million guaranteed with the New York Jets, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2021
Davis is coming off a career year with Tennessee. He tied his career-high in receptions with 65 and recorded career-highs in both receiving yards (984) and touchdown catches (five). As of right now, he’ll join the likes of Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims, and potentially Breshad Perriman (should the Jets decide to bring the pending free agent back).
Is this a good move by the organization?
Absolutely. Davis is one of the more underrated receivers in the league and will surely assist an offense that struggled mightily last season. The Jets finished last in total offense, scoring, and 31st in passing this past year, so it’s clear the offensive unit needed playmakers on the roster to help undergo an improvement in 2021.
Davis is expected to fill a crucial role and be one of the team’s top wideouts, and with an extra passing-game target, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur should be able to further spread the field against opposing defenses.
Most importantly, Davis will assist in the development of whoever starts at quarterback for the Jets next year. While the organization could still trade for Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson, the two likely candidates for the job are Sam Darnold (the current starting quarterback) and Zach Wilson (who the Jets could draft at No. 2 overall out of BYU).
Darnold needs on-field assistance to prove he can be New York’s long-term answer at the position. He hasn’t experienced an efficient development in the three seasons since he’s been drafted. The USC product can still be a successful quarterback in this league, but it’s clear he needs the proper situation, something the Jets haven’t really provided him up to this point.
If the Jets go with Wilson and ultimately trade Darnold, the soon-to-be rookie quarterback would need all the help he can get in order to make a smooth transition to the professional level. That means offensive weapons must be acquired, which is exactly what the Jets are doing here with the agreeing of terms with Davis.
Joe Douglas prefers to build through the draft, but he certainly used the Jets’ whopping amount of cap space to his advantage in this situation.