Top NFL Free Agent Possibilities for New York Jets: Wide Receivers
Added by Justin O'Connell on March 11, 2013.
Last time we were going over what free agents would best fit the New York Jets and we covered the running backs. Today I will be covering free agent wide receivers, though it is unlikely the Jets will sign a big name, they desperately need help at wide out.
1) Mike Wallace- Age 27
Wallace is one of the fastest wide outs in the game and has made a name for himself over the past two seasons. He has the size, speed, and hands to become one of the best overall receivers in the league. He will be out of the Jets price range even with a Revis trade, and it appears the Dolphins are very close to singing the top free agent. Not to mention they do not need another pre-Madonna in the locker room.
Greg Jennings could be a great fit for the New York Jets passing game.
2) Greg Jennings- Age 29
It appears Jennings in on the downside of his career, as last year was the worst season of his career. He was injured and missed 9 games, but he is now fully healthy and ready to get back on the field. He will be entering his 7th season, which means he should still have some tread on his tires and he’ll need it. Jennings is known for his speed and route running, as he is a smaller receiver (5’11”, 198lbs). He will still receive a modest contract, but nothing over the top, which means the Jets could afford him if they decide to. He would be perfect for a 3-year deal, as he has great character and has a reputation of helping younger receivers, aka Stephen Hill. If the Jets really want to win, signing Jennings would be huge, and possibly even help to boost Sanchez’s confidence.
3) Wes Welker- Age 32
Let’s face it Wes Welker is old, but that has not seemed to stop him from catching every pass thrown his way. Welker wants to stay with New England and Brady is hoping to have his favorite target back. There is tension between Belichick and Welker though and the team does not seem eager to sign him for the money he wants. The chance of Welker coming to the Jets is slim to none, but hey it would be nice if they did get him.
4) Danny Amendola- Age 28
Before hurting his shoulder last season, Amendola was having a terrific season. He is not afraid to take a hit and has the ability to make spectacular catches. He has great hands and good speed, his flaw his is size (5’11”, 188lbs). He should be considered a good #2 receiver, but he, Holmes and Hill would be a group with blistering speed. He is also in the Jets price range and if they structure his deal properly it wouldn’t limit them to singing other free agents.
5) Josh Cribbs- Age 30
This former college quarterback, has made a name for himself in the return game, but Cribbs is actually a solid #3 receiver. He has the size and speed that can give any corner trouble. The Jets could sign him to a cheap, short-term deal that would be ideal for them. Not to mention he could split time with Joe McKnight in the return game, now that McKnight may be getting more touches at the running back position.
6) Ted Ginn Jr- Age 27
Ginn is still very young and has the speed to be an elite receiver, unfortunately for him he has not been able to put it all together and have a serious impact. He is one of the better kick returners in the game and can be significant part of any team. He has had problems both catching the ball and holding onto it. The Jets already have one young receiver with this problem, Hill, but he is talented and would be cost virtually nothing. The Jets need a spark at wide out and who know maybe they could catch lighting in a bottle with Ginn and if not they cut him.