Big Blue/Gang Green Free Agent Round Up
Added by Paul Conroy on March 19, 2013.
Dan Connor will compete for a starting linebacker spot with the NY Giants. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
The Giants bolstered their receiving corps when they added tight end Brandon Myers. The former Oakland Raider is fresh off of a solid 79-reception season, averaging 10.2 yards per catch. Myers helps to offset the loss of Martellus Bennett, who defected to the Bears.
Linebacker Dan Connor, formerly of the Cowboys, was signed to compete for the middle linebacker spot. Connor is coming off of a disappointing 2012 campaign in which he never seemed to get comfortable in Rob Ryan’s 3-4 scheme. He now returns to familiar territory of the 4-3.
Receiver Louis Murphy was also signed to a one year contract to add some depth to the receiving corps. Murphy has shown value as a possession receiver but brings major durability concerns.
Mike Goodson is a solid signing for the Jets. He’s a threat between the tackles and also brings some ability as a receiver out of the backfield. Goodson can grind it out and move the chains, and shows some big play ability with enough touches. The question is – can he stay healthy?
While David Garrard was added, the Jets will continue to look for competition for Mark Sanchez – most likely in the form of Jason Campbell or Kevin Kolb. Matt Hasselbeck, recently released from the Titans, is also an option.
Guard Willie Colon will step into the starting lineup on either side provided he is healthy.
The “Revis To The Buccaneers” trade rumors have cooled a bit, as the Bucs felt that the Jets’ asking price was too high. Gang Green will continue to shop Revis in an effort to fill several holes with draft picks in return. While there has been an unpopular reaction to the possibility of the Jets’ trading their best player – the move makes sense. With more than a few holes to fill, the Jets can use an influx of new blood, and their shutdown corner isn’t much help to a defense that can’t mount a consistent pass rush.