Free agency is here! There will be a scramble of signings and releases. The New York Jets have made a few re-signings and are still trying to make one or two more in-house signings. We’ll keep track of all the Jets free agency moves.
- Braylon Edwards- WR
- Chaz Schilens- WR
- Dustin Keller- TE——–Signed with the Miami Dolphins (1yr, $4.25 million)
- Shonn Greene- RB——-Signed with the Tennessee Titans (3 yrs, $10 million)
- Lex Hilliard- FB———-Re-signed with the NY Jets
- Brandon Moore- RG
- Matt Slauson- LG
- Nick Folk- K————Re-signed with NY Jets for a reported 1-year deal
- Mike DeVito- DE——–Signed with the KC Chiefs (3 yrs, $12.6 million)
- Sione Pouha- DT
- Bryan Thomas- OLB
- Eric Smith- S
- LaRon Landry- S——–Signed with the Indianapolis Colts (4 yrs, $24 million)
- Yeremiah Bell- S——–Singed with the Arizona Cardinals (1 yr, $905,000)
- Marquice Cole- CB
- Josh Mauga- LB———Re-signed with Jets
- Jordan White- WR
- Dedrick Epps- TE
- Isaiah Trufant- CB
- Austin Howard- RT
- Tanner Purdum- LS—- Re-signed with NY Jets for a reported two years
- Jeff Cumberland- TE
1. Bart Scott- ILB
2. Calvin Pace- OLB
3. Jason Smith-OT/jumbo TE
4. Josh Baker- TE/FB
New York Jets FA Signings:
1. Antonio Garay- DT
A New Jersey native, Garay is returning to the Tri-State area hoping to rejuvenate his career. He will compete with Kendrick Ellis for the NT position. He has had some injury problems including last season where he missed half the season. He played 3 1/2 season with the San Diego Chargers. In 2010 he totaled 48 tackles and 5.5 sacks and then in 2011 he had a career-high in tackles, 58, and 2.5 sacks. Garay is 33 years old, but he was a cheap find for the Jets and they hope he will have something to prove this season.
2. Willie Colon- LG
Colon, an ex-Steeler, will be turning 30 before the season starts, but the Jets are hoping he can find some youth and play well for them. They need to fill both their right and left guard positions. The Jets were looking for someone cheap, so they picked up Colon for a 1 yr, $1.2 million contract. Colon has talent, there is no questions about that, the issue with him is his health. He has only played 6 games in the past three season, and has had multiple season-ending surgery. This is a low-risk, high reward signing for the Jets because if he can stay healthy he can help turn the Jets O-line into one of the best in the conference.
3. Mike Goodson- RB
Goodson will provide the speed that Shonn Greene couldn’t, but he is very much unproven. The Jets signed him to a 3 yr, $6.9 million contract, hoping they can find a surprising talent. Goodson had some flashes of brilliance in 2010 on the Panthers when he backed up Jonathan Stewart, but since he was traded to Oakland, he has not seen much playing time. Goodson is a three-tool running back (blocker, receiver, runner), but he has trouble holding on to the football. One of his other major flaws is his vision and decision-making when running the ball. The Jets had to do something after losing Greene. With Goodson, Powell and McKnight they hope the three can provide an explosive running game.
4. David Garrard- QB
Well he is not turnover prone, but that is about the only positive thing I can say about the former Jaguar starter. Garrard has not played in an NFL game since 2010. Between 2007-2010 he was solid NFL quarterback, but was not elite by any means. He is 35 and has a history of injuries, most recently serious back and knee surgery. The Jets were impressed by his workouts, but let’s be honest they cannot expect much of anything from Garrard, he is simply there to put pressure on Sanchez and so they have a veteran QB in camp.
5. Antwan Barnes- OLB
The Jets desperately need to bring in some OLBs and they are hoping Barnes might be able to fill one hole. They currently have Garrett McIntyre and Ricky Sapp starting, which cannot happen by the start of the season. Barnes has a history of injuries just like the rest of the Jets free agent signings. His best season was in 2011 where he had 11 sacks and 29 QB hurries, but besides for that he has not done much; in 78 games he only has 23.5 sacks. They signed him to a 3 yr, $4 million contract, which is why they picked him up… because he is cheap. Jets fans should not be happy about these signings as none of them offer much hope. The Jets are praying he can have a season like he did in 2011 and with Rex Ryan coaching him maybe he might be able to salvage his career.