Oct 20, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) celebrates his game winning field goal during overtime against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won the game 30-27 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Free Agents 2014


Now that the NFL season is officially over for the New York Jets, it is time to start looking ahead towards the offseason. This offseason, the Jets have many key players whose contracts are about to expire, six of which are starters. The Jets’ management will have to make a decision on whether or not to resign them, and there are plenty of them that will not be resigned and the Jets will have to find replacements via free agency, the NFL Draft, or within their own roster. Here is a list of all the unrestricted free agents that are currently on the Jets roster.

  • Austin Howard, RT (starter)
  • Jeff Cumberland, TE (starter)
  • Willie Colon, RG (starter)
  • Nick Folk, K (starter)
  • Calvin Pace, OLB (starter)
  • Ed Reed, S (starter)
  • Vladimir Ducasse, LG
  • Aaron Berry, CB
  • Ellis Lankster, CB
  • Josh Mauga, ILB
  • Lex Hilliard, FB
  • David Garrard, QB
  • Garrett McIntyre, OLB
  • Nick Bellore, ILB
  • Leger Douzable, DE
  • Isaiah Trufant, CB
  • Darrin Walls, CB
  • Joshua Cribbs, WR/KR/PR
  • Kellen Winslow, TE
  • Konrad Reuland, TE
  • Matt Simms, QB
  • Vidal Hazelton, WR
  • Brady Quinn, QB
  • Jermaine Cunningham, DE
  • Darius Reynaud, RB/KR

 

After observing this list, there are a few glaring points that stick out. The first point to take note of is that all 3 of our top tight ends, Cumberland, Winslow, and Reuland, are all free agents this year. Even if the Jets do choose to resign any of them, they will still have to address the position in free agency or in the NFL draft. Also, the Jets could possibly lose two starters on their offensive line, another position that regardless will have to be worked on in the offseason.

Some other crucial yet less dire points of interest on this list include Nick Folk’s contract situation, the cornerback position as a whole (4 cornerbacks have expired contracts, although none of them receive a consistent amount of playing time), and the kick returner position, as both Josh Cribbs and Darius Reynaud will be unrestricted free agents. Although the Jets will resign several of these players, not all of them will rejoin the team next year and those personnel losses will hopefully be addressed during the offseason.

 

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  • James McDermott

    Howard, Colon, and Pace are the only guys on this list that I would deem necessary to bring back. The most interesting player on the list for me is Josh Cribbs, I always liked his skills in Cleveland and the Jets could use an explosive option on offensive and in special teams.

  • Paul Newbold

    Douzable is a no brainer, they sign him. If Pace is willing to play another season at veteran’s minimum he might be around, but no way are they giving him a deal much better then this year’s. All the QB’s likely are let go, there isn’t a viable back up in the bunch. Cumberland has a job here, unless his demands are too high. Winslow is gone, the Jets need a top flight TE and have to address the position in the off season. Ed Reed is not the answer at safety, and will likely not be here. Colon might be made an offer, but if he wants too much $$, the Jets will likely turn to free agency. Ducasse has seen his last snap as a NY Jet. Howard has earned a contract, his play was solid this season. Luckily the Jets have cap space and multiple picks in the draft to address the losses.