Free agency still is not over, and the New York Jets are still doing their best to prepare themselves for the next season. After signing WR Eric Decker and OT Breno Giacomini, GM Idzik and the Jets still have a lot of positional upgrades to make to their roster. There are a number of possible acquisitions the Jets can still make, and don’t be surprised to see any number of the following big-name players wearing green and white next year.
QB Michael Vick
Throughout the entire offseason, the NFL fan base has constantly heard about a potential Vick-to-Jets contract situation. Finally, news broke that this possible signing was more than just speculation. Michael Vick will meet with the New York Jets on Friday, and the Jets may expect him to battle with Geno Smith for the starting job. Last year, we saw the Eagle’s quarterback situation bring out the best of Nick Foles. Perhaps Vick can influence Smith to play at the same astonishing level.
HB Chris Johnson
The once 2,000 yard rusher has spent the last few seasons known as one of the most inconsistent running backs in football. Chris Johnson has shown off his combine record speed plenty of times in the NFL, although his high number of plays that gain zero or negative yards is certainly daunting to any team interested in the back. The Titans have been shopping Chris Johnson on the trade block aggressively, and expect a trade or a release sometime soon.
However, when Johnson announced that he was willing to take a pay cut in order to make a trade happen has increased interest across the NFL. The New York Jets are currently searching for a veteran tailback to compliment Chris Ivory, and CJ2K might be the perfect combination of speed and elusiveness to pair with Ivory’s durability and strength.
HB Maurice Jones-Drew
If the New York Jets cannot acquire Chris Johnson, they will certainly make an attempt to sign the former UCLA Bruin Maurice Jones-Drew. The 28-year old back is coming off arguably the worst year of his career, and although this may seem like a concern, it may actually be a positive. As an older running back who is supposedly declining and out of his prime, MJD will prospectively come at an extremely low price. The New York Jets have already expressed serious interest in the back, although with the interest Jones-Drew has gotten from other teams the Jets will have to act fast in order to avoid another Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
WR Desean Jackson
The Eagles are asking for at least a 3rd round pick for the wide receiver. After posting wide receiver #1 numbers in 2013, Jackson is due to make $10.5 million next season. The New York Jets have the cap room to make this move and they certainly have the need. Although they have already signed Eric Decker, Geno Smith can always use some more weapons, and Desean Jackson’s deep threat ability should help spread the defense out. If Idzik is willing to sacrifice a draft pick, Jackson might be taking his talents to East Rutherford next year.