With the news of Antonio Cromartie inking a one year deal with the Arizona Cardinals today the Jets are left with a huge question mark at the cornerback position.
The Jets released Cromartie earlier this off-season to free up cap space in order to pursue new talent to improve upon their somewhat surprising 8-8 finish from last year. With the departure of Cro it was recognized that the Jets would have to bring in a player to replace him at the corner position, and the market for corners had some very enticing options, including former Jet star Darelle Revis. Revis signed a one year contract with the arch-rival New England Patriots, opting not to return to the Jets.
The Jets then turned their eye to second tier talent options such as Alterraun Verner, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Captain Munnerlyn, as all three were rumored to be potential targets of the team, but all signed elsewhere.
If the season were to start today the likely starting corners would be Dee Milliner, who showed a lot of progress at the end of last season, but I am not sure he’s a true number one corner in this league right now, and either Kyle Wilson, a player that has never developed into the game changer JEts fans hoped, or Darrin Walls opposite Milliner. They simply can not afford to go into the season this way if they want to win.
The trouble is that there aren’t very many options left on the free agent market at the corner position, and most corners, even great one like Revis, take some seasoning before they are impact players in the league so it’s unlikely a draft pick would be able to fill the gap right away.
According to FanSided’s free agent tracker, the 15 best corners that were available on the open market this off season have already been signed. The best available player according to that list in former Giant corner Terrell Thomas, who missed all of the 2011 and 2012 seasons and started only 7 games for the Giants last year. If he’s the best that’s left the Jets are in serious trouble.
I do not know how the Jets are going to fill this hole in their secondary, but general manager John Idzik needs to address the issue before long. If he fails to address the corner issue, he has failed to do his job.
Tags: New York Jets