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What Are the Jets Going to Do at Corner?

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

  • Paul Newbold

    The Jets definitely missed the bus on this one! The Revis thing was a personal matter between Woody and Revis. He signed for the exact same number the Jets offered him before trading him. Idzik got cheap with the others I think. Considering the size of the hole left by loosing your #1 corner, and an unproven corner on the other side, they should have coughed up the cash!

  • maafla1

    I read somewhere that Houston is shopping Jonathan Joseph. He would be a good pickup at CB.

  • AC

    I think Idzik really fumbled this one. There is no way we get an impact corner without giving up a lot in a trade now when we could have just signed one of the top corners by spending some of the extra cash we actually now have, especially with the new cap FLOOR. The Jets are so far below the cap, but not even close to above the floor as I understand it. That means if the money isn’t spent somewhere, it goes to the existing team members at the end of 2016. So someone is gonna get paid. As many have said, they should lock up Wilkerson NOW before there is drama next year. The only person I could see the Jets possibly trading for an impact corner is Coples, who I would hate to see go, because he does make some very big plays. Again, not everything is in the numbers. He makes plays when they count in big games. If nothing happens, we just have to hope Milliner can handle the job. Doubtful, and the Jets will just lose more season ticket holders and have other fans constantly invade Metlife even more than they do now. They lowered the price for the season tickets on the upper levels and upped the prices for the season tickets on the lower levels. That means if the Jets stink, the season ticket holders on the lower levels will be trying to sell their tickets to visiting teams. Great job, JETS!