Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net has spoken to league insiders who expect the Jets to be “big players” in the free agent market, specifically on the defensive side of the ball.
According to Pauline, the Jets are likely to target big ticket outside linebackers and cornerbacks in the coming weeks.
Another name to keep an eye on for the Jets is Texans CB Kareem Jackson, seeing as new GM Mike Maccagnan spent time with him in Houston.
Pauline mentions that the Jets will look to add depth on the defensive line while shopping for a “mid-value guard” that won’t command a huge salary like Mike Iupati.
Pauline’s source said of the Jets pursuing Iupati: “The present belief around the league is they won’t spend $8 million for Iupati.”
A number of reports in recent days have said that the market for free agency cornerbacks could end up being very strong, with players securing annual salaries of $7 million – $10 million.
Byron Maxwell is considered to be the best available cornerback, and offers the kind of size the Jets are reportedly looking for, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see his name come up as another option for New York.
Here’s our Complete List of 2015 Free Agents in case you want to take a look at some other potential options for the Jets.