As the New York Jets head into free agency one of the team’s goals will be to significantly upgrade the talent at the wide receiver position. As of now there will be several options available to Gang Green but that could quickly change according to several published reports.
There is a belief amongst many that players like Jeremy Maclin, Golden Tate, Anquan Boldin and possibly Julian Edelman will all be re-signed by their team. If these moves do indeed happen this would put New York in a precarious situation as four of the top six wide receivers would be taken off of the board.
Time for a bidding war?
With a desperate need to address the wide receiver group would John Idzik and the Jets consider getting into a bidding war for players like Eric Decker or Emmanuel Sanders? The Jets will have the cap space to do so, but will also be competing with teams like the Raiders and Browns who have the resources as well.
Or will the New York Jets look to explore other “lesser” options like Brandon LaFell, Jacoby Jones, Miles Austin (if released), and Kenny Britt?
My guess is that general manager John Idzik is not going to break the bank for a Sanders or Decker. I think that the Jets will look to acquire talent at the right price. Adding a Jacoby Jones and a Miles Austin would definitely be an upgrade from Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates.
Return of Tone?
It has been assumed by many, including yours truly, that wide receiver Santonio Holmes has played his last game as a New York Jet. The release of Holmes would save the Jets $8.25 million dollars in cap space.
With a chance of a diminished free agent market would Gang Green try to bring back Holmes on new more cap friendly deal? And would Santonio be willing to take less to stay in New York? This idea may not be as far-fetched as some would believe.
My initial instinct is that the veteran wide receiver is going to test the open market and will go to the highest bidder.
Head to the draft
If the New York Jets do not strike it big in free agency the team could always use the draft to upgrade the position. According to several experts this year’s wide receiver class is very deep and talented.
As with every draft there is some risk as there are no guarantees with how a prospect will perform in the NFL.
Let the debate begin
As you can see the New York Jets will have several decisions to make as they approach free agency. Gang Green is armed with the resources of cap space and draft picks now it is a matter of finding a way to get the most out of them.