Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New York Jets: Free Agent Chronicles

Most of my first 25 years of life have been cheering on the New York Jets. Their history as many know includes many ups and downs. After Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath led Gang Green to a first Super Bowl victory they have not reached this stage again 45 years later.

 Recently New York came close while QB Vinny Testeverde and Hall of Fame RB Curtis Martin led them to an AFC Championship Game appearance in 1999. Successor Chad Pennington would have been much better if it wasn’t for repeated shoulder injuries. HC Rex Ryan is 0-2 at this point in Playoff action while his team currently has some issues. Secondary concerns linger while receiver represents a major problem. Well yesterday’s Free Agency start saw GM John Idzik continue a subtle, quiet approach.

 There were discussions with veteran Michael Vick who would push and/or mentor Geno Smith. Today wide out Eric Deker has a scheduled visit. He is solid, but may want too much money. Solid db’s like Jairus Byrd are already gone. If former Jet Darrelle Revis joins the archrival New England Patriots, that would be devastating.  So far rumors also include “serious interest” in running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Action must take place quickly for an 8-8 team looking to rise.

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