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New York Jets Remaining Free Agents and Positional Needs

March 26th, 2013 at 7:02 AM
By Peter Schifani

The NFL is now two weeks into it's new calendar year with the New York Jets still showing interest in many inexpensive, relatively young, talented players to help beef up the depth all along the roster. In the past week they added outside linebacker Antwan Barnes and re-signed long snapper Tanner Purdum, but we turn to the remaining free agents and their chances of being back in green and white in 2013.

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The New York Jets have five remaining free agents that include: wide receivers Braylon Edwards and Chaz Schilens, guards Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson, outside linebacker Bryan Thomas and cornerback Isaiah Trufant. Of all of these remaining free agents we could see two of them with at least a 75 percent chance of returning, Matt Slauson and Isaiah Trufant. Mainly this is because the market for both positions, offensive guard and cornerback, have been relatively soft. For the Jets, there will still be a hesitancy to see Vlad Ducasse be an every down player and the recently added Willie Colon has had health issues, so bringing back Slauson will help the line remain fairly stable. The same is true to Trufant as there is a glut of very good and good corners already ahead of him on the market, so expect him to return to add the depth Rex Ryan enjoys with five to six corners on the roster at all times.

In the 50-50 category of chances of returning to the Jets would be Braylon Edwards. Yes, the Jets need talent at wide receiver, but there may be younger, and cheaper options, such as Steve Breaston or Darrius Heyward-Bey, who could be added to help the receiving corps. If the Jets cannot add Breaston, Heyward-Bey or another similar talent then Edwards will return and most assuredly Chaz Schilens will not. In fact there is probably less than a 25 percent chance that we see Schilens return to Gang Green. In that same category of very unlikely to be back for the Jets will be either of their longest tenured players, Brandon Moore or Bryan Thomas. It is unfortunate that because of the business of football  such players cannot finish their careers in green and white, but may they play well elsewhere (just not ever against the Jets.)

Now with all that being said, prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, which is now less than 30 days away, there are several positions that the New York Jets should try to address by signing several aforementioned relatively inexpensive but not over-the-hill, talents. Two positions stand out with a need of 75 percent or more, safety and tight end. We could see Josh Bush starting alongside a veteran talent like Dawan Landry, if lured to the Jets. For an option at tight end we here at Jets 101 addressed that in another article yesterday.

We shall see what other talents new general manager John Idzik can lure to New York to join the Jets in the coming weeks. After that we turn our focus onto the 2013 NFL Draft and filing any remaining needs through there seven picks, one each in the seven rounds of the annual selection of college athletes.

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Antwan Barnes, Brandon Moore, Braylon Edwards, Bryan Thomas, Chaz Schilens, Football, Isaiah Trufant, John Idzik, Josh Bush, Matt Slauson, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Willie Colon

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