Last offseason, the New York Jets spent big in free agency to try and close the gap with the Buffalo Bills and the rest of the AFC East. However, it didn’t result in more wins this past season and they once again are staying busy in free agency to improve the roster. This is a recap of the moves they have made in free agency and my grade for the moves.
Key players re-signed
- Marcus Maye (franchise tag)
Key free agent signings
- Corey Davis
- Carl Lawson
- Lamarcus Joyner
- Tevin Coleman
- Sheldon Rankins
- Jarrad Davis
- Tyler Kroft
- Breshad Perriman
- Henry Anderson
There is no question that new head coach Robert Saleh wanted to focus on improving the defense, which is his specialty. The big addition was defensive end Carl Lawson, who does have some injury concerns but has also been productive with five or more sacks and 20 or more QB hits in three of his first four years in the NFL.
The Jets also improved drastically up the middle with defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, linebacker Jarrad Davis (who will play alongside returning linebacker C.J. Mosley), and an above-average starting safety duo with Marcus Maye and Lamarcus Joyner.
On the other side of the ball, the Jets spent big to improve the wide receiver position with Corey Davis, who joins last year’s high draft pick Denzel Mims and one of the better slot receivers in Jamison Crowder. The Jets also added running back Tevin Coleman, who Saleh is familiar with from his time with the 49ers.
They also signed former Buffalo Bills tight end Tyler Kroft, who will compete with Chris Herndon for the starting tight end job this season.
While the New York Jets have improved the roster, the big question was what they do at quarterback. However, that was answered on Monday when the team traded Darnold to the Carolina Panthers for a couple of draft picks.
This now clears the way for them to draft a quarterback second overall, with signs pointing towards Zach Wilson. The fact the other quarterbacks on the roster are James Morgan and Mike White means that whoever they draft will start almost immediately.