New York Jets Free Agents: Who Stays and Who Goes?

March 8th, 2013
Brandon Moore and Braylon Edwards

Are either of these two on the Jets’ roster next week? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Ryan Alfieri, Editor

Don’t look now, but we are just a few days away from the start of the 2013 NFL free agency period.

In an era of change in New York with a new general manager, it is more difficult than ever to predict what the front office has in mind in terms of which free agents of their own they are going to keep. The fact that they have limited cap room makes it difficult to keep the few pieces of this roster worth keeping.

Here is a breakdown of which Jets free agents will stay and which ones will hit the market.

 

Dustin Keller (PROFILE): The Jets top free agent, he missed half the games from 2012 with injury. He has been Mark Sanchez’s favorite target and could be a deadly target if paired up with a more competent quarterback. However, he lacks as a blocker and appears to be a one-way tight end.

Stay or Go: Go

 

Mike DeVito (PROFILE): From a logical football standpoint, DeVito would be a lock to hit the street. The Jets have drafted defensive ends in the first round two consecutive years. DeVito is a run-stopping specialist that has improved as a pass-rusher, but he is hardly a threat on third downs.

However, DeVito has emerged as one of the top leaders on the team. He could also be used in a rotation with Quinton Coples to bring the most out of both players.

Stay or Go: Stay

 

Brandon Moore: A solid, veteran player, the Jets have shown little interest in bringing him back. He should test the FA market.

Stay or Go: Go

 

Matt Slauson: While not as good as Moore in pass protection, Slauson is a young player with some upside. However, the fact that he rotated playing time with Vladimir Ducasse all but spelled out his future with the team. He should test the market.

Stay or Go: Go

 

Braylon Edwards: Most Jet fans would love to bring him back for old time’s sake, but it simply does not make a ton of sense. He is no longer a young, ascending player and starting him would only hurt the development of guys like Stephen Hill. Look for the Jets to try to get more receivers with upside for depth.

Stay or Go: Go

 

Austin Howard: After a surprisingly solid season as a starter at right tackle, Howard should be one of the Jets’ top priorities in free agency. A restricted free agent, Howard has not been given a tender yet (they have until the 12th to do it). I still contend that the Jets find a way to keep him on the roster.

Stay or Go: Stay

 

Shonn Greene: Greene has had two seasons to prove he can be a starting back, and while he has been somewhat productive, he has done little to dazzle. The Jets will let some other contending team in need of a complementary power back overspend for Greene.

Stay or Go: Go

 

LaRon Landry (PROFILE): The Jets would love to keep Landry around, but he is going to cash in on his Pro Bowl season in which he defied odds to play all 16 games. He will be far too expensive for the cash-strapped Jets.

Stay or Go: Go

 

Yeremiah Bell: Bell had a solid season next to Landry, but at age 35, the Jets are going to want to go younger and cheaper at the position.

Stay or Go: Go

 

Nick Folk: Coming off his best season as a Jet, it would be an upset if he did not come back to New York. Unless another team is willing to give him anything more than the minimum, he will be back.

Stay or Go: Stay

 

Bryan Thomas: While he had a solid season at outside linebacker, grading out better than any other linebacker on PFF’s ratings, the Jets must get younger at the position and find someone who can rush the passer more efficiently.

Stay or Go: Go

 

Chaz Schilens: The Jets depth receivers were simply not good enough, including Schilens, who had plenty of opportunities to start and remained ineffective just about every chance he had.

Stay or Go: Go

 

Jeff Cumberland: Cumberland flashed in some of his starting opportunities when Dustin Keller was out, impressing the Jets enough to consider using a second round tender on him. He should stick around one way or another.

Stay or Go: Stay

 

Lex Hilliard: Hilliard graded out very poorly as a blocker by PFF and dropped a handful of passes. Look for the Jets to get younger and more efficient at the position.

Stay or Go: Go

 

Josh Mauga: A backup linebacker with some starting experience, he should be kept around for depth behind Demario Davis with Bart Scott no longer around.

Stay or Go: Stay

 

Tanner Purdum: Did you notice the Jets’ long snapper at all this year? Me neither, which is a good thing. Purdum should stay.

Stay or Go: Stay

Tags: 2013 nfl free agency, Free Agents, new york jets

One Response to “New York Jets Free Agents: Who Stays and Who Goes?”

  1. Jetorange says:

    There will be some folks that will disagree. but I think you got it right. Pettin and Buffalo could make a major play for Devito


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