The New York Jets have made more than their usual number of roster moves this offseason. A team that overachieved last year to reach 8-8 now has added Eric Decker, Michael Vick, Chris Johnson, Jace Amaro and Calvin Pryor via free agency and the draft, setting up for what should be a very interesting 2014 season. Some cuts have been needed as well. Most recently, the Jets ended the Mike Goodson Experiment and parted ways with the embattled running back. Here are the final moves I’d like to see made before training camp:
Sign CB Jabari Greer
Surprise free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers was signed by the San Diego Chargers yesterday, just another in the long line of FA corners the Jets missed out on this offseason. Should the Jets just move forward with Dee Milliner and Darrin Walls as projected starters? Former New Orleans Saint Jabari Greer should garner at least a workout this summer. Greer is entering his eleventh NFL season currently without a team, after spending the last five years with the New Orleans Saints. The 32-year-old’s 2013 season was cut short by a torn ACL in November, but ACL tears generally take nine months for athletes to fully recover from. Greer isn’t an interception machine, but he’s a solid veteran who can step in and start while leading by example for the Jets’ otherwise young secondary.
Release CB Johnny Patrick
The team would need to make roster space to sign Greer, so I propose swapping out cornerback Johnny Patrick. Patrick was claimed off waivers from the Chargers last March. Granted, we haven’t seen much of what Patrick can do yet, but I think we know it’s less than what a healthy Greer can accomplish.
Release RB Alex Green
Even after releasing Mike Goodson, the Jets still have five running backs going into camp. It is hard to imagine a situation where Alex Green makes the roster, considering his competition is Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Daryl Richardson. This piece of the puzzle isn’t necessary to me, but I wouldn’t miss Alex Green if he was cut before camp.
News and Notes: Could the Jets have the Defensive Rookie of the Year two years in a row? Only several months removed from Sheldon Richardson being named the 2013 DROY, ESPN’s Ashley Fox wrote that not only is Calvin Pryor more likely to win the award than Houston Texan number one overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney, but that it’s Pryor’s award to lose. It’s high praise for the rookie safety, who has not even been guaranteed a starting spot on the roster yet.
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