New York Jets: Make some solid free agent moves
The New York Jets enter the 2018 offseason with many holes to fix on a young and rebuilding squad. Although last year’s team showed some promise. However, they ultimately showed they still have a way to go until they become a serious contender. Here are some of the moves the Jets made on Tuesday. It is worth noting that all deals and agreements don’t become official until 4 pm on March 14th.
Josh McCown – QB
Early in the afternoon the Jets and Josh McCown agreed to a one year deal worth $10 million. This signing will bring McCown back as a member of the New York Jets. Last season in 13 starts for the team, McCown threw for just under 3,000 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. His season was cut short when he went down with a broken hand in the 1st quarter against the Broncos. If the Jets do in fact draft a quarterback McCown will most likely play a huge mentor role for the youngster while also providing the Jets with stable quarterback play.
Isaiah Crowell – RB
The second Jets signing of the day came when they signed former Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell. Last season Crowell saw a lot of his touches going to Duke Johnson. Although he did rush for 853 yards, he only had 2 touchdowns on 206 carries. With Matt Forte retiring it left a hole at running back for the Jets. And although the Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire had pretty solid seasons last year, they aren’t every down backs. Crowell will look to rejuvenate his career in the Big Apple.
Trumaine Johnson – CB
Early in the evening the Jets shifted their attention to the defensive side of the ball and signed former Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson. Although not elite, Johnson is definitely in the upper echelon of cornerbacks in the league. In 2017 he had 65 total tackles, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble. Johnson also allowed only 1 touchdown on the year. Johnson now gives some depth to the cornerback position as he will take over the main spot. This moves Morris Claiborne to the #2 spot and Buster Skrine most likely to play the slot. Claiborne and Skrine both had some tough games last season, especially Skrine who was among the league leaders in penalties against defensive backs.
Teddy Bridgewater – QB
The 4th signing for the New York Jets on Thursday came later in the evening. It was reported they came to an agreement with former Minnesota Vikings player Teddy Bridgewater. Aside from subbing into a game last season for a short while, the last time Teddy saw any significant game action was back in 2015. He was right on the cusp of breaking out when he suffered a dislocated knee and torn ACL on a non-contact play during training camp. Bridgewater, out of Louisville has a strong-arm mixed with great athleticism. The one year deal he agreed to may be an audition contract to see just how good he can be after his injury.
Avery Williamson – LB
The last signing for the Jets on Thursday came late in the evening as they added some more depth on defensive, this time at the linebacker position. Avery Williamson, the former Tennessee Titan is a solid starter. Since the Tennessee Titans drafted him in 2014 he’s had two seasons with more than 100 tackles. In the Jets base 3-4 defense Williamson will most likely take Josh Martin’s spot and will play alongside Demario Davis, Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins.