After a slow start, Jets‘ GM Mike Maccagan finally made a splash in free agency filling a glaring need at CB with the signing of Trumaine Johnson. Former Titan ILB Avery Williamson will sign a 3 year/$22.5million contract which will ultimately replace Demario Davis. Davis and the Jets were apparently far apart on contract negotiations and the signing of Williamson all but seals Demario’s fate with the team. He’s also said to fit perfectly with a 3-4 scheme, and is considered more of a run stopper than a coverage guy.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Jets also signed Josh McCown for one-year/$10M once they knew they were out on the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes. In addition to McCown, the Jets also signed Teddy Bridgewater to a one-year deal. I’m under the assumption that Josh is there to “mentor” whoever the Jets take at quarterback in the first-round, and Teddy is more of an insurance policy than anything else. Isaiah Crowell will depart Cleveland for the NY Jets adding to Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire in the backfield. There were reports earlier this week that had center Spencer Long coming to the Jets. He has played center for the Redskins since being drafted in 2014, but has played guard in college. Long provides much needed flexibility for this Jets o-line and leaves the door open for a possibility of still signing Ryan Jensen at center.
More moves are surely to come. The Jets are in need of a solidified pass rusher. Whether that will be filled via free agency or the draft remains to be seen. In addition to Trumaine Johnson (who will surely see a bulk of #1 receivers), another corner is sorely needed, enter Mo Claiborne? It seems like an obvious fit. With the likelihood of Austin Seferian-Jenkins moving on becoming more and more likely, could we see Tyler Eifert in a Gang Green? Mike Maccagan has kept to his word and has been active, let’s hope it continues.