New York Jets 2014: Players They Can't Lose In Free Agency

By Gladys Louise Tyler
February 28, 2014 8:35 am
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Brady QuinnThe New York Jets have 24 free agents. Out of the 24 there are three that are worth keeping. 

Can you guess which ones?

Here is a hint with their salary cap numbers.

Quarterback

David Garrard:

$588,235

Yes, I know, Garrard is still on the Jets' payroll.

Brady Quinn:

$242,823

Yep, another quarterback on the payroll. 

The Jets are loaded down with quarterbacks who are eating up salary cap space. They are also not being productive. 

Running Back

Darius Reynaud

$188.235

Reynaud's career stats are 17 attempts for 32 yards, averaging 1.9 yards per carry.

Lex Hilliard

$322,900

Hilliard was placed on season-ending IR last year. Meaning he collected his base pay although he did not play a down. In the season before Hilliard carried the ball eight times for 31 yards.

Tight End

Jeff Cumberland

$1,323,000

For the 2013 season, Cumberland collected 58 receptions for 795 yards and seven touchdowns.

Kellen Winslow Jr.

$424,412

For the 2013 season, Winslow was responsible for 31 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns. 

Konrad Reuland

$417,529

For the 2013 season, Reuland collected one reception for seven yards.

Wide Receivers

Joshua Cribbs

$441,882

For the 2013 season, Cribbs was on the receiving end of two passes. He had six yards.

Vidal Hazelton

$288,000

Hazelton was signed to a reserve/future contract. He did not play a down.

Guard

Willie Colon

$1,162,500

Colon will be coming off a torn bicep injury suffered in Week 17 against the Miami Dolphins. 

Vladimir Ducasse

$886,000.

Ducasse struggled last season.  He was benched in favor of rookie Brian Winters. 

Cornerback

Ellis Lankster

$655,000

For the 2013 season, Lankster had 18 combined tackles. 

Isaiah Trufant

$555,000

For the 2013 season, Trufants had 20 combined tackles.

Darrin Walls

$555,000

For the 2013 season, Walls had 20 combined tackles.

Aaron Berry

$308,000

In the 2013 season, Berry suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Safety

Ed Reed

$387,058

For the 2013 season, Reed had 16 combined tackles.

The Jets' defense is good. Their free agents are not the reason.

Kicker

Nick Folk

$620,000

For the 2013 season, Folk was 33-of-36 on field goal attempts.

Guessing time is over.

The Jets' offensive was erratic last year. At their best they were good, but when they were bad, it was bad.

Tight end Cumberland is a keeper. The Jets have no reliable wide receiver. Cumberland's stats are anemic when compared to the best free agent tight end on the market, Jimmy Graham. But few do. Cumberland was productive in an poor passing offense. He is worthy of re-signing. 

Guard Colon suffered his injury at the end of the season. If his rehab is progressing he is worthy of a one year pay for play contract. Not to mention he should be able to be signed at a bargain. 

Kicker Folk was the most productive weapon on the Jets' offense. They cannot possibly consider not re-signing him. 

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8 months ago
The Jets should keep Cumberland as long as he doesn't try to demand to much cash. He can block which is great for a team who runs so much. The Jets resign Cumberland and Draft Ebron they can an offense similar to the Patriots a few years ago. 2 TE Sets that they can pass or run in. I think the offense can improve the Jets should snag Ebron and sign the best WR available. They could always trade for a WR Ican think of 2 teams who would be open to trading. The Bucs with Vincent Jackson are in rebuilding mode and could use the extra draft pick. The Eagles just resigned Maclin & Cooper and rumor has it D Jackson is on the trading block. They need to land someone in free agency or trade then draft a WR or 2. The Jets have an extra 3rd round pick. If they are smart they can reload on offense after cutting Sanchez & Holmes they would save 16 million that gives them plenty of space for making trades and signing free agents.

I would like to see maybe our 3rd or 4th round pick for Vincent Jackson. Draft one or 2 WR's but take Ebron in the first round since he would be instant impact player and resign cumberland. The Jets can address the O-line in the draft theres tons of talent this year in the mid rounds and I would also bring in some veteran O-linemen since they aren't that expensive at LG & RG. The Jets really should focus all their picks on offense between the O-line and WR TE positions all needing help Rex Ryan can make due on defense he always does.
8 months ago

Wow excellent analysis! I think with the proliferation of wide receivers in the draft this year the Jets need to spend quality time on offense. Having put the franchise tag on Folk, I think they are going to let the rest of the chips fall where they may and attempt to build in draft and free agency.
Hopefully they go against the grain and concentrate on the offense.

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