The New York Jets look to get an early start to the offseason, as they will be reevaluating their roster over the offseason, seeking to fill up any gaping holes. This year's free agency list is filled with young, play-making receivers, which the Jets desperately need. Three of the expected free agents that Gang Green should target in this year's offseason are:
Jones really came onto the scene this year, stepping up to take the starting role after Green Bay's slew of injuries. In just 14 games this season, most of them without Aaron Rodgers in at quarterback, Jones recorded a career high of 817 yards, while reeling in 59 catches.
Although the veteran wide receiver has been known for dropping easy passes, bringing him in would be an upgrade for the Jets as the team's young receivers have struggled. The 6-foot-1 receiver is very physical, and he has shown that he has big-play making ability. The physicality and the decent speed that Jones brings to the table would fit like a glove in New York as many found out when Gang Green brought in David Nelson halfway through the season.
The Philadelphia Eagle offensive weapon has had a great start to his career, tallying nearly 3,500 yards on 258 catches in just four seasons. Maclin spent the 2013 season on injured reserve after sustaining a knee injury during the preseason; however, he will have almost a full year of recovery to return to normal form.
If he chooses to leave the Eagles organization and opts out of re-signing with his team, the Jets can make a move to get the offensive weapon for a cheap price. By signing Maclin, Gang Green will be receiving a 6-foot-1, 200 pound. receiver who is shifty and is consistent with his hands. He has blazing speed and can break out for a big play at any given moment. Adding Maclin to the roster will give Geno Smith another highly talented weapon to target, to complement Jeremy Kerley.
Although Nicks had a down year in 2013, however he still produced more than any Jets receiver. Nicks, recording 896 yards on 56 receptions and being held out of the end zone the entire season, he can still be a valuable asset to the struggling offense of his same-state counterparts. Regardless of his personal struggles, the poor play by his quarterback and the play-calling did not help his cause, as the accumulation of problems on offense led to his downfall.
The 25-year old receiver has big hands, and can be a vertical threat to opposing defenses. Adding a big-bodied target like Nicks can help cause havoc for secondaries and he can break-out for a big play in an instant. His tough demeanor and his competitiveness would help him fit in with the Green and White.