GWR: Five Defensive Free Agents We Like

GWR takes a look at five free agents we'd like to see the Jets pursue this offseason.

While questions abound about which wide receivers will re-sign with the Jets, it is clear that the team is going to need to reload on the defensive side of the ball, in particular along the line. Five free agents who make sense for the Jets and could help the defensive unit:

1 Mathias Kiwanuka —An explosive rusher who won't cost as much after playing just three games in 2010 due to injury. He's a local name, having been drafted by the Giants and played the entirety of his career in "Big Blue." A big complaint for Kiwanuka for the past two years has been his limited number of snaps. With the Jets, that won't be an issue and he could play defensive end and some outside linebacker as well in the 3-4. He must be general manager Mike Tannenbaum's first call when free agency starts.

2 Cullen Jenkins — The Super Bowl-bound DE could play alongside his brother Kris, the Jets nose tackle. He's a free spirit – the guy walked out of the New Meadowlands Stadium locker room following Green Bay's Halloween win over the Jets dressed like Mr. T – and could fit in well with head coach Rex Ryan's persona. An intriguing player because he can get to the pocket in a hurry. He's a veteran guy, but could still play several more years at a high level.

3 Paul Posluszny — A run-stuffing option at LB if David Harris decides to test the market. He knows the AFC East having played the last three seasons for the Bills. He's injury prone, see Kiwanuka above, but he would be good young value on a defense which is veteran laden. He's also cerebral, which Ryan would love on defense.

4 Cliff Avril — A veteran team like the Jets would be wise to pursue this 24-year-old DE who had 8.5 sacks last year for Detroit. Avril isn't a big end, but he's long and gets after the quarterback. Doesn't play in a 3-4 but he could learn and once again, he'd infuse some youth along the line. Also a good character guy who knows the area, he did his pre-NFL Draft training at Parisi in Bergen County.

5 Haruki Nakamura — While they aren't desperate for a safety, this Raven has huge upside potential for the Jets. He knows the system in New York – it is the same one in Baltimore. Another smart player who could let Eric Smith or Brodney Pool walk, Nakamura is a real ball hawk for the Ravens.


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