Old Friends, New Friends?

Some new names hit the waiver wire this week - are the Jets interested in any of them?

All the labor talks – or lack thereof – are clouding the fact that some teams are already beginning to shake up their rosters with some moves. On Wednesday, the Jets made some moves of their own, including having signed linebackers Brandon Long, Garrett McIntyre and kicker Nick Novak.

But it's the other teams in the league whose roster moves might impact the Jets the most. Some players on the move fit pressing needs on the Jets.

A look at three players recently made available who might be a good fit for the Jets as "Gang Green" retools this offseason. Perhaps head coach Rex Ryan will find one or two of them intriguing:

Erik Coleman – The Falcons strong safety was recently cut and the former Jet could be a good fit for his old squad. Coleman has produced big numbers but the player has struggled with injuries over the last year, starting just one game in 2010. He could be worth a gamble because he is a player who four times in his seven year career has topped 100 tackles. His pass deflection numbers have never been high and he doesn't create a ton of turnovers, but Coleman is a good player who could be had for a decent value, adding depth to the secondary.

Kenyon Coleman – He was part of the deal that sent Cleveland's No. 5 pick to the Jets in 2008, and all the nine-year veteran did last year was post the second highest tackle total of his career. The defensive end doesn't get a lot of sacks – he had a career high four sacks in 2006 while with Dallas – but he's a solid and reliable tackler who has been relatively healthy over the past few years. Age is a concern with Coleman, who turns 32 years old this April, but he could be a nice addition to a defensive line that is dangerously thin. Plus, he played in a similar 3-4 defense the past two years under Rex's brother, Rob Ryan, who was the Browns defensive coordinator. Perhaps Rob will co-sign any Jets interest in this player again.

Shaun Rogers – Another former Cleveland player, recently cut, who also turns 32 years old this spring. Rogers, best known for his off the field trouble, had a career low number of starts this year but still put up relatively decent numbers (17 tackles, two sacks) with limited snaps. He's a space-eater nose tackle who can stuff the run. General manager Mike Tannenbaum has been willing in the past to target troubled players (see Antonio Cromartie, Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes) but Rogers might be too explosive to touch. Then again, nose tackles who get after the quarterback as well as Rogers does in the 3-4 are hardly a dime a dozen. Worth a roll of the dice? For the right price, we have to imagine the Jets would be interested.

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