This short period before the official start of free agency allows teams and players to get a good feel for the market and allows them to prioritize as they begin to make arrangements for visits. According to Daryl Slater of NJ Advance Media one of the first players the Jets are expected to show interest in is Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson.
“The Texans’ Kareem Jackson is one corner the Jets likely will show interest in signing, according to a league source, who spoke to NJ Advance Media on a condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly on the situation.”
New general manager Mike Maccagnan is very familiar with Jackson from their time in Houston and it certainly seems like it could be a good marriage considering the Jets obvious need for cornerback help. The Jets will still make a run at Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell and of course ex-Jet Darrelle Revis but both those players will be highly sought after and will command more money than Jackson.
According to multiple reports Woody Johnson desperately wants Revis back and is willing to pay whatever it takes to get him, which is the only way they will get him. Revis was clearly comfortable in New England last year and winning the Super Bowl certainly doesn’t make returning to the Patriots less appealing but Revis will always chase the money. That’s not meant as an insult but a statement of fact.
If the Jets really want Revis they are going to have to be the highest bidder by a comfortable margin otherwise he’s likely to return to the Patriots. There are reports currently floating around saying exactly that but no one should need a report to tell the obvious as history will surely repeat itself here.
While teams can only talk to the agents of pending free agents they are allowed to host and sign players that have already been released from their contracts and one of those players is cornerback Cary Williams who will visit the Jets this weekend. Williams won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens and spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Williams is a talented back but he is a penalty-machine and is far from the most disciplined corner. He will take a lot of chances and those chances end up backfiring more often than they pay off. But with new coach Todd Bowles at the helm maybe he feels that there is more than enough talent in Williams that he can mold him into a better all-around corner.
The Jets are showing a lot of interest in multiple different cornerbacks and until they sign at least one of them no one has any real idea of what direction they will go but they are clearly determined to upgrade their corners through free agency and will likely sign at least two different corners.