After franchise tagging Muhammad Wilkerson this week the Jets are estimated to have only aproximately $7MM in cap space. With multiple positions to fill, the most glaring hole is at RB where their two top rushers Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell set to become free agents themselves. GM Mike Maccagnan will surely ask several Jets veterans to restructure their deals and there may be some more cuts but even after that the team will be forced to spend thriftily and wisely to fill the voids.
Sources say that they are ready to move on from Ivory based on the deal he will likely to command and also his spotty record of durability. The team reportedly wants Powell back and hopes they can re-sign to a cap-friendly deal but nothing is guaranteed as he will likely get interest from other teams.
The one name that has come up several times this week is soon to be Redskins RB Free Agent Alfred Morris who at 27 is in his prime. Talent-wise he isn't in the same league as Ivory but has been a servicable and reliable player for Washington who could step into the Jets offense and be very productive.
Morris has been the Redskins top rusher for the last 4 years but after drafting RB Matt Jones last year, Redskins coach Jay Gruden has stated that his plan with Jones is to make him the feature back which makes Morris expendable.
Former Bears RB Matt Forte is also someone the Jets will look at but at age 31 and likely commanding a high price, Morris may be the better option.
Stay tuned as free agency officially kicks off on Wendesday.