With the Super Bowl in the rearview mirrow, it's time to look forward to 2014. That means looking into the offseason and what key free agents the Jets could sign. Although the season has just ended, there are some names already floating around that have been linked to the Jets. Here are some of the most intriguing options:
- Michael Vick PHI - Vick looks like he is done in Philadelphia since Nick Foles has emerged as one of the top young quarterbacks in the league. Though he is past his prime, Vick could likely bring one or two high level seasons to the Jets. He is still an electric player at the quarterback position and the threat of him taking off could open up space for the skill position players. The potential snag here is that Vick does not want to be put in a position where he has to compete for a job. Though Geno Smith did not set the world on fire in his rookie season, he would certainly compete with Vick for the starting position.
- Eric Decker DEN - It is no secret that the Jets wide receiving corps is one of the worst in the league. The wide receiver free agent pool is shallow this year but Decker would be a huge upgrade over anyone that the Jets have on their roster now. He may want to remain a Bronco, but considering the high cap players on the team it looks likely that he will be moving on next year.
- James Jones GB - Jones is a bit of an under the radar name on the talent laden Green Bay roster. Coming to New York would make him the number one option and he could become a star overnight. Jones has shown himself to be a reliable target who has only improved with age and he could be a vital component of the Jets offense if he came to New York.
- Miles Austin DAL - Although he is still on the Cowboys, it looks likely that Austin will be released in the near future. He is no longer a premier name, but that means that the Jets could potentially pick him up at a reduced rate. If he can return to form next year this could pay huge dividends for the team with little risk involved.
- Brandon Pettigrew DET - Expectations for Pettigrew were high after being taken in the first round of the 2009 draft. He has not lived up to the hype so far, but he still has great potential. Pettigrew has above average athletic ability and could be a nice complement to whoever the Jets bring in to stabilize their receiving corps.
There will undoubtedly be other names surfacing as teams make their cap decisions in the offseason. Check back to find out who the Jets sign and what players are still available.