New York Jets: Should the Jets Target Stephen Gostkowski?

New York Jets, Jason Myers

The New York Jets have a gigantic need for a kicker after a tumultuous season where they went through 4 different kickers. A couple of interesting names hit free agency like Greg Zuerlein and Ryan Succop but the newest member, Stephen Gostkowski, is intriguing. The New York Jets could use Stephen Gostkowski, but how much would a marriage between the two look like?

Résumé

Stephen Gostkowski was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 draft by the New England Patriots and ever since then, he has been one of the elite kickers in the league. Gostkowski is the Patriots all-time leading scorer and he holds the NFL record for consecutive extra points. A 3-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler Gostkowski has been one of the leagues best since entering the league.

Contract

Gostkowski will most likely want to be one of the highest-paid kickers in the league and luckily for him, the Jets have the second-most cap room left in the NFL. Justin Tucker is the highest-paid kicker in the league making an average of 5 million a year, if the Jets want Gostkowski, they’d have to offer something similar. A reasonable deal between the two would be a 9-million-dollar deal stretched over two years with the 5 million guaranteed.

Likelihood

The chances of Gostkowski coming to the Jets are very unlikely considering Gostkowski still has some sort of loyalty towards the Patriots and would probably no come to a division rival out of respect. The Jets have also been penny pinchers this offseason and are not willing to overpay for players no matter how much the team needs them. The Jets have plenty of options to look at this year in the draft with names like Rodrigo Blankenship and Tyler Bass if they choose to go the younger and cheaper route.

New York Jets: Several pass rushers the Jets could consider in free agency

New York Jets, Jadeveon Clowney

The amount of defensive talent that the New York Jets have when healthy has the potential to be one of the elite units in the NFL. With young, formidable building blocks in star safety Jamal Adams, proven linebacker C.J. Mosley and the highly touted defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, coordinator Gregg Williams does have some pieces to work with.

With Mosley roaming the middle, Williams in the trenches and Adams to command the secondary, holes in the cornerback and pass rusher position are still critical when creating an efficient defensive unit.

So what’re some realistic moves for pass rushers? Options are still on the table for the Jets. With roughly $25 million in remaining cap, the Jets could still look to make a splash with a pass rusher.

1. Jadeveon Clowney

Clowney is an interesting option for any pass rush needy team. There are a lot of questions surrounding him, but the payoff could be huge. Does he deserve top tier pass rusher money?

Can he be productive as a team’s number one pass rusher? Here are a couple of things to consider: Clowney has never posted a double-digit sack season, (that’s with spending five seasons in Houston with most of the attention of the opposing offensive lineman focused on teammate J.J. Watt). When he finally signed with the Seahawks last year with expectations to be their premier pass rusher, he recorded just three sacks with just seven tackles for loss in 13 games. Clowney is a freak athlete and a physical specimen with the potential to be a top-five pass rusher in football. I would like to see some more consistent production before giving him a big payday.

2. Everson Griffen

After announcing on his social media that he will be leaving the Vikings, Griffen is another intriguing option. He is a slightly safer option than Clowney. While he is five years older than Clowney at 32, he has a much more impressive resume.

Spending the last nine seasons with the Vikings, Griffen has posted 74.5 career sacks and 86 tackles for loss. After filling the big shoes of legendary defensive end Jared Allen, Griffen has been one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL. Could be brought in on a short term deal given his age and be an immediate impact player.

3. Ziggy Ansah

Ansah would be a low-risk signing. Nagging injuries have slowed his progress recently and posted only 2.5 sacks in the last 11 games with the Seahawks. Despite his lack of production in recent years, Ansah still draws attention from opposing offensive lineman because of his massive 6-5, 275-pound frame.

With a few impressive years with the Lions, including multiple double-digit sack seasons under his belt, Ansah could be brought in for cheap on a one-year prove-it deal. If he can stay healthy, the payoff for the Jets could be beneficial.

New York Jets: Reaction to Joe Douglas’s First 3 Days of Free Agency

New York Jets, Jordan Jenkins

Well it’s that time of the year again where every team in the league gives their fans hope for the new season by signing players to over-priced contracts but it seems the Jets didn’t get the memo. The Jets have gotten off to a sluggish start this offseason by being overly conservative in their approach towards free agents. General manager Joe Douglas has made some very savvy under the radar deals along with some deals that make you scratch your head.

Signing Brian Poole to a 1 year 5-million-dollar deal and Connor McGovern to a 3 year 27-million-dollar deal with 18 million guaranteed are key deals in Joe Douglas’s plan for the team, but he hasn’t been perfect. On the first day of the legal tampering period the Jets either whiffed on or completely ignored addressing either tackle spot and they got burned for doing so. The Jets missed out on solid players like Jack Conklin and Halapoulivaati Vatai who signed affordable deals that the Jets could’ve matched or even surpassed. The Jets ended up with George Fant who has been below average at best in Seattle and not only that, the Jets signed him to a 3 year 30-million-dollar contract with almost half of that guaranteed.

The patient and stable approach of Joe Douglas is a bit worrisome considering he was boasting about how the Jets would be major players in the offensive line market. In Joe Douglas’s defense it is very difficult to sell free agents on Adam Gase because he has shown his ability to alienate players no matter how talented they are. Joe Douglas has secured solid second tier players and still has more work to do in order to fill out the rest of this roster.

If Joe Douglas wants to have a successful free agency, I suggest that he becomes a little more proactive in his pursuit of talent that would fill the needs at cornerback and edge even if that means splurging a little.

New York Jets Roadmap To a Ring: Free Agency Predictions

New York Jets, Vic Beasley

This is section three of my multi-part series dedicated to laying out a blueprint for the New York Jets this offseason. It is essentially a blueprint of what I would do if I were in Joe Douglas’s shoes. Most moves are realistic, but keep in mind; there is A LOT of offseason to go. Part three is devoted to the “dawgs” the Jets should bring in during free agency.

Estimated Cap After Resigning Players & Cuts: $47,317,397

Joe Thuney G

Estimated Deal: $14 million a year for five years

Thuney is one of the best guards in football. He hasn’t missed a single game in his career, and he’s been one of the most efficient offensive linemen. Thuney is going to command BIG money, but that’s what you have to pay to get the best. Douglas needs to splurge and get a beast to pair with Alex Lewis on this offensive line. This would be a phenomenal move.

Ronald Darby CB

Estimated Deal: $5 million a year for two years

Darby was a very talented corner for the Eagles, but he had an awful campaign last year. He still has potential mainly because he played banged up most of last year, and in a Gregg Williams defense, Darby should be successful. Offensive line was prioritized, so the Jets subsequently miss out on Bradberry and Jones in this scenario, but the low-cost option in Darby is a good one.

Vic Beasley EDGE

Estimated Deal: $7.5 million a year for three years

Beasley is an underrated productive edge rusher. In his career, he’s had 37.5 sacks. He had eight sacks last season, and he is a major Swiss Army knife that Gregg Williams would love to have. Adding two low-cost, efficient players in Darby and Beasley immediately improves the defense. Pairing Beasley with Jenkins could be the edge-rushing answer for the short term.

Demarcus Robinson WR

Estimated Deal: $4 million a year for two years

Robinson can be a cheap asset for this team, and he allows for draft flexibility. Robinson would be able to slot in with Crowder, Doctson, and likely two draft picks and immediately become a vital piece of the offense. Gase would be able to have fun with a young receiver like Robinson, who is a dynamic playmaker.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai OL

Estimated Deal: $9.5 million a year for four years

Vaitai is an underrated value signing that I would be ecstatic for. Vaitai is a Super Bowl Champion who filled in admirably for Jason Peters in the past. Vaitai is versatile and has a connection to Douglas. By signing Vaitai, you add a starting-caliber lineman who can play wherever. Adding a guy like him makes Beachum less important and nearly expendable. Beachum could be a reliable mentor at left tackle for a rookie and excellent backup. Overall, Vaitai and Thuney immediately makes the offensive line more suitable for Sam Darnold. With the two of them, Alex Lewis, Chuma Edoga, and Kelvin Beachum, the Jets have a solid offensive line before the draft, where I plan to try to add two more linemen. This eases pressure, however, and makes offensive line less prioritized.

EDIT: Kelvin Beachum resigning becomes unnecessary, but in this case, I worked it into the team as depth.

Overview:

This would be a great free agency for the Jets. They would add two great offensive linemen and three low risk/high reward players. All of these moves lead up to the big event… the Draft.

Should The New York Giants Trade For Yannick Ngakoue?

New York Giants, Yannick Ngakoue

The NFL offseason is in full effect and free agency begins in under two weeks. Teams have already begun making trades and tagging key players. One of the top free-agent edge rushers was tagged this week- Yannick Ngakoue.

Ngakoue tweeted this week, stating “I no longer have interest in signing a long term contract in Jacksonville.” This came shortly after news had broke that Jacksonville will be placing their franchise tag on the stud pass-rusher.

Prior to receiving the franchise tag, Yannick Ngakoue and the New York Giants had “mutual interest,” according to a report by Matt Lombardo of nj.com. Acquiring Ngakoue will be an arduous task now that he has been tagged. But if the Giants want to, they could try to trade for Yannick Ngakoue.

What Would The Price Be?

The trade price for Yannick Ngakoue is likely to be comparable to the Frank Clark deal from last offseason. In that trade, the Chiefs traded a 2019 first and third-round pick to the Seahawks for Frank Clark, a 2019 third-round pick, and a 2020 second-round pick.

If the Giants want to trade for Ngakoue, they will have to pay a similar price. According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN, one NFL executive put the price for Jaguars EDGE Yannick Ngakoue at a first-round pick or two second-round picks. There is no way the Giants will give up the fourth overall pick. It is also highly unlikely the Giants would be willing to give up a second-round pick either.

This high price tag basically takes the Giants out of the race for Yannick Ngakoue unless they can get really creative with a trade offer. This is disappointing, especially when considering the fact that Ngakoue “wants to be a Giant,” according to Jodan Raanan.

Is Ngakoue Worth The Price?

On top of whatever a team will give up trading for Ngakoue, they will have to pay him. The pass-rusher has an estimated market value of $17.1 million, according to Spotrac. With all this taken into consideration, is Yannick Ngakoue worth the price?

Yannick Ngakoue is one of the most talented, young pass-rushers in the NFL. Through 4 seasons, Ngakoue has totaled 37.5 sacks. He has not had a single season in his career with less than 8 sacks, hitting that number in all 4 seasons including a career-high 12 sacks in 2017. Additionally, Ngakoue has totaled 122 combined tackles over 4 years.

Ngakoue might not be a game-breaking pass-rusher like Von Miller or Khalil Mack, but he is a highly productive player regardless. He would be a major upgrade for the Giants if they were to somehow acquire him. However, it is hard to envision this team with holes all over the roster and limited draft capital making a deal with Jacksonville.

New York Giants Could Pursue Byron Jones And James Bradberry In Free Agency

New York Giants, Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys

The New York Giants are reportedly planning on prioritizing the cornerback position in free agency this offseason (Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post). Luckily for New York, there are plenty of talented cornerbacks set to be available.

Two of the top cornerbacks for the Giants to target will be Byron Jones and James Bradberry. Both will have very competitive markets but would be massive upgrades to add to the Giants’ young and upcoming secondary.

Byron Jones

The Dallas Cowboys are in a bit of trouble regarding their salary cap. They just paid Ezekiel Elliot and Demarcus Lawrence, and they still have not paid Dak Prescott. New head coach Mike McCarthy will have some tough decisions to make regarding the team’s impending free agents, and he might have to let some big names walk out the door. Byron Jones could be one of those big names to depart.

The 27-year-old cornerback out of Connecticut has been one of the best cornerbacks in the league with the Cowboys. Byron Jones is a versatile cornerback that makes a significant impact in pass coverage. He has experience playing both safety and cornerback at the professional level and has done both exceptionally well. Jones is 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He’s a large-bodied cornerback with peak physicality to cover larger receivers and tight ends. Finally, the Giants could get a coverage-man to shut down opposing tight ends.

James Bradberry

In Ryan Dunleavy’s report, he listed Byron Jones and James Bradberry as two potential cornerback targets for the Giants in free agency. Dunleavy described Bradberry as a “coveted option.” There should be a competitive market to sign James Bradberry.

But James is expected to cost a pretty penny. According to a report by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Bradberry is seeking a contract worth approximately $15 million per year. This might be a bit expensive for a 27-year-old cornerback that has never been to a Pro Bowl.

In 2019, Bradberry recorded 3 interceptions, and 12 passes defended. James is not exactly an elite talent, but he is a reliable veteran that would be a considerable upgrade in the Giants’ secondary. If they can acquire Bradberry for the right price, it might be worth the investment.