Top FA Priority- Devin McCourty
The Jets biggest issues are in the secondary, so it would make sense for their top free agency target to come in that area. To much surprise, free-safety Devin McCourty was not franchise-tagged by New England. Once he hits the open market, McCourty will be highly sought by many teams. He is one of the best ball-hawking safeties in the NFL, recording 17 picks in his five seasons with the Patriots. The Jets do not have that true ball-hawk at the position. They invested a first round pick in safety Calvin Pryor, but he is a natural strong-safety. Signing McCourty would allow Pryor to play more in the box. Dawan Landry and Jaiquawn Jarrett are not going to cut it in the Todd Bowles defense. Hopefully Maccagan can sell McCourty on his Rutgers roots and a chance at playing New England twice a year. This draft class is deep at wide receiver, but the safety position is a weak spot. With potentially over $60 million in cap space, the Jets have no reason to not make a huge bid.
Top FA Priority- Antonio Cromartie
Like Jared said our secondary is the weakest link, and Devin McCourty is younger and arguably better than Cromartie, but I don't know if McCourty will leave New England nor do I know if he would come to NY. I am confident that if Cromartie had a chance to come back to NY and play for the Jets he would, especially since his defensive coordinator last year is the Jets new Head coach, Todd Bowles. Cromartie wanted to stay a Jet but his contract was too big after a injury plagued season with the Jets two seasons ago. Last year in Arizona, playing as the 2nd best CB across from Patrick Peterson, Cromartie had 49 tackles and 3 interceptions. Once Bowles was hired, Cromartie at the Pro Bowl was telling players how badly he wanted to come back to NY and play for Bowles. Cromartie had the upmost respect for Rex Ryan but a reunion with Bowles is more likely than a reunion with Ryan. Cromartie signed a one year $3.5 million dollar deal with $1 million dollar signing bonus with Arizona last season, so a deal similar to that is to be expected. The Jets can afford to give him two years but only one guaranteed, and maybe even $4.0 million instead of $3.5 a year. The only scenario that I don't see him ending up a Jet is if the Jets end up with McCourty and another free agent CB.
Top FA Priority- Darrelle Revis
Fresh off of a super bowl win, Darrelle Revis was the best corner in the NFL last year and could be a huge addition to the Jets. Getting Revis would be a boost for the Jets terrible secondary that was ranked among the worst in the NFL. Revis, who played in New York for six seasons is considered a top five Jet, however, an ACL injury was one of the many reasons why Revis left. If we were to sign Revis he would be a huge playmaker for Todd Bowles defense that is known to make corners play man to man coverage. When the offseason begins Revis will be asking for a lot of money which the Jets have. I don't want the Jets to give him a massive contract because he is going to be 30 when the season starts. I would like to give him a four year deal with two years of guaranteed money. This will allow the Jets to get a solid cornerback to anchor the defense.