The New York Jets went into 2016 with four quarterbacks and high hopes. They leave that season behind with a 5-11 record and half as many quarterbacks, none of whom have proven to be particularly good. Let the rebuild restart once again.
Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has plenty of work ahead of him, not just in the form of his own free agents (most of which he has little interest in retaining I’m sure) but also in the veteran group of players under contract who probably won’t still be viable options once New York is actually good again ... assuming that ever happens. There are more than a couple players leaving New York/Jersey who could be of some interest to the Seattle Seahawks, but do they really want the leftovers of a team that was awful on both offense and defense?
Even if one or two of those players came from Seattle originally?
Darrelle Revis, CB (released)
There was plenty of talk about the Jets releasing Revis even before his recent run-in with the law. They save as much as $9 million next season by releasing him with the post-June 1 designation and that’s money they could really use, especially given that he’s coming off of the worst season of his career and is not exactly known for being willing to negotiate his contract downward. I’d also expect him to be moved to safety. The idea of Richard Sherman and Revis on the same defense together has been interesting in the past, but Revis doesn’t seem to still have what he used to, so he could just be a more expensive Cary Williams situation. That’s without even knowing how the four felony charges against him will go in court.
Nick Mangold, C (released)
Mangold is 33 and missed eight games last season but that doesn’t necessarily mean he couldn’t play a few more years. Center is the one position on the Seahawks offensive line that they don’t need to address. Mangold says he was “caught off guard” by the release.
Ryan Clady, LT (released)
One name that will be tossed around a lot by Seahawks fans is Clady, who made the Pro Bowl four times between 2009 and 2014 with the Denver Broncos. But he missed 14 games in 2013, the whole season in 2015, and seven games in his one and only season with the Jets. Clady is 31 and not any type of insurance at the left tackle position. At this point, Seattle would only entertain Clady on a “Jahri Evans”-type deal (one-year, a little over $1 million) and we saw how that worked out for the Seahawks. A move here is unlikely but possible.
Impending Free Agents
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB
Geno Smith, QB
New York went from a “competition” between Fitzpatrick and Smith in the 2015 preseason, to Fitzpatrick winning the job by broken jaw default, to him having the best season of his career, to being arguably the least-valuable starting QB in the NFL in 2016, and now they’re both on their way out. Fitzpatrick has started for five different teams since 2008, never starting fewer than eight games in any of those seasons, and shockingly he’s only 34. His next destination could feasibly be with the San Francisco 49ers, if only because Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch may want a veteran stopgap to the next generation at quarterback. But maybe they also target Smith, who not too long ago was being talked about as a potential number one overall pick during his time at West Virginia. If I had to guess which of these QBs has more attempts next season, I’d have to lean towards Fitzpatrick, but at least Geno feasibly has a tiny bit of upside left in him.
Corey Lemonier, OLB/DE
A third round pick by the 49ers in 2013, Lemonier does have the athletic profile to make some sense for Seattle — 6’3, 255 lbs, 4.60 40-yard dash, 27 reps, 9’11 broad (Pete Carroll’s ears are burning hot enough to melt steel beams), 33” vertical, 34.5” arms. The issue is that he’s just been a terrible player who can’t earn any playing time and has been released by San Francisco and even the Cleveland Browns in his short career. At a minimum, non-guaranteed salary, I could see him getting a shot if he’s still as athletic as he was at the combine.
Antonio Allen, S
Allen has 32.5” arms and a 34” vertical but isn’t especially fast and hasn’t been much of anything in his five-year career.
Ben Ijalana, OT
A second round pick by the Indianapolis Colts out of Villanova in 2011, Ijalana is 6’4 with massive 36” arms but he tore his ACL in both 2011 and 2012 and over the first four years of his career appeared in only seven games with zero starts. Then last season when Clady got injured, Ijalana stepped in at left tackle and performed adequately. New York wants to re-sign him, but it’ll be interesting to see what his market looks like. Some may seem him as the sleeper tackle of free agency and be willing to overpay, others may only see those two ACL tears and not want to risk more than a one-year deal. I’m not sure that the Seahawks would really see him as an upgrade over George Fant, who is obviously going to be a lot cheaper.
Breno Giacomini, RT (released)
Our old friend “7 Vowels” missed 11 games last season and may have been outplayed by backup Brandon Shell, so there’s good reason to believe the Jets will take $4.5 million in savings by releasing Giacomini. A reunion with Seattle still seems unlikely to me at that point, as I’m sure Carroll believes he can get equal production at a minimal cost. Whether you agree with him or not is another issue entirely.
Others: TE Kellen Davis, LB Bruce Carter, LS Tanner Purdum, OLB Josh Martin, DE Mike Catapano
Bonus RFA: Brandon Bostick, TE
Seattle legend Brandon Bostick is a restricted free agent, after having caught eight passes for 63 yards last season. The Seahawks should look into it and see whether or not he’s willing to not play special teams for them.
Cap Casualty Candidates
Eric Decker, WR
Brandon Marshall, WR (since released)
The issue for Decker is that he missed 13 games last season with a shoulder injury. The issue for Marshall is that he’s about to be 33 and he had only three touchdowns in 2016. Marshall has been released, while it seems like Decker will stick around. I think Marshall does fit a mold at receiver that Carroll is looking for, and putting him out there with Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham would be interesting, but the Seahawks probably just target someone younger and cheaper.
Others: Marcus Gilchrist, S, David Harris, LB
More 2017 NFL Free Agent News:
Will Packers release Cobb, Matthews?
Vikings part ways with Adrian Peterson, will have many “name” OL on market
Da Bears have a corner who could interest Seattle
Lions have big questions on offensive and defensive lines
Colts new GM has huge task ahead of him
Texans still paying for the Osweiler mistake
Titans and the end of the Chance Warmack era
Jags must undo the Gus Bradley era
Ravens have big decision to make at right tackle
Bengals bevy of free agent offensive linemen
Browns have two players of interest to Seahawks
Could Saints be Nick Fairley’s final destination or would Seattle show interest?
Bucs can quickly move away from the Doug Martin situation
Panthers looking to rebound from terrible season
Bills have a former Pete Carroll player looking for one more title shot
Rams could be making some key cuts
Cardinals have plethora of good defensive players hitting the market
Should the Redskins sign Kirk Cousins long-term?
Eagles may have Seahawks next big FA signing
Cowboys have a number of key free agents
Russell Okung is going to be one of the Broncos free agents
Chiefs are doomed to lose a star player
Chargers have a former Seahawks LB looking to get paid
Raiders have a very intriguing right tackle