With the recent injuries suffered by rookie third round pick Dexter McDougle (ACL tear, out for the season), Dee Milliner (ankle sprain, severity yet to be fully established but reportedly out for "several weeks") and Dimitri Patterson (apparently minor leg injuries), we thought it would be a good idea to take a more in-depth look at the rest of the Jets cornerbacks to evaluate the in-house options they already have on the team.

Both Rex Ryan and John Idzik had positive things to say about this group of players earlier today and, while they might not comprise any household names, they have varying degrees of experience, pedigree and skill-set.

After the jump, we'll be mostly revisiting my previous film study on the rest of the candidates to get more playing time over the next few weeks and reiterating their strengths and weaknesses to see where they fit in.

Introduction

To have such a sudden rash of injuries at one position is certainly troubling, especially when the Jets were counting on players by whom some parts of the fanbase and media have yet to be fully convinced. McDougle's injury was unfortunate, especially coming one day after the team had talked up the role he was looking set to earn for himself this season. However, the loss of Milliner, who the Jets were unquestionably counting on to be their number one cornerback would be much more damaging, so it's encouraging that recent reports have suggested he should return early in the season and may even be back in time for the season opener.

That being the case, the team's depth chart would end up pretty much where it was expected to if McDougle wasn't going to be a key contributor (which few expected and even fewer were relying upon). However, Patterson's struggles in the first preseason game have further cast doubts on the depth of this group. Certainly while Milliner is out they will be weakened. Could someone step up and earn themselves a role that will lead to them seeing extended playing time even after his return, though?

Potential starters

After a miserable first game as a Jet, a lot of fans are down on Dimitri Patterson. Even though a couple of these plays might not have been all his fault, he did not look good and we've since learned that he was slowed by some injuries. I looked in detail at Patterson in this article and, when I did, I saw a player who, as recently as last season, was a physical corner with good closing speed and outstanding ball skills. Durability has always been the question with him, although I liked the pick-up due to his ability to play both outside and in the slot and what that might mean for others on the roster.

It's certainly disconcerting that he's injured already, but the fact he felt the need to try and play through injuries is perhaps a sign that others are pushing him hard for his spot, which bodes well for the depth there. While it's possible Patterson, now 31, is totally broken down and will never be the same again, the Jets have a good recent record of getting players with ongoing issues on the field and seeing good production from those players. Therefore, it's too soon to rule out him playing an important role at the moment. If he struggles in his next preseason appearance, that will be worrisome, but others are waiting to show that they do have what it takes.

Darrin Walls seems to have hung onto his role at "next man up" from last year. When Milliner missed time due to being benched and through injury, Walls filled in at the starting cornerback spot and held his own, although the Jets did lose two of the three games he started, including one in Tennessee where he was beaten for a touchdown.

I reviewed Walls in depth when they signed him. He impressed with his closing speed, reactions and timing, although he isn't particularly physical and doesn't have much experience of playing in the slot. One further weakness which, it's become evident, he hasn't improved upon (Ryan was tweaking him in the media about it a few days ago) is that he has really poor hands. I wonder if that will hold him back with the onus for this defense being on increasing their turnover output (and the players they targeted - Patterson and McDougle - were both guys who were productive in terms of intercepting passes when healthy last season).

It's surprising there hasn't been more buzz about Kyle Wilson as a potential starter. When Darrelle Revis was injured early on in 2012, Wilson was a starter on the outside, across from Antonio Cromartie, and the pass defense didn't fare too badly. He did revert back to the slot in nickel packages, but was on the outside more than at any other time in his career. Last year, however, the Jets seemed insistent on leaving him in that slot role full-time, not even considering him for additional reps on the outside even with Cromartie and Milliner both injured and Milliner struggling most of the time when he was healthy anyway.

We know what to expect from Wilson these days. He doesn't always get his head turned around in time, seems to be involved in too many coverage breakdowns and irritates everyone by celebrating plays where he didn't deserve any credit. With that said, his numbers in the slot stack up well with the rest of the league in a position that's very difficult to excel at. Also, he's improved his physicality since he was young, is a surprisingly reliable tackler and - despite an early season meltdown against the Bills - showed encouraging discipline by being penalty free in 15 of 16 games last year. Even with all these injuries, he still seems to be working exclusively as a nickel corner (and played exclusively in the slot on Thursday night), but you have to believe he's in line for another chance to prove himself eventually. As 2012 showed, even if he starts, that doesn't mean he has to give up the slot role when they go to their subpackage.

When they did that back in 2012, it was Ellis Lankster who came into the game and played on the outside. Lankster fared well in that role, playing 199 of his 335 snaps on the outside and holding receivers to 13 catches on 28 targets when he was out there (a 41.5 quarterback rating). While he didn't fare quite as well in the slot, those results seem deserving of further consideration and he got his chance to start at practice today. Like Wilson, Lankster is another player whose 2012 performance wasn't enough to warrant many opportunities on defense last year. Lankster is definitely small (5'9") but does bring a physicality and the likes of Captain Munnerlyn have shown that a player that size with that kind of physicality can start on the outside.

While he didn't play much last season, he did get to show off his press coverage abilities on this nice play:

That came at a point in the season where the Jets had not been pressing enough and the fans were calling out for them to do it more. For Lankster to demonstrate this as a strength but still not see many opportunities is curious, although Rex Ryan did imply that he's so important to the special teams coverage units, they may have been reluctant to risk him on defense at times.

On the bubble

Ras-I Dowling was a mini-camp star, but has fallen back down to earth since then and wasn't even listed as a third stringer when the team released their first official depth chart. I looked at Dowling here. His main strengths are his size and physicality but his main weakness has been durability. He looked raw as a rookie, but seemed to have made some improvements in his second season. Maybe the recent injuries improve his chances of sneaking onto the roster, but you'd probably like your back-end-of-the-rotation guys to be someone who will contribute more on special teams. Still, at least he should get some reps on defense now (he didn't in Thursday's game) so now he can make an impact.

Johnny Patrick signed with the Jets all the way back in March. I took an extended look at him here. He saw extended playing time with the Chargers in 2012, but was mostly overmatched in coverage. He was impressive on special teams, but the Jets still have other players who can fill that vice/gunner role just as well, if not better, that he can. In addition, it's going to be hard for him to make a case for himself if he misses time and he's missed several days recently (and the first preseason game) with a hamstring injury.

The best of the rest

Brandon Dixon was a sixth round pick this year, but hasn't seen much of an opportunity so far. He did not play on defense in the first preseason game. Dixon has nice size and great speed but played at a small school and only had one interception in his senior year. It's a pretty big jump to expect him to contribute at the NFL level this year, but his speed stands out on special teams and you've got to believe he'll at least be a practice squad candidate this year.

Jeremy Reeves is very small, but a tremendous athlete. He stood out at mini-camp and did intercept a pass in the green/white scrimmage. He saw action briefly last week and closed well to make an open field tackle. As we saw with Isaiah Trufant, it's too easy to exploit a cornerback's size when they are this small (Reeves is listed at 5-7, 170) but maybe he could develop into a role player. He missed practice today too, though.

I actually would have mentioned Antonio Allen here even if he didn't play cornerback at practice earlier (with the first unit in team drills, where he had two interceptions). I'll admit that surprised me, although I was going to suggest that he is likely to play in the slot a lot as the nickel cornerback this year, perhaps to the detriment of Wilson. While everyone was impressed with his performance against the likes of Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham last year, most of the times he was targeted came when he was lined up in the slot, where he played 170 snaps over the course of the season.

I'm not completely sold on Allen as a safety or in zone coverages, but where he shows fantastic potential is in man-to-man coverage. Therefore, perhaps the move to cornerback makes sense on some level, although I'd still expect it to be matchup specific due to his lack of ideal speed to matchup with speedsters on the outside (he ran a 4.58 forty at the combine). Also, in the event that the move to corner is a success for Allen, could this open up a spot in the safety ranks for a certain veteran whose presence last year had an almost immediate positive impact upon the struggling cornerbacks?

Conclusions

Possibly in denial, I'm still operating under the assumption that Milliner will be good to go for the majority of the season, but if his return is delayed longer than expected, or he suffers further setbacks, then that would be a much bigger cause for concern. However, there are some talented players here and if Ryan can use them in a way that maximizes their abilities (and perhaps masks any deficiencies) then hopefully the young Jets secondary can not only perform well this season, but give us hope for the next few years as well.

I would be discouraged if the Jets brought in a scrapheap-veteran unless it's just someone they're throwing into the mix for depth purposes. If the Jets' young corners miss out on reps while they assimilate an over-the-hill player or someone who isn't an ideal scheme fit into their defense, when that player probably isn't going to do much more than any of the rest of them would have done with those reps, that strikes me as a waste of time. However, if the other Jets corners get their chance over the next few weeks and nobody shines, then perusing the market is suddenly an approach that becomes more palatable. Let's see how it goes first though. It would be good to see the safety group pick up the secondary too and perhaps Calvin Pryor's return will galvanize that unit to raise spirits.

Right now, I feel like the Jets have several viable candidates for a starting role on this team, each of whom has their strengths and weaknesses. However, until we see them get their opportunity it will be difficult to predict which of them will rise to the top.

I therefore wont commit myself to predicting who will win a starting role but I'd be interested to hear your thoughts, so please reply to this poll and let's hear your more detailed thoughts in the comments:

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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets middle linebacker David Harris (52) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the New York Jets 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets middle linebacker David Harris (52) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the New York Jets 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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The next stop for David Harris figures to be the Jets' Ring of Honor.

Harris, who spent 10 years as the anchor of the Jets defense before he was released last year, announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday afternoon. The 34-year-old inside linebacker ended his 11-year career through a short statement released by his agent on Twitter, less than three weeks after reaching the first Super Bowl of his career with the New England Patriots - although he wasn't activated for the game.

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The Jets have seen Sheldon Richardon, Damon Harrison, and Quinton Coples depart within the past few seasons. With the departure of Muhammad Wilkerson thought to be imminent, they suddenly find themselves in a position where they lack depth on the defensive interior.

In addition, a potentially promising pipeline of young depth hasn't really materialized. Deon Simon and Claude Pelon couldn't crack the rotation, and spent most of the year on the practice squad, while Lawrence Thomas became a full back. Leonard Williams will be back, but his 2017 season was arguably just as disappointing as Wilkerson's, and he might find that teams can more readily gameplan around him if he's not surrounded with the same kind of talent...

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Daily News Live: NFL Combine 00:03:50
The Daily News Live panel breaks down which quarterbacks have the most to prove at the upcoming NFL Combine.

The Daily News Live panel breaks down which quarterbacks have the most to prove at the upcoming NFL Combine.

Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, and Lamar Jackson are among the top prospects.

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When the Jets start their sales pitch to Kirk Cousins, he's going to want to know about more than just the size of their check. He's going to want to know, among other things, how they plan to protect him.

That's a project they can get started on right now.

The Jets should begin by re-signing center Wesley Johnson before the free-agent market opens on March 14, and solidify what was a young and better-than-you-think offensive line last season. Together with right guard Brian Winters and right tackle Brandon Shell, it would give the Jets a strong young corps on the line to build around. And with two solid veterans on the left side -- tackle Kelvin Beachum and guard James Carpenter -- it's a line that could actually be pretty good.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

In ESPN Insider Mel Kiper's eyes, "Broadway Baker" will find his way to the Jets in his latest mock draft. 

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has seen his draft stock significantly rise all season. After leading his Sooners team to the College Footbal Playoff with gutsy drives and precision passing all season long, Kiper thinks he is the starter -- and leader -- the Jets need under center. 

READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS BELOW

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The Jets hope to be in the mix to land highly touted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in order to provide stability at the QB position.

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The entire Jets offseason will be played out in the shadow of Kirk Cousins -- the biggest name on the free-agent market, and the franchise quarterback they so desperately need. And that's even true right now, as the NFL's 15-day "franchise tag" window opens on Tuesday.

The Jets aren't likely to use the tag, but the Washington Redskins are reportedly considering using it on Cousins.

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Sep 4, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (56) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Sep 4, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (56) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The offensive line was a huge disappointment for the Jets in 2017, especially on the interior. In 2016, Wesley Johnson started eight games for the injured Nick Mangold, and the line didn't seem to suffer too badly. However, he struggled throughout the 2017 season after moving into the full-time starter role.

Guards Brian Winters and James Carpenter also failed to play as well as they had in 2016, although that may partly have been caused by Johnson struggling on their inside shoulder.   Injuries were also an issue here, with Winters in particular playing most of the season hurt, and eventually requiring surgery on an abdominal issue.

Dakota Dozier's performances in relief of Winters over the past few years have some people wondering if it was really wise to give Winters a big money extension, when Dozier doesn't appear to be much of a downgrade. However, he's out of contract now, so the Jets may need to replenish their depth.

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Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets exercised their options on two defensive starters on Tuesday, ensuring that defensive tackle Steve McLendon and linebacker Josh Martin will both be back for the 2018 season.

The Jets were facing a deadline of Tuesday on both players, but the decision likely wasn't difficult, especially with the team likely to have nearly $100 million in salary cap space to spend this offseason. McLendon is due a salary of $3.125 million this year and has a salary cap number of $4.25 million. Martin is due a salary of $1.8 million, with a cap number of $2.1 million.

The moves come one day after the Jets declined their 2018 option on tackle Ben Ijalana, making him an unrestricted free agent...

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It is no secret the Jets wants top free-agent QB Kirk Cousins on their roster next season, and it came out Monday that they are "willing to pay whatever it takes." But what if Cousins decides to sing elsewhere? What is the Jets' next move from there?

According to SI's Peter King, the Jets should be high on bringing back Josh McCown, and drafting Heisman Trophy Award winner Baker Mayfield ahead of next season. Though the jets are expected to have a pretty healthy cap situation, McCown could come back for cheap, and Mayfield will obviously be on a rookie contract. 

King doesn't deny that Cousins could certainly be a Jet, but this situation could also work with McCown mentoring Mayfield as he did Johnny Manziel back in 2014. 

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New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets made offensive tackle Ben Ijalana a free agent on Monday after they failed to exercise his player option.

New York did not exercise Ijalana's $500,000 option bonus that would have activated his $4.5 million base salary for the 2018 season. By doing so, the Jets will save a total of $4.6 million.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets know they need a quarterback, and in particular, free-agent QB Kirk Cousins. That is why the team is "willing to pay whatever it takes" to employ him next season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini

New York has failed to find their franchise quarterback for years now, as fill-ins, so to speak, continue to come to town with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg failing to show they are the guy the Jets need. Josh McCowwas the latest of those rentals, and he had a career year before an injury unfortunately ended his season. 

This offseason, though, GM Mike Maccagnan has no excuse in Cimini's eyes. He currently has over $70 million in cap space, and could have more than that by the time they can grab Cousins. The Redskins can still franchise tag him, so they could use him in a trade, but that is unlikely. 

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In 2017, the Jets' running game struggles probably had more to do with the offensive line being overmatched than the performance of the backs.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets reportedly turned down a Cincinnati Bengals trade proposal that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to New York last season, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Cincinnati, according to Cimini, called the Jets organization at the start of free agency and offered McCarron in a trade, however the Jets turned it down to focus on free agency. It is unclear what Cincinnati requested in the deal.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets started over last offseason and actually built themselves a nice core of talent. They have many young, inexpensive players they can build around this spring.

They certainly have the tools to build around them - perhaps as much as $100 million in cap room, the sixth overall pick in the draft, and some extra picks too. And that's good, because even though the Jets exceeded expectations last season, they were still 5-11, and have plenty of holes to fill.

Now, as they get ready to begin Phase 2 of their rebuilding project, here's a look at their biggest needs.

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Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Cornerback is one position where the Jets obviously need to upgrade.

They opted not to pick up a corner from last year's deep draft class until they took two project players - Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones - in the sixth round. The coaching staff claimed to like the upside of these players along with Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts as well as Rashard Robinson, who was added via trade at the deadline.

However, none of these players stepped up as hoped.

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"Broadway Baker" has a nice ring to top prospect QB Baker Mayfield

The 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner sat down with The Post's Steve Serby to talk about the prospect of playing in the Big Apple, and if he has what it takes to succeed in a market that isn't friendly to anyone. 

Simply put: Mayfield loves the spotlight...

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New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially announced the hiring of Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator/QB Coach, and announced the hirings of Rick Dennison as offensive line coac/run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach.

"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offense," head coach Todd Bowles said in a press release. "Having spent last season with us, he offers continuity and has a good sense of what we need to do to improve. I look forward to him working together with our offensive coaches."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Todd Bowles decided to fire offensive coordinator John Morton, he always had quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates in mind as a replacement...

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The Jets have been a team whose defense has been built around their interior linemen for a long time, but Muhammad Wilkerson's anticipated departure could be an opportunity to reinvent themselves by finding a difference-maker who can create constant pressure off the edge.

The Jets haven't really had an elite edge rusher since John Abraham, who was traded before the 2006 draft. They've tried drafting one high (Vernon Gholston), converting an interior lineman into one (Quinton Coples), and bringing in an established veteran (Jason Taylor). But none of these have been successful. None of their low-cost free agents, reclamation projects, or later draft picks have stepped up either.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Jets are in position to be the kings of free agency, with potentially more salary cap room to spend than any team except for the Cleveland Browns. They are already projected to have about $75 million in salary cap space, and that's if they don't make another move.

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New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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When the free agency frenzy finally begins, the Jets figure to be at the center of the storm. And all eyes will be on how hard they go after the quarterback they so desperately need.

But they have a ton of salary cap space to spend in other areas, including maybe on the 24 players they have on their roster who are approaching free agency. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

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There are always plenty of receiver prospects who make an immediate impact as a rookie, even in the later rounds. However, the Jets haven't had much success in recent years despite selecting seven wideouts in the last four drafts.

While four of those seven are under contract for 2018 and a fifth -- restricted free agent Quincy Enunwa -- also figures to be back, the Jets got just 15 catches of production from that group in 2017.

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Daily News Live: Jimmy Garoppolo 00:03:54
The Daily News Live crew discusses the impact Jimmy Garoppolo's new contract will have on the deal Kirk Cousins will want.

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Jimmy Garoppolo just became the NFL's highest paid player, even though he's only started seven NFL games and thrown 12 touchdown passes in four seasons. He reportedly agreed to a monster, five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers -- a record average of $27.5 million per season. That record will be very short-lived.

It's a simple fact of the NFL that the price of franchise quarterbacks only goes up, and in less than five weeks another one will be on the open market. And when Kirk Cousins officially becomes free on March 14 you can bet his deal will eclipse what Garoppolo just got...

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In NFL.com's latest mock draft, Chad Reuter forecasted the first three rounds for all teams. With the Jets first selection at no. 6 overall, Reuter has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

The Jets take Allen over Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, who fell to the Cardinals at no. 15. USC QB Sam Darnold went no. 1 to the Browns and UCLA QB Josh Rosen went no. 2 to the Giants.

Allen threw for 3,202 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his sophomore season. However, his production dropped this season to 1,812 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also suffered a shoulder injury, and was forced to miss the final two regular-season games this year...

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Most of the draft discussions surrounding quarterback prospects have been focused on the consensus top five prospects: UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson from Louisville.

However, depending how the offseason goes, the Jets might end up in a situation where they're not in the market for one of the top prospects.

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Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)
Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Chiefs have released former Jet Darrelle Revis, the team announced. 

Revis, 32, would have been owed a $10 million contract guarantee if he was still on the roster on March 18. He was signed by Chiefs in November, playing five games, including two starts. 

After the Chiefs' season ended, Revis admitted he wasn't at his best.

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New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Kacy Rodgers never got a chance to play in the NFL before he turned to coaching. But now he might be able to give his son the shot that he never had.

The Jets will be signing Kacy Rodgers II, the son of their current defensive coordinator, according to his agent, David Canter. Rodgers II will join the Jets for their offseason program, at least, after two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Rodgers II is a 6-2, 208-pound defensive back out of the University of Miami. In 2014 he was a tryout player at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, but didn't stick. He then signed with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and spent a year on their practice squad before joining the Roughriders...

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Former Jets C Nick Mangold was thinking about starting his political career, and running in his local GOP primary, according to Politico's Matt Friedman.

However, Mangold said Thursday that he will not be running.

Mangold would've been running to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th District of New Jersey. Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has spoken with Mangold, and he appears to be serious about running for the position.

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After saying he wouldn't join the Jets for $60 million, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, a pending free agent, told TMZ exactly what it would take to secure his services.

"A hundred Ms," Bell said, referring to $100 million. "Hey, listen to me: I play running back, but they've got to respect me like I am, man." 

Bell, 25, responded to a fan's tweet last week asking what amount of money it would take for him to join the Jets.

 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Kirby Lee)
(Kirby Lee)

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Two years ago, the Jets drafted Darron Lee with their first pick, hoping to shore up one of their inside linebacker positions for the foreseeable future. Over the course of his first two seasons, he's been up and down, but he has retained an every-down role.

Last year, he struggled initially, then played the best football of his career in the middle of the season, only to regress down the stretch. However, there are no indications that the Jets intend to move on from Lee.

Tags: Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams
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