Maclin makes plenty of sense, as he played in Philadelphia under offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. The 2009 first-round draft pick and the Eagles have expressed mutual interest in a new contract, so it's not certain that he will hit the open market.We agree with Wesseling's assessment on the players that the Jets could be targeting and like the idea of how both Maclin and Sanders could help the offense in distinct ways. While it is possible to get into a discussion on which potential free agent would be a true number one receiver or a number two receiver, the simple truth is that the Jets need upgrades across most of their skill positions. The Jets will have a lot of money to throw at the problem of a lackluster receiver corps, but as Miami is demonstrating, money can't be the only solution.
Provided Maclin's surgically repaired knee checks out, the Jets view him as a "quality No. 1 receiver." Sanders would be a decent second fiddle, and the Steelers have 2013 third-round draft pick Markus Wheaton ready to step in and take his place.
So since it is going to be virtually impossible to airlift in a Calvin Johnson or Julio Jones type talent in one season, the Jets just need to bring in more talented players and pay them appropriately. That's where the notion of whether or not they are a true number one or two comes back into play. The Jets are going to have to be generous in free agency to attract some receivers (and they have the money to do so), but we're not going to expect them to be profligate. Expect them to make signings that will be productive ones for fair prices while they build for the future.