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With the rumors on the Jets potential free agent receiver targets making it into the NY Daily News on Friday, we thought this would be a good time to look at Andrew Cohen's recent article at in which he breaks down and predicts the free agent market for wide receivers.

Two players from their list ended up with the Jets, and neither was Jeremy Maclin or Emmanuel Sanders.

Golden Tate

Some front office execs will  be turned off by the 5’10 Tate, who lacks supreme size and speed for the WR position.

Others will see him as a precise route-runner with big-play ability.

Tate said yesterday that he’d be willing to take slightly less to stay in Seattle. But with Percy Harvin returning to full health and the Seahawks needing to lock up Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson in the near future, Tate’s time in Seattle is almost certainly done. He should receive a deal in the same range as Julian Edelman’s.

Contract Prediction: The Jets—who will have nothing at the WR position after they let Santonio Holmes walk—are a possible destination. Gang Green has over $20 million in projected cap space and a bunch of talent on defense, so signing a WR should be a priority. Jets for 5 years/$25 million ($12 million guaranteed)

James Jones

With Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin and plenty of holes to fill on defense, it’d surprise me if Green Bay made much of an attempt to resign the soon-to-be 30-year-old.

Jones signed a 3-year deal worth almost $10 million after the Packers 2010 Super Bowl run, as the market for Jones’ services was dry. Now 3 years older, Jone’ will have even less suitors, and he’ll surely get less than that this time around.

Contract Prediction: As I just mentioned, the Jets have next to nothing at the WR position, so they could conceivably bring in more than one wideout. Jets for 2 years/$6 million

I am intrigued by both of these moves.  I'm a little hesitant of the Jets overpaying for a guy like Eric Decker (who might be a number two receiver who will get number one type of money) so when I hear these other names and think about the Jets being able to add two productive players for around only $8 million it is hard not to be pleased.

Tate is an interesting option.  There's the tie-in to Seattle for Idzik in bringing in a player with whom he is already familiar.  Tate can be brash, but is regarded as a high character guy.  While he doesn't have elite size or speed he is tenacious, he is known as a willing run blocker and would provide precise route-running and an aggressiveness that could translate use in a variety of ways in the Mornhinweg offense.

As far as Jones?  He will turn 30 on March 31 but the veteran was overlooked back in 2011 when he hit free agency in the post-lockout scramble.  Jones has been second or third fiddle in Green Bay, but he is ultra reliable.  Jones only dropped three passes in 93 targets during the 2013 season.  Jones also missed the 1,000 yard mark in 2013 because he was unable to play in almost three full games due to injury.  Jones would be a good sized target who could be more than just a possession receiver for the Jets at a pretty reasonable price.

Bonus Links: These two articles from PFF go into detail about the pros and cons of signing Tate and Decker. It's from the perspective of their current team, but still worth a read.

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