With free agency only a few days away, the New York Jets will have their pick of the litter. But they must remain selective and stay away from these three players.
The New York Jets will enter free agency with nearly $100 million in cap space making their options of potential free agents to sign almost limitless. But at the end of the day, the free agent period is often a buyer beware situation where teams should be more selective than inclusive.
While the Jets will do their due diligence in an attempt to sign some of the marquee names on the open market, there are a handful of players that they should absolutely stay away from. The temptation will be there — it always is — but the team must resist the urge to spend their money in unwise ways.
Perhaps it’s because the player is aging and doesn’t fit the current Jets roster plan. Or perhaps it’s because the player is simply being overvalued, as tends to happen with the majority of free agents.
Whatever the case may be, the following three free agents are players the Jets must stay away from at all costs. Even if that cost is particularly low.
3. Danny Amendola — WR
The Miami Dolphins recently released wide receiver Danny Amendola sparking questions about what team would look to sign the 10-year NFL veteran. Some have speculated that his former team, the New England Patriots, might look to bring him back for a cheap, short-term contract.
As long as he stays away from another AFC East organization.
Amendola is a solid, reliable target but is well over 30-years-old and doesn’t exactly fit the whole youth movement the Jets are looking for. That said, his prior connections with the team’s coaching staff could drive the Jets to make a significant push for him.
New head coach Adam Gase coached Amendola last year in Miami giving the former undrafted free agent familiarity in the Jets offensive system. On top of that, Gase brought over his offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach from his time with the Dolphins, the two members of the coaching staff Amendola worked closest with.
Regardless, Amendola is well past his prime and while he could still be a solid contributor for an NFL team, that team shouldn’t be the Jets. He simply doesn’t fit what the team is looking for and there are younger, more productive options available in free agency. The Jets would be wise to go after a younger target like Tampa Bay’s Adam Humphries despite the more expensive price tag.
Amendola may end up back in the AFC East before all is set and done, but it mustn’t be as a member of the New York Jets.