While it was a need, Jets avoid crazy spending at this position Dan Leberfeld

Jets spent a lot of money in free agency, around $90 million, but not at this position of need.

Talking about signing a cornerback.

They did sign Lamarcus Joyner, who has played some slot corner, but plan to play him at safety. They also added cornerback Justin Hardee, but that was mainly for special teams.

But the Jets probably did the right thing not spending big bucks on any of the free agent corners to fill their cornerback need.


Because it wasn’t the best free agent class, so they probably would have overpaid for mediocrity, which they have done repeatedly at the position in the past.

Some of the headliners of the free agent cornerback class, like William Jackson and Shaq Griffin, are solid players, but not elite, so why throw big bucks at them like other teams did? Players like Patrick Peterson and Xavier Rhodes probably aren’t who they used to be, so why go there?

As philosopher George Santayana once said: “Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.”

The Jets have wasted at tremendous amount of money on free agent corners in recent years, so perhaps it was a good idea to avoid doing that this year.

It was probably best this year for the Jets to wait until the draft to address corner. The Jets have five picks in the first 87, so perhaps they can grab two corners with a couple of these selections.

Maybe at 23, they could consider Northwestern’s Greg Newsome or Georgia’s Tyson Campbell as potential targets.

Kentucky’s Kelvin Joseph and UCF’s Aaron Robinson are second round possibilities, and maybe consider Ohio State’s Shaun Wade or Georgia’s Eric Stokes in the third round.


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