After clearing quite a bit of room under the salary cap, who are some bargain players that the New York Jets could target in 2017 NFL free agency?
One of the highlights of the NFL offseason begins on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET when free agency gets underway with the start of the new league year. Will the New York Jets be aggressive players in free agency, or will they let the market come to them a little bit and try to snatch a bargain or two?
With the recent releases of veterans Darrelle Revis and Brandon Marshall, the Jets have a little over $33 million in cap space, per Over the Cap. That means they can be aggressive to some degree while still looking for potential deals that make financial sense as well.
If Gang Green decides to do a little bargain basement shopping, so to speak, here are a trio of free agents they could sign without breaking the bank.
3. Jack Doyle, TE – Indianapolis Colts
The tight end position for the Jets was so pathetic last season that the following numbers have to be seen to be believed. For the entire 2016 season, the Jets had a total of 18 receptions from their tight ends (10 from Austin Seferian-Jenkins and eight from Brandon Bostick). That averages out to a paltry 1.125 catches per game.
In contrast, Jack Doyle scaled that low bar in the sixth game of 2016 against the Houston Texans. Now entering his fifth NFL campaign, Doyle is a fine red zone target and is coming off the best season of his career, posting 59 receptions for 584 yards and five touchdowns.
The Western Kentucky product would instantly upgrade the position and he should not be too expensive to sign. According to Spotrac, Doyle’s Calculated Market Value is $6.2 million annually, which is reasonable considering a player with his upside. It sounds like a no-brainer.