As much as we all would love to add a player like Nnamdi to the Jets defense, problem is, so does everyone else. Although Nnamdi is, bar none, the most coveted free agent of 2011, there are a lot of really good players that may not be of his stature that would do wonders for a lot of teams. But one player, in particular, stands out as an excellent fit for the Jets:
A 2007 Charger draft pick, Weddle is extremely versatile, can play the run. He's smart, but still has great range and coverage skills. He's like Jimmy Leonhard but with a lot more natural talent.
Rex's system (among a growing number of defenses in the NFL) require versatile safeties - unlike 10 years ago, when the SS would play the run and the FS would play the pass. Safeties are now required to play a lot more man to man, and the Jets were often burned by their lack of talent in the back of the secondary. A combination of Weddle and Leonhard would be like having Kerry Rhodes back, except Weddle will lay the wood (and he's probably not too interested in starring in a Hollywood movie anytime soon).
The FS spot is still in flux, and although Brodney Pool really came along in the Playoffs, he is a free agent. Weddle would be a massive upgrade at the position.
The real question now is how much money will he take away from signing other guys. He obviously won't command Nnamdi numbers, but getting a safety of his caliber entering his prime won't be cheap. He'll probably cost as much as some like Cromartie or at least somewhere in that ballpark.
Is Eric Weddle worth pursuing?
Yes (221 votes)
No (79 votes)
Wow, totally forgot he was a free agent. But yeah, of course. (119 votes)
419 total votes