The Jets have a big problem at safety. They simply can't enter the season with Eric Smith, who isn't fast enough in coverage, and nobody else. The problem is that, as of right now anyway, there are very few options. They don'y want to be forced to take Mark Barron in the first round as they need an impact player elsewhere. There are no other starter quality safeties in the draft, so that leaves free agency, which is left very thin after several safeties were tagged. Teams that need safeties are going to have to pay a premium to market value, and the Jets may be forced to use a big chunk of their cap space.
The options are Landry, Nelson and Meriweather.
Landry, clearly the most talented of the group, has major concerns. He has a torn achilles, refused the recommended surgery, and is still not medically cleared. There also are concerns with his character and recent photos of him make him look seriously 'roided up. Reggie Nelson, 28 years old from the Bengals, seems to have had a decent 2011 and reports are that he is solid in coverage. Meriweather was let go by the Patriots and cut by the Bears because he gets burnt too often. He has to be a looked at as a last resort
Everyone is hoping that the Jets can get a big play receiver or a quality right tackle out of free agency. But there are two things that have to be addressed first: Safety and 2nd QB, and the Jets have limited resources. I am really hoping the Jets can get Nelson, but they will have to outbid other teams to get him, and he will reportedly cost about $5mil per season. Ouch.