Today one of my worst fears of the impending offseason came to fruition as the Philadelphia Eagles re-signed Jeremy Maclin to a one year contract. Maclin, to me, was the man. I mean, he has familiarity with Marty's system, he has the potential to be a number one receiver in the Jets offense, he's only 25, and had he been signed by the Jets I would have an excuse to point in the face and laugh at a die hard Eagles fan friend of mine.
With Maclin off the market we must now travel to the next most likely wide receiver that the Jets could potentially sign. I can type your ears off about Eric Decker, Golden Tate, Hakim Nicks, and Danario Alexander, but every single one of those signings would, in my opinion, not be nearly as golden as Jeremy would have been.
Enter Sidney Rice.
First of all, I know what a lot of you are thinking right now: "BUT HE'S OLD! AND INJURED A LOT! AND ONLY PLAYED SIXTEEN GAMES ONCE! AND NOT A NUMBER ONE RECEIVER!" And to all that I say, it doesn't matter. Sidney is cheap, coming off a season ending injury, just the way Idzik likes it, and Sidney is coming from Seattle, Idzik's former team. Surely, he's on the Jets radar.
Now I'm not saying Sidney will be an all pro receiver with Geno throwing the ball to him, but I am saying that a healthy Sidney will be a solid handed receiver with the ability to stretch the field and enough experience to help a young Geno grow. Sidney is only one year older than Decker, and was able to turn in an all pro caliber season with Gus Frerotte tossing the passes. Even with a rookie Russel Wilson throwing to Sidney, he was able to put up professional numbers, even having a team high in receiving touchdowns with 7. What I'm saying is Sidney can be a lightning rod for Geno to throw to, a tall receiver with professional separation and ball catching skills that could help Geno to grow. Sure his injury record draws comparisons to Santonio Holmes but his mentoring ability, age, and professionalism make him a surefire upgrade over Santonio; I don't know about you, but I'd much rather have five games of Sidney Rice than ten games of Santonio Holmes. *Sidenote, if the Jets do sign Sidney Rice he would be the only player on the team who has caught a pass from Brett Favre.
Now I am not saying sign Sidney and our wide receiver problems fade away, I'm saying Sidney would be a nice veteran presence and an upgrade over Santonio Holmes if he was signed, and he would be cheap as well! Now the question is, What do YOU think?