I was doing a little internet browsing today and came across an ESPN article, that was actually penned by Pro Football Focus. Within the article (Insider), they specify one free agent that each NFL team should make an effort to sign. When it comes to the Jets, they have the following suggestion:
Mario Addison, DE | Position rank: 16th
The Jets have lacked playmakers on the edge for years, and Addison has emerged as one of the league's best edge rushers the past two seasons with the Panthers. Last year was his best effort, as he finished with 9.5 sacks, five QB hits and 36 hurries on only 309 rushes; his 81.6 pass-rush grade ranked 16th in the NFL. The Jets, meanwhile, have been piecing together their edge rushers with bigger bodies such as Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson, and they need a true presence off the edge, which Addison can provide.
It's certainly an interesting suggestion. As things stand, the Jets have a lot of holes on their roster, defensive line doesn't seem to be a major concern. Well in truth, Addison is a pass rushing specialist. Due to him being undersized for a defensive lineman (260 lb's) the Panthers used him on around 50% of their defensive snaps last year, allowing him to do what he does (sacking the QB) without worrying about what he doesn't do well (set the edge in the run game).
If you take a look at Mario Addison's stat sheet, he's managed to stay consistently productive in Carolina without starting a lot of games, in fact in his entire 9 year career, he's only started 4 games. In 9 years he's been with 4 teams. He's racked up 109 tackles, 25.5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles. As he enters free agency, he's in the commanding bargaining position where he's coming off a career year.
Addison is the kind of player we haven't seen on the Jets roster for a while. A speed rusher who takes a wide angle to close quickly on the QB's blindside. However over the course of 2015 and 2016, Addison started to add variety to his game, hitting tackles with the speed outside, but the power inside as well. So it's little surprise to see him have a career year in 2016.
The Jets have already cut ties with Ryan Clady to open up some cap room, and it's likely we'll see more cuts over the next couple of weeks.
Mario has already said he's looking to get paid so he can take care of his family, considering he's been earning far below what his production has warranted, that's completely understandable. He's not going to get Melvin Ingram money and he won't get Jason Pierre-Paul money either. However I think he'll get between $6-$7 million per year over a 3-4 year contract. So we're asking you...should the Jets make a push for Mario?