If the Jets fail to land Kirk Cousins – and they won’t bow down to the Vikings without a fight and will put some very heavy and creative figures in front of the quarterback – then look for Josh McCown or Teddy Bridgewater to be their quarterback in 2018 as they develop a rookie at that position. But their intent to land Cousins could not be any higher.
The McCown option is fairly obvious. They know him and like him.
This is the one of the first times I have heard Bridgewater’s name linked with the Jets. He is one of the most interesting players in free agency. He has a first round pedigree, and he has a track record of solid play under his belt even in an offensive system that didn’t really suit his talents. But he has barely played in two years because of a serious knee injury. I don’t have a good handle on the market for this player or a great feel for how effective he can be.
LaCanfora has some other nuggets about the Jets.
In addition to Lewis, the Jets are also keeping a strong eye on the linebacker market (Tennessee’s Avery Williamson is viewed by many as the best of the inside backers) and cornerback market (Malcolm Butler is one name to watch)
Demario Davis also figures to be an option. It would be nice to see him back, but it does seem like quality linebackers are available every year on the market for low prices so it wouldn’t be a good idea to chase.
The Butler option isn’t a great surprise, nor is the talk the Jets are going to look hard at cornerback. It is a premium position where the Jets have a big need.
As we have discuss over the last few days, players like Seferian-Jenkins aren’t super valuable nor difficult to find so this wouldn’t be a devastating loss if another team was interested.
I wouldn’t be upset with the addition of Lewis as long as the price isn’t too large. He brings a number of skills to the table, but again the price needs to be limited. This is a 27 year old player who just posted his first season with over 700 yards from scrimmage and just his second with over 400 yards. Running back is another position where it isn’t that tough to find a quality role player at a cheap rate.