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Hoping with all the Jets cap room they can sign at least on of these guys, if not two. Which ones would you guys like to see the Jets sign?

 

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So far, we have covered running backs, safeties, red-zone threats, throwing arms, quarter-pole surprises, quarter-pole disappointments, franchise cornerstones, players deserving of Pro Bowlconsideration, best free-agent pickups, biggest free-agent flops, rookie classes and Comeback Player of the Year candidates.

This week, we look forward to the 2015 offseason. Below is a list of the premier impending free agents, several of whom will be assigned the franchise tag if no long-term contract can be reached before the end of February.

Without further ado, here is the list:

1. Ndamukong SuhLions defensive tackle: It's exceedingly rare for superstars of Suh's age (27), talent level and pedigree to reach the open market, which is why he's poised to surpass J.J. Watt as the NFL's highest-paid defensive player. Because it would take a whopping $26.7 million to wield the franchise tag, the Lions are willing to let Suh explore free agency even if he notches a third All-Pro selection. In other words, Suh could be playing for the GiantsJetsCowboys or Bears in 2015.

2. Justin HoustonChiefs pass rusher: The Chiefs couldn't work out a deal with Houston last offseason. It's going to cost them even more to re-sign their premier pass rusher now that he's leading the NFL in sacks while rivaling Von Miller as the best defensive player not named J.J. Watt. The Chiefs really like Houston and don't want to let him get away, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, so the franchise tag is an option.

3. Dez BryantCowboys wide receiver: The most efficient red-zone weapon in the league, Bryant is the only NFL player with double-digit touchdowns in each of the past three seasons. His physicality, vice-grip hands and explosive run-after-catch ability make him a nightmare for cornerbacks. Rapoport has suggested Bryant is seeking upward of $16 million annually. Owner Jerry Jones is determined to ensure that Bryantnever wears another uniform.

4. Demaryius ThomasBroncos wide receiver: For opposing defensive backs, there's no scarier sight than Thomas with the ball in his hands and a full head of steam coming off a bubble screen. He doesn't fight for contested balls like Bryant but still ranks second to Antonio Brown in receptions, yards and touchdowns. It's hard to imagine the Broncos allowing him to reach free agency.

5. Darrelle RevisPatriots cornerback: Revis' contract was announced as a two-year deal, but the$20 million option for 2015 means he will have to restructure to remain in New England. Revis might not be what he was as a shut-down force from 2009 through 2011, but he knows wide receiver routes better than any cornerback in the game. Over the past two months, he ranks with Richard Shermanas the NFL's best.

6. Julius ThomasBroncos tight end: Despite missing the last two games, Thomas is already the first tight end in NFL history with at least 12 touchdowns in back-to-back years. Skill-set wise, he ranks behind only Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham at tight end. The Broncos realize his importance to Peyton Manning's aerial attack, which means he's highly unlikely to reach the open market.

7. Mike Iupati49ers guard: Iupati has been one of the league's most decorated interior linemen the past few years, earning two Pro Bowl berths and a first-team All-Pro selection in 2012. The 49erswork with a fairly rigid salary hierarchy that could present a problem for a player who could become the NFL's highest paid at his position.

8. DeMarco MurrayCowboysrunning back: Even though Murray isin the MVP discussion, the Cowboyswill place a higher priority on Bryant this offseason. Running backs no longer get paid, in large part because they can be too easily replaced. Murray deserves to be rewarded for a historically great season, but his injury track record and heavy workload aren't doing his market value any favors. Interesting subplot: Adrian Peterson isalready on Jerry Jones' speed dial and has designs on finishing his career with the Cowboys.

9. Jason Pierre-PaulGiants defensive end: The bulk of JPP's pass-rushing productivity has come in three games versus Tyron Smith (Cowboys), Jared Veldheer (Cardinals) and Jake Matthews(Falcons). While he doesn't harass quarterbacks at the same level as three years ago, he remains dominant against the run. Still just 25 years old, Pierre-Paul has the raw talent that will tempt at least one team into believing he can recapture early-career form.

10. Randall CobbPackers wide receiver: Cobb has more value to the Packers than to any other team because he is Aaron Rodgers' security blanket on broken and improvised plays. Per Pro Football Focus, the NFL's best quarterback-to-wide receiver passer rating this season is Rodgers-to-Cobb at 143.6 (not bad for a receiver who was deemed too small for the Bears to draft). The second-best? Rodgers-to-Jordy Nelson at 125.1. We expect the Packers to try to hammer out a long-term deal with Cobb prior to the start of free agency.

Honorable mention: Greg HardyDevin McCourtyJared OdrickJerry HughesChris HarrisJason WorildsCliff AvrilPernell McPheeBrian OrakpoMichael CrabtreeNick FairleyJordan Cameron,Jeremy MaclinTorrey SmithC.J. SpillerBrandon FlowersRyan MathewsMark IngramCecil ShortsJabaal SheardMark SanchezBrian Hoyer

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the new GM is going to bring Revis back. 3 year deal it'll make a splash to make headlines and Revis goes into the hall of fame as s Jet after that.

if the Patriots win the Superbowl this year then all bets are off they will avoid him. Otherwise look out.

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the new GM is going to bring Revis back. 3 year deal it'll make a splash to make headlines and Revis goes into the hall of fame as s Jet after that.

if the Patriots win the Superbowl this year then all bets are off they will avoid him. Otherwise look out.

 

The idea of that makes me so happy. Sadly, I don't think it happens. All the talk that when we were hiring Idzik that one of the few stipulations was that he trade away Revis, makes me think Woody won't even entertain the idea of bringing Darrelle back home.

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The idea of that makes me so happy. Sadly, I don't think it happens. All the talk that when we were hiring Idzik that one of the few stipulations was that he trade away Revis, makes me think Woody won't even entertain the idea of bringing Darrelle back home.

 

 

Which is exactly why Woody should not be allowed to talk to the new GM.

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does anyone really think any of these guys is going to hit FA?  I think revis might just because he is greedy but I can't see him coming back to NY woody is the one that vetoed his return last season.

 

Not all of them - but a good amount of these could be. The Broncos probably can not afford to resign D Thomas, J Thomas, and C Harris. The Lions will have to cut others if they have to franchise Suh at 26M. But yeah, most of these guys will not hit the market. Kind of just as speculative as the draft at this point - but still interesting.

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Iupati for sure.  The offensive line doesn't have a single position that is locked up for the next three years. 

 

Houston would be nice but is going to cost a fortune if he ever hits the market. I wouldn't mind seeing a guy like Hughes or Averil get picked up.

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Iupati, Cobb, Hoyer and Houston.  That's a dream though.  I don't want Suh.  We have enough on the dline and don't need to throw money his way.  

 

Iupati helps solidify the line.

 

Cobb and Decker would be a great wr tandem add in Kerley and a draft pick it'd be fun to watch (going with that we release Harvin).

 

Hoyer would love him but don't think he comes here knowing we are picking a qb and he doesn't want a Cleveland situation.

 

Houston would give us the pass rusher we've needed for year.

 

I hope it would happen but probably not.  Be a step in the right direction and I believe it would help us rebuild quicker than we thought.

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jets should bring in every FA QB they can get their hands on. idzik went all in on DRC and let the others slip by. can't go in with the "this is the guy we want so that's all we are trying for" mentality because odds are idzik will be outbid 80% of the time. shotgun approach.

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7. Mike Iupati, 49ers guard: Iupati has been one of the league's most decorated interior linemen the past few years, earning two Pro Bowl berths and a first-team All-Pro selection in 2012. The 49erswork with a fairly rigid salary hierarchy that could present a problem for a player who could become the NFL's highest paid at his position.

Got to rebuild this terrible OL and this would be a great start. Willie Colon is awful, but out of Aboushi and Dakota Dozier and possibly Brian Winters the Jets may have one capable guy on the other side. Then we would still need a RT but that can be gotten in the draft.

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Got to rebuild this terrible OL and this would be a great start. Willie Colon is awful, but out of Aboushi and Dakota Dozier and possibly Brian Winters the Jets may have one capable guy on the other side. Then we would still need a RT but that can be gotten in the draft.

 

I agree. The right side of the line needs to be rebuilt with a FA G and Draft pick RT. Bruno can battle for position or back up both T spots. A new and proven OL coach would help too. Kind of wondering how much that has to do with the lack of development of the young guys and the slip in play of the vets?

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Got to rebuild this terrible OL and this would be a great start. Willie Colon is awful, but out of Aboushi and Dakota Dozier and possibly Brian Winters the Jets may have one capable guy on the other side. Then we would still need a RT but that can be gotten in the draft.

Don't know tht the OL has hit the terrible level yet, but I agree, in FA OL is the place to start

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Would love one of Dez/Demariyus (which would allow us to let Harvin walk after the season, since he's really more of a gadget player than a true #1 WR), and Iupati to shore up LG. Would also love Suh if we're not planning to commit big $ to Mo, especially if the new coaching staff wants to make the move to a 4-3 (as I'd prefer) - I think a contract like McCoy got from Tampa would be enough to land him. We'll certainly have the cap space to sign all of them.

 

Yes.

How old is Iupati?

 

27

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When agents point to what happened to Eric Decker, they won't even allow their receiver clients to think about signing with the Jets.

 

That entirely depends on the HC, front office and QB potential.   hypothetically,  if the Jets had an entirely new front office, with an offensive minded head coach in place and a quality veteran QB prepared to start (i.e. Hoyer) AND they're willing to pay the most money - they won't have a problem signing anyone.

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