joewilly12 Posted January 27, 2021 Share Posted January 27, 2021 NFL free agency 2021: Jets could target 7 players with Robert Saleh ties, including Bears’ Allen Robinson, 49ers’ Richard Sherman Updated 6:45 AM; Today 6:45 AM Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) could be a target for the Jets in free agency. (Associated Press) Facebook Share Twitter Share By Darryl Slater | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Jets general manager Joe Douglas and new head coach Robert Saleh are in the process of crafting an offseason plan. Could that plan result in some free agents with Saleh ties signing with the Jets? Sure, it could, especially since the Jets have the NFL’s third-most salary cap space — about $63 million, based on overthecap.com’s projection. Here’s a look at free agents with Saleh ties who could be on the Jets’ radar (with ages at the start of the 2021 season noted): - Bears WR Allen Robinson (28): Saleh coached linebackers in Jacksonville from 2014-16, before he spent four seasons as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator. Robinson began his career with the Jaguars from 2014-17, then signed a three-year contract with the Bears. He will be a coveted free agent for teams who need a No. 1 receiver (like the Jets), because the past two seasons he had 1,250 and 1,147 yards, plus six and seven touchdowns. - 49ers CB Richard Sherman (33): Another big name, but he’s getting up there in years. Then again, the Jets’ secondary is a mess. Sherman, for the right price, could be a valuable addition, both on and off the field. He’d instantly be a locker room leader, a guy who has bought in with Saleh. Sherman was a Pro Bowler in 2019, but played just five games last year. - 49ers DE Solomon Thomas (26): He has just six career sacks, and he played in two games last season (torn ACL). He has absolutely not lived up to being the third overall draft pick in 2017. Does Saleh think Thomas can provide the Jets a much-needed pass-rushing presence? Few coaches know Thomas’ strengths and weaknesses better. - 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne (26): Probably not a No. 1 receiver, but he could be a valuable complementary piece. His stats from the past three seasons — 667, 358, and 487 yards, plus two, five, and four touchdowns. - 49ers CB K’Waun Williams (30): The Jets’ current slot corner, Brian Poole, is a pending free agent. If he departs, Williams could be the replacement. He was limited to eight games last season, when injuries were a major issue for Saleh’s defense. Signing with the Jets would be a homecoming for Williams, who attended St. Joseph Regional High in Montvale. Buy Quinnen Williams Jets gear: Fanatics, NFL Shop, Lids - 49ers CB Jason Verrett (30): He struggled with injuries earlier in his career, with the Chargers. After making the Pro Bowl in 2015, his second season, he played in just six games from 2016-19. So durability is a big question here. But 2020, his second season with the 49ers, was a success. He played in 13 games, had two interceptions, and ranked eighth in Pro Football Focus’ cornerback ratings. An excellent comeback season — in Year 7, no less. - Bills RB T.J. Yeldon (27): He was in Jacksonville from 2015-18, so he overlapped with Saleh for two seasons there. Yeldon would be a depth addition for the Jets. Through two seasons in Buffalo, he has mostly been a non-factor — nine games, 133 yards in the regular season. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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