Posted February 07, 2014

Jets reportedly interested in Emmanuel Sanders and Jeremy Maclin

AFC East, New York Jets, NFL Free Agency
Emmanuel Sanders set career highs in every major category in 2013. (Don Wright/AP)

Emmanuel Sanders set career highs in every major category in 2013. (Don Wright/AP)

Among the potentially fixable problems facing the Jets this offseason is the team’s need for a playmaker (or two or three) at wide receiver. Jeremy Kerley led New York in receptions last season with 43, followed by David Nelson, RB Bilal Powell and a duo of tight ends.

As luck would have it, the upcoming draft is chock-full of talented WRs, and the free-agent class could feature at least a few viable options as well. Tops among the latter for the Jets may be Philadelphia’s Jeremy Maclin and Pittsburgh’s Emmanuel Sanders; both of whom are on the radar, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Also noteworthy in that report: The Jets do not have any real run planned at Denver’s Eric Decker. “Some people in the organization aren’t sold on Decker’s ability to be a true No. 1 receiver,” Mehta wrote, which is the same opinion the Broncos are believed to have internally. Decker could be the top WR on the market, despite a sluggish Super Bowl.

BURKE: Possible cap casualties soon to hit the market

The Jets are projected to have a decent salary cap situation headed into 2014, with a reported $22 million available. They could increase that number in the coming weeks by cutting Santonio Holmes ($8.25 million cap savings), Mark Sanchez ($8.3 million) and possibly even Antonio Cromartie ($9.5 million). Cromartie instead could be a candidate for a contract restructure.

Maclin and Sanders find themselves in very different situations with free agency approaching. The 26-year-old Sanders is coming off a career year — 67 catches for 740 yards and six touchdowns — after the Steelers matched an offer he received last offseason as a restricted free agent. Maclin, on the other hand, missed the entirety of the 2013 season after tearing his ACL last summer. How the 2009 first-round pick will be priced as a free agent remains to be seen.

New York holds the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. In his Mock Draft this week, Audibles’ Doug Farrar handed the Jets tight end Eric Ebron in that spot; last month’s Audibles Mock had them selecting another TE: Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro.

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16 comments
mikrob5868
mikrob5868

Mr Burke, FYI:  The pic is actually of Jericho Cotchery and not of Sanders.

Sanders may not be worth a king's ransom, but he'd be a good compliment to an already good receiving core.  Not a No.1 type receiver.

MARKJ.PENTLAND
MARKJ.PENTLAND

PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE SANDERS OFF THE STEELERS HANDS.......HE'S A CHOKER!!!!

Matthew W
Matthew W

Anyone willing to give the Sanchize $8+ mill a year deserves to be fired.

Matthew W
Matthew W

Jets interested in Sanders and Maclin


Maclin and Sanders not interested in Jets

WarrenSappSucked
WarrenSappSucked

santurdio holmes = one of the worst wrs in nfl in years.

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

Talk about an overrated player. The Jets would be lucky to get a pack of beef jerky in a trade for this guy.

Joe R2
Joe R2

I'm reportedly interested in getting laid tonight.  I guess that's news too...

sdthomsen29
sdthomsen29

Interesting that SI is using a photo of Jerrico Cotchery with a cutline and story about Emmanuel Sanders.

Jim21
Jim21

The Jets could have Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall at WR and the Jets would still be putrid on offense because Geno Smith is still the QB. 

utoo
utoo

@Joe R2  

You would have a better shot if you had 8.3 million (Mark Sanchez) or 8.25 million (Santonio Holmes)

dwb_alpha
dwb_alpha

@Jim21 Agreed.  During commercials of the Dolphins games this year, I would flip over to the Jets game just in hopes of getting a good LOL seeing him throw a pass 10 yards behind a receiver on a simple crossing pattern.  Hard to catch them though, with all those 3-and-outs.  It's a mystery how he's even on a professional football team.  It's like a blind person being an optometrist.

Jim21
Jim21

@dwb_alpha @Jim21  I think you found a good reason for Geno Smith to make a team.... Everyone needs a good laugh now and then lol