The New York Jets are reportedly thinking about how to improve their dismal passing offence in free agency. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (via ProFootballTalk), the team are looking at free agent wide receivers Jeremy Maclin of the Philadelphia Eagles and Emmanuel Sanders of the Pittsburgh Steelers
Geno Smith could certainly use the help, having only thrown seven TD passes to wide receivers. It also appears that Santonio Holmes won’t return to New York next season.
With a $20.2 million in cap space (and more once Holmes is released) the Jets can certainly put some money towards improving their aerial arsenal.
The question is whether or not Maclin and Sanders will hit free agency. Maclin is coming off a missed season with an ACL injury, and the 2009 first round pick could return to the Eagles, if they are willing to give him a multi-year deal after the knee injury.
Sanders was a restricted free agent last season, and the Steelers chose to match the New England Patriots offer of a 1-year, $2.5m deal. He could be allowed to walk if the team is confident in Markus Wheaton, but the Jets could face competition for Sanders from the Patriots, if their interest is as strong as last season.