Two months after the Jets’ celebratory locker room scene in Miami punctuated Rex Ryan's return for at least one more season, the team's brain trust has started targeting free agents to upgrade a lackluster offense. The Daily News has learned that the Jets covet free agent wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Emmanuel Sanders with the hope that one or both can help revamp the league's 31st-ranked passing offense from last season. Jets receivers were among the league's worst in 2013. Geno Smith’s erratic rookie season can be attributed, in part, to the lack of difference makers in the passing game. Ryan's top four receivers - Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson and Stephen Hill - combined for 126 receptions and 1,744 yards. Cleveland’s Josh Gordon racked up 98 fewer yards all by himself. Seventeen receivers and five tight ends had more touchdowns than the combined total of seven by the Jets’ quartet. The organization is fully aware that a change is in order. Holmes isn’t part of the team's future plans. The Jets have already included the $8.25 million in savings it will get by cutting Holmes in the pool of available money for free agency, according to sources. General manager John Idzik has about $20.2 million in cap space before Holmes’ official departure (before his $1 million roster bonus is due next month) frees up more. The free agent wide receiver class isn't particularly strong. Don’t expect the Jets to land Eric Decker, the consensus top available wideout, when free agency begins on March 11. The Jets may express interest in the Broncos receiver to gauge his value, but it's unlikely Idzik will pay a hefty price for him. Some people in the organization aren’t sold on Decker's ability to be a true No. 1 receiver, either.
Jets interested in wide receivers Jeremy Maclin, Emmanuel Sanders
New York Daily News | Feb 7