Assessing Jets' options at cornerback

August, 31, 2014
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The New York Jets need help at cornerback. You probably knew that already. Anybody with a cursory knowledge of the NFL knows that. Problem is, there isn't much out there. In the opinion of an AFC personnel executive, no front-line corners were released Saturday, only backup types.

Some of the "name" players available:

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Champ Bailey, cut by the New Orleans Saints (free agent): The future Hall of Fame cornerback is 36 and declining. He lost out to Patrick Robinson for the Saints' No. 2 corner position. On the upside, he's healthy now after sitting out with a foot injury early in camp.

Brandon Harris, Houston Texans (waivers): He was a second-round pick in 2011, but he failed to win the hearts of the new coaching staff.

Kelvin Hayden, Chicago Bears (free agent): He's been around for a long time, but he's a cover-2 corner, not an ideal fit in Rex Ryan's system.

Phillip Adams, Seattle Seahawks (free agent): His first stint in Seattle came at the end of the 2011 season, when Jets GM John Idzik was a Seahawks executive. Adams is a solid journeyman who has played with a handful of teams.

Derek Cox, Baltimore Ravens (free agent): A free-agent signing that didn't work out for the Ravens. Cox, who has played with the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers, has appeared in 63 games, with 13 interceptions.

Dominique Franks, Ravens (free agent): Like Cox, Franks didn't stick in his first season in Baltimore. Franks, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, has three interceptions in 48 games.

Leon McFadden, Cleveland Browns (waivers): Like Ryan, Mike Pettine loves to have plenty of corners. He just didn't love this one. McFadden was a third-round pick last year and played in every game.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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