Friday, February 22, 2013
Dwight Freeney to Jets is a pipe dream
By James Walker
Former Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney says it would be great to play in New York, either as a member of the Giants or the Jets.
"Big Blue" seems reasonable, considering the Giants’ love for pass-rushers. But Freeney to the Jets is nothing more than a pipe dream.
The Jets just barely got under the cap this week by cutting five veterans. How are they going to afford a seven-time Pro Bowler like Freeney? The Jets most likely can't afford their own free-agent Pro Bowler: safety LaRon Landry.
In addition, Freeney doesn't fit well in a 3-4 defense the Jets mostly run under head coach Rex Ryan. That is one of the reasons the Colts let go of Freeney.
Freeney says he's likes Ryan. That's par for the course with many players, because Ryan is charismatic and very much a players' coach. However, new general manager John Idzik is making the Jets' decisions, and the money and scheme don't match.
The Jets are in the middle of a long, hard rebuild. Spending the little cap room they currently have on an aging pass-rusher doesn't make a lot of sense. The Jets need to get younger, not older.