AFC East: Reggie Nelson

Jets' safety options are dwindling

March, 19, 2012
First, the franchise tag took several top-rated safeties off the board for the needy New York Jets. Now, the Cincinnati Bengals dished out the latest blow over the weekend by re-signing starting safety Reggie Nelson.

The Jets reportedly made an offer to Nelson, who agreed with the Bengals following a two-day visit in New York. The Jets options at safety are getting thin this offseason.

New York still needs to find two starting safeties. Jim Leonhard is an unrestricted free agent who had a season-ending knee injury in December and probably won't be ready when camp opens. Eric Smith struggled mightily last season and was beat on plenty of plays.

It's getting more and more difficult for the Jets to find replacements in free agency. It looks like New York's choices are now limited to former Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry and/or the draft. Alabama's Mark Barron is a possibility with the Jets' pick at No. 16. Barron has a lot of physical traits the Jets would like.

The New York Daily also reports the Jets recently expressed interest in O.J. Atogwe. But he's on the downside of his career, and I don’t think he's a good fit for what the Jets need.
Here are the most interesting stories Sunday morning in the AFC East:
  • It looks like a two-team race between the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks for free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn.
Morning take: Flynn was Miami's Plan B, and the team met with him on Saturday. The Dolphins appear to be favorite unless Seattle provides a huge monetary offer.
Morning take: New England is in danger of losing both Mark Anderson and Andre Carter (10 sacks each) in free agency. New England hopes Scott can be a sleeper to soften the blow if one or both don't return.
  • Will Buffalo Bills veteran defensive end Chris Kelsay give up his No. 90 for new teammate Mario Williams?
Morning take: Kelsay had better. The payback will be all the double-teams Williams takes to make it easy for Kelsay to get to the quarterback next season.
Morning take: Nelson is athletic and can help in coverage, which the Jets need. He could be one of two safeties they try to add to the starting lineup.
Here are the most interesting stories Saturday morning in the AFC East: Morning take: It's way too early to get into predictions. But Buffalo made an impact by getting Williams. Let's see if the Bills fill some other holes first at left tackle, receiver and cornerback.
Morning take: I agree with many of the points made in this article. It’s hard to get a grasp on what Miami’s goals are this offseason and if the team is on its way to accomplishing them.
Morning take: The Patriots are looking for a starter, and I think they need more of a speedster anyway. But it doesn't matter at this point. Wayne is a Colt.
Morning take: This is no surprise. The Jets don't have cap room to make a huge splash. But where I think New York will spend is at safety, where Reggie Nelson and LeRon Landry are both possibilities.
Here are the most interesting stories Friday morning in the AFC East:
  • The Miami Dolphins appear pretty much out of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.
Morning take: The Dolphins don't really offer Manning much at this point. They traded their best receiver and have a rookie head coach. It time to turn their attention to free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn.
Morning take: Williams is the biggest free-agent signing in Bills history. Opposing quarterbacks in the AFC East need to beware.
  • Free-agent safety Reggie Nelson will visit the New York Jets.
Morning take: New York is taking a look at Nelson and fellow safety LaRon Landry. I think Nelson is the better fit, because New York needs help in coverage.
Morning take: This is probably the end of the road for veteran Dan Koppen. Connolly filled in well after Koppen was injured last season and earned the job.