Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WR Ford draws interest from Jets
By Rich Cimini
With most of the big-name free agents no longer available, the New York Jets are shopping the secondary market, looking for value. They're showing interest in former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford.
"Yes, there's some interest from the Jets," Ford told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "I would say they're the team showing the most interest in me. Right now, we're still in the exploration phase, weighing things out."
Ford, 26, a former fourth-round pick, doesn't have enough reputation to calm an uneasy fan base, which is wondering why general manager John Idzik isn't spending more money. (As of Tuesday, the Jets had $25.4 million in cap space, according to ESPN data.) But Ford would address a need. Even though they signed Eric Decker, the Jets are still looking for another receiver.
Receivers coach Sanjay Lal, formerly of the Raiders, is familiar with Ford. He's a speedster out of Clemson, but he has only 57 career receptions for 848 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders phased him out last season, as he finished with only 13 catches for 99 yards.
In other developments:
- The Jets are engaged in talks with free-agent right guard Willie Colon, who started 16 games for them last season. Colon, recovering from biceps surgery, wants to return. He's also drawing interest from other teams and could be signed somewhere in the coming days.
- Free-agent cornerback Aaron Berry visited the Cleveland Browns, where former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is interested in signing him.
- The Jets have expressed interest in former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice. He was a big free-agent score for the Seahawks in 2011, but he has been limited by injuries. He made only 15 receptions in eight games last season and was recently released.