Free agency analysis, Day 2

March, 14, 2012
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Thoughts and observations on another relatively quiet day for the Jets:

1. The Jets' re-signing of PK Nick Folk might not be popular among the fan base, but you have to take a big-picture view of the situation. Five kickers received the franchise tag, significantly reducing the number of options. Statistically, Folk is an average kicker, but at least they know what they've got. There will be some competition in camp, but it will be his job to lose. Maybe the Jets are trying to avoid a repeat of the Steve Weatherford disaster, turning your back on an average to decent player and having to watch him become a Super Bowl hero -- mocking you at every turn.

2. Jets fans seem to be getting restless with the team's uncharacteristic inactivity. Be patient, championships aren't won in March. The Jets always used to act like they were, but now they're taking a methodical approach. Teams are throwing around crazy money, like the Jaguars paying more than $6 million-a-year for WR Laurent Robinson, a one-year wonder. For a change, the Jets are exercising restraint.

3. Free-agent WR Chaz Schilens (Raiders) is coming to town for a visit. Makes sense. The Jets apparently don't have a lot of money allocated for the No. 2 WR spot, which explains why they're exploring the second tier. Why spend big when you're going to be a run-oriented offense and already have a lot tied up in Santonio Holmes? A source confirmed they also have reached out to former Jet Jerricho Cotchery, who told me Wednesday he'd be open to a return

4. The safety search continues, with their top three options still on the board -- Reggie Nelson (Bengals), LaRon Landry (Redskins) and Brandon Meriweather (Bears). Nelson probably is the safest of the three and he's the best in pass coverage. Landry can be a force around the line of scrimmage but has durability issues. Meriweather? Frankly, I'm not sure why they're interested, but he's expected to visit. The Jets spoke to Nelson's rep Wednesday, but no visit has been scheduled. The Bengals reportedly want him back.

5. Speaking of safeties, free agent Brodney Pool visited the Cowboys (he almost signed there last year) and the Jets released Gerald Alexander. That leaves the Jets with only two safeties under contract -- Eric Smith and Tracy Wilson.

6. Speaking of safeties, part II: Former Jet Dwight Lowery, traded to the Jaguars last preseason, re-upped with the Jaguars for $13.6 million over four years. Ok, so maybe it wasn't the Jets' best trade.

7. Free-agent OLB Jamaal Westerman, a non-tendered free agent, visited the Dolphins. They like him a lot, surprised the Jets let him hit the open market. I wouldn't be shocked if a deal gets done.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter
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