Top-10 free-agent defensive backs for the New York Jets


It’s the post-Darrelle Revis era. And in that era, the Jets are not a team with the best defensive backs.

Antonio Cromartie is coming off the worst year of his career. Dawan Landry only has rhyming and some DNA in common with his brother LaRon. And the Kyle Wilsons of the world lost their playing time privileges early this past season. The Jets secondary struggled so much last year, bringing in Ed Reed for reinforcements midyear, but he didn’t help either.

There wasn’t really anyway to fix one of the bottom-10 pass defenses in the NFL. Now, the Jets may get a chance to improve on of their biggest weaknesses through free agency and the draft.

Over at the main site, Buck Stanton has compiled a list of the top free-agent defensive backs for the offseason. Here is an excerpt from the piece:

10. Malcolm Jenkins

Jenkins is a solid tackler.

The five-year pro had perhaps his best season in 2013, helping the Saints defense bounce back and become a formidable force once again. On the year, the safety had 76 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. That’s the kind of playmaking ability that any team is looking for our of the safety position.

9. Aqib Talib

Talib is a true “shutdown” corner.

On the field, there’s little doubt as to what Talib can do. It’s why Bill Belichick trusted him to go one-on-one with Jimmy Graham, an assignment he dominated when he blanked the Saints tight end. But off the field, he’s another issue. Are the problems that plagued him in Tampa Bay behind him or are they lingering beneath the surface?

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