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Jets targeting free agent receivers Maclin and Sanders

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It’s hardly a surprise the Jets want to add some pop to their passing game, since it ranked 31st in the league last year.

And they’re apparently thinking about doing so in free agency.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets are eyeballing free agent wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Emmanuel Sanders, in hopes of upgrading the position.

Giving some help to quarterback Geno Smith makes sense, as the Jets only got seven touchdowns out of all their wideouts last year, fewer than 17 individual receivers in the league.

Cutting Santonio Holmes will add more than $8 million to their free agency war chest.

Maclin could be a value buy after tearing his ACL in Eagles training camp last summer, and he has experience with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

Sanders established career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns for the Steelers last year, after getting a restricted free agent offer sheet from the Patriots which was matched.

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25 Responses to “Jets targeting free agent receivers Maclin and Sanders”
  1. Stiller43 says: Feb 7, 2014 8:13 AM

    HaHA! Please sign Sanders! Then you can see how he NEVER makes a play. EVER. Every time he can make a big play, he always comes up small. Glad to get him away from Pit!

  2. nfl fan says: Feb 7, 2014 8:49 AM

    What is it about the Jets that they target #2 and #3 receivers and never a #1?

  3. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 7, 2014 8:53 AM

    TAMPERING!! Loss of 1st and 2nd round draft picks, Roger!!

  4. thealmightybigblue says: Feb 7, 2014 9:06 AM

    Omg,are the jets actually trying to build an actual NFL caliber offense?say it ain’t so?

  5. Joemontanaflacco says: Feb 7, 2014 9:13 AM

    This is just the beginning of the dismantling of the Steelers. The machine is obviously broken so the only thing left to do is salvage for parts.

  6. realnflmaster says: Feb 7, 2014 9:15 AM

    Now only if they started building this offense four years ago….

  7. missingsock215 says: Feb 7, 2014 9:20 AM

    Short of receiving #1 WR money, Maclin will stay in Philly to be a lethal threat in CK’s offense. He’ll take a one year, prove it deal and sign long term within the first 10 games of next season. Why go back to MM offense with a mediocre QB like Geno Smith when you got Bowls with Foles right here in Philly? Or maybe I just don’t want to see him roll out of Philly. Go Birds!

  8. Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 7, 2014 9:21 AM

    Sure Jets, you could get two GOOD receivers cheap. But if you pooled ALL your money you could get the biggest name receiver for 3x the price.

    Let me illustrate with these eggs and this basket…

  9. pixelito says: Feb 7, 2014 9:22 AM

    The Jets should give some help to the receivers and draft a better QB.

  10. pftfan says: Feb 7, 2014 9:26 AM

    I actually think this is the Jets best bet. They could hope that a top flight WR lands to them at 18th overall, but there’s a good chance the top 3 prospects will be gone by then. And the Jets offense is so bare, that having only one good rookie WR like a Marqise Lee, won’t do much since he’ll be the one drawing the top assignments.

    They’ll catch a lot of crap from the “experts’, but I think they should fortify their secondary and pass rush with their first two picks, then address offensive with surer things via free agency. Although, I’m not sure why they aren’t targeting someone like Edelman.

  11. steelerfanjo says: Feb 7, 2014 9:27 AM

    The Steelers are the developmental team for the entire NFL. Draft a player. Develop player. Let player walk. But keep William Gay, and Byron Leftwich for years!!!

  12. patriottony says: Feb 7, 2014 9:28 AM

    So long as you have sexy rexy,,,you are cooked…it’s his personality inflicting on the team

  13. realfootballfan says: Feb 7, 2014 9:28 AM

    Why not swipe Nicks from the Giants? He was clearly mailing it in last year, but at a reasonable price, he’s a difference maker.

  14. richardmswartz says: Feb 7, 2014 9:38 AM

    The Eagles will probably burn their second round pick on Danthony Thomas regardless so maybe they would be better off letting him walk.

  15. troy43mvp says: Feb 7, 2014 10:15 AM

    What does this say about the Jets ability (or lack of) to draft good players?

  16. mshawn75 says: Feb 7, 2014 10:37 AM

    There are 4 reasons to stay away from Sanders. Antwaan Randle El, Santanio Holmes, Plexico Burress, and Mike Wallace. Three were busts with new teams, and one thought he was Wyatt Earp.

  17. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 7, 2014 11:01 AM

    I’d love to see Holmes back in a Steelers uniform. He was never adequately replaced, and he’s been sorely missed.

  18. tavisteelersfan says: Feb 7, 2014 1:13 PM

    Pay the man, slam dunk Jets, see what Miami did, open the wallets and fork out the dough and you too will get an ex-Steelers receiver.

    Oh. There might be one little problem … you can’t have Ben. YMMV. LOL

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 7, 2014 1:55 PM

    The Ravens will pay Sanders $121M.

  20. eaglesfan290 says: Feb 7, 2014 2:13 PM

    Jets are only 52 players and a new owner away from winning a SuperBowl at least they have Rex.

  21. jtm12180 says: Feb 7, 2014 2:58 PM

    SantoniNO part deux!!

  22. whiteknightblackheart says: Feb 7, 2014 3:26 PM

    I like the Maclin pick if it works, but I would rather throw money at Nicks than Sanders.

  23. kev86 says: Feb 7, 2014 6:48 PM

    Maclin is fragile.

  24. zeke2517 says: Feb 7, 2014 10:12 PM

    “What does this say about the Jets ability (or lack of) to draft good players?”

    Like the defensive rookie of the year? Well, gee whiz, partner. I just don’t know.

  25. jetfan74 says: Feb 8, 2014 8:37 AM

    Maclin is fragile? So I guess Bowman, Revis and and the cast of other big names w/ blown out knees are fragile too!!! Nicks is fragile. Guy won’t play w/ a sore toe. Bottom line, 2 solid WR’s but no true #1. I like them both better than Decker and will come a lot cheaper.

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