The free-agent market has thinned out a bit, but the Jets still have plenty of holes to fill. Yes, they still need a quarterback. But they have many other needs, too.
The good news is they still have a decent amount of salary-cap space and there is still help available. Here's a look at some of the non-quarterbacks still on the market who could be a fit:
CB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys) - The former sixth-overall pick (2012), he was long considered a bust before he began to finally play up to expectations last season - right up until he injured his groin. He's still only 27 and as the Jets begin a youth movement in the secondary it might be worth giving him a chance to prove his start last season wasn't a fluke. They'd need to move fast, though, since word is he could soon end up with the Ravens.
CB Brandon Carr (Cowboys) - He'll be 31 in May, so this goes against their youth movement, but he'd be a good short-term starter and could help the development of the younger players. He's not the player he once was, but he was good last season and he's played (and started) every game of his nine-year NFL career. The Jets have reportedly already expressed an interest in him. He'd be an upgrade over Darrelle Revis and a perfect bridge to the future starter.
LB Dont'a Hightower (Patriots) - As you surely know, he visited the Jets, he's visiting the Steelers, and the whole world thinks he's headed back to the Patriots. But it's worth it for the Jets to try to sign him. Yes, he'd make David Harris expendable, but he and Darron Lee would lock down the inside linebacker spot for several years. He's a strong leader and would be a terrific inside pass rusher - and the Jets have lacked a pass rush from the linebacking corps.
LB Connor Barwin (Eagles) - He can be a defensive end too, but the Jets don't need him for that. What they need is a pass rusher from the outside, and the 6-4, 264-pounder could be a fit in their 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker. His numbers have declined in recent years, but he's only 30. If the Jets deal Sheldon Richardson, as expected, he could slide into his flex spot. Of course, that's if Barwin wants to endure rebuilding. He's already on the radar of the Cincinnati Bengals, who are much closer to contending.
TE Jared Cook (Packers) - Jets GM Mike Maccagnan made it really clear that the Jets will use the tight end more next season and he's on the lookout for one this offseason. Of course, now there aren't many left with any real receiving credentials at all. Cook is a good one who was a valuable asset for the Packers last season, catching 30 passes for 377 yards in 10 games and drawing a lot of defensive attention away from the Green Bay receivers. He's going to be 30, though, and apparently wants to get paid. Also, he's reportedly enroute to Seattle for a visit so he could be signed soon.