The Jets continue to strengthen their broad recipient corps through the free agency this off-season.
New York has reportedly signed a one-year deal with former Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Keelan Cole, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. According to Schefter, Cole’s order is worth $ 5.5 million.
This comes just days after Gang Green signed one of the top wideouts in the free agent market Titan playmaker Corey Davis signed a three-year deal on Monday.
Cole, who will turn 28 next month, spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Jaguars. In 64 games (23 starts), 2,242 yards and a dozen touchdowns were collected.
Last season, Cole had one of his prime years. In all 16 games for Jacksonville, the wideout scored 55 passes for 642 yards and five points. He also contributed to special teams and returned a punt for a 91-yard touchdown against the Packers in week 9.
He may not have the kind of numbers you will see from the other top wideouts who joined the free agency this offseason, but Cole has generated quite a bit of interest over the past few weeks.
“Cole has generated as much, if not more, interest than some of the better-known free-agent WRs on the open market,” Schefter tweeted shortly after posting the news of Cole’s deal.
With Davis and Denzel Mims in their second year in green and white, that signing could mark the end of Jamison Crowder’s tenure with the Jets.
While this franchise has plenty of capping space, the seasoned slot recipient could be a victim of the cap as it is due over $ 10 million in the next season. Cole has played quite a bit at the slot position in his career as well.
In either case, New York begins to transform its recipient group from a weakness to a strength. Whether or not Sam Darnold stays with the quarterback for the next season, the Jets’ caller will be surrounded by guns every time he falls back to pass.
With more cash available, General Manager Joe Douglas and his team may not be finished with the expenses.
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