8. New York Jets (10-7). If Iím Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, knowing the Patriots will almost certainly franchise or sign Asante Samuel, my free-agent focus right now is on Buffalo cornerback Nate Clements.
Clements played on a top ten pass defense and is a very capable corner who matches up very well (scroll down) against #1WRs. In terms of rate to stop plays (run or pass, based on my copy of F.O.ís Individual Defense Stats) he ranks alongside guys like Asante Samuel and Patrick Surtain, which clearly isnít bad company to keep.
Clements is not a ďtop of the chartsĒ player, but he represents a solid corner, and makes Dyson a very formidible #2. With guys like Coleman, Rhodes, Smith and Washington playing over the top, the Jets could see their high numbers against the pass dry up quickly, something they will need to do next year if they want to make another run at the playoffs.
From a check around the web, it sounds like the Bills have $39 million in cap space, but havenít been courting Clements very enthusiastically, who was tagged last year. Are they taking franchising him again for granted? Clements is on the record saying that he wants to play for a winner, and that he foresees this might be his last shot at a real payday