General manager Mike Maccagnan talks about how the Jets will approach free agency, on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
With NFL free agency set to get started, we’re taking a look back at the best and worst signings the Jets have made over the years. Today it’s the five best signings in Jets history.
5. Alan Faneca, 2008
Faneca was one of the best offensive linemen in football when the Jets signed him to a five-year, $40 million contract, making him the highest paid offensive lineman in league history at the time. Faneca proved a solid leader for youngsters Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson and helped turn the offensive line into one of the better units in the league.
4. Vinny Testaverde, 1998
The Jets signed Testaverde to be a backup. Instead, he ended up posting one of the best quarterbacking seasons in franchise history. Testaverde, who turned 35 during the 1998 season, took over for the injured Glenn Foley and led the Jets to a 12-2 record. He completed 61.5 percent of his passes while throwing for 29 touchdowns and only seven interceptions, leading the Jets to the AFC Championship game.
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3. Wayne Chrebet, 1995
He came to the Jets as an undrafted free agent in Summer 1995 with almost no shot of making the team. But the Garfield native became one of the most revered players in franchise history. The undersized, unheralded receiver played 11 seasons with the Jets and his story serves as a reminder that talent isn’t always initially evident.
2. Kevin Mawae, 1998
Mawae built a solid resume in four seasons with the Seahawks. But after signing with the Jets at age 27, he became one of the best offensive linemen in football. Mawae made six Pro Bowls in eight seasons with the Jets and was a five-time First-team All Pro. Mawae put together a career that could one day land him in the hall of fame, but he’s still waiting for that call.
1. Curtis Martin, 1998
Martin was a restricted free agent with New England in 1998 when then-Jets-general manager Bill Parcells made a poison-pill offer he knew the Patriots couldn’t match. The And so Martin came to New York, where he played the best years of his Hall of Fame career and helped return the Jets to relevancy. Martin not only goes down as the Jets’ best free agent acquisition but as one of the best players in team history.
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