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Bill O'Brien and Rick Smith have a dilemma on their hands as the annual March free agency frenzy approaches – what the hell do they do with Jared Crick? While J.J.Justin Hunter Jersey Watt generally gets most, if not all of, the credit for the success of Houston's defensive line, Crick has been a reliable and unheralded run stopping five-technique defensive end for the Texans since the start of the O'Brien era.Eli Manning Jersey His contract is set to expire next month, which could leave a gaping hole on the depth chart if the front office does not feel that Christian Covington, Jeoffrey Pagan, or Devon Still are up to the task of replacing him on the cheap.Eric Decker Jersey If Crick is retained, expect that deal to be somewhere in the Mike Devito range of contracts, which would put him around $4-5 million per year. Meanwhile,Germain Ifedi Jersey Covington, Still, and Pagan all currently make less than $2 million per year combined.
However,Eddie Lacy Jersey Crick's future contract potentially being on some other team's books means that the Texans have a rather unique opportunity to go after the truly big fish in this year's free agent pond. When looking at the hulking frame of current Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, he might be the biggest fish of them all. Huge,Adrian Peterson Jersey long, strong, and completely overwhelming at the point of attack, Wilkerson has been among the very best 3-4 defensive ends in the league from the moment he entered the NFL in 2011.Odell Beckham Jr Jersey This past season was arguably his best yet, when he set a new career high in sacks (12.0) before breaking his leg in a Week 17 loss to the Bills. He was even named second team All-Pro for the second time in his career and reached his first (long overdue) Pro Bowl.Amari Cooper Jersey
So why would Gang Green let such a dominant player at a premium position just walk away? Well…because they can. Unlike the vast majority of NFL teams, the Jets have more defensive linemen than they know what to do with.Richard Sherman Jersey Damon Harrison, who is also a free agent, is arguably the best nose tackle in the league, Sheldon Richardson is a monster at the other starting defensive end spot, and amazingly enough, rookie Leonard Williams was just as good as any of them while being rotated in throughout the season. The Jets are widely expected to use the franchise tag to keep Wilkerson around, but I am personally not buying that narrative quite yet considering such a move could eat up nearly $16 million of the Jets' projected $20 million in cap space. New York still has to find a way to re-sign Harrison, Chris Ivory, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, and in all honesty their fearsome front seven did not lose any productivity whenever Wilkerson was on the sidelines. They are all just that good