NY Jets to sign Corey Davis: Why it's a good move for GM Joe Douglas, but also a risk
The New York Jets took a big step toward fixing one of their most glaring weaknesses on Monday, when they agreed to sign former Titans wide receiver Corey Davis, a person with knowledge of the situation told NorthJersey.com. But their work at wide receiver should not be done.
Davis is a nice addition, who gives the Jets depth and talent and, potentially, something they haven't had since 2015: a 1,000-yard receiver.
The Jets paid a fair but significant price for that potential: a three-year deal worth $37.5 million, including $27 million in guarantees. And it doesn't come without some risk.
Davis hasn't lived up to his draft position, he was selected No. 5 overall by the Titans in 2017. But he's coming off the best season of his career, setting personal bests with 984 yards and five touchdowns last season, and matching his career high with 56 catches.
And at 26, with good speed and size, there's a chance that he's about to take the next step in his career. Davis gives the Jets something they badly need: talent and depth. But he isn't the sure-fire No. 1 receiver that they have been searching for for so long. Perhaps Davis will be that player one day, but he's not there quite yet.
That's why the Jets need to keep adding to their receiver room, in free agency where they have plenty of money to spend, or in the draft where they have nine picks including three of the first 34.
Even if the Jets don't want to devote a huge chunk of money or a top 35 draft pick into a No. 1 receiver, they need to add depth and talent so they never get into a situation they were in last year, playing months without a proven weapon on the field. This is a step in the right direction. A reasonable one for sure. But their work should not be done at wide receiver.
Andy Vasquez is the Jets beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Jets analysis, news, trades and more, please subscribe today and download our app.