At Draft Rite, we are all about covering the NFL from a roster-building perspective. We consider ourselves to be your home of the NFL offseason. Team building is such a fascinating subject, and the NFL invests millions of dollars into the people who put everything together every year.
It’s an inexact science. The league is constantly evolving and changing to match the new schemes and strategies designed by coaches and front-office executives. Roster building is such a careful craft. With only 53 spots available (45 activated on game day), teams have to be very careful with the people that they keep and the ones that they let go.
Prospects and the draft are only a small part of the NFL offseason. There is more to it, such as the veterans who have been in the league for a while and understand the ropes.
Every day, Tuesday through Saturday, I will be giving you a report on what teams across the NFL have done officially, and try to give you some insight into what that can mean for them and the rest of the league.
New York Jets sign RB Frank Gore
Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go. Frank Gore is a Hall-of-Famer. He’s long past his expiration date, but he continues to churn out a career in the league and play this wonderful game. I have all of the respect in the world for a guy who can play in the modern NFL at his position and be so good for so long. A third-round pick in 2005, it’s truly special considering how physical the league has become over the last fifteen years on running backs bodies.
That being said, this move is a little bit curious by the New York Jets. Let’s take a quick look at the running backs currently on the roster not including Gore:
Le’Veon Bell (three years remaining on a four-year, $52.5M deal)
Lamical Perine (rookie fourth-round pick)
Trenton Cannon (two years remaining on a four-year, $2.6M deal)
Kenneth Dixon (one year remaining on a two-year, $1.23M deal)
Josh Adams (one year remaining on a two-year, $1.23M deal)
Another thing to note is that the Jets currently spend the second-highest total of money out of the cap this season on the running back position, and both Lamical Perine and Frank Gore’s contracts haven’t been factored into that yet. This is also a team that averaged just 3.3 yards-per-carry last season and ranked 31st in rushing yards.
The Jets undoubtedly feel the need to add veteran depth, and perhaps are looking to move on from both Josh Adams and Kenneth Dixon once the team reaches final cuts. A guy like Gore might also be used more as a coach and a mentor for the younger backs on the team than actually on the field.
Regardless, it’s a curious move by the Jets, and one that was unexpected.
Tennessee Titans sign CB Jonathan Joseph
Johnathan Joseph has been in the NFL for a long time. Now just over 36 years old, Joseph is a seasoned veteran who has seen a lot of stability, playing for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Texans. He was a first-round pick in 2006. He’s played in 200 NFL games, starting in 186.
While Joseph has lost a step of his speed here recently, he’s still a smart and effective zone cornerback, something that the Titans play a lot of. Let’s look at their depth chart quickly:
CB Adoree Jackson / Johnathan Joseph / Kenneth Durden / Tye Smith / Chris Jackson (R)
CB Malcolm Butler / Kristian Fulton (R) / Chris Milton / Ibraham Campbell
This roster move probably ust made a lot more sense.
I would expect Kristian Fulton to play a lot more of the nickel role type snaps, but the secondary depth isn’t there right now. Joseph is a good insurance policy if someone gets hurt to slide into a nickel role on this defense, especially with all of the inexperience across the board. The Titans made a solid move here, and Mike Vrable loves experienced, veteran defenders.
NFL Transactions Report
- Giants sign QB Cooper Rush to a renegotiated contract.
- Jets sign RB Frank Gore and CB Arthur Maulet.
- Titans sign CB Jonathan Joseph.