New York Jets sign S Marcus Gilchrist

The Jets’ plan this off-season was clearly to spend to fix their secondary. They added three new cornerbacks on big contracts, Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, and Buster Skrine, and also added Marcus Gilchrist on a big contract as a replacement for veteran free agent Dawan Landry as the starter next to promising 2014 1st round pick Calvin Pryor. Marcus Gilchrist was a 2nd round pick of the Chargers’ in 2011. He struggled in his first 2 seasons in the league at cornerback, but was moved to safety in 2013 and ended up making all 16 starts and grading out 20th at his position. Gilchrist graded out below average in 2014, grading out 72nd out of 87 eligible, but he made all 16 starts again, and I still expected him to get starting caliber money this off-season. This 4-year deal worth 22 million with 8.5 million guaranteed is an overpay, but not an egregious one.

Grade: C+

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