The Jets will make their 2015 season debut Sunday against the Browns, and the team will have plenty of new defensive acquisitions on display. The secondary will feature the additions of cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, nickel corner Buster Skrine and free safety Marcus Gilchrist. Plus, first-round pick Leonard Williams will move into the starting lineup due to Sheldon Richardson's four-game suspension. "I believe we can be as good as we want," defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson said, per NJ.com. "We can be great. We can be the No. 1 defense in the league. We've just got to come in each and every week improving and do our jobs every Sunday." The Jets defense is expected to be aggressive, especially with the blitz, under first-year coach Todd Bowles. "This defense should be a playoff defense," Skrine said. "The defense should get us in the playoffs. We have the defense to it. We've got a lot of talent on this defense. It's just about all coming together."
Former Browns cornerback Buster Skrine has signed with the Jets, per mulitple sources. The contract is reportedly a four-year deal worth $25 million with $13 million in guaranteed money. Skrine had attracted many suitors including the Jets and that is exactly where he landed. Entering his fifth season in the NFL, all with the Browns, Skrine will join Dee Milliner at the cornerback spot. The 25-year-old has 196 total tackles and six interceptions for his career.
Browns cornerback Buster Skrine is drawing plenty of attention in the early stages of free agency. Skrine heard from eight teams within the first three hours of the period opening on Saturday. The fifth-year corner tied for fourth in the NFL in 2014 with 18 passes defensed. He added four interceptions and 67 total tackles. The Browns hope to retain Skrine, but they know it will be tough. He is seen as one of the top free agents on the market at his position.
The Browns are hopeful they can re-sign cornerback Buster Skrine but are probably going to have to try to do so after he hits the free agent market, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Skrine had a single-season best four interceptions in 2014 and will be someone that could command a hefty price tag on the open market. The Plain Dealer reports that Skrine is expecting anywhere from $5.5 million to $7 million per season. The Browns should be in a good position to match an offer for Skrine. Depending on what the 2015 cap number per team is, the Browns are likely to have well over $30 million to spend in free agency.
The doubtful status of surprising Browns rookie cornerback K'Waun Williams for the Sunday game in Jacksonville has forced Buster Skrine back inside as the nickel corner, ESPN.com is reporting. That could mean more playing time for rookie first round pick Justin Gilbert, who performed better in Week 6 after losing playing time to poor performance.