Jets' shopping list

Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush runs away

Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush runs away from Jets defensive end Quinton Coples during the first half. (Oct. 28, 2012) (Credit: AP)

(1) QUARTERBACK

If the Jets expect to be a contender anytime soon, the QB play has to improve.

Mark Sanchez had an abysmal 2012 campaign: 13 touchdown passes, 18 interceptions and eight fumbles lost. Little-used backup Tim Tebow isn't expected to be in camp. Neither Greg McElroy nor Matt Simms is the face of the future. Unfortunately, the free-agent crop of QBs leaves much to be desired.

Possibilities: Jason Campbell, David Garrard, Brady Quinn.

Intriguing long shot you've heard of: Drew Stanton.

(2) RUNNING BACK

Shonn Greene broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second straight season, but the Jets' running game needs a big boost. With Greene an unrestricted free agent, Bilal Powell will be expected to shoulder more of the load. But the Jets need to add more speed.

Possibilities: Ahmad Bradshaw, Cedric Benson, Felix Jones.

Intriguing long shot you've heard of: Reggie Bush.

Even bigger long shot you've heard of: Steven Jackson.

(3) SAFETY

The Jets, who cut Eric Smith last month, now have no veteran safeties under contract. Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry signed one-year contracts a year ago and are unrestricted free agents. That leaves only Josh Bush and Antonio Allen on the roster.

Possibilities: Glover Quin, Abram Elam.

Intriguing long shot you've heard of: Charles Woodson.

(4) OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

Bart Scott and Calvin Pace are gone, plus Bryan Thomas turns 34 in June. The Jets need experience, depth and speed.

Possibilities: Connor Barwin.

Intriguing long shot you've heard of: Brian Urlacher.

(5) TIGHT END

The Jets could end up re-signing Dustin Keller, Sanchez's favorite target. If not, they'll need to secure another big target who can block in Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast system.

Possibilities: Anthony Fasano, Martellus Bennett.

Intriguing long shot you've heard of: Tony Gonzalez.

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