Jets’ special teams just took a big free-agency hit

One of the only positive things about the 2018 Jets was the performance by their special teams. But the Jets are choosing to let two of their key special teamers walk in free agency.

Kicker Jason Myers, who made the Pro Bowl, signed with the Seahawks on Wednesday and all-pro kick returner Andre Roberts agreed to a deal with the Bills a few hours later.

The Jets had interest in bringing back both players, but their markets in free agency got too high for the Jets, according to a source. The Jets feel they can land suitable replacements at better prices than those two were commanding.

The Jets claimed Myers off waivers during training camp. He was outstanding, making 33-of-36 field goals, including six from 50 yards or more. Myers also excelled at kickoffs. His performance earned him a Pro Bowl nod for the first time in his career.

This year’s kicker will be the fourth different kicker in four years for the Jets after Nick Folk, Chandler Catanzaro and Myers all handled the duties.

Allowing Roberts to walk is a little more surprising. He rejuvenated their return game, scoring on a punt return in their first game of the season, the team’s first return for a touchdown since 2012. He later returned a kickoff for a touchdown. He averaged a league-best 14.1 yards per punt return and had a league-high 1,174 kickoff return yards.

The Jets had searched for a strong kick returner for years before signing Roberts last March. Now, they are in the market again.

The Jets already have lost one cornerback in free agency, watching Buster Skrine sign with the Bears. They also have Morris Claiborne hitting the market and probably won’t bring him back. That means they need to add some players at that position.

Former Falcons CB Brian Poole is visiting the Jets, according to a source. Poole played primarily in the slot for Atlanta so he could fill Skrine’s role. Poole played in 47 games over the last three seasons for the Falcons. He had 74 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions for the Falcons last season.

They did re-sign cornerback Darryl Roberts for three years and $18 million.

The Jets agreed to a one-year deal with LB Neville Hewitt, according to a source. Hewitt played well for the Jets last season on special teams and in the final month of the season in place of a suspended Darron Lee. He had 39 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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