Welcome to the latest installment of “Should He Stay, Or Should He Go?” as GWR takes a look at the Jets current free agents and whether they should return to the team this upcoming season.
In his second stint with the New York Jets, cornerback Donald Strickland was an unheralded player during the 2011 regular season. Relegated to special teams duties, the former Colorado Buffalo amassed 39 tackles, one sack and four passes defended in 15 games. The Jets were amongst the NFL’s top five pass defenses with Strickland fitting in nicely as a package player in the team’s secondary rotation.
Playing alongside Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson, Strickland’s talents may have been overshadowed by Gang Green’s frontline starters. Nonetheless, Strickland excelled in kick and punt coverage much to the delight of special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff.
Strickland’s familiarity with Rex Ryan’s schemes and defined role as a situational defender make the 11-year veteran a viable candidate to return for 2012. Given the fact that Strickland hasn’t recorded an interception since 2003, his most impactful contributions will likely come playing out of the special teams unit.
As the Green-and-White aim to reload their secondary, Strickland provides quality depth and experience at the cornerback position. With New York tidying up its depth chart expect Strickland to make a return with Gang Green in 2012.