The Jets are scheduled to host at least three free agents Thursday in Florham Park -- WR Chaz Schilens (Raiders), QB Drew Stanton (Lions) and S Brandon Meriweather (Bears).
By most standards, these are second-tier free agents (maybe third), but the Jets have identified them as priority targets. It wouldn't be at all surprising if they sign one or two over the next day or two, with Schilens and Stanton the most likely candidates. Stanton is having dinner Thursday night with team officials and will visit the facility Friday.
Meriweather also is drawing interest from the Redskins and Broncos. The Jets are having discussions with other safeties as well, namely Reggie Nelson (Bengals) and LaRon Landry (Redskins), but they could be out of their price range. Remember this about Rex Ryan defenses: They put the big money in the cornerbacks, not the safeties (Ed Reed being the exception, of course).
The Jets also will be watching closely to what unfolds in Buffalo, where the Bills are said to be finalizing a deal with stud DE Mario Williams . Memo to Jets offensive line: Get ready.