After getting the stiff-arm on Darrelle Revis and watching his general manager underbid for Vontae Davis and slow-play Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is growing desperate for a starting cornerback.
"They're not being very aggressive," the source added.
Separate league sources have told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that general manager John Idzik works at a "glacial speed" and is "way too deliberate" in negotiations.
Idzik reportedly promised co-workers the Jets would be aggressive in free agency, only to implement a deliberate, meticulous approach over the past week.
In fact, Mehta reports the team's brass has apologized to at least one agent after the Jets misled him in their interest level.
Ryan has reached the stage where he needs a return to the postseason to keep his job. That win-now, pay-later approach is at odds with Idzik, who is patiently trying to lay the groundwork for a model of sustained success over the next few seasons.
That difference in philosophy is going to end up costing Ryan's defense a top-flight cornerback this season.