This off-season the New York Jets are going to go shopping to improve this team. With an 8-8 season in 2013, the team can only improve by filling in some obvious holes.
The Jets need to find improvements with the wide receivers, tight ends, the secondary and some O line tweaks.
Releasing Mark Sanchez, Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes would save the Jets a staggering $26.05 million in cap space, and New York is projected to have a little over $30 million in cap space to spend. This will go towards signing their rookies, free agents they may resign or bring in.
Cimini from ESPN ranked the Jets unrestricted free agents:
1. Austin Howard, right tackle — $2.02 million in 2013 salary
2. Nick Folk, kicker — $780,000
3. Jeff Cumberland, tight end — $1.32 million
4. Calvin Pace, outside linebacker — $1.0 million
5. Willie Colon, right guard — $1.16 million
6. Leger Douzable, defensive tackle — $715,000
7. Ed Reed, safety — $940,000
8. Ellis Lankster, cornerback — $585,000
9. Vladimir Ducasse, guard — $630,000
10. Kellen Winslow, tight end — $840,000
Depending on who we draft and/or sign from the Market, I say that number 1 and 2 are the no brainers. Jeff Cumberland in my opinion is too inconsistent, Calvin Pace was a nice surprise this year, but when is his clock going to run out. I do like Willie Colon if we can’t find an improvement to bring in, and the rest of the list pretty much isn’t a priority.
I know GM John Idzik’s “thing”, at least this previous year, is to bring in guys coming off major injuries to see if they can squeeze a couple more big plays out of them. Ed Reed, Willie Colon and Kellen Winslow Jr were perfect examples of this. The Vlad Ducasse experiment should be over. Let’s call it what it is, a bust, and move on finally.
Antonio Cromartie told his teammates that he believes that the Jets are going to release him. That seems obvious to everyone, but the corner back told the media that he would love to retire a Jet. He stated that is going to test the market, and if there are no takers, maybe the Jets will bring him in at a major discount. My concern is that hip combined with his age. Cro showed that he wasn’t the player the prior year, but when healthy, he’s as gifted an athlete you will see in the NFL.