INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Maccagnan and Adam Gase set the phase for an aggressive offseason for the Jets when they met the media at the NFL scouting mix previous week, in element because they have no alternative. They have a depleted roster, tons of cap space, a superior draft choose, and a willingness to trade.
So how will they reshape their roster? They did not accurately lay out a blueprint. But from their press conferences and loads of data from NFL sources, here are 10 items we realized about the Jets’ ideas while they have been at the mix…
1. The Jets are not buying and selling for Antonio Brown
Maccagnan stated the Jets hadn’t definitely appeared into that but, which just about undoubtedly implies he is not likely to. By now 3 groups are reportedly greatly included — the Titans, Raiders and Redskins. If the Jets have been likely this route, they’d now be in the blend. The challenge is they know Brown is a enormous headache and could be disruptive for their young quarterback. Also, with no second-spherical choose and no willingness to give up their 1st choose, they you should not definitely have the ammunition to get this done.
2. Le’Veon Bell is certainly a focus on for the Jets
He could not be the top focus on that all people has envisioned, but supplied all their salary cap house (near to $100 million) which is just semantics. Numerous NFL sources stated this week the Jets are most likely to be most greatly included in the pass-rusher current market. That isn’t going to imply they will never go tricky after Bell way too, but they are most likely to be extra aggressive in other areas. Also, there is certainly nonetheless a powerful sentiment that Bell isn’t going to want to indication with the Jets. Maybe that clarifies why the Jets seemed to be all over the Day 2 jogging backs in the draft previous week.
3. They are likely to invest big on a pass-rusher in free agency
The top of the draft could be loaded with pass rushers, but the Jets are not likely to wait around until finally April. Numerous NFL sources say they’ve been nosing about all the top pass-rushers in free agency. Quite a few of them are likely to be off the current market when they get the franchise tag. A single they are certainly likely after is Rams linebacker Dante Fowler, whom they tried to get in a trade in just about every of the previous two yrs. They could also be included with Detroit’s Ezekiel Ansah. Preserve an eye on Jadeveon Clowney way too, if he isn’t going to get tagged, because the Jets are not likely to hold again here.
4. The Jets definitely like their receivers — a great deal extra than most some others do
This was correct previous 12 months, way too, when the Jets did not make a transfer to bring in a No. 1 receiver even nevertheless that seemed to be a evident hole. Maccagnan designed it very clear he imagined the Jets had extra than sufficient at that position. Now Gase has chimed in and he agrees. He appears to be to love his possibilities with Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson. It sure seems like they could nonetheless use a tall, No. 1-type receiver. The challenge is, there definitely are not any on the free-agent current market. And with no second-spherical choose, their solutions are minimal on Day 2 of the draft.
5. They want to trade down from the third over-all choose — especially if they land a pass rusher in free agency.
Many sources on other NFL groups say the Jets have let them know they are interested in buying and selling again, but individuals sources generally threw in “if they you should not land a pass rusher in free agency”. Call that knowledgeable speculation. The imagined is that there are so several excellent pass rushers at the top of the draft, that if the Jets skip their targets in free agency they’ll have to just take just one at No. 3. It is excellent logic, but also preserve in head that any time there is certainly a operate on quarterbacks, the groups buying and selling down can get large bargains.
6. Mike Maccagnan desires to rob what ever team tries to trade up for a quarterback
He generally stated that. “In my personalized impression,” he stated, “if you might be trying to go chase a quarterback, it’s type of what ever the current market is and then some.” The Jets compensated a affordable cost previous 12 months to transfer from 6 to 3 to chase a quarterback, offering up 3 second-spherical picks. That would feel to be a starting position, but the farther down you go, the extra it’s likely to cost. If the Jets trade down, you should not be shocked to see them get a 1st-spherical choose in 2020 as element of the deal. It all is dependent on how determined groups get for quarterbacks and how confident all people is that the Giants are a threat to just take Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins at 6.
7. The Jets may just luck out by remaining correct wherever they are
Keep in mind Leonard Williams dropping to them at 6 in 2015, and Jamal Adams sliding to them at 6 in 2017, and Sam Darnold slipping to them at 3 previous 12 months? The Jets have some really excellent luck in the 1st spherical. Now, with so several folks about the NFL getting confident that the Arizona Cardinals are taking Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray No. 1, it could take place yet again. The top two pass rushers in the draft show up to be Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Kentucky’s Josh Allen. The Jets sure could use them, and it seems like they could have a likelihood to get just one of them. Of study course, if just one of them slips to 3 and a quarterback like Haskins is available, there could be a ton of groups bidding to trade into their spot. But it could be tricky to pass on Bosa or Allen, both of those of whom could switch into stars.
8. Leonard Williams has a very long-term long term with the Jets
He is thanks $14.2 million this 12 months, which is about correct for pass rusher these days, but awfully superior for a person with 17 occupation sacks in 4 seasons. The Jets will certainly just take a wait around-and-see solution before choosing whether to indication him to a very long-term deal. It could not feel well worth it, supplied what pass rushers are most likely to get on the open up current market. But the Jets you should not feel to agree. Gase raved about Williams and how challenging he is to plan from, how “disruptive” he is as a pass rusher and how wonderful he is from the operate. Maybe that was smoke, but it seemed to be a indication that Gase thinks the 24-12 months-aged Williams has loads of likely. If new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams can unlock some of that, you should not be astonished if Leonard Williams eventually does get his very long-term deal.
9. The Jets are in the current market for a guard and a heart
Maccagnan designed it very clear he is joyful with the 3 starters he has on the offensive line — still left tackle Kelvin Beachum, correct guard Brian Winters and correct tackle Brandon Shell (when he is wholesome). So especially with Spencer Lengthy absent, they now require a heart and one more guard. Maccagnan designed it sound like that will be a precedence, way too. The free-agent current market is not deep, but the Jets need to be players. And if they drop considerably sufficient in the 1st spherical, an offensive lineman could be in participate in there, way too.
10. Josh McCown has a task as Sam Darnold’s backup if he desires it
Asked if the popular backup is coming again, Gase stated he was offering McCown his house to decide if he nonetheless desires to participate in at his age (he turns 40 in July) or if it’s time to retire and invest extra time with his family. If the Jets did not want McCown again they almost certainly wouldn’t have still left the doorway open up at all. But McCown may be the most popular player in the creating and all people thinks he had a enormous influence on Darnold previous 12 months. He could not be an NFL starter any extra, but groups have done way worse with their backup quarterback. If he is inclined, the Jets certainly would love to have McCown return to guide Darnold for just one extra 12 months.