Now I know that it's really a bit early to be discussing this fully as we still got 2 gms to go in the regular season, but since the last few gms have really shown some problems that the Jets have I figured that now would be a good time to discuss this. The big question is who we should keep among our impending free agents and who we should let go in order to save cap room to sign these players. First lets look at which players the Jets can possibly
cut in order to free up cap space. According to nyjetscap.com the players who make the most sense to be cut are Kris Jenkins (savings of $4.6 mil), Damien Woody ($3.24 mil), Jason Taylor ($2.275 mil), Bryan Thomas ($3.7 mil), Hartsock ($1.65 mil), Brunell ($1.3 mil) and LT ($2.425 mil). If the Jets were to cut all these players it would save them a total of over $18 million off the books.
In my opinion Taylor, Thomas, Hartsock and Brunell all have to go. As much as I love Big Jenks I think we should cut him and resign him to the veterans minimum to be backup to Pouha. He's simply to big an injury risk to pay that much money to and Pouha frankly has earned a starting job in his absence. With regards to Woody I think they should let him go. I know he's very good and all but he's getting old and we just drafted Ducasse in the 2nd rd to take him over (I know you might be saying he's not ready but I'm sure everyone wouldve felt the same way about Slauson over Faneca at this time last year). I'm not sure what to do w/ LT. On the one hand he's been tremendous this yr particularly as Sanchez's safety net. On the other hand he's been majorly slowing down as the season rolls along and I worry how he'd hold up next yr. I also think right now Greene is the much better option and I'd like to see him be the starter next yr. If we got rid of LT we would obviously have to replace the production catching the ball and I think maybe we can get another Charger rb whom I've been a big fan of for a while in Sproles to do that as the Chargers prob dont have a need for 3 backs (he could also reprise Leon's role if we dont keep Brad Smith).
Now, onto which players we should decide to keep. Frankly, I'm a little torn about the wr's. I definitely think they should keep Holmes but I'm worried about only keeping him. He's a small receiver and w/o Braylon the Jets would have no big threats whatsoever. Braylon, even though he's dissapeared at times this yr has for the most part been a good soldier (w/ the obvious incident not included) and has actually had terrific hands this yr (particularly in the Steelers gm). If we dont keep him we'd be really thin at wr. I also think they could get him at a fairly good deal as a) he's dissapeared at times this yr b) the drunk driving incident hurt his value c) he needs us more than we need him. In an opposite case of the Rex Revis case, Braylon has hurt his own bargaining power by repeatedly talking about how he's an NY type personality. He needs the big city. I think we should try to franchise Cro (assuming that still possible). Kyle Wislon will prob not be ready to start this yr but the yr following he better be ready and there's no reson to have 3 starting cb's that yr. Franchise Cro for this yr and then let him walk. Obviously taking care of Harris is a huge deal as well. To take care of the paas rush issues I think a very interesting option would be Matthias Kiwanuka. The Giants will prob let him walk and he seems to me like an Adalius Thomas type guy who can take multiple positions and wreak havoc on the field. I think he'd be a great fit for Rex. Obviously we won't have the money for all this but the more guys we let go, the more guys we'll be able to keep/add. In the draft I think safety or olb in first 2 rds and d-lineman/wr later. What do you guys think?