Hey everyone I thought I would give this mock offseason a try. The chances of my predictions happening are extremely rare but at least it's fun to think about the possibilities.
The following cuts will leave the Jets with around 57 million in cap space.
Pretty easy decision here. Didn’t live up to the hype but should at least be praised for his performance in the playoffs. If he played like that all the time maybe he wouldn’t be in this situation.
Went from being one of the best corners in the game a year ago to one of the worst corners on the team. The Jets save 9.5 million by cutting him so this is another no brainer.
Hopefully time heals all wounds for Holmes because he is getting a lot of hate right now. His time is definitely up in New York.
He is playing at the level of a backup right now which is too expensive. Would rather see the young guys like Allen and Bush see more action anyway.
Injuries and off the field issues make him expendable.
There are better options then Green out there as the third RB.
Been given more than enough opportunities to show that he belongs but hasn’t taken advantage of it.
These signings should leave the Jets with around 48-50 million in cap space.
I’d only sign him if it’s cheap. If Pace thinks he deserves a lot of money for posting double digit sacks then he should be shown the door.
Probably the most underrated Jet this year. He has really helped the run game out this year.
A cheap one year deal for a guy who has played better than I expected. The team will need to have some good backups due to Colon’s injury history.
Has had his ups and downs this year but is still a young player with room to grow.
Potential Pro Bowl kicker who knows how to make the clutch kicks.
This guy needs to be locked up long term. He’ll probably be more expensive next year and the Jets won’t have to worry about losing him to free agency if they sign him now.
Free Agent Signings:
Good veteran QB who can be a mentor AND is capable of playing if needed. Hill makes smart decisions with the football and can step up if Geno falters.
He’s 25, has a huge 6’5" frame, is fast and should be relatively cheap since he tore his ACL before the season started. In 2012 with the Chargers he played in 10 games and had 658 receiving yards, 7 TD’s and had an average of 17.8 yards per reception. A classic low risk, high reward signing.
Not a true #1 receiver but he can take that role for a season or two. Decker might be have his stats inflated due playing with Peyton Manning but he is still a very talented receiver. In 2011 which was his second year in the NFL and didn’t have Manning as his QB, Decker had 612 yards receiving. I think if he came to New York he could have somewhere between 800-1000 yards receiving. Other good options could be Jeremy Maclin, James Jones and Emmanuel Sanders.
I’m not resigning Kellen Winslow or Jeff Cumberland so TE becomes a major need. I don’t think there’s much gas left in the tank with Winslow. Cumberland isn’t a good enough receiver to be a #1 TE and doesn’t have the blocking skills to be a #2. Dickson isn’t a great blocker but it is an improvement and his disappointing season could provide great value assuming that this year was just a fluke.
A good backup and special teams player who recently won the Bills Walter Payton Man of the Year award (if that means anything to you).
Here’s the big impact signing for the Jets. He’s going to cost a lot of money but I think he’ll be worth it. The Jets need a good coverage safety and Byrd is one of the best. This could be a dominant defense if you factor in the strength of the defensive line, the development of Coples and Milliner and a ball hawking safety in Byrd.
Milliner is looking good every week but I find it very hard to predict whether he can be the #1 CB heading into next season. If he isn’t then Votae Davis should be able to do a decent job until Milliner is ready to take over.
I did a little research and the guess is that for compensation picks, the Jets will probably receive a pick in round 4, 5 and two picks in round 7.
Trade Down with Arizona
Arizona has really overachieved this year but they are still probably looking for a QB. They trade us their 1st and 2nd for our 1st round pick.
1. Jace Amaro-TE-Texas Tech
Has great speed and size to be a playmaker on this offense. Amaro’s strengths include his route running, the way he attacks the ball when it’s in the air and his blocking won’t be a liability (I’m looking at you Cumberland). If Amaro isn’t available I’ll gladly take Eric Ebron or Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
2. Jordan Matthews-WR-Vanderbilt
There’s a long list of receivers that I would want with this pick like Allen Robinson, Kelvin Benjamin and Odell Beckham Jr. Matthews has gone up against great SEC defenses and has produced with 107 receptions, 1334 yards and 5 TD’s this year. His size makes him a great deep threat and has been able to get a lot of YAC from his speed and strength.
2. Anthony Steen-OG-Alabama
This season it became clear that the Jets needed a LG. Winters is either a bust or just isn’t ready yet to take the starting job. I can’t say I’m an expert with reviewing offensive lineman but when you’re a 3 year starter on the impressive Alabama offensive line, it’s possible that you could be a good NFL player. Steen recently had shoulder surgery at the end of the season so he may drop a bit in the draft.
3. Morgan Breslin-OLB-USC
Breslin can compete for playing time with Pace and Barnes. Breslin is a great pass rusher as illustrated with his 13.5 sacks in 2012 but has been hampered by injuries this year. If Breslin can avoid the injury bug, this pick could be very valuable.
3. Zach Mettenberger-QB-LSU
If Mettenberger hadn’t injured his ACL he would be getting 1st round projections. He has qualities of a NFL arm and has great pocket presence. It will probably be best for him to sit on the bench for a full season and rest his knee while learning the NFL game. If next year we learn that Geno isn’t a franchise QB, we could already have his replacement with Mettenberger.
4. Wesley Johnson-OT-Vanderbilt
D’Brickshaw is showing signs of age and it won’t be too long until it is time to replace him. Johnson can develop until then. Johnson has been a 4 year starter at Vanderbilt and when I watched him go against Clowney, he held his own.
4. Dri Archer-RB-Kent State
Has a resemblance of Tavon Austin since they are small, speedy playmakers. Archer could be a great 3rd RB who can catch passes out of the back field and can also return kicks. When you watch him on tape, your jaw will drop at the explosiveness he displays.
5. Max Bullough-ILB-Michigan State
A LB who had a good career at Michigan State. His role with the Jets will be a backup/special teamer. If he ends up exceeding expectations and shows he has enough skill to be a starter, David Harris won’t have to be resigned for the 2015 season.
5. Chaz Sutton-DE-South Carolina
Is often forgotten because of the monster named Jadeveon Clowney. Sutton can be a new project for Karl Dunbar and he can learn from the other Jets on how to be successful. I really want to see Sutton at the combine because on tape, he looks very athletic and fast.
6. Marcus Williams-CB-North Dakota State
If Rex is still coach, it is extremely likely that the Jets will draft a CB because we all know how much Rex loves them.
7. Jordan Najvar-TE-Baylor
A big TE with some receiving abilities but will primarily be used as a blocking TE.
7. LaDarius Perkins-RB-Mississippi State
I believe the seventh round should be about going for a homerun pick. I really wanted to draft Vontaze Burfict because if his attitude and work ethic issues were converted to the NFL, cutting him wouldn’t be a big loss. Now he is one of the best linebacker’s in the game. The Jets already have 3 RB’s but I think LaDarius Perkins has great potential to stay on the team. I’m not really sure why he’s not highly rated by scouts but I’ll take him if he falls here.
7. Jeff Janis-WR-Saginaw Valley State
A small school guy who just got invited to the Senior Bowl. If he does well there then his value will increase but if he struggles he could go undrafted. I’ll take a flyer on a guy who averaged 148.6 yards a game this season.
QB: Geno Smith, Shaun Hill, Zach Mettenberger
FB: Tommy Bohanon
TE: Jace Amaro, Ed Dickson, Jordan Najvar
ILB: David Harris, Demario Davis, Max Bullough, Arthur Moats
K: Nick Folk
P: Ryan Quigley
LS: Tanner Purdum
Notable Training Camp Cuts: Ellis Lankster-CB, Greg Salas-WR, Oday Aboushi-OL, William Campbell-OL, Zach Sudfeld-TE, Chris Pantale-TE, Saalim Hakim-WR
Notable PS: Rontez Miles-S, Troy Davis-LB, Jeff Janis-WR, Dwight Jones-WR
So how much did I improve/mess up the roster?