- This is obvious as we would save $8.3 million in cap space
- He is a cancer in the locker room and has not produced enough on the field to be keps around
- Has too many off the field issues and can be replaced through the draft.
- I’d like to see him replaced with one of the stronger FA options this offseason.
- He should be cut and his contract price can be renegotiated after he has tested the open market.
- Showed he could provide some solid depth to our already outstanding defensive line.
- Should be given somewhere around two years since he has proved to be a reliable option at right tackle for us.
- Unless he has a serious issue with his pending offseason surgery, I would like to see him back to shore up our 2014 offensive line.
- We have our solution at kicker for the next 2-3 years after the great year he had. Also extremely clutch.
- I think I would go with Cumberland over Winslow since we should definitely bring one of them back. Winslow is having too many off the field issues and Cumberland has shown flashes of potential.
- Our franchise cornerstone on the stout defensive line. No brainer locking him up for the future before next season is over.
Notable Free Agency Signings:
T.J. Ward (3 years, $12 million)
- Here is our replacement for Dawan Landry. Ward was ranked 3rd in the NFL amongst safeties so we get a huge upgrade here.
Brian Orakpo (4 years, $42 million)
- This should be one of the top targets for John Idzik this offseason, especially if we plan to dedicate our draft to the offensive side of the ball. Orakpo could be an absolute BEAST at outside linebacker in Rex’s defense and would be a huge upgrade over Pace. We can afford him with the money we save by going for Ward over Byrd at safety.
Jeremy Maclin (3 years, $13 million)
- Here is a very reliable wide receiver option for Geno Smith to lean on. Runs great routes and has good hands. He may not be a #1 wide receiver, but would be a great compliment to Jeremy Kerly and our draft picks. We have seen nfl players come back from the ACL injury stronger and this could help us get Maclin on the cheap. Don’t waste your time with players like Eric Decker, who are products of their offenses.
Chad Henne (one year, $2 million)
- Chad Henne is brought in to compete with Geno Smith. He has proved to be a viable backup quarterback in this league who has experience as a starter. He is also still in his physical prime which will allow him to compete with and push Geno.
NFL DRAFT (Seven Rounds – without compensatory picks)
Round 1: Marqise Lee, WR
- If all goes well, Marqise Lee will fall to us with the 18th pick. If not, I would not mind seeing Idzik move up a few spots to grab him. I am not interested in drafting a tight end in the first round. We need to address the problem that this team has dealt with for a very long time; a playmaking wide receiver. Yes, Lee’s production has dropped this year due to injuries and poor qb play… but that’s what makes this pick a potential steal at #18. Lee has big play ability and solid route running skills, and before this season was seen as a lock for a top five pick in the 2014 draft. Let’s see if he can flash all that potential with Geno Smith. Sammy Watkins would be ideal, but let’s keep our picks instead because there is plenty of WR talent in this draft.
Round 2: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE
- Here is another player whose production dipped in 2013. This is why we will be able to grab him in the second round. He had a beautiful touchdown catch in the Fight Hunger Bowl which gives you an idea why NFL teams are so high on him. He needs to work on his blocking a little bit, but he could be a huge red zone target for Geno Smith.
Round 3 (First Pick): De’Anthony Thomas, RB/KR
- De’Anthony Thomas is a multipurpose offensive playmaker. He is the most explosive player in the draft and would make all Jets fans forget about what Mike Goodson could have done in our offense. Thomas would help boost both our screen game and return game immensely. He has that game changing speed in the backfield that Jets haven’t seen since Leon Washington. Geno Smith showed in college that he thrived in the short passing game, and De’Anthony Thomas would be the perfect weapon to use in those types of situations.
Round 3 (Second Pick): Donte Moncrief, WR
- Moncrief has a thick frame, deceptive speed and smooth route-running abilities which make him a nightmare for cornerbacks. He shows the ability to generate separation against tight man coverage (something we lacked in our receivers this year greatly), and has great acceleration which leaves defenders in the dust on double moves. He has excellent hands and great body control to make the highlight reel grab. The Jets can add to their receiving depth with this pick and give Geno another option in the west coast offense.
Round 4: Terrence Brooks, FS
- Although a little shorter than preferred, Brooks looks the part of an NFL free safety. A former cornerback who can cover slot receivers, Brooks has also been seen dropping down into a linebacker-like role and picking up tight ends (something Rex would love). If these skills could translate to the NFL, we have another free safety to compete with Antonio Allen and perhaps take the starting role in 2014 next to TJ Ward at strong safety.
Round 5: Aaron Colvin, CB
- Colvin has a ton of talent. He needs to find a way to harness that talent and use it in the NFL in high profile matchups. He is a very physical corner who plays aggressive in the run and coverage game. Sometimes he creates trouble for himself in coverage and has problems with pass interference penalties due to his aggressiveness and hands on approach. Rex Ryan could be the guy to help him harness his talents in the NFL to become a solid cornerback. He will not start on the Jets, but will provide insurance for Antonio Cromartie.
Round 6: Cody Hoffman, WR
- Hoffman has great size/strength and has shown the ability to get open, catch the ball and create yards after the catch. His physical frame at 6’4’’ 210lbs will allow him to give smaller defensive backs trouble at the next level. He is not a burner but he is not slow by any stretch. Hoffman can add to his build and get stronger in the NFL, which will only add to what he already does well. He is far from a finished product, but the Jets grab a terrific value in the sixth round that can become a solid possession receiver and red zone threat.
Round 7: Colt Lyerla, TE
- There are always a few players with the "risk-reward" label in each NFL draft. Lyerla definitely fits this description. The highly talented junior was one of the top tight ends in the country before his mysterious departure from Oregon’s football team this past season. He was arrested in October on drug charges while he was away from the team. This should cause his draft stock to plummet. Normally, this would not be the type of kid I want the Jets to draft, but I think that he has too much athleticism and catching ability to go unnoticed. Should Idzik want to try and resurrect a troubled player’s image, we could have two highly talented TE’s in Lyerla & ASJ. They would both be great targets for Geno Smith in the passing game.
The New York Jets really need to upgrade their skill position players this offseason. I think with the moves above, we definitely accomplish that through the draft and free agency. I excluded the compensatory picks in the draft because I am not totally sure how many we will have and in which rounds. That being said, we should have a few compensatory picks which will give us the ability to add more talent through the draft or give us the flexibility to move up in the draft if need be. We need to give Geno Smith some weapons to see if he can be the QB of our future. If he can play like he did the last couple of games of the season with our newly added talent around him, then I think we have a very good chance to be a playoff team next year. Let's build off our 8 win season and get a few more so that we get into the postseason next year!!!
This is my first post and first ever mock draft... let me know what you think!