Mark Sanchez- This move is a no-brainer. It saves the team a lot of money, and it shouldn’t be difficult to find a better backup QB.
Santonio Holmes- Holmes has been unable to stay on the field, has a poor attitude, and the Jets can save over 8 mil by cutting him.
Antonio Cromartie- I wouldn’t be opposed to bringing him back at a much lower salary. But the Jets can save 9.5 mil by cutting him, and he is coming off probably his worst season as a pro.
Mo Wilkerson- He is our best player and will be the anchor of this defense for years to come. Lock this guy up.
Austin Howard- Howard had a very solid season, and should be rewarded with a new contract. Right tackles generally don’t receive outrageous contracts, so I don’t expect there to be a problem getting a deal done.
Willie Colon- Colon did a solid job blocking this year and it makes sense to retain him on a short-term deal. He needs to cut down on the penalties though.
Ed Reed- At this point in his career, he is not an every down player. But it makes sense to keep him, and have him play a limited role in the defense. I think he may deserve some credit for Milliner’s emergence later in the season.
Nick Folk- He deserves to be rewarded for his great season with a 2-year deal at slightly above the minimum. He has done a great job for this team and should be retained.
Legar Douzable- He is part of a fantastic defensive line unit, and I see no reason to change anything. He is a role player who won’t receive a big contract, so it makes sense to bring him back.
Sam Shields- If we decide to let Cromartie go, we need to find a good replacement. Shields has emerged as the Packers top corner after the signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2010.
Jason Worilds- I think Coples showed solid improvement after an initially difficult transition to OLB. Pace played surprisingly well, but I think that’s Worilds can be a solid upgrade. He recorded 8 sacks this season, and is still on 25.
Darren McFadden- Yes, I know he is extremely injury prone. But the Jets have some money to spend, and I think he is worth the gamble on talent alone. The guy is bigger and faster than Adrian Peterson. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and breaks off long runs. Give him a contract similar to the one Laron Landry received.
Jacoby Jones- If we are going to use our first two picks on receivers, it probably doesn’t make sense to spend big on Decker or Nicks. Jones is a very good return man, and can compete with the rookies for a starting spot.
Tavaris Jackson- I think we would all be pretty surprised if Geno isn't the starter going into week 1 next season. Assuming thats the case, we need a quality backup. While McCown may be a better player, I think someone will overpay for him, and I don't want that to be us. Jackson is an adequate game manager who can provide some insurance incase Geno disappoints.
Fred Davis- We need to upgrade our tight ends. Like McFadden, Davis is another player who is very talented but has been held back by injuries. However, he is still only 28 and would likely cost very little to sign. This is the type of low/risk signing that makes a lot of sense for this team.
Draft (4 rounds):
Round 1- Marquise Lee
After receiving a ton of hype entering the season, Lee has flown a bit under the radar with the emergence of Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans. But I think he can be as good as any receiver in this draft. He is the best route runner, has great hands, impeccable body control, and the speed to take any catch the house. He is a perfect fit for the west coast offense. I would consider trading up a few picks to get him if necessary.
Round 2- Kelvin Benjamin
Why not try and turn a weakness into a strength? Benjamin has a remarkable combination of size and athleticism. At 6’5 234 he can out jump most corners and bring down tough catches, but he also beat them deep with his speed. He turns 23 in February, and drops a few easy catches. But I think he is a great value pick in the 2nd round and would form a dangerous tandem with Marquise Lee.
Round 3- Xavier Grimble
As much as I would have liked to take Amaro, ASJ, or Ebron, I still think we can get a good tight end in the 3rd round. Grimble was overshadowed at USC by other weapons such as Lee, but he is a great athlete and has ideal size for a tight end at 6’5 250. I think he will be more productive in the NFL than he was in college
Round 3-Lamarcus Joyner
Joyner is an undersized CB/S similar to Tyrann Mathieu. I think he has a chance to drop to the 3rd because of his size, 5’8 195. He has good coverage skills, and makes plays in the run game. He has an aggressive style of play that Rex will love
Round 4- Chris Watt
He is a very good run blocker but needs to improve as a pass blocker. He has the tenacity that you look for in a guard. We need to bring in some competition for Winters, and I think Watt is a good option.