We are little over a week since the start of Free Agency, and many Jets fans are clearly disappointed in the way John Idzik has approached it. Although I can’t blame Jets nation for being upset at our GM, I just urge patience. We may not want to hear it, but last years team over-achieved. We finished the season at 8-8 but could have easily been a 6-10 team had it not been for two controversial calls that went our way. Since he was hired Idzik seemed to be a man with a plan and will not let anything get in the way from him executing it. I wrote this article to give readers a picture of what could be some of the thoughts that are going through Idzik’s mind. So sit back, grab your popcorn and welcome to the mind of John Idzik.
When I took the position as General Manager of the New York Jets. I knew that it was going to be a challenge, but it was a challenge that I was ready to face head on. Many people dream about one day getting the opportunity that I received last year and I will be damned if I let this opportunity slip through my grasp. It’s my job to build the best team to put out on that field every Sunday. I will do this but it’s going to be with moves that are calculated and smart. I will continue to preach that the foundation of this team will be built through the draft. The media and fans may call for my head for not signing many big time names with the amount of cap we now have, but I don’t believe in giving a B player an A player type contract. Its risky business and could jeopardize the future of this football team and I wont allow this to happen. The fans that are calling for my job now will be the same ones that are calling for it if I have given out a bad contract that put us in a situation that didn’t allow me to sign our own franchise players such as Muhammad Wilkerson. Now since we are on the topic let’s address how Free Agency has played out so far.
It came to no surprise that I cut Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie. We had to move forward. I would like to thank them for everything they brought to this organization, and wish nothing but success for the two of them. Now the money that I have saved from cutting Holmes and Cromartie helped us sign Eric Decker. Many analysts will say that Decker is a number 2 Wide Receiver that benefited from having Peyton Manning as a Quarterback. This maybe true but when I watched Eric play I didn’t see a number 1 WR or a number 2 WR. I saw a football player that will improve this football team. As for his contract, he signed for a reasonable deal that gives me a way out after the 2nd year if he isn’t producing like I thought he would. I’m going to be honest with you the deal I thought for sure I would get done was Austin Howard’s. Unfortunately Oakland gave him a deal that I didn’t believe was in the best interest of the team if I had matched it. Breno Giacomini is a player that I’m familiar with from my time with Seattle and I was comfortable with him replacing Howard.
I have been getting a lot of criticism for the way I have handled the Corner Back position so far. This position is very important to my head coach’s Defensive scheme, and I understand that. The contracts that some of these corners were looking for like a Vontae Davis and Aqib Talib are just too expensive for us to take on. Last year I traded arguably the best player at this position, and now Revis has taken his talents to the New England Patriots a year later. Let me be clear, I regret one thing about how I handled this Revis situation and that was taking the conditional 4th rd pick. I know in my heart I could of gotten that 3rd round pick for sure out of Tampa especially from a team that was desperate to make a splash, and for a player of Revis’s caliber. You live and you learn though. Revis was never coming back to this organization. Revis needs to be on a team that’s ready to win not on a team trying to build for the future. It maybe tough to swallow but New England is the perfect fit for him. Now lets talk about this Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie situation. He was without a question the best player at this position on the market when we had brought him on a visit. I offered him a Prove it deal because like I said earlier when I make moves they are going to be calculated and low risk. Rodgers-Cromartie has some red flags and giving him a multi year contract just wasn’t a risk I was willing to take. He is a 27 year old that’s going on his 4th team and hinted at retirement during the week leading up to the biggest game of his career. I won’t lose sleep over him signing with the Giants. I will get this team a quality corner if it’s has to be through the draft then so be it. We have invested a lot in the front of our defense and we will lean on them again this season.
The Free-Agency period is far from over and the next deal I want to get done is Willie Colon’s I don’t want to go into the draft with more holes to fill then we need to. Colon brought toughness to the offensive line and I would love to have him back. I have a different view on Antonio Cromartie like I said earlier I believe that it’s best for both sides to move on. I was disappointed in the way he performed last year he was a shell of his 2012 self. The last issue I want to discuss is Mark Sanchez’s Contract situation I’m going to see if we can rework his deal before the 25th. I believe Mark will push Geno to become better. Competition is best for everyone, and if Mark is the better player then he will play simple as that . I’m not saying everything I do is perfect but it’s my job to make sure that if this organization takes a punch its doesn’t knock us out, but we simply get back up brush the dirt off ourselves, take a swig of water and come back to the fight, stronger and smarter then we were before.