Initial Estimated Salary Cap: $23,608,558
Mark Sanchez, QB - $8,300,000
Santonio Holmes, WR - $8,250,000
Antonio Cromartie, CB - $9,500,000
I know he was injured last year and was a Pro Bowler in 2012 but with the money he’s due and with his performance drop-off, I’d rather get a younger CB than restructure Cro’s contract.
Mike Goodson, RB – $1,300,000
Yes he showed potential in the game that he played last year but with past record and recent injury, I would rather just find a cheaper even younger replacement.
Clyde Gates, WR - $650,000
Chris Pantale, TE - $500,000
Initial Estimated Salary Cap: $52,108,558
Austin Howard, OT – 4 yrs/$16 million (slightly front loaded) $4.5 for first two years
I have really liked the player Howard has turned into ever since he was given a chance to start on the line. He has proven to be a solid piece on the O-line and at his age, I think it is the smart move to resign him and to keep a core guy on our line.
Willie Colon, OG – 1 yr/$1.1 mil
This is yet another 1-year "prove it" type deal after his recent injury and history. He was a good guard for the Jets last year and added a certain tenacity to their o-line which I enjoyed seeing.
Nick Folk, K – 3 yrs/$10 mil ($3.5M against this year’s cap, but already accounted for)
Calvin Pace, OLB – 1 yr/$0.955 mil (Vet’s Min)
Jeff Cumberland, TE – 2 yrs/$3 mil ($1.5M against this year’s cap)
We were all hoping Cumberland would have his breakout year this past season but did not live up to the hype. He made a few drops at key times but overall is a solid, cheap #2 TE.
Leger Douzable, DE – 3 yrs/$6 mil ($1.5M against this year’s cap)
I really like Douzable and think he is a great piece of the d-line rotation and great depth in case god for bid one of our starters gets injured.
Darrin Walls, CB – 1 yr/$0.730 mil
Ellis Lankster, CB – 1 yr/$0.730 mil
Nick Bellore LB – 3 yrs/$2.6 mil ($0.860M against this year’s cap)
Garrett McIntyre LB – 2 yrs/$1.4 mil ($0.730M against this year’s cap)
Initial Estimated Salary Cap: $39,503,558
Brandon Pettigrew, TE – 3 yrs/$12M ($3M against this year’s cap)
Pettigrew is a solid TE, he is a good blocker and is coming off of a down year so his demand shouldn’t be that high.
Jon Osamoah, OG – 5 yrs/$35M ($6M against this year’s cap)
Even though he got demoted and benched last year, I believe he is one of the better younger guards in this league. After all, he did lose his job to one of the better guards in the league.
Chris Clemons, FS – 3 yrs/$10M ($3.5M against this year’s cap)
Clemons has always been a solid safety. I know he isn’t Jairus Byrd, but he is a good ball hawk. Our secondary was torched one too many times last year and having a good centerfielder like Clemons back there will really upgrade our defense, and at a fair price.
Sidney Rice, WR – 1 yr/$5M
Sidney Rice had a good career in Minnesota but then when he went to Seattle, his production just seemed to disappear. I know he has had a history of injuries but give him a 1 year "prove it" deal and he might surprise you, look at how Landry and Colon did with one. Also, in the worst case, he is a great red zone threat for Geno to throw to, which he desperately needed last year.
Sam Shields, CB – 5 yrs/$34M ($5.5M against this year’s cap)
Shields is one of the better younger corners in the league. He has had some solid seasons and now is due for a bigger paycheck. He is young enough that you can offer him a long-term deal while also not breaking the bank for an elite corner. Hopefully Shields and Milliner can become our next great corner tandem.
Shaun Hill, QB – 2 yrs/$4.5M ($2.5M against this year’s cap)
As much as I am hoping that Geno Smith improves and becomes the starting quarterback we all hoped he would be, he needs someone to push him through training camp and preseason. Hill has had an okay career and wouldn’t be the worst option to fill in as a backup. Also he can mentor Geno if Geno fairly beats him out.
Initial Estimated Salary Cap: $14,003,558
This amount gives us enough to sign all of the future draft picks while also having a little left over for any needed players after the draft or during the season.
1st Round, 18th overall – WR Brandin Cooks
When I first heard Brandin Cooks name, I will admit I had no clue who he was. I then started watching his game tape and highlights and he really surprised me. At 5’10" and 185 lbs, he may seem like a little guy, but this dude plays big. He always goes up for the ball strong and has great hands. He is lightning fast and super fluid in his routes, which is what you want from a first round receiver so he can start contributing right away. Placing him into our West Coast Offense, he will really excel and Marty will find many creative ways to utilize him.
2nd Round, 49th overall – RB Bishop Sankey, Washington
I really like Bishop Sankey. He is a really fast, agile back who will pair nicely to Chris Ivory’s power style. I think his numbers just speak for themselves with having 1,870 rushing yards and 21 total touchdowns. Also, he posted a nice 40-yard time of 4.49 sec and put up an impressive 26 times on the bench press. Just draft this guy and you won’t be disappointed.
3rd Round, 69th overall- OLB/DE Jeremiah Attaochu
At 6’3" and 252 lbs, he will hopefully transition nicely into the 3-4 linebacker position. He really utilizes his ability in space and relies on this to make a play at times. He is really aggressive and has a great motor which is always nice to see in a player. He is still relatively new to the position and will have some fallbacks but plug him into Rex’s defense and he should do well. Hey, Pace had 10 sacks…
3rd Round, 80th overall – WR Jarvis Landry, LSU
While watching LSU games, I always thought Landry was the better receiver. He may not be as flashy as his LSU counterpart, but Landry can make some great catches. Just watch his highlight reel and it should speak for itself. He posted a solid 40 time which was nice to see after hearing he isn’t fast. In the West Coast Offense, you don’t normally need a Megatron type of player so a solid receiver like Landry, paired with our other receivers should vastly improve Geno’s growth and production.
4th Round, 111th overall – OT/OG Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
Cyrus has suffered because of his injury but before that, he was really playing well. He is bit of a risky pick but sometimes you need to make some in order to really prosper.
5th Round, 142nd overall – CB Aaron Colvin, OU
Same goes for Colvin as the previous pick’s mentality. He is a very solid corner but will need to recover from his injury at the Senior Bowl practice. By signing Shield and Walls, and having Milliner, this gives Aaron time to recover.
5th Round (Compensatory Pick) – TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon
Colt is yet again another risk=reward type of pick. He has had a trouble past but he is one of the most athletically gifted tight ends in this draft. And hey, after all it is just a compensatory pick…
Here is an updated depth chart of all the new signings and draft choices.
Qb – Geno Smith, Shaun Hill, Matt Simms
Fb – Tommy Bohanon
OG – Jon Osamoah, Willie Colon, Brian Winters, William Campbell
Te – Brandon Pettigrew, Jeff Cumberland, Zach Sudeld, Colt Lyerla
Dt – Damon Harrison, Kendrick Ellis
So as you can see, I didn't go after any elite free agents and instead went for solid good players trying to fill as many needs as possible. This allowed me to go after best player available at times in the draft and greatly upgraded our offense giving Geno many new weapons. This offseason helped the team get younger, faster, and better which are all the important attributes to have when building a contender for years to come.