The Jets have caused a divide on GangGreenNation with a relative lack of activity. Despite coming into the year with a ton of cap space, the following is the totality of Jets moves:
TE Jeff Cumberland
CB Darrin Walls
CB Ellis Lankster
OLB Calvin Pace
OG Willie Colon
DE Leger Douzable
K Nick Folk
WR Eric Decker
OT Breno Giacomini
QB Michael Vick
OT Austin Howard
CB Antonio Cromartie
CB Isaiah Trufant
QB Mark Sanchez
OG Vladimir Ducasse (I hesitate to call him a "loss")
Some have panicked that the Jets have added little to a roster without much talent and a -93 point differential in 2013; others have embraced Idzik's plan of slow build, conservative cap management, and flexibility. Only time will tell if Idzik's approach is the right one, however, Idzik still has holes on the team, and it is his duty to improve the team if the reasonable opportunity arises. The market has clearly settled to the bargain bin portion of the market and D-Jax trade or not, the Jets have the resources to do some shopping.
So what's left on the market? Here's some remaining unsigned, unrestricted free agents, position by position:
J's Take: After signing Vick, the Jets are done here. Maybe they add a QB in the draft but they will obviously be out of the vet FA market.
J's Take: There have been a few murmurs linking the Jets to Maurice Jones-Drew, so they may be in the market for a back, though MJD appears headed to Oakland. There's a few names on this list that intrigue me. Andre Brown is a hard runner who was a passable player for the Giants and had some nice games there, and a lightly used 27. LSH is a shifty spark-plug player with superior kick return ability and a good receiver out the backfield, but he tore his ACL in 2013. The rest look like JAGs to me.
J's Take: Fullbacks. Meh.
J's Take: The circumstances have obviously changed dramatically within the past 30 minutes as Pro Bowl WR DeSean Jackson was released by the Eagles and enters the free agency pool. DeSean Jackson is a terrific deep threat, a man who once beat Chris Johnson in a race before CJ2K lost his speed, and a perfect compliment for the big Eric Decker and slot receiver Jeremy Kerley. There are questions about Jackson with gang ties, durability, price point, and running a full route tree but adding DeSean Jackson would be a big upgrade for the Jets. If the Jets lose out on Jackson, there's not much left in terms of options. I am also in favor of taking a shot in the dark with a talent that has underperformed- Kenny Britt, Miles Austin, or Darrius Heyward-Bey, because they should all come cheaply. The rest of the list is not that enticing.
Kellen Winslow Jr.
J's Take: This whole remaining class is full of risk, but there's a couple of interesting names here. Jermichael Finley is a valuable receiver who was on his way to a big season before a scary neck/spine injury. He recently failed a physical with Seattle and it's estimated that he's still two months away from signing with a team, if a team is willing to sign him at all. Owen Daniels has been successful over the past few years as a move TE, though he too is coming off a major injury. Pretty much the same story with Dustin Keller, who's an athletic receiver (as we know well) who had a major leg injury last preseason. The rest of the class is very underwhelming. The Jets may have faith in the talented but underwhelming Jeff Cumberland, but he's a shaky starter and there's no depth.
J's Take: The Jets dipped into free agency for a right tackle in Breno Giacomini, who is a journeyman at best and struggles at pass protection. Breno may not be the answer as a starter, but I'm not sure if any of these guys are either. Brown, McKinnie, Stewart, Winston, Clabo, Locklear, and Trueblood are formerly competent starters who have suffered big fall off due to various reasons. The rest are basically JAGs who have underwhelmed, including the highly drafted Britton. Honestly, I'm not sure if our starting right tackle is currently on the roster at this point, but I'm fairly certain it's not any of these guys. Though Stewart is worth kicking the tires on, he was a nasty player and a tough finisher when healthy.
J's Take: The Jets brought back Willie Colon for a year long contract and currently slate him opposite Brian Winters, who spent the better part of his rookie season on his butt. Winters has a future ahead of him but it's unclear if that future is now, and Colon is injury prone, so the Jets could justify signing another guard. Joseph is a guy who was often well-regarded for his play, probably too-well regarded to the point of being overrated. Travelle Wharton is interesting to me. He was a solid player for years and showed last year that he still has some gas left in the tank at 32 years old. I don't have much interest in the rest of the list.
Brian De La Puente
J's Take: De La Puente is a credible player at center, but probably too expensive. The Jets really need a quality backup center just in case Mangold goes down (because the whole line could come crashing down with him). The Jets do have Dalton Freeman who they liked last offseason before going down in camp. I also expect the Jets to potentially draft at the center position to provide competition and depth, but the Jets maybe could consider a capable veteran backup like Will Montgomery and sneak a youngster onto the practice squad.
Later: Part 2- the Defense.
EDIT: WR section updated to include DeSean Jackson.