This plan includes the Brandon Marshall trade and the David Harris signing. My philosophy towards building a contender is to build from the trenches out and add the quarterback when there is a quality supporting cast, so on that note here we go:
Percy Harvin (Too expensive), Calvin Pace (Too slow and aged), Jason Babin (Too aged), Jeff Cumberland, Darrin Walls, Curtis Brown, Mario Harvey, TJ Graham, Tommy Bohanon (Does not fit the spread), Chris Pantale, Daryl Richardson, Saalim Hakim, Wesley Johnson, Walt Powell, Keith Lewis, Brent Qvale, Chris Young, Andrew Furney, Quincy Enuwa, Sean Hooey, Jacob Schum, Dashaun Phillips. Chris Owusu
Re-signings and Extensions:
Leger Douzable- 2 years, 1.5 million per, provides good value on the bench.
Damon Harrison- 4 years, 6 million per front loaded with 500k roster bonus in the last two years of the contract, great 2 down run-stuffer.
Bilal Powell- 2 years, 1.75 million per, underused #2/3 runner with great versatility.
Nick Bellore- 2 years, 1 million per, special teams ace and MLB depth
Muhammed Wilkerson- 6 years, 12 million per, first 3 years fully guaranteed, best player on the team who anchors the defense with Sheldon Richardson.
Dawan Landry- Would make a great backup strong safety to Pryor. 1 year, 1 million.
Ben Ijalana- Swing tackle 1 year, 650,000
Cap Space left: 2015-$45,893,256
Orlando Franklin- Guard was the bane of the Jets offensive line so why not get one of the best in free agency, good against both the run and pass. 4 yrs/ 7.5 mil per
Antonio Cromartie- Bring an old face back home and willing to give a discount, knows Todd Bowles's system and played well in it. 3 yrs/4 million per
Davon House- Young, big, and underrated corner. Excels in press coverage, big upside while still reasonably cheap. 4 yrs/ 5.5 million per with 5 mill first 2 years
O'Brein Schonfield- Cheap edge rusher who has played in Arizona. Would give the Jets veteran depth at OLB. 2 yrs/ 750,000 per
Virgil Green- Great run blocking tight end with ridiculous athleticism, played in the shadow of Thomas and Tamme, better than Cumberland so would be cheap. 3 yrs/ 2.3 million per
David Nelson: I liked him when he played for us and i think we need an additional big-bodied reciever for depth 1 yr/ 650,000
AJ Hawk- Injury prone player, but I think we need some depth at MLB, that's why we overpaid for Harris 2 yrs/ 4 million
Cap Space left: $13,108,256
From the title of my AGOP you probably know that I am going to trade back to re-gain so picks to accelerate the rebuilding process. Therefore I will go with the trade most people have projected the Jets making. The deal would probably look like the 6th overall pick for Nick Foles, the 20th overall pick, the 52nd overall pick, the Eagles 4th round pick, and next years first round pick. This would give the Jets a potential franchise quarterback and numerous picks to help the Jets re-tool, while Chip Kelly gets the quarterback he wants to run his system. So the Jets will have the 20th overall pick, the 37th overall pick, the 52nd overall pick, their own 3rd, their own and the Eagles 4th, and their own 7th. So here is how I would see the draft going20th Overall: Bud Dupree
I used Rob Rang's most recent mock draft as my indicator for who the Jets would select. My decision came down to Dupree, Jalen Collins, and Marcus Peters because in this scenario I believe guard, pass rusher, and cornerback are the Jets biggest needs. Trae Waynes was available and I would be ecstatic if the Jets picked him but with his combine performance I don't think he will actually be there. I think Dupree has the highest ceiling of the bunch due to his unreal athleticism and he can be great in Bowles scheme.37th Overall: Kevin Johnson
Todd Bowles runs the most dime packages in the league and needs reliable corners to run his system. Johnson is another big-press corner who was a shutdown corner for Wake Forrest. Milliner and McDougle are too unreliable to be counted on and Johnson can play immediately if Milliner goes down. The Jets would go from having the worst cornerback sets in the league to one of the deepest.52nd Overall: Tre' Jackson
The Jets would have addressed one of the guard positions through the signing of Franklin, but they still need a RG next to Mangold and Giacomini. Jackson played right guard for FSU and is considered one of the best guards in the draft. He's a monster of a man who possesses surprising athleticism and can get to the second level fast. He is super strong and is extremely durable, a necessary quality for O-lineman. He needs to clean up his technique but could start day 1. In this scenario I would have Jackson, Aboushi, and Winters compete for the final guard spot and whoever loses (Winters), would be cut.70th Overall: Duke Johnson
I bet a bunch of you were wondering who would be the #2 back when I didn't include Spiller or Helu in my free agency plan and Duke Johnson is it. Johnson is one of the fastest prospects coming out and would be a great home-run threat on the ground while being a reliable pass catcher. He's not a three-down back due to his size but with Ivory wearing down the defense, Johnson will be able to take advantage and break off huge runs.101st Overall: Eric Rowe
After reading David Wyatt's article and watching his tape I fell in love with Rowe. He can play both corner and safety and would be great in Bowles's nickle defense for years. He won't start for the Jets with McCourty there but his willingness to tackle and play the run will be huge for the Jets in nickel situations. He can play corner if the Jets are struck with a rash of injuries and seems to be a good character guy in the locker room.116th Overall : Stefon Diggs
Why not get a guy who can emulate the role of Percy Harvin except about 10x cheaper. Diggs was a top recruit coming out of high school and disappointed at Maryland due to injuries. When he was on the field, Diggs was electric even with Maryland's disaster at QB. If Diggs had stayed healthy and had an actual quarterback there is no doubt in my mind that he would be a 1st or 2nd round pick. Diggs thrives in space and can get some separation unlike Salas. He would be a great fit in the spread and if the Jets gave in 5 touches a game, it would pay dividends.
2015 Depth Chart:
QB: Foles, Geno, Simms
HB: Ivory, Johnson Powell
WR: Marshall, Decker, Kerley, Nelson, Evans. Diggs
TE: Amaro, Green, Sudfield
LT: Ferguson, Ijalana
LG: Franklin, Dozier
C: Mangold, Freeman
RG: Jackson, Aboushi
DE: Wilkerson, Douzable
DT: Richardson, Talley
NT: Harrison, Barnes
LOLB: Coples, Enemkpali, Reilly
MLB: Harris, Davis, Hawk, Bellore
ROLB: Dupree, Schonfield
CB: Cromartie, Milliner, House, Johnson, McDougle, Williams
FS: McCourty, Rowe, Allen
SS: Pryor, Landry
ST: Folk, Quigley, Purdam
My goal for this plan was to rebuild the secondary for Bowles and adding some explosive weapons for the Jets. The jets would have plenty of speed on the offense with Johnson and Diggs while the offensive line should be better than last year with the acquisition of Franklin and the competition between Jackson and Aboushi. I gave the Jets one of the best center fielders in the game while adding two potential starters and a high ceiling rookie to the cornerback stable. Ultimately this season would come down to Foles, if he can be above average or even the face of the franchise, this team could potentially be a playoff team, but if not the Jets will have a foundation to support a rookie QB next year. Please comment on what you like and dislike and what you would do instead.