Cut: Breno Giacomini, Erin Henderson, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Darrelle Revis, Nick Folk, Buster Skrine, Marcus Gilchrist
Trade: Brandon Marshall (to PHI, for 5th round pick) Sheldon Richardson (to DAL, for 4th round pick) Calvin Pryor (to IND, for 5th round pick)
Giacomini, Henderson, Clady, and Revis have no reason to be here anymore. Gilchrist and Skrine are overpaid bad defensive backs. Folk is an OK kicker making elite kicker money, so the Jets will move on from him. Wesley Johnson has proven he can at the very least be close to Mangold's level while being much cheaper and younger. Marshall is too old and just had one of his worst seasons. He goes to the Eagles, who need some receiver help. Richardson is the odd man out on the defensive line, because of his disappointing 2016 and obviously the off field stuff. He goes to the Cowboys, who previously attempted to trade for him. Lastly, Calvin Pryor goes to the Colts. Pryor had a good 2015 but that was in between two poor seasons in 2014 and 2016. He isn't a good coverage safety and doesn't make enough big plays to make up for it. The Jets add three more picks.
Cap Room: $48.0 million
CB A.J Bouye, 4 years, $46 million - Bouye is a young corner coming off of an excellent season in Houston, where Mike Maccagnan was present when A.J. was picked up as an undrafted free agent in 2013. The Jets have some role players in the secondary like Marcus Williams and possibly Juston Burris, but you have a problem if any of these guys are your best corner. Jets pay up for a very good young corner.
S Tony Jefferson, 4 years, $26 million - After cutting Gilchrist and trading Pryor, the Jets need a new starting safety. Jefferson, who played under Bowles in Arizona, is another young breakout star in the secondary that the Jets go out and get. His 10 tackles for negative yardage in 2016 led all safeties. He is the starter at strong safety.
TE Jack Doyle, 4 years, $24 million - Obviously, the Jets haven't had a difference-making tight end in a long time. Supposedly, it might also be a key part of the Jets' new offense. Even if it's not, you need as many playmakers as you can get, and Doyle is a solid young tight end who can help a QB. He was 1st out of 43 tight ends with at least 30 targets in catch percentage last season, at 78.7%. Andrew Luck had a 121.4 passer rating targeting him in 2016.
QB Mike Glennon, 2 years, $22 million - Glennon showed some signs of being a competent starter in his first two seasons on an awful Tampa Bay team. In 2014, he ranked 20th out of 44 in QBR and 24th out of 44 in DVOA (from footballoutsiders.com). That's average play on a 2-14 team with a new head coach and offensive coordinator in his second season. We'll gamble that he can step up into an above-average quarterback or maybe better with an improved group of targets and more experience. The contract looks big, but it would give Glennon only the 24th-highest average per year among QBs. Jets gamble on a younger free agent QB.
LT Andrew Whitworth, 1 year, $7 million - All of our signings have been with young, entering their prime players, but here we go with the 35 year old Whitworth as a stopgap of sorts at left tackle. The Jets have some young guys ready to step up across the line, but don't have a left tackle. Both the draft class and FA class seems weak at tackle. Whitworth has been a consistently dominant LT in Cincinnati, and can hold the fort down for a year while the Jets search for a franchise LT.
Original Round RFA Tender ($1.6 million): Wesley Johnson and Marcus Williams
This leaves the Jets with $2.8 million in cap room.
For this mock, we'll stick to the first three rounds of the draft.
Round 1, Pick 6: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State: It was revealed that Hooker will miss a few months after surgery, which means he'll miss the combine, but so far it's not expected to hurt his draft stock and he is expected to be back for training camp. It was also said that he had played through the injuries late in the year, meaning he made himself a safety in consideration for a top 10 pick despite having those injuries. The Jets need some play making on defense, and Hooker, an interception and touchdown machine at OSU, brings that. He and Tony Jefferson form a dynamic safety duo.
Round 2, Pick 39: Desmond King, CB, Iowa: With the Jets' dreaded second-round pick, they go with Desmond King, adding another play maker to the secondary. King had 14 interceptions (2 for TDs) over his last three seasons and also had high kick and punt return averages. He can instantly make an impact as a returner and add some depth at cornerback.
Round 3, Pick 70: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington: Kupp has been rising up draft boards, but for now he's available in round three for this mock draft, so the Jets add another weapon to help out Glennon in Kupp, who holds the NCAA all-division record for receiving yards.
QB - Glennon
RB - Powell
TE - Doyle
WR - Enunwa, Decker, Anderson
OL - LT-Whitworth, LG-Carpenter, C-Johnson, RG-Winters, RT-Shell
CB - Bouye, King
FS - Hooker
SS - Jefferson
DL - Williams, McLendon, Wilkerson
OLBs - Jenkins, Mauldin
ILB - Harris, Lee
K - Ross Martin
P - Lachlan Edwards
Just some offseason fun. Thoughts?