Monday was the first day teams were allowed to speak with free agents, and the Jets were not among the team making a big splash.
In a somewhat surprising move, news broke this morning that the Patriots were putting the franchise tag on Joe Thuney, who was a rumored Jets target.
The #Patriots with an interesting move: They are franchise tagging standout Joe Thuney. This allows them to keep him… or trade him.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
Other potential upgrades on the offensive line Jack Conklin and Graham Glasgow found new homes in other cities.
Jack Conklin agreed to a 3-year deal with the Browns for $42M with $30M fully guarantee, per @RosenhausSports. He earns $20mil in the first year. Wanted to keep it short due to the projected increases in the salary cap. Conklin will only be 28 when this deal expires.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
The #Broncos are signing OL Graham Glasgow to a 4 year, $44M deal with $25M guaranteed, per @SPORTSTARSNYC.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
A pair of big name cornerbacks are also now off the board.
Source: The #Dolphins are getting #Cowboys FA CB Byron Jones. A massive deal for the now highest-paid corner.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
Former Panthers CB James Bradberry is going to the Giants...3 yr $45M with $32M GTD, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
I now sense a collective freak out among large portions of the Jets fanbase. That’s what always happens when the Jets don’t come out of the gate spending big.
If I may offer some advice, calm down. For years we have had a front row view to how successful contracts typically are in the first few days of free agency. The guys who sign early agree to these deals because they are typically so overpriced that they don’t have a choice. The failure rate on these contracts is very high.
Would I have complained if the Jets had overpaid to upgrade the offensive line? I probably wouldn’t have, but we are one day into the offseason. The Jets still have time to upgrade their roster. This is not a time to throw in the towel on the entire offseason.
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