As the majority of free agency activities come to a close and the NFL Draft nears, it’s important to take a moment and appreciate what general manager John Idzik has been able to accomplish so far this offseason. The New York Jets have had some of the weakest offensive skill players in all of football the last few years, and addressing these needs was priority 1A and 1B for Idzik following the 2013 season. All things considered, he has done a masterful job.
Some of the Jets’ more notable offensive moves included the signing of wide receiver Eric Decker, quarterback Michael Vick and most recently running back Chris Johnson. Each just happened to be the best free agent available at their respective positions this offseason. The fact that Idzik was able to reel in the big fish at all three of these positions, and was able to do so without breaking the bank, is commendable.
Some will argue that signing the likes of the 34-year-old Vick is no solution to the Jets’ offensive woes; and they might right, but it’s not Idzik’s fault that Vick was the marquee free agent QB this offseason. If Aaron Rodgers was on the open market this year, I’m sure Idzik would have pursued him. But you play the cards you’re dealt, and he brought in the best available in the 2014 free agent class. Make no mistake about it; the addition of Vick and the competition he will bring to the QB position will ensure improved play from whomever the Jets’ signal caller will be this season. And with Decker and Johnson on board, the Jets are all but guaranteed improved play at RB and WR as well.
So to recap, the Jets upgraded the offense by addressing three separate positions, with the best free agent available at each, all while demonstrating the same fiscal restraint and responsibility that has been Idzik’s trademark so far during his tenure in New York. Not too shabby.
They still have some work to do, but without question, the Jets got better this offseason. The team will have the opportunity to improve further next month with a whopping 12 picks in this year’s draft, and they will have the funds available to be an active participant in a loaded 2015 free agent class. Idzik’s front office acumen has put the Jets in position to be competitive not only in 2014, but in future seasons, as they attempt to establish dominance in the AFC East for years to come. Bravo, John Idzik.
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