The New York Jets have about $21 million in cap space, the second most in the NFL behind the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jets began free agency with around $30 million in cap room and spent funds in order to sign big names like WR Eric Decker, WR David Nelson, RB Chris Johnson and QB Michael Vick. The release of former QB Mark Sanchez freed up a staggering $8.3 million in cap space.
The team will most certainly use the money to pick up another free agent, but for which side of the ball?
The Jets are known for having a stout defense, but ever since the departure of CB Darrelle Revis, CB Antonio Cromartie and S Jim Leonhard, the secondary has taken a hit. Perhaps a new CB or S is the right move. On the other hand, the Jets are so close to having an epic offense. QB Geno Smith has improved mightily, and the offensive weapons I mentioned above will give him great support in the backfield and on the wings. The addition of another wideout would give the team a real fighting chance to win the AFC East in 2014. A new super fast wideout to fly down the field will help. Decker is great, but he’s more of a possession receiver and isn’t that fast. Kerley is fast, but he’s not big enough. And Nelson is injury-prone.
Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans would be perfect, and the team may be want to trade him. The trade would allow the Texans to get rid of Johnson’s three-year contact and use that money to sign a new QB — Ryan Fitzpatrick is always getting hurt and newly-acquired Ryan Mallett isn’t the greatest. Johnson also held out for a bit this summer for monetary reasons, and the Jets could grant him more money.
I think another wideout is the key for the Jets, because there simply aren’t any Revis/Cromartie-caliber CBs on the market right now. The Jets might as well cut their losses and build up the offense. They need to get a successful, big and fast player who will allow them to run 7-8 minute, productive drives. The Jets’ weak secondary will then be able to stay off the field, and the offense can finally win games for the team.