National Football Post writes that there was a trend that seemed to hold true across the league in negotiating with players in the past few days, coming in anecdotal evidence from the league’s agents.
Agents have noticed teams were operating a little differently in free agency this year. They would negotiate with their first choice at a position, but if those negotiations stalled, they quickly turned the page and went to their backup plan. What happened with Wes Welker and Danny Amendola in New England was a microcosm of what was going on all over the league. It most cases, it happened with considerably less fanfare.
Brian Bassett, theJetsBlog.com
It’s an interesting observation and I’m not entirely sure what to make of it, but I think more than anything it has to do with teams realizing that while getting a top option has value, that plenty of players can fill a need for teams and especially in a flat cap era, the best plan for teams is to fill the position of need, even if it’s for a little less with a little less of a fit.
The Jets of course weren’t involved in any serious moves that would qualify for what NFP writes about above, but I do think that this will be the trend that the Jets take on in coming years with Idzik based on his austerity measures we’ve seen from him already. League GMs are learning that a less perfect fit at a gaping hole is better than a perfect one that might slip away for too much money.