Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comI know what is bothering you. It’s probably the same thing that’s bothering me.
Like me, you are probably thinking that somewhere inside the Jets headquarters in Florham Park, John Idzik and Woody Johnson are swimming through coins in their gigantic Scrooge McDuck-ian vault – what with all the money they’ve saved themselves by giving out two multi-year deals — one to a kicker and one to a potential backup tight end no less — in the last four days.
While the best players almost never reach free agency, it’s not to say that free agents can’t become major factors in the arc of a team. While free agents generally represent more risk, they are not without reward. For every Justin McCareins, there is an Alan Faneca or Damien Woody. Adding LaDainian Tomlinson on the cheap provided a boost to the Jets backfield that helped carry an offense needing to cover up its quarterback.
Jairus Byrd, TJ Ward, Donte Whitner, Vontae Davis, Alterraun Verner, Geoff Schwartz, Jon Asamoah, Josh McCown … name after name flies by and as for right now it looks like John Idzik is sitting on his hands.
We’ve watched Austin Howard leave for vastly greener pastures in Oakland. We’ve seen our favorite mighty mite Isaiah Trufant find a few squad.
The Jets have just cleared almost $40 million in cap space. With Mark Sanchez still dangling on the roster there’s even more space to be had. From what we’re told, Mo Wilkerson won’t be getting a new contract any time soon … so what exactly are the Jets waiting for? Are the Jets all dressed up with no where to go?
There’s no question that the Jets roster has to get better. By my count there are at least 12 starting / major contributor spots as of Wednesday night that the Jets could quickly upgrade either through free agency or the draft. When the Jets started being linked to players over the weekend, I was impressed with some of the names. They seemed to be inquiring on the right type of players that could come in and be judicious upgrades to the Jets. Even if many of the names were top of the heap in terms of price tag.
And while the Jets will have more than 10 draft picks to utilize come May, it might be that because they have so many holes to fill rather that throw money at a few problems, they are looking to make a few educated and expensive investments (like Eric Decker will be) and then fill in around as many holes as possible.
Good stuff is coming … I promise you.
It’s been a anxious wait for fans, but we think that by this time next week we’ll be pleased with some of the moves the Jets are making