Opinion: How then, shall we spend?

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

I 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 




425 comments
benmoz
benmoz

WELL DAMN HATERS WATCHU GONNA SAY NOW!?!?!? We got the best offensive player in free agency this year.

(Not necessarily a move I would have made but not bad as long as they didn't overpay.

Decker 2014!

maxjet
maxjet

@dapoktan So true...I was discounting Stephen Hill since I believe he is a bust.

maxjet
maxjet

Gentlemen, please let's not all panic. Urgent: now Idzik really needs to get a wr with blazing speed....Any wr left in FA with blazing speed?

maynardfan
maynardfan

Remember the strategy is NOT to do what Tannenbaum would do. Stick to the "long view" and don't go for the flashy headlines. All MM has to do to minimize Revis is have whatever receiver he guards run a go route...and play 10-on-10.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

Thank the Invisible Sky Wizard that we kept our coach. 

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

If you really want to torture yourself, read the Boston papers tomorrow. 

eric88
eric88

PATS PUNK THE JETS AGAIN.

eric88
eric88

Your wrong, REVIS did not want a reunion. This is to get back at the Jets [1] and win a championship [2].

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

IBN Sports: Source: NY Jets and (WR) Eric Decker have a deal in principle barring any late contract snags.

eric88
eric88

REVIS SIGNED WITH NEW ENGLAND <ONE YEAR  MILLION. They will let him walk after one,

dabronx
dabronx

I am more upset about going from 3rd to 4th round in this years draft!

dabronx
dabronx

Mariota in 2015 = Izdick strategy!!

robbieb
robbieb

This sure as hell don't help sell PSLs...

supert
supert

Well on the bright side as of right now he really doesn't have anybody on the Jets offense to cover.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

i know this revis stuff is rough but at least beiber and selena gomez are back together!!

dabronx
dabronx

Lets not forget the new CBA allows cap rollover. Why spend now when we are more than a few pieces away from being a SB contender. 

robbieb
robbieb

Rex wants to punch Woody in the face right now.

dagr33k
dagr33k

What has Revis ever won. He always wants to be the highest paid player at his position bc he has an ego problem. He forced his way off the Jets bc Woody was sick of him sitting out for a new contract ever other year. Now the Bucs ask him to take a pay cut so they can build a better team but he wanted out of there too. I'm glad the Pats signed him so we can put a beating on him twice this year with our new receiving corp in waiting.

Todd Neikirk
Todd Neikirk

Offensive Depth Chart

HB

Stevan Ridley (benched every other week)

Shane Vereen (has play in 26 of the last 48 games)

Brandon Boldin


WR 

Danny Amendola 

Kenbrell Thompson

Aaron Dobson

Josh Boyce

Mark Harrison


TE 

Rob Gronkowski (6 surgeries the last 2 years)

Michael Hoowanamanui

DJ Williams 


The Pats might have had some holes to fill outside of CB. The Bucs might have done us a favor

bradysucks
bradysucks

Manish Mehta just reported that Woody Johnson and John Idzik are hanging from hooks in their ripped tighty whities. Apparently they were just given huge WEGGIE's by Kraft and Bellicheat who were just seen wearing #24 Patriots jersey's stomping their chests standing on chairs

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

Kraft is 72 so we could have another fifteen years of watching him get the best of Woody Johnson....


dabronx
dabronx

GREAT MOVE BY IZDICK!!!  Revis just ate up most of the Patriots cap room and they have allot of holes to fill. Good no sign by Izdick!!!

buddyryan
buddyryan

Agree..screw Mevis and the Pats...the Broncos, 49ers and Seahawks are still better.

Idzik is building the Jets the right way...don't over pay, get value and don't trade your picks away...anti Tannebaum.

dapoktan
dapoktan

@maxjet  if speed is the only factor.. few are faster than Stephen Hill... too bad u need things like agility and hands as well.. :(

dabronx
dabronx

@eric88  


Exactly! !@#$ Revis!! He did not want to come back! And I'm not going to waste my time crying about it!

joemustgo
joemustgo

@dabronx  Yup. We can rent him for a year when we're ready to make a serious run.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@dabronx  Yeah because next year Idjit can sit on an even bigger pile of cash....

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@robbieb  Woody's on the phone with Kraft who's not done laughing at him....

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@dagr33k  Well he's been to back to back AFC Championships on the only Jets team to go to back to back AFC Championships.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@Todd Neikirk  Those WRs might not seem too threatening until you realize we'll be covering them with Milliner and Wilson. 

dabronx
dabronx

@Todd Neikirk  I completely agree. Desperate move by NE. 

Todd Neikirk
Todd Neikirk

@Jeff E. Guy @Todd Neikirk  Well, somehow we still managed to hold Brady to 41-85 (48.2%) passing with 1 TD and 1 INT in two games with Milliner, Wilson and a hobbled Cromartie. Considering Edelman caught 18 of those 41 passes, we might be able to hold down this current set of skill players. 

Eric Falkman
Eric Falkman

@Kyle Ely @Eric Falkman  yea i know which is why he probably made up this report banking on it going through. wouldn't be the first time he did that lol. ill never forget when he said we signed Namdi a few years back

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@benmoz  I don't accept the OP's premise, I was just answering his question. If we're going to talk about team success (ever won), then we have to mention that Revis was on a team that had unprecedented (for the Jets) success. 

benmoz
benmoz

So was Mark Sanchez.... Lmao. Your point is invalid based on that alone.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@Todd Neikirk @Jeff E. Guy  One of those games was in a driving rain. In the other one, the line played lights out. That does make the CBs jobs easier but I'd prefer we upgraded CB