Breaking Down The Jets' Offseason Gameplan
By Michael Ferraro
The Jets have a lot of needs coming into the 2013 NFL season; most of their issues come from the offensive side, which was one of the worst in the league last season. One important issue that the Jets have to address on the defensive side of the ball is what to do with cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is entering into the final year of his contract and can’t be franchise tagged next season, per his contract. The Jets can neither afford to pay him 16 million dollars a season which what he will be asking for or let him go for nothing in free agency in 2014; the Jets’ best bet is to trade him for at two-three draft picks and maybe pickup a conditional fourth pick somewhere in that deal in order to help them.
The Jets can really do nothing about their quarterback situation this season besides bringing in a veteran quarterback, i.e., David Garrad and their use of Tim Tebow is still totally unclear, however I assume they will trade or cut him. If the Jets do nothing with Tebow that would leave them with four quarterbacks and they could use their roster spot for something else that could greatly help the team. I would suggest the Jets seriously look into drafting a quarterback either in the mid-rounds this season or draft one in the first round next season if Mark Sanchez doesn’t improve. However it is not all his fault, the Jets’ offense lacks the explosive playmakers that are needed in order for the team be a threat on offense again.
The Jets badly need another receiver to go along with Santonio Holmes and could use a more consistent running game then last season. Tuesday the Jets reworked the deal of Holmes because they didn’t want to pay him $11 million dollars after only playing a total of four games last season.
The Jets released veteran defensive tackle Sione Po'uha, which will save the Jets $3.8 million dollars in cap space. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets go after a moderately priced tackle in free agency or try to draft one in the middle rounds of the draft. The Jets also lost Mike DeVito to the Kansas City Chiefs so there will be a lot of changes on both sides of the ball for the Jets.