Everyone Out: Jets Off-Season Player Movement Could Be Disastrous
Added by Justin O'Connell on January 17, 2013.
Free agent running back, Shonn Greene, is not expected to be back with the Jets in 2013. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
If you thought the regular season was a disaster for the New York Jets, you have not seen anything yet. The offseason might prove to be the destruction of the Jets 2013 season without them even playing a game. ESPN’s John Clayton has reported the team is currently $19.4 over the cap, which is tops in the league. Mike Tannenbaum has left his mark on the Jets by leaving them with minimal talent and no cap space to work with. This could lead to one of the worst offseasons in the franchise’s history.
The salary cap is one of many conflicts the Jets will be facing, as they have 11 starters heading to free agency (5 defense, 5 offense, and 1 special teams). They have more unrestricted free agent starters than any other team in the league and they are also expected to release OLB Calvin Pace ($8.56 million), ILB Bryan Thomas ($7.15 million), S Eric Smith ($3 million), and OT Jason Smith ($12 million.). That is a total of $30.7 million that will be cleared off the team’s cap, but it will also only leave them with 10 starters from the previous season, one them being Darrelle Revis, who is coming off of season ending knee surgery and is going into the final year of his contract.
Life in Jet land continues to be like life in a third world country, they are in massive debt, no one wants to be there, and it’s run by someone who has no idea what he are doing. The organization is in complete disarray, with no general manager, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, quarterback coach, and special teams coach. There number one GM target, David Caldwell, chose the Jacksonville Jaguars over the Jets, that is how you know things are bad.
Right now one of their leading candidates is Scott Cohen, who was Tannenbaum’s assistant and that is because he is one of the few people that want the job. Many hoped the Jets would hire Norv Turner as their OC, but he wants nothing to do with the team’s disfunction.
Without any of these positions filled, the Jets cannot move forward, and they again, will be behind the eight ball letting their competition get ahead of them. They are expected to make a decision on their GM by the end of the week, which will be critical for the the player personal decisions to begin.
It is expected that most unrestricted free agents will leave and not even consider coming back to the Jets. The few that might consider staying will be WR Braylon Edwards, K Nick Folk, and DE Mike DeVito. DeVito is a big question mark as the Bills and former DC Mike Pettine will pursue one of his favorite linemen. As for Edwards, the Jets have almost no receivers so it would be in their best interest to bring him back. It would be a win win for both sides, as Edwards will not be receiving many offers.
The Jets o-line will look very different next year as they could lose three starters, although it is unlikely they will let Howard leave, but expect Slauson and Moore to be gone for sure. Moore is contemplating retirement or going to a legitimate contender, while the Jets have no desire to bring Slauson back, who was their worse linemen for the past three season, not counting former Jet Wayne Hunter.
Shonn Greene who has had back to back 1000 yard rushing seasons has proven he can help a team, but not as a starter. The Jets will probably let him go because of the salary situation and the fact that they have the ever improving Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight ready to take over the load. Losing Greene will not be a serious loss, as he only averaged 4.0 ypc over the past two seasons and has proven he is a one dimensional runner.
The biggest loss of the Jets free agents will be their two starting safeties, who were their leading tacklers, run defenders, and big hitters. After receiving a pro-bowl bid, it is likely that Landry will be out of the Jets price range and as for Bell, well he is looking to play for a contender.
David Harris will be the only returning starting linebacker, as the Jets will try to get younger and faster. They will be losing one of their team leaders in Bart Scott, but due to his age and injuries he could not help the team; the same goes for Bryan Thomas.
The one positive the Jets have had in their receiving group is about to be out the door as they will most certainly not re-sign tight-end Dustin Keller. Keller who has had problems staying healthy, was the Jets greatest threat and Mark Sanchez’s favorite target. In a league where the tight end is becoming a focal point of the offense, the Jets will be losing a major part of their team.