OT, IOL, EDGE, RB, CB, WR
Available Draft Picks:
1(10) via DEN, 2(41) via DEN, 3(68), 3(93), 4(98), 4(107) via DEN, 4(127) via LAR, 5(129)
Starting Cap Space:
NYJ receives 1(10), 2(41), 4(41) and a 2020 3rd
DEN receives 1(3) and 2020 7th round pick
NYJ receives 4(127)
LAR receives LB Jordan Jenkins
RB Isaiah Crowell to save $2,000,000
With a running back class has enough backs for all kinds of scheme fits, Crowell becomes dispensable. Although already having plenty of cap space, this frees up more room for free agency and post-draft signings.
WR Robby Anderson for 1 year, $4,429,000 (First round tender)
WR Andre Roberts for 2 years, $5,000,000
K Jason Myers for 3 years, $10,000,000
DT Steve McLendon for 1 year, $5,000,000
EDGE Brandon Copeland for 2 years, $4,000,000
The priority here is veteran leadership in Steve McLendon, who can still play at a starting caliber level. Gregg Williams needs all the bodies he can get on this defensive line for his 4-3 scheme he’s implementing with NYJ. Bringing back the next 4 guys is another key piece to this offseason. Robby Anderson has been productive for about as long as he’s been in the NFL and although he’s been through his fair of off-field issues, he’s well worth the first round tender here. Andre Roberts brought the Jets a dynamic return man they’ve been lacking since Leon Washington and Brad Smith. Jason Myers, who wasn’t brought in until 18 days before week one of the 2018 season, had the best season of his career making 33 of 36 field goals totaling a 91.7 FG percentage. His 2018 season brought him his first Pro Bowl selection. Brandon Copeland impressed many with his play this year. Racking up career highs in tackles (35) and sacks (5). Copeland was a key part in Brant Boyer’s special teams and I’m sure he’d like him back in the fold.
Free Agent Signings:
RB Le’Veon Bell for 4 years, $60,000,000
DE Trey Flowers for 5 years, $77,000,000
C Mitch Morse for 4 years, $42,000,000
LB Shaquil Barrett for 4 years, $30,000,000
CB Bradley Roby for 3 years, $18,000,000
These signings filled five needs the Jets needed to address before the draft. The big signing may seem to be Le’Veon Bell, who can help Sam Darnold tremendously, but the key signing is Mitch Morse. Morse hasn’t allowed a sack since 2015. That’s 1,543 pass blocking snaps without a sack which is the 8th longest streak in 13 years. Trey Flowers is also a big key signing. Not only does he help the Jets pass rush, but they also take him away from their division rivals and reigning Super Bowl Champs, New England Patriots. Barrett and Roby are nice under the radar signings. Barrett had a down year so maybe Jets could get a little discount here. Bradley Roby excels in the slot corner and that’s exactly what the Jets need with Julian Edelman in their division. Bell is an obvious upgrade at the RB position, but who knows how he will fair with a whole season off.
Pick 1.10 – Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
Protecting Sam Darnold has to be priority #1 this offseason. Signing Mitch Morse then drafting Dalton Risner just further reinforces that mindset. Risner is a big, nasty lineman that will have no problem living up to the hype of being a first round pick in New York.
Pick 2.41 – Elgton Jenkins, IOL, Mississippi State
Although not the sexy pick, this is another selection to help solidify the offensive line, keep Sam Darnold clean, and open up some lanes for Le’Veon Bell between the tackles.
Pick 3.68 – Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
Oruwariye is a physical corner with solid size at 6’1″ and 203 lbs. He’s got a decent chance of walking out of the pre-season with a starting job in the secondary opposite Trumaine Johnson. This is one of the better possible landing spots for Oruwariye, pairing him with Gregg Williams.
Pick 3.93 – Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
Terry McLaurin was a relatively unknown prospect a month ago but he’s absolutely skyrocketed since the beginning of Senior Bowl practices. He’ll be capable of contributing immediately, both inside and outside the numbers.
Pick 4.98 – Isaiah Buggs, DL, Alabama
Isaiah Buggs is a versatile piece that has been surrounded by elite talent his whole college career. The Jets draft him here to help bolster their defensive line and give new DC Gregg Williams a big body for the defense.
Pick 4.107 – David Long, CB, Michigan
David Long is a fairly average sized corner that can hold his own and is capable of making a play on the ball. New DC Gregg Williams loves his cornerbacks so he could really have some fun trying to develop David Long.
Pick 4.127 – Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech
This may be seen as a bit of a luxury pick here but if Antoine Wesley can crack the rotation he can be a serious player for this offense. With great size and ability to track the ball in the air and make a play on it, Wesley could be a valuable red zone target for Sam Darnold.
Pick 5.129 – Jalen Jelks, EDGE, Oregon
Jelks is coming off a bit of a down year but he still has that quickness and size that he’s always had. With some fine tuning, he could find himself cracking the rotation and finding a home on the east coast.
Cap Space Spent on Re-signings:
Cap Space Spent on Free Agents:
Cap Space Spent on Draft Picks:
Total Cap Remaining:
QB: Sam Darnold
RB: Le’Veon Bell
WR1: Robby Anderson
WR2: Quincy Enunwa
Slot: Terry McLaurin
TE1: Chris Herndon
TE2: Jordan Leggett
Offensive Line Starters
LT: Dalton Risner
LG: Elgton Jenkins
C: Mitch Morse
RG: Brian Winters
RT: Kelvin Beachum
Defensive Line Starters
WDE: Nathan Shepherd
DT: Leonard Williams
DT: Steve McLendon
SDE: Trey Flowers
WLB: Avery Williamson
MLB: Darron Lee
SLB: Shaquil Barrett
CB1: Trumaine Johnson
CB2: Amani Oruwariye
Nickel: Bradley Roby
FS: Marcus Maye
SS: Jamal Adams
K: Jason Myers
P: Lachlan Edwards
LS: Thomas Hennessy
KOS: Jason Myers
KR: Andre Roberts
PR: Andre Roberts