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Team Needs:

EDGE, OT, IOL, CB, WR, RB, DT

Available Draft Picks:

1.10(DEN), 2.41(DEN), 3.68, 3.71(DEN), 3.98, 4.105, 5.141, 7.217

Starting Cap Space:

$104,024,882

Trades:

Jets trade 1.3 to Denver for 1.10, 2.41, 3.71, & 2020 1st round pick

Restructures:

None

Cuts:

Isaiah Crowell saving $3,000,000

Rashad Robinson saving $2,045,000

Both Crowell and Robinson expected to be cut and and it adds more money to the money for this offseason. Neither of them have justified their price tag with their on-field performance.

Re-signings:

DL Henry Anderson for 3 years, $16,500,000

WR Andre Roberts for 1 year, $2,500,000

CB Daryl Roberts for 1 year, $1,500,000

K Jason Myers for 2 years, $3,000,000

WR Robby Anderson for 1 year, $4,429,000 (Round 1 tender)

Initially the thought was the Jets would be switching to a 4-3 base with the arrival of Gregg Williams, however Gase confirmed the news that they will in fact stick to the 3-4 base where Anderson thrived in. The Jets return game has been non-existent since Leon Washington and Brad Smith left town, with the exception of a few good years from Joe McKnight. Andre Roberts brought back the excitement to our return game. Roberts was pretty impressive at times this year when filling in for Trumaine Johnson. He shouldn’t be the CB2 across from him, but he is a nice depth piece that can fill in when need be. The Jets need stability from the kicking game and Jason Myers was very consistent in 2018. Anderson is one of the best deep ball threats in the league, Gase said he wants Anderson to not only be a 1 or 2 trick pony but rather have 5, 6 , 7 things that Anderson can bring to the team.  

DT Steve McLendon for 1 year, $4,000,000

DT Mike Pennel  for 1 year, $1,700,000

LB Kevin Pierre Louis for 1 year, $900,000

S Rontez Miles for 1 year, $1,800,000

S Terrance Brooks for 1 year, $1,900,000

OT Dakota Dozier for 1 year, $720,000

McLendon comes back on a one year deal keeping his veteran leadership in the locker room. After being non tendered by the Jets, Pennel comes back on a 1 year deal. Pierre Louis played well sparingly this year when called upon on the defensive side of the ball, however, his impact is felt more in the special teams game. The tasmanian devil returns to the Jets as a nice depth piece as well as another key piece for Brant Boyer’s special teams. Brooks was also non tendered by the Jets earlier in the offseason, however, they bring him back for some secondary depth as well as a contributor for special teams. Jets need offensive line depth, so they keep a cheap alternative in Dozier.

IOL Johnathan Harrison for1 year, $950,000

LB Neville Hewitt for 2 years, $1,410,000

LB Frankie Luvu for 2 years, $1,500,000

WR Deontay Burnett for 2 years, $1,500,000

QB Josh McCown for 1 year, $5,000,000

QB Davis Webb for 2 years, $1,400,000

Harrison is a nice backup to have who can also play the guard position. Hewitt was a nice surprise this year who can supply depth at LB. Luvu is a cheap option that could develop in Gregg Williams defense. Darnold went to Burnett a lot in their days together at USC, so it’s wise to keep these 2 guys together and see if there’s still a connection. This should be an important signing, either bring McCown back as a coach for Darnold or as a bench QB. Either way they need McCown in Darnolds ear. Davis Webb isn’t a great option, but for some reason the Jets like him and would like to develop him as the #2 QB.

Free Agent Signings:

HB Le’Veon Bell for 4 years, $62,000,000

DT Sheldon Richardson for 3 years, $30,000,000

DE/OLB Dante Fowler for 3 years, $30,000,000

C Matt Paradis for 4 years, $42,000,000

WR Adam Humphries for 4 years, $41,800,000

Bell is the biggest name that we know will hit free agency and the Jets should be his first call. They finally have the QB now go get him the pieces to help him win. Richardson proved his worth in Minnesota. This isn’t a bad contract that would hinder them from moving on if it doesn’t work out. Fowler brings the speed and explosiveness that this defense needs. The Jets offensive line needs to be revamped. Long was terrible in his first and only season with the Jets. Paradis should bring stability to the position for the next few seasons. Humphries is the type of player that fan bases fall in love with. He’s a hard worker that will come up big time for his quarterback. This adds another weapon to the Jets young receiving core.

Draft Results:

Pick 1.10 – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

After finding what they hope to be their franchise Quarterback in Sam Darnold, the next important thing is to keep him nice and clean. Jawaan Taylor is rising in my offensive tackle rankings and could possibly be the top tackle in the draft.

Pick 2.41 – JoeJuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt

After gaining a second round pick in the trade down with Denver Jets take a big cornerback that most of you won’t know. Joejuan Williams has been rising up boards in the last few weeks and should have a big week at the combine, Jets fans should find out who JoeJuan Williams is this weekend. Jets need a corner opposite Trumaine Johnson and failed to find one in the depleted free agent market.

Pick 3.68 – Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College

With their first of three selections in the third round the Jets fill another need that will make not only Sam Darnold happy, but also their newly signed running back Le’Veon Bell. Lindstrom is a plug and play starter that should solidify the Jets offensive line.

Pick 3.71 – Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo

Another pick for Sam Darnold. Anthony Johnson is a big bodied receiver that could find himself in the receiving rotation early on.

Pick 3.93 – Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

Julian Love’s stock has been sliding a bit, however, with the Jets taking care of their outside corner spot, this allows the Jets to take Love. Love projects to be a slot corner in the NFL, and with the high usage of slot receivers this is an important position to fill. The Jets secondary is filling out nicely.

Pick 4.105 – Shareef Miller, EDGE, Penn State

The Jets addressed their need for an edge rusher in free agency, but Miller provides some nice depth to the position and has a chance to crack the rotation out of training camp.

Pick 5.141 – Zach Gentry, TE, Michigan

The Jets already have Herndon who should only improve on his 2018 season but pairing him with Gentry, one of my favorite TE’s in this draft, is too hard to pass up for me. Darnold should be happy with how this draft has turned out so far.

Pick 7.217 – Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor

Hurd has experience as a running back, which gives Adam Gase some room for creativity if Hurd could make the team out of camp.

Cap Space Spent on Re-signings:

$30,875,000

Cap Space Spent on Free Agents:

$56,450,000

Cap Space Spent on Draft Picks:

$8,720,941

Total Cap Remaining:

$13,023,941

Backfield Starters

QB: Sam Darnold

RB: Le’Veon Bell

Receiver Starters

WR: Robby Anderson

WR: Quincy Enunwa

Slot: Adam Humphries

TE1: Chris Herndon

TE2: Zach Gentry

Offensive Line Starters

LT: Jawaan Taylor

LG: Kelvin Beachum

C: Matt Paradis

RG: Chris Lindstrom

RT: Brandon Shell

Defensive Line Starters

WDE: Henry Anderson

NT: Sheldon Richardson

SDE: Leonard Williams

Linebacker Starters

RUSH: Dante Fowler Jr.

ILB: Avery Williamson

ILB: Darron Lee

SLB: Jordan Jenkins

Secondary Starters

CB1: Trumaine Johnson

CB2: JoeJuan Williams

Nickel: Julian Love

FS: Jamal Adams

SS: Marcus Maye

Special Teamers

K: Jason Myers

P: Lachlan Edwards

LS: Thomas Hennessy

KOS: Jason Myers

KR: Andre Roberts

PR: Andre Roberts

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