The New York Jets made a splash early in free agency by agreeing to a deal with Denver Broncos’ free agent wide receiver Eric Decker.
They also added quarterback Michael Vick, among others, but armed with over $30 million in cap room, the team was expected to acquire several quality players and that’s something they just did not do.
According to Over the Cap, the Jets graded out poorly in free agency.
Grading free agency for a team not looking to build or even enhance much through it is difficult. There is almost no risk to what the Jets did which is a positive, but the upside is very limited. Despite all the money that had at their disposal they only improved at two spots- wide receiver and backup QB. You would have thought that they would have been able to find a defensive back and/or interior lineman that could have contributed for three years at a moderate cost. Safety, corner, and guard are three spots that the team could look back on with regret in October depending on how the draft picks develop. Nailing down at least one of those spots in free agency should have been a priority to reduce the natural risks associated with the draft, especially considering the Jets have close to $30 million in cap space.
If the Jets don’t show improvement, which may be quite difficult to do, it could be the end of the Rex Ryan era.