The Super Bowl in New Jersey is approaching quickly, with a great match up between Denver and Seattle looming. The NFL’s wish as granted, as the two best regular season teams will be facing off in the championship. Storyline’s are aplenty from Richard Sherman’s post game interview to Peyton Manning chasing his second Super Bowl title. While the game is obviously the talk of the league, the Jets front office is currently dialing up a plan for free agency. Let’s run over a few different thoughts as the new league year gets closer and closer.
Super Free Agents
Players with big time postseason performances are often overpaid in the following free agency period. I noted last week to hold the phone on LaGarrette Blount receiving a big contract, as he was shut down by Denver’s run defense. Two big performances against bottom tier run defenses does not warrant a large contract.
Another example could be Denver wide receiver Eric Decker. The former Minnesota wide out is certainly a good player, but that does not mean he should command number one wide receiver money.
Demaryius Thomas is a top five wideout in the league and Wes Welker garners a lot of attention. Can Decker still succeed without two high profile targets playing alongside him? While that question has yet to be answered, it is one worth pondering before breaking the bank on him.
The Draft Effect
Using free agency to fill areas of “need” opens up the possibilities in the NFL Draft. While many are assuming the Jets must go wide receiver with their first overall pick, “not so fast!” If John Idzik feels the market is fair and can bring in two wideouts (such as Golden Tate and James Jones), the first pick can be used on the best player available.
I have never been a fan of drafting for need, especially in the first round when premier talent is all over the board. After cap cuts and extensions, the Jets would be wise to use their $30+ million of cap space on “black hole” areas (Certainly wide receiver).
I would be shocked if the Jets do not add a veteran quarterback in free agency this offseason. Obviously, Geno Smith will be ready to come into camp to hold down his starting job. Assuming the Jets also draft a quarterback on day two or three, that would leave three very young QB’s on the roster (Matt Simms).
Adding a veteran becomes a must. While Mike Vick has been brought up a lot in Jets land, I think the team will look for someone who controls the ball a little better.
Josh McCown was really impressive while filling in for Jay Cutler this past season. He threw 13 touchdowns and only one interception. If the price is right, he might be the perfect guy as he could come off the bench and take care of the football when/if needed.