Who Goes Where? The Ideal New York Jets Offseason (Part One)

Dalbin Osorio with part one of his ideal offseason for the New York Jets

NFL Free Agency, or Christmas as it’s known around the TOJ office, begins March 11th, 2014 at 4:00 PM. We’ve been chronicling the available free agents that the Jets could potentially target all off-season long so far (we only have Safeties left), but now it’s time to focus on the actual holes that the Jets will have to fill. I’ll be outlining the current 53 man roster (including players on IR) with predictions on whether they will be wearing Green and White next season and, if not, where they will end up. If I note that they will be released or traded, the cap savings will be written at in parenthesis (all cap numbers are from Spotrac.com). The second part of this two part series will deal with how I would ideally fill the holes the Jets will need to fill, very similarly to this amazing piece done by Cole Patterson. As always, your comments will be appreciated.

Quarterbacks

1. Geno Smith: 2013 – Starting QB, 2014 – Starting QB
2. Mark Sanchez: 2013 – #2 QB, 2014 – Will be released ($8.3 M) by Jets (sign with STL)
3. Matt Simms: 2013 – #3 QB, 2014 – Will be released ($405,000) (signed by GB practice squad)
4. David Garrard: 2013 – Emergency QB, 2014 – Will be released ($588,235) (brought back as an assistant coach)

Running Backs

1. Chris Ivory: 2013 – Starting RB,  2014 – Starting RB
2. Bilal Powell: 2013 – #2 RB, 2014 – #2 RB
3. Mike Goodson: 2013 – #3 RB, 2014 – Will be released by Jets ($1.3M) (legal situation)
4. Alex Green: 2013 – #4 RB, 2014 – Practice Squad
5. Darius Reynaud: 2013 – #5 RB/#6 WR, 2014 – Will be released (($168,235) by Jets (sign with PHI)

Fullbacks

1. Tommy Bohanon: 2013 – Starting FB, 2014 – Starting FB

Wide Receivers

1. Santonio Holmes: 2013 – Starting WR, 2014 – Will be released ($8.25 M) by Jets (sign with CLE)
2. Jeremy Kerley: 2013- Starting WR, 2014 – #3 WR
3. Stephen Hill; 2013 – #3 WR, 2014- Will be traded ($350,000) to PIT
4. David Nelson: 2013 – #4 WR, 2014 – #4 WR
5. Greg Salas: 2013 – #5 WR, 2014-  #5 WR
6. Josh Cribbs: 2013 – KR/PR, 2014 – Won’t be resigned by Jets (sign with NYG)
7. Saalim Hakim: 2013- #7 WR, 2014- Primary KR
8. Clyde Gates: 2013- #8 WR, 2014-  Will be released ($555,000) by Jets (sign with NO)

Tight Ends

1. Kellen Winslow: 2013- Starting TE, 2014 – Won’t be resigned ($424,412) by Jets (will sign with IND)
2. Jeff Cumberland: 2013 – #2 TE, 2014 – Won’t be resigned ($1.3M) by Jets (will sign with ATL)
3. Zach Sudfeld: 2013 – #3 TE, 2014 – #2 TE
4. Chris Pantale: 2013- #4 TE, 2014 – Practice Squad

Offensive Tackles

1. D’Brickashaw Ferguson: 2013 – Starting LT, 2014- Starting LT
2. Austin Howard: 2013 – Starting RT; 2014 – Won’t be resigned ($2.02M) by Jets (will sign with BAL)
3. Benjamin Ijalana: 2013 – Backup Tackle, 2014 – Backup Tackle

Offensive Guards

1. Willie Colon: 2013 – Starting RG, 2014- Starting RG (resigned for $1.25M)
2. Brian Winters: 2013 – Starting LG, 2014 – Starting LG
3. Oday Aboushi: 2013 – Backup Guard, 2014 – Backup Guard
4. William Campbell: 2013 – Backup Guard, 2014- Backup Guard
5. Vlad Ducasse: 2013 – Backup Guard, 2014 – Backup Guard

Centers

1. Nick Mangold: 2013 – Starting C, 2014 – Starting C
2. Caleb Schlauderaff: 2013 – Backup Center, 2014- Backup Center
3. Tanner Purdum: 2013 – Long Snapper,  2014 – Long Snapper

Defensive Line

1. Muhammad Wilkerson: 2013- Starting DE, 2014 – Starting DE
2. Sheldon Richardson: 2013- Starting DT, 2014- Starting DT
3. Damon Harrison: 2013- Starting NT, 2014 – Starting NT
4. Kenrick Ellis: 2013- Backup NT, 2014 – Backup NT
5. Legar Douzable: 2013- Backup DE, 2014 – Won’t resign ($555,000) with Jets (will sign with NE)

Linebackers

1. David Harris: 2013- Starting ILB, 2014 – Starting ILB
2. Demario Davis: 2013- Starting ILB, 2014 – Starting ILB
3. Calvin Pace: 2013- Starting OLB, 2014 – Will be resigned ($1.1M) by Jets.
4. Quentin Coples: 2013 – Starting OLB, 2014- Starting OLB
5. Garrett McIntyre: 2013 – Backup LB, 2014 – Will be released ($555,000) by Jets (will sign with CLE)
6. Nick Bellore: 2013 – Backup LB,  2014 – Backup LB
7. Jermaine Cunningham: 2013- Backup LB, 2014 – Backup LB
8. Antwan Barnes: 2013 – Backup LB/DE, 2014 – Backup LB/DE

Cornerbacks

1. Antonio Cromartie: 2013 – Starting CB, 2014 – Will be released ($9.5M) and then resigned at a reduced rate ($5M)
2. Dee Milliner: 2013 – Starting CB, 2014 – Starting CB
3. Kyle Wilson: 2013 – #3 CB, 2014- Will be traded ($1.29M) to MIN
4. Darrin Walls: 2013 – #4 CB, 2014 – #4 CB
5. Isaiah Trufant: 2013 – #5 CB, 2014 – #5 CB
6. Ellis Lankster: 2013 – #6 CB,  2014 – Will be released ($555,000) by Jets (will sign with CLE)
7. Aaron Berry: 2013 – #7 CB, 2014- #6 CB

Safeties

1. Ed Reed: 2013 – Starting FS, 2014 – Won’t resign ($387,058) with Jets (will retire)
2. Dawan Landry: 2013 – Starting SS, 2014- #3 Safety
3. Antonio Allen: 2013 – #3 Safety, 2014 – Starting SS
4. Josh Bush: 2013 – #4 Safety, 2014- #4 Safety
5. Jaiquawn Jarrett: 2013 – #5 Safety, 2014- #5 Safety

Kicker

1. Nick Folk: 2013 – Starting K, 2014 – Starting K ($2M)

Punter

1. Ryan Quigley – 2013- Starting P, 2014 – Will be released ($495,000) by Jets (sign with CIN)

Total Cap Space Before Cuts: $25,744,583
Total Cap Space After Cuts: $53,018,336

Total Roster: 40/53
Total Draft Picks: 10-12
Team Needs: 2 QBs, 1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE, 1 T, 1 DL, 1 CB, 1 S, 1 P

In Part 2, I’ll outline how the Jets should spend their money…

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.