With the start of the new league year less than two weeks away, Joe Malfa went through a simulated offseason on Fanspeak’s Ultimate GM….
In-House Contract Moves:
- CB Darrelle Revis – Between the declining skill set and off-field issues, this should be a no-brainer.
- WR Brandon Marshall – Here is a move that is beneficial all-around — Marshall gets to leave for a contender, the Jets clear cap room, and there will be more reps available for the younger receivers to aid in their development.
- S Marcus Gilchrist – Simply not worth the money.
- LB Erin Henderson – An easy way to save $2.25 million
- WR Eric Decker
- CB Buster Skrine
Total Salary Cap Savings: $46,033,333
Total Salary Cap Space: $39,729,997
Free Agent Signings:
- EDGE Melvin Ingram (5 years, $80 million) – Ingram had 10.5 sacks in 2015 and eight sacks in 2016. He is arguably the best edge rusher available in free agency and fills a void that the Jets have been trying to fill for the last few years.
- CB Trumaine Johnson (4 years, $48 million) – It seems as if the Rams may place the franchise tag on Johnson once again, but if he hits the open market, he is one of the top three cornerbacks available. He can take away the opposition’s top wide receiver and be the cornerstone of a secondary in desperate need of rebuilding.
- S Tony Jefferson (4 years, $34 million) – Jefferson played the best football of his career with Todd Bowles, so it would make perfect sense to reunite these two.
- LT Matt Kalil (4 years, $28 million) – Outside of guards James Carpenter and Brian Winters, the Jets have questions on the offensive line. Wesley Johnson looked steady at center and Brandon Shell flashed potential at right tackle, but life after D’Brickashaw Ferguson at left tackle has not been pleasant. Kalil can provide the stability that was lost with Ferguson’s retirement.
- TE Jared Cook (4 years, $14 million) – To say the Jets need a tight end is an understatement. By no means does Cook bring any sort of “wow factor” to the position, but he is significantly better than any tight end the Jets have had since Dustin Keller.
- P Bryan Anger (4 years, $8 million) – Finding consistent punting has been another issue for the Jets ever since they let go Steve Weatherford in 2010. Anger was fourth in the league in net average at 42.7 yards per punt with 37 downed inside the 20 and only five touchbacks.
- QB Jay Cutler (2 years, $8 million) – Drafting a franchise QB does not seem like an option this year, so another veteran bridge quarterback may be the way to go unless Tyrod Taylor officially hits the open market.
- OT Ben Ijalana (2 years, $2 million) – It would be worth brining Ijalana back as a backup at this price.
Remaining Salary Cap Space: $2,829,997
Draft Picks (only simulated through 4th round):
Round 1, Pick 6: LB Reuben Foster, Alabama
Round 2, Pick 7: S Budda Baker, Washington
Round 3, Pick 6: C Pat Elflein, Ohio State
Round 3, Pick 43: TE Jake Butt, Michigan
I will dive more into draft analysis here at TOJ after the combine, but for now I will just say this — I would be ecstatic if this draft simulation came to fruition. Foster can take over for David Harris as the quarterback of the defense for the next decade. Baker can be a Tyrann Mathieu-esque playmaker at safety. Elflein could compete with Wesley Johnson for a starting job immediately. Jake Butt is a late-1st, early-2nd round talent falling to the late 3rd because of his knee injury.
The simulator does not have an option to trade current players. If it did, I would have looked to trade Sheldon Richardson for a 3rd round pick and Calvin Pryor for a 4th round pick.
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