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With a handful of moves already in the books both from the Jets and around the league (goodbye Melvin Ingram and Kirk Cousins), here is a look at the next twelve things the Jets could (should) do in March…
1. Release Darrelle Revis – We have beat this horse until it is dead but there is no reason to keep Darrelle Revis on the 2017 roster, even if he is at 6-7 million dollars. No restructure. No move to safety. Cut your losses. There is a reason you cut Nick Mangold and there are similar but even better reasons to cut Revis.
2. Release Brandon Marshall – The Jets can try to trade him and may get a late round pick but that seems overly optimistic. A rebuilding team doesn’t need Marshall getting 120 targets next season. Give bigger roles to Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake and Devin Smith (if healthy). The Jets have assembled an intriguing and impressive collection of young talent at receiver. Let them play.
3. Release Marcus Gilchrist – Moving on from an ineffective and injured player to save 6 million dollars is a wise move for any team, nevermind this team. There is too much defensive back talent in the NFL Draft and free agency to stay with him.
4. Stand Pat With Eric Decker – Decker is 3 years younger than Marshall and if he can recover from his injury can give the Jets 2-3 more productive years. The Jets can use 2017 to evaluate Decker’s status and then chose to walk post 2017, saving 6 million dollars or stay with him.
5. Stand Pat With David Harris – It is easy to move on from Mangold and Marshall because there is young talent on the roster who merits a longer look (Wesley Johnson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson etc). There is nobody behind David Harris right now who merits that look. Draft his replacement in the middle rounds and give him a year of grooming You could argue the Jets should cut Harris and pursue Dont’a Hightower but should the Jets make their big splash in free agency at corner or inside linebacker?
6. Re-Sign Ben Ijalana – This is not a flashy move but this is a weak tackle market and draft. Ijalana is cheap, has played both tackle positions, has starting experience and can provide competent depth/competition for a position in transition for the Jets.
7. Tender Wesley Johnson and Marcus Williams – Both are restricted free agents and the Jets should make sure both are back for another year of evaluation in 2017. Johnson should be the starting center and Williams has flashed enough to merit a chance to compete on the outside for reps at cornerback. Neither of those moves are going to cost much.
8. Left Tackle – The Jets should prepare to pursue Kelvin Beachum, who they met with last year to fill their void at left tackle. If they cannot lock him down, Ryan Clady back at a lower price on a shorter term deal is not an awful fallback option. The key is that the Jets cannot go into the NFL Draft with Brent Qvale or Ben Ijalana as the top left tackle on their depth chart.
9. Secondary – Five names to focus on: Trumaine Johnson (if he doesn’t get tagged), AJ Bouye, Logan Ryan, Stephen Gilmore and Tony Jefferson. The jets midnight visit when the league year opens should be to their top choice at cornerback and they should work on getting Jefferson in the building the next day. If the Jets land Jefferson, they should look to trade Calvin Pryor for a late round conditional pick.
10. Sheldon and The Edge – The Jets should trade Sheldon Richardson and take whatever middle round pick they can get back. He is not staying here long term so do not waste another year trying to fit a square peg in a round hole to a defense you won’t be playing long term. Make it work with Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson and get back draft capital for Richardson. The jets should also poke around on Nick Perry and Jabaal Sheard to add another edge rusher to the mix.
11. Tight End/Fullback – Add a competent veteran to be a duo with whatever prospect you target in the draft. Players like Ryan Griffin and Dion Sims fit the bill here. The Jets are also likely to go back to using a fullback more frequently so Patrick DiMarco of the Falcons could be a target.
12. Quarterback – The Jets cannot go into the NFL Draft with just Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on their depth chart. They need to monitor what happens with Tyrod Taylor and if he goes back to Buffalo, do their due diligence on the relatively uninspiring list of Mike Glennon, Brian Hoyer, Nick Foles and Matt McGloin.
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