Last week, I laid out my dream offseason for the New York Jets. Here are my predictions as to what will actually transpire.
1 – Not Quite: I am torn on whether the Jets will ultimately land or aggressively pursue Le’Veon Bell. The trajectory of their offseason leaks would point towards them not landing him but those could be misleading or inaccurate. Overall, I’d say it is a coin flip on whether he ends up with the Jets or not but as a final prediction, I am going with them not landing him, followed by a pivot to multiple stories on concerns about his weight, attitude and price tag with a quick another pivot to other options on the running back market. As for where Bell ultimately goes? I’ll say Houston, Tampa or San Francisco.
2 – Plan B: The Jets will make a big offer to land Tevin Coleman, who has a somewhat comparable skill set to Jerrick McKinnon, who they badly wanted in free agency last year but could not land. Coleman’s deal with slightly exceed what he got, coming in around 40 million dollars over 4 years. Bilal Powell will walk in free agency and the Jets will head into the draft with Isaiah Crowell and Coleman as their top two running backs.
3 – Offensive Line: The Jets will take the need to improve their offensive line seriously this offseason and make a massive offer to Matt Paradis if he hits the open market and also aggressively pursue Trent Brown. They will sign Paradis, miss out on Brown but also sign a second tier guard like Quenton Spain, John Miller or DJ Fluker, along with bringing back Jonotthan Harrison and Dakota Dozier.
4 – Pass Rush Splurge: The Jets will go after Trey Flowers but not land him and instead revert their efforts and money to Dante Fowler Jr, who they will sign to a 4 year deal that averages over 11M per season. They will also bring Henry Anderson back on a new 3 year deal and add another lower tier pass rusher like John Simon or Benson Mayowa.
5 – Corner Tread: The Jets will bring Morris Claiborne back on a two year deal and also bring back both Buster Skrine and Daryl Roberts on one year deals. They won’t land any of the top of the market players at the position but sign two lower tier options like EJ Gaines, Tony Lippet or Kayvon Webster. Rashard Robinson and Jeremy Clark will not be back.
6 – Wide Receiver: At some point in the offseason the Jets will trade for a wide receiver. It won’t be a massive name like Antonio Brown or AJ Green but will be a player with starting experience like Mohamed Sanu or Albert Wilson. The Jets will not sign one of the “top” names on the market at the position but will instead a second tier option like Danny Amendola. They may also take a flier on Demaryius Thomas.
7 – Linebacker: The Jets will make an addition at inside linebacker by signing either Kwon Alexander or Jordan Hicks. Despite the initial assumption they’d exclusively run a 4-3 and the recent press push that they’d exclusively run a 3-4, they will likely be multiple and regardless of what personnel group they spend the most time in will want more depth and versatility at linebacker.
8 -Depth: The Jets will sign Brock Osweiler to be their backup quarterback to Sam Darnold and Mike Burton to play fullback. They will add MarQueis Gray as a backup tight end and Jermaine Whitehead as a backup safety.
9 – Special Teams: The Jets will bring back both Andre Roberts and Jason Myers on multiyear deals.
10 – Also Coming Back: Robby Anderson on a second round tender, Steve McLendon, Brandon Copeland, Josh Martin, Neal Sterling, Neville Hewitt, Rontez Miles.
11 – Walking In Free Agency: Josh McCown, Bilal Powell, Ben Ijalana, Brent Qvale, Jermaine Kearse, Rishard Matthews, Eric Tomlinson, James Carpenter.
12 – Pre NFL Draft Depth Chart
- QB: Sam Darnold, Brock Osweiler
- RB: Tevin Coleman, Isaiah Crowell, Elijah McGuire
- WR: Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, Danny Amendola, Deontay Burnett
- TE: Chris Herndon, MarQuies Gray, Jordan Leggett
- OT: Kelvin Beachum, Brandon Shell
- OG: John Miller, Brian Winters, Dakota Dozier
- C: Matt Paradis, Jonotthan Harrison
- DL: Dante Fowler, Leonard Williams, Steve McLendon, Henry Anderson, Jordan Jenkins, Nathan Shepherd, Foley Fatukasi, Brandon Copeland, Benson Mayowa
- LB: Darron Lee, Avery Williamson, Kwon Alexander, Jordan Jenkins, Neville Hewitt
- CB: Trumaine Johnson, Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine, Daryl Roberts, EJ Gaines, Kayvon Webster, Derrick Jones, Parry Nickerson
- S: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Jamal Whitehead, Rontez Miles
- ST: Jason Myers, Andre Roberts, Lachlan Edwards