The New York Jets are projected to have around 55 million in cap space and with cuts that number could rise to 80 million.
Brandon Scherff – Washington Redskins
A three time Pro Bowler in Washington. Scherff should be the Jets number one target this offseason. A projected tackle coming out of college, who has proven to be a high level guard in both the run and pass game. He would be a major upgrade over Brian Winters and help a unit that had to shuffle around 11 different starters this past season. Scherff does have his injury concerns as he has not played 16 games in the past three years and with Adam Gase injuries always seem to occur. This should be a front loaded deal that does not have many guarantees past the second year as Joe Douglas needs to take as many shots as he can when it comes to adding pieces upfront.
Devin Funchess – Indianapolis Colts
Funchess took a 1 year prove it deal in Indy this past year which went terribly for him as injuries derailed his season. He flashed number two wide receiver potential in Carolina and would give Sam Darnold a target with good size, who does well making contested catches and is effective in the red zone. Funchess is in line for another 1 year prove it deal with this one much less than the 13 million he got last year.
Rashard Higgins – Cleveland Browns
A versatile receiver who in 2018 consistently flashed during Baker Mayfield’s standout rookie season. 2019 was much different though as he was in Freddie Kitchens doghouse and had a more limited role. Higgins would be very cheap and help replace Robby Anderson if he walks. A very low risk, potentially high reward move as Higgins needs a change of scenery and playing with a better QB can lead to some much needed cheap production for the Jets.
Don’t Go Crazy – Joe Douglas would be wise to break the trend of using all your cap space just because you have it. Scherff and potentially a player like Dante Fowler on defense are needed but those should be the only two big signings of the free agency period.
The Jets should explore trading for Nick Foles contract to see if they can get the return of a 2nd round pick like the Browns did when they traded for Brock Osweilier. That trade landed them Nick Chubb who almost won the rushing title this year. Foles money is not egregious in 2021 and 2022. The Jets are not a few moves away from contending so they should focus on remaining cap flexible and acquire as many assets to help Joe Douglas retool this roster.