The Jets spent the last three years deep in a rebuilding process, hoping for a better tomorrow. But with two moves over the last week, new GM Joe Douglas has made it clear that he believes tomorrow has finally arrived.
No, the acquisition of a 34-year-old, recently-retired center (Ryan Kalil) and a trade for an oft-injured guard (Alex Lewis) aren't the moves that will push the Jets over the top or even into contention. But what they do is signal a new, more aggressive, even urgent approach from the front office. Both players are under contract for only this season. Together, they could cost the Jets more than $10 million.
Rebuilding teams don't make short-term, expensive moves like that. Those are the moves of a general manager who thinks his team can win now.