With their 2016 opponents now set, the sledding won't get any easier as they pulled a schedule of games including two of the toughest divisions: the AFC North and the NFC West. Most fans are now left worrying what the team's offseason plan may be with many key players expected to hit free agency in March. What will the Jets do now?
The big signings the Jets will make will be for their own players, so don't expect a flurry of flashy acquisitions off other teams like last year. Assuming all those cuts, restructures and new contracts, there's likely to be less than $10 million in cap room remaining for players coming off other teams. The swing-cut is Marcus Gilchrist and the swing-signing would be Damon Harrison. With a modest budget remaining, the Jets will still have some needs best filled through free agency.
Tight End - Jace Amaro will come back off injury but I'm not convinced about his role. In retrospect, his drafting in the second round seemed like a reach and the jury is out on what role this staff has for him. Look for the Jets to add some cheap talent like Zach Miller (CHI), Dwayne Allen (IND) or Ben Watson (NO) to whomever they identify as a late round prospect through the draft.
Safety -Should the Jets cut Marcus Gilchrist, the team will need another player to add at safety to a group devoid of plus-coverage safeties. Cutting Gilchrist could end up becoming a cost-neutral move if a player via the draft isn't included in the plan. Players like Isa Abdul-Quddus (DET) or Rodney McLeod (STL) might be had for around $3 million or less annually and could be big helpers to this secondary.