Despite being at the NFL Combine and getting to look at a bunch of young talent, Jets GM Joe Douglas still feels the biggest needs for the team will come in free agency.
"Obviously, 21 UFAs, three RFAs, we have quite a few," Douglas said to SNY's Jeane Coakley on Tuesday in Indianapolis. "So this is an important week for us to get with not only those 21 guys and three RFAs and their representatives, but also others and just see what it's going to look like, so we have a lot of holes to fill moving forward."
Douglas said during his press conference at the combine that he wanted to make All-Pro safety Jamal Adams a "Jets for life," and he reiterated that sentiment later in the day with Coakley.
"Obviously love Jamal, team MVP voted by his teammates, an unbelievable player. The hope is that he's a Jet for life. And so we've had some good preliminary talks with his agent and right now our focus is on restricted free agency and the draft, but there's no doubt that Jamal is a priority for us."
When it comes to protecting Sam Darnold, Douglas told Coakley that "in a perfect world, you can use every avenue to improve your team."
"Sam is an emphasis moving forward and taking care of him and keeping him upright and letting him find open receivers, that's the goal," Douglas said.