The Jets' roster purge and commitment to begin rebuilding this season earned them a "C+" offseason grade, per ESPN's Rich Cimini.
As the offseason is normally used to rebuild rosters, the Jets tore theirs down thanks to move made by owner Woody Johnson. Among the roster cuts were LB David Harris and WR Eric Decker, which saved the Jets almost $14 million in payroll alone. C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis were also part of the 11 veterans the Jets go rid of this offseason.
Cimini said the grade should be worse considering the Jets now have one of the worst rosters in the NFL, but looking at the big picture, the Jets are acknowledging their rebuild and will have $80 million to work with next offseason.
As it is clear Cimini did not like the cutting of Davis and Decker, he did like the Jets' first-round choice in S Jamal Adams. Not only is he an explosive player that will immediately impact the defense, the Jets didn't jump on another quarterback to try out in their system.
The team should be focused on trying to get something out of their existing quarterbacks on the roster, especially QB Christian Hackenberg. Cimini says, "This season should be devoted to finding out if Hackenberg can play. If he surprises them, great. If not, they'll have a high pick and can try to find that ever-elusive franchise quarterback in the draft."
On that note, the quarterback conundrum is the biggest question heading into training camp. The position is up for grabs.
Following the roster cuts, the Jets now have $24.4 million in cap space to work with. Their free agent signings include CB Morris Claiborne, QB Josh McCown and K Chandler Catanzaro among others.