Here's a quick round-up of some of my thoughts after another week of mostly uneventful free agency for the New York Jets.
Quarterback Fools' Day - The Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick are said to be seeking a "middle ground" according to Mike Maccagnan and that Robert Griffin III's visit last weekend was little more than a "meet and greet" but if I had to guess when a resolution would come between the Jets and their quarterback situation I would say right before or after April 1st. Colin Kaepernick's salary becomes guaranteed if he is on the Niners roster on April 1st and it seems that the Browns and Broncos have dug in their heels on what they would give to trade for him. Ryan Fitzpatrick's agent needs the uncertainty around the Denver and Cleveland situations to keep his client from signing anything. Sure, Cleveland and Denver are very cavalier right now, but would their tune change once they are out on Kaepernick and have to bid against the Jets? I think we will see right around April 1st …
More for Less -- I was disappointed with the money it took the Jacksonville Jaguars to sign Kelvin Beachum, especially when you consider the first year money Beachum got. Either the Jets doctors were not thrilled with his recovery from his knee injury or the team just really low-balled a player who, when healthy, could play either of the tackle spots and even the guard spots down the road.
Pulling a Brick Out of the Wall? -- I have to believe that D'Brickashaw isn't that willing to do GM Mike Maccagnan any favors when it comes to his contract. The Jets probably wanted Brick to take less money rather than restructure his deal in any way which guaranteed less money. Now the Jets can swing the axe any time they like and gain $9 million in cap space but lose their long tenured blindside tackle. Based on Macc's vote of no-confidence, I imagine he is waiting to see how the 2016 NFL Draft plays out before he makes any decisions.
Skill Spot Depth - Unable to make moves at outside linebacker or offensive line, the Jets have shored up some decent depth at their skill spots at tight end (Kellen Davis, Zach Sudfeld) and running back (Bilal Powell, Khiry Robinson) behind Matt Forte. I won't preclude the Jets from taking a skill position player or two in the draft, mainly for special teams return work, but as of now they are freed up to get laser focused on offensive line and interior and edge linebackers along with some defensive backs.
Help Defense - The Jets still have a little work to do on the defensive side of the ball in free agency. Linebacker looks like a gaping hole, so the Jets will continue to try and re-sign a player like Erin Henderson or reach out to a Craig Robertson type, both of whom can hold the fort while the team grooms a longer term opton, but I would highly doubt the Jets would pay up for a veteran linebacker who will want more money but whose game is slipping like Demeco Ryans or Karlos Dansby.