Armed with $90 million-plus in salary cap space and extra draft picks, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has been a busy man the last few days. He's reshaped his roster, reset the quarterback position, and possibly put his franchise in contention for the next few years.
He did that by spending big on a cornerback (Trumaine Johnson), a running back (Isaiah Crowell), a linebacker (Avery Williamson), a center (Spencer Long) and two quarterbacks (Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown). And then he used his extra second-round pick as part of the bait to trade up from 6 to 3 in the NFL draft to ensure he could draft another quarterback, too.
So what's next?
Maccagnan's moves have been pretty good, but they haven't instantly vaulted the Jets back into contender status. Clearly a lot is riding on how his quarterbacks play and how quickly Bridgewater or whatever quarterback he takes at No. 3 develop. But he still does have about $40 million in cap space to spend and another hole or two to fill.
There aren't many obviously holes, and in some cases he may wait to see how some young players develop. But there at least a few more things he can - and maybe should - do:
Get help along the defensive line
It's a little hard to believe that Maccagnan doesn't view this as a priority, given that his line has lost Damon Harrison, Sheldon Richardson and Mo Wilkerson in the last few years. But he really seems OK with Leonard Williams as the anchor, and players like Steve McLendon, Mike Pennel, and possibly Kony Ealy (if he re-signs) to fill out the rest.
The line was pretty disappointing last season with those players and a disinterested Wilkerson, though. Unfortunately what the Jets really need is an edge rusher on the other side of Williams - either a linebacker or a defensive end - and those weren't really available in free agency. They probably would've taken a run at DeMarcus Lawrence if he wasn't franchise-tagged. Same with Ezekiel Ansah.
Other than bringing back Ealy, though, there's no indication the Jets are in this market. Maybe they'll address it in later rounds of the draft.
Sign a tight end
They weren't terribly interested in bringing back Austin Seferian-Jenkins before he signed with Jacksonville, even though he helped them rediscover the idea of a receiving tight end with his 50 catches last season. Eric Ebron, who was recently released by Detroit, could've been an interesting option here, but he's got visits set with the Panthers and Patriots and there's no indication the Jets are involved.
At the moment, it looks like they're counting on Jordan Leggett, a fifth-round pick from last year who had his rookie year spoiled by injuries. They also seem to like Eric Tomlinson and Neal Sterling here, too. That doesn't seem like it'll get it done, but there aren't a lot of free agent options here either.
Add help at receiver
The Jets seem to like their situation at this position a lot more than most people do. They believe they have the makings of a good 1-2 punch with Jermaine Kearse and a hopefully healthy Quincy Enunwa. They know Robby Anderson has legal issues and might be facing a suspension, but they're happy with how he developed last year. And remember, they drafted Chad Hansen and ArDarius Stewart last year. Neither of them played much as rookies, but the Jets are still high on their potential. They expect them to contribute more this year.
Everyone would feel a lot better, of course, if there was a No. 1 receiver somewhere in there. Unfortunately, the market for those was thin and the money was insane, so the Jets stayed on the sidelines. At this point, there's no indication they're interested in what's left - players like Terrelle Pryor or Jordan Matthews. As much as receiver seems to be a need, the Jets are more likely to stand pat with what they have.