NFL Offseason Previews: New York Jets
The NFL offseason is upon us, and teams will begin working to craft their 2023 rosters in the coming months. In this series of offseason previews, we will look at what each team has to work with and their biggest needs. Today we continue with the New York Jets offseason preview.
As a reminder, here are dates to keep in mind for the 2023 NFL offseason:
- March 7: deadline for teams to use the franchise tag
- March 13: legal tampering period opens
- March 15: NFL free agency begins and the new league year starts
- April 21: deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets
- April 27-29: NFL draft
- May 1: deadline for teams to exercise 5th-year options on 2020 first-round draft picks
- July 15: deadline for franchise tag players to sign an extension
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The Jets finished 7-10 this season, mainly because they had no help at the quarterback position, and the offense was putrid.
The offense ranked 29th in the league in scoring, averaging 17.4 points per game. Defensively, New York was one of the best in the league. However, the defense ranked 4th in the league, averaging 18.6 opposing points per game.
The Jets’ offense just wasn’t good enough to keep up with their defense. However, rookie’s Garrett Wilson and Sauce Gardner were phenomenal, finishing as Rookie of the Year candidates.
Key Positional Needs
Here’s where the Jets need to find help this offseason:
Key Free Agents
Here’s a look at the Jets upcoming key free agents:
- Kwon Alezander (LB)
- George Fant (RT)
- Joe Flacco (QB)
- Vinny Curry (DE)
- Marcell Harris (OLB)
- Nate Herbig (G)
- Connor McGovern (C)
- Cedric Ogbuehi (OT)
- Sheldon Rankins (DT)
Salary Cap & Draft Capital
Here’s a look at the salary cap room and draft capital that the Jets have to work with this offseason:
- Current draft picks: 13 (1), 43 (2), 74 (3), 112 (4), 185 (6), 207 (6)
- Cap space: -$264K
The Jets need to figure out their quarterback situation, and fast. They have an excellent defense that can make them a playoff team if the offense is even remotely good.
New York has some of the pieces. Breece Hall looked terrific before a knee injury sidelined him for much of the season. Garrett Wilson was also exceptional in his rookie campaign. The Jets have spoken with Derek Carr and have been linked to Aaron Rodgers. That’s priority No. 1, and a resolution could come before free agency opens on March 15.
The Jets also own the 13th pick in the NFL Draft in April. But they’re $246 thousand over the cap as it stands today.
Defensive end Carl Lawson, wide receiver Corey Davis, guard Laken Tomlinson, and safety Jordan Whitehead are cut candidates. Those four cuts alone would give the Jets $41.7 million in cap space to work with this offseason.
If you’re looking for more offseason reading, Sam Hoppen at 4for4 (our sister company) is previewing each division:
AFC East: Key Free Agents, Draft Picks & Needs, and Available Cap Space | 4for4