FLORHAM PARK, NJ – Out with the old, in with, well, a few guys. The Jets purged their roster, getting rid of Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall, Nick Folk, Breno Giacomini, Erin Henderson, Ryan Clady and this time they won’t be re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick. These moves were necessary not just to clear up cap space but to no longer overpaying for the value these players hold in 2017. And they still might not be done, David Harris, Marcus Gilchrist and Eric Decker are possible cuts down the road, just don’t expect many significant additions outside of the draft this season.
The Jets have re-signed linebackers Corey Lemonier and Josh Martin, long snapper Tanner Purdum and have placed second-round tenders on cornerback Marcus Williams and center Wesley Johnson. As far as new additions go, the Jets have signed offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum and kicker Chandler Catanzaro. That’s it so far.
The Jets tried to sign Beachum last offseason but Beachum decided to sign with the Jaguars, the Jags released Beachum after one season which gave the Jets the opportunity to bring in the five-year veteran hoping he can be their starting left tackle.
Just a couple of years ago Catanzaro was one of the most reliable kickers in the NFL before struggling with the Cardinals more recently. The Cardinals obviously think Catanzaro’s best days are behind him, the Jets are hoping a change in scenery will get him back on track in much of the same way it did for Folk when he came here from the Cowboys.
The Jets are still meeting with other free agents and will undoubtedly sign more players, but it’s obvious that they aren’t focused on a quick fix of big names/contracts to replace the ones they lost. They’re making a run at Dont’a Hightower, are showing interest in Jay Cutler and Josh McCown, but the rest of their recent visits consists of running backs Travaris Cadet and Benny Cunningham.
Mike Maccagnan isn’t done signing players, and we could still see him swing some trades – although the most likely trade is still trading away Sheldon Richardson – but this year is about shopping in the bargain bin and treading water as they attempt to slowly build a strong foundation through the draft, with a piece here and there through trades and free agency.
There are no quick fixes for this team, so instead fans will have to settle and hope for a slow and methodical fix because that’s clearly the Jets plan.