Spring is just seven days away, but the New York Jets wasted little time in cleaning house this offseason.
New York parted ways with seven starters from last year’s squad while at least two other notable starters in offensive lineman Brandon Moore and tight end Dustin Keller are expected to find work elsewhere sooner rather than later.
After releasing linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace along with safety Eric Smith, offensive tackle Jason Smith and tight end Josh Baker last month, the Jets sat back and watched five starters walk out the door during the early free agency period.
Defensive end Mike Devito, nose tackle Sione Pouha, safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell and running back Shonn Greene will not return for another year in the Big Apple as new general manager John Idzik ushers in a rebuilding phase for the franchise.
With their roster completely reshuffled and cleared out, a cornerstone of the team and centerpiece of the defense in Darrelle Revis could also be on the move. Revis’ likely landing spot is anyone’s guess with the Falcons, Cardinals, Eagles and Buccaneers rumored to be interested in acquiring the Pro Bowl defensive back. Coming off ACL surgery, Revis is on track with his rehab, and the Jets are fielding offers for No. 24, but have yet to receive fair value in return for their star cornerback.
With holes across the depth chart, April’s NFL draft will prove instrumental in bringing in young and promising talent along with building blocks for the future. With the No. 9 overall draft selection, the Jets have a bevy of options, but have yet to give a clear indication as to what position or player they will target with their top ten pick.
Through the first four days of free agency, New York’s roster has been ransacked by teams with cap flexibility and willing to spend top dollar to upgrade their personnel. The Jets don’t fall into that category and were left in an unfavorable cap position by former general manager Mike Tannenbaum. As Gang Green attempts to balance its books, it’s safe to say they won’t be major buyers during the free agency period.
As NFL scouts flock to Pro Days across the country, the Jets are searching far and wide for potential stars to help turn things around in the Big Apple.