If the New York Jets want to get back into championship contention by next season, they are going to have to score big in free agency while spending wisely, since they are up against the salary cap.
To free up some cap room, general manager Mike Tannenbaum is going to have to work his magic to make cuts and possibly convince some players to restructure their contracts.
In a perfect Jets world, New York would be able to sign all of the following free-agent targets, but that would be unrealistic. They must prioritize in order to get the players in the needed positions who can contribute immediately since New York still remains in a win-now mode.
At 6'1" and 245 lbs., Michael Bush can become the Jets' lead back as they return to their ground-and-pound game under new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
Last season was Bush's busiest and most productive year of his career, as he filled in for the oft-injured Darren McFadden. Bush finished the season with 256 carries for 977 rushing yards, along with 37 receptions for 418 receiving yards.
If New York cannot land Bush, Marshawn Lynch, Mike Tolbert and Tim Hightower are other possible candidates. They can also go the cheaper route by drafting a RB and hoping he can produce as a rookie.
Here are five more free agents the Jets must target this offseason.