The New York Jets had Super Bowl aspirations this season.
As we know, that all fell apart in inglorious fashion amid in-house squabbles, disgruntled players and unfulfilled guarantees as the Jets watched their division rival, the New England Patriots, jaunt to yet another Super Bowl appearance.
Now the Jets have to deal with a few holes that were exposed during the season, but lack massive amounts of cap space to sign someone to a massive deal (according to ESPN.com's Rich Cimini, their cap space is a little over $8 million, though I'm not sure if this includes D'Brickashaw Ferguson's restructuring).
This means to me the Jets are going to have to go bargain-hunting, making the task of finding realistic free-agent options for the team harder for me to compile.
With the NFL heading towards the start of free agency on March 13th, I think the Jets have five areas of need above the rest: wide receiver, running back, safety, right tackle and pass rush.
As with any year, once the clock ticked down to zero on the Jets' season, speculation began as to what the Jets would target in the offseason.
In the name of free agency, I'm going to look at the realistic and unrealistic options for the Jets at the positions of need I mentioned. Some of the players I mention have been discussed by reputable sources, while some have not.
Those that seemed to be headed for designation as a franchise player were not considered for this list.
Let's start with an area that was supposed to be our strength at the beginning of the season.