The Jets (6-10) are about to commence a tumultuous offseason destined to alter the direction of an embattled franchise.
The transformation will start with decision-makers: GM Mike Tannenbaum was fired on Monday morning—the first of several expected changes within the Jets' dysfunctional front office.
Don't count on a big free-agent splash to lift the Jets up out of mediocrity, though. Previous irresponsible financial decisions have already hindered them from doing so.
Still, the Jets can create moderate cap space if they cut Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, Eric Smith and Jason Smith before the 2013 season.
Those transactions would give the Jets roughly $30.7 million to fill at least 17 roster spots for next season. Clearly there needs to be some creativity with limited funds.
Here are five free agents the Jets must target over what's expected to be a daunting offseason.