The New York Jets are a train wreck.
Rex Ryan is permanently inked to Mark Sanchez (literally), the general manager position is vacant and incredibly unappealing to top-notch candidates, and the team has nothing but question marks at quarterback.
To add to the team's hardships, they are currently about $10 million over the salary cap.
However, the team seems to be moving towards cap stability, as reported by Rich Cimini of ESPN New York:
As soon as the waiver period opens in February, the Jets will clear $30.7 million off their salary cap in less time than it takes to hail a cab in New York. They will release LB Calvin Pace ($8.56 million savings), LB Bart Scott ($7.15 million), OT Jason Smith ($12 million) and S Eric Smith ($3 million). Those moves will result in only $4.5 million in dead money. The problem—and it's a big problem—is that they will have only 10 starters under contract and not much cap room.
Even if New York gets comfortably under the set salary cap, they will have plenty of work to do when free agency hits.
The team has plenty of need areas but not the financial flexibility to make a play for elite free agents. Therefore, the team will be forced to target a handful of lower-tier free agents who can immediately take hold of the starting reigns.
With that said, here is the best free-agent fit at every position, considering the team's financial situation and how the player(s) fit into the Jets' offensive and defensive systems.
*Center, Defensive End, Inside Linebacker, Cornerback and Punter are not on the list, as the Jets possess stability at each of those positions and will likely not look to upgrade those areas in free agency