There isn't much the New York Jets can buy this offseason. They're buried in the worst salary-cap situation of any team in the NFL and face gaping issues at multiple key positions on offense and defense.
The 2013 salary cap limit stands at $121.1 million, which is approximately $26.5 million under the Jets' current estimated total, according to NYJetsCap.com. That number is barring significant player contract restructuring and inevitable roster cuts, though.
The Jets are expected to outright release several former key contributors this offseason, like linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, out of necessity to clear enough cap space simply to fill the 53-man roster.
New general manager John Idzik needs to showcase his supposed player contract-negotiating abilities immediately and restructure certain devastating contracts currently crippling the Jets. Inside linebacker David Harris is a prime example. He's due $10.9 million in base salary for next season and might lose his starting spot to sophomore DeMario Davis in training camp.
Big decisions are about to slam the Jets' brain trust, dictating their immediate future.
The following details five free agent-eligible players that have been linked to the Jets through unsubstantiated rumors, and determines the legitimacy of whether or not each player is a realistic fit for the 2013 season.