The 8 Moves New York Jets Must Avoid in Free Agency

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The 8 Moves New York Jets Must Avoid in Free Agency
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
John Idzik got the Jets under the salary cap. He must continue creating cap room while pursuing new talent.

Now that the New York Jets have achieved salary cap compliance, it's time for John Idzik to start earning his money. He must show the football world how good he is at playing the free agency game.

The Jets still have a limited amount of cap space with which to work. It's important to make every dollar count and straddle the fine line that separates excess conservatism from unnecessary risk. That's why the "moves to avoid" described here emphasize strategic errors.

Idzik's success or failure during this free agency season depends on how well he does at handling the following issues:

  • Creating salary cap room
  • Spreading the wealth among as many key players as possible
  • Minimizing the upheaval from free-agent losses
  • Using the draft to build a stable core of talent

The "moves" that these slides describe represent obstacles to achieving these goals.


Unless credited to other sources, salary and cap-related information comes from and statistics from the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine comes from

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