Free agency won't dictate the direction of the New York Jets on its own, but it will determine the decision-making abilities of new general manager John Idzik.
The Jets are scarcely under the salary cap and have countless roster spots to fill. The franchise is at a crossroad in terms of its chances of remaining relatively competitive in the contemporary landscape of the NFL, and faces an enormous uphill battle this offseason to stave off another ugly season.
There's no doubt that Idzik needs to be wildly creative to help uplift the Jets from the depths of mediocrity. He needs to utilize his supposed contract-negotiating skills and generate as much cap space as possible so that the team can at least sign a few key free agents capable of having a positive impact on a roster ridiculously deprived of talent.
The Jets should be stingy in free agency, but that doesn't mean that they'll be inactive. They can't afford to sit on the sidelines and wait for training camp.
The following is an in-depth analysis of how the Jets can be effective in free agency and improve upon a top-heavy, talent-deprived roster.