This is a hard offseason to get my head around. The Jets cut some dead weight (good), made some head-scratching draft choices (not good) and are still tied to Mark Sanchez and his ill-conceived contract.
The Jets couldn't really keep LaRon Landry for the price he wanted, nor should they have kept Bart Scott nor Shonn Greene, both of whom never amounted to what we expected of them.
They may regret letting Dustin Keller and Sione Pouha go, but you can only spend so much money.
Of course, they also traded Darrelle Revis, the best player on the team.
That trade was inevitable, and it's a bit of a miracle the Jets got the price they were after since there were few takers. Revis, as good as he was, was constantly agitating for a new contract every offseason, and it just finally became too much.
The downside is that no matter who you drafted, you weren't getting the new Revis.
Dee Milliner is a very good corner, but he is unlikely to ever be Revis. The comparison will happen because he entered the facility as Revis left, but it's an unfortunate comparison and one fans should avoid making. No matter how good he is, Milliner will always lose in a comparison to Revis.
Milliner is a solid cornerback who could become a great one if he can stay healthy and become a better tackler. And, let's face it, sometimes Revis wasn't very good in that area either.
So, even if Milliner is a downgrade from Revis, it was still a draft pick you could get behind.
Sheldon Richardson, maybe not so much.
You could argue Richardson was the best player available, although with Star Lotulelei and Sharrif Floyd still on the board, I'd have to disagree. But even that argument doesn't explain taking your third defensive lineman in the first round in three years (Muhammad Wilkerson in 2011, Quinton Coples in 2012 and now Richardson), as well as the third defensive tackle in the first two days in two of the last three drafts (Kenrick Ellis in the third round of the 2011 draft).
That isn't to say Richardson won't end up being a good pick. After all, he has a high motor, can make plays everywhere on the field and can change direction on a dime.
However, with so many issues—and a desperate need for a pass-rusher—why reach for a position you already had?
Aside from that, the Jets actually had a solid draft. Geno Smith was a completely solid selection with the No. 7 pick in the second round—a low-risk, high-reward move that spells the writing on the wall for Sanchez. Smith should sit for a year, but even if he bombs out, it's the beginning of a move toward a new quarterback, which is good.
The overall problem I have with this offseason—and why it's a "stock down" label for me—is that while I applaud getting rid of some dead weight, the team didn't do enough to restock.
Even acquiring Chris Ivory has me only cautiously optimistic. Is he an upgrade over plodding Shonn Greene? Absolutely...if he actually stays on the field. However, Ivory is often dinged up or hurt, and he misses his share of action.
So, is it a good move? I guess. I'm just not sure if it will end up paying off—which is the big issue with the Jets offseason.
They made a lot of moves, but none definitively made them that much better. It's another roster that may be completely different when the players hit the field, but so far, it looks like the Jets took a step back.
Current roster courtesy of OurLads.com