The New York Jets are bound to become extensively active in free agency this offseason. General manager John Idzik remained distant during the signing period last spring, opting to fix the books as opposed to further burying the Jets into salary cap catastrophe.
The Jets aren't renowned for constructing championship-caliber teams through the competitive stratosphere of free agent negotiations. But former front office executives, like failed GM Mike Tannenbaum, developed reputations for making outlandish gambles on big-name players, namely future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.
A majority of the big-time players the Jets have acquired in free agency weren't thought to be perennial difference-makers when they changed uniforms, though. In fact, a couple of the best player acquisitions in team history were undrafted free agents.
The following slideshow highlights the five best free agent signings in Jets' history: