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5 Mistakes the New York Jets Can't Afford to Make This Offseason

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5 Mistakes the New York Jets Can't Afford to Make This Offseason
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After finishing the season with a surprising 8-8 record, the New York Jets enter the offseason with high hopes.

The Jets have an abundance of cap space, enabling general manager John Idzik the ability to be aggressive in free-agent negotiations this spring. New York has several key needs it needs to address in order to contend for a playoff berth next season.

The most pressing team need has been well-documented since the start of 2013. The Jets desperately need playmakers on offense, specifically at wide receiver and tight end.

New York should be able to address a majority of its depth issues during the draft, where it holds four picks in the first three rounds and could collect as many as 12 selections in total.

Revamping the depth chart at receiver, tight end, linebacker, cornerback and safety will highlight the Jets' presumably successful offseason. But certain crucial mistakes also need to be avoided in order for New York to return to respectability in the AFC East next season.

The following slideshow examines five mistakes the Jets cannot afford to make this offseason:

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