The New York Jets begin the 2014 offseason with several key needs on both sides of the ball. This offseason is vastly different from what the Jets were forced to endure in 2013, though, as general manager John Idzik is armed with salary-cap space and an arsenal of draft picks.
The roster was noticeably devoid of playmaking talent on offense last season. That was a product of an offseason overhaul, which required Idzik to stand pat during free agency while being stingy in making personnel acquisitions.
This signing period will be different, as the Jets look to reassert themselves as potential contenders in 2014.
After finishing the 2013 season with a respectable 8-8 mark, the Jets have officially overcome the lament and criticism of their time with former glorified backup quarterback Tim Tebow in the locker room. Tebow, of course, was not the lone igniting proponent that devolved the Jets into a circus-like phenomenon in 2012, but he was an integral component of an ugly season.
The Jets have now flipped the page toward progress. Building a playoff-caliber roster this offseason won't be a simple feat to accomplish, but it's possible if the right steps are taken.
New York needs to retain certain in-house free agents, restructure lofty contracts, unload bad contracts and address each area of need in order to become a winning team in 2014.
The following slideshow examines the Jets' blueprint to winning the 2014 free-agency period.
(All salary cap numbers are courtesy of OvertheCap.com)