The New York Jets are at a juncture where they're capable of building a formidable 53-man roster that can compete for playoff berth in the 2014 season. General manager John Idzik has money to burn but it remains somewhat unlikely for the Jets to fill each roster void with 'A' free agents this offseason.
Idzik values the draft as the engine that will enable the Jets to sustain success over the long haul. New York won't suddenly adopt a "win-now" approach in 2014, rather, it will continue to build for the future. The most vital aspect of the Jets' offseason is acquiring new talent on offense, but they must also address a few key positional units on defense.
The Jets' reloading plan required parting with certain veterans, who were integrated proponents of the team's past successes. New York is equipped with the resources needed to become a high-caliber team next season. It's approximately $40 million under the reported $133 million NFL salary cap for the 2014 season. Now, it's time to execute.
The following slideshow examines the Jets thinnest positions on the depth chart at the start of free agency:
(All salary cap numbers are courtesy of OvertheCap.com)