In the hours leading up to free agency, excitement and anticipation are at an all-time high for the offseason. Grand plans are put in place to upgrade a team's roster, but rarely does a free-agency period go according to plan.
With so much competition for top talent this year, there is no certainty in the shark-infested waters of free agency. With the salary cap getting a significant boost this year, there will be as much competition as ever as more teams get in the running for free agents they would not have been able to afford otherwise.
As a result, every team must have backup plans to ensure that it is at least able to round out its roster going into the draft. Even if a team misses out on "its guy," going into the draft with a gaping hole at a position can be a recipe for disaster, as it sometimes forces a team to "reach" based on need.
The New York Jets are no different. Here are some fallback options the Jets should have in place as free agency kicks off on March 11.