This correlates directly with the Darrelle Revis holdout. Revis holding out throughout the entire preseason shows his teammates exactly where his heart is.
Even after the Jets offered Revis a 10-year, $120 million contract, he still refused and said he needed another $40 million.
First off, Revis needs to stop being greedy. Second off, this does not provide a leadership example for the other guys who have been working hard during training camp.
Revis has shown that he thinks he is more important than the rest of his teammates. He is also not honoring his end of the contract.
Apart from Revis, the Jets have brought in a fairly high number of free agents. Free agents always look solid on paper, but they don't have the same mentality as players who were brought up in that team's system.
Players like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have played with their teams since they were drafted. They were brought up in the NFL with those teams. They have a bigger connection with those cities and those teams than any free agent acquisition would.
If either of those players changed teams, they would still have a connection to the teams that drafted them, which is why bringing in high-caliber players looks better on paper than it actually is.