It’s hard to imagine a situation in which the Jets could afford to keep their top two quarterbacks, but that’s exactly what they have to do if they want to get back to the Super Bowl.
If the Jets don’t get a QB soon, they’ll likely be relying on Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith, who were signed by the franchise last offseason, to be their backup.
Fitzpatrick has never played more than a handful of games in a season before and Smith has only played five games in his career.
The Jets also need a new offensive coordinator.
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels left to become the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills’ offensive line is one of the worst in the league and they need to find a replacement.
They also need to replace a couple of veterans, as wide receiver Kenny Stills will likely miss the season with a torn ACL.
They need to make a splash in free agency, as the Jets currently have about $21 million in cap space.
So, how do they make this happen?
First, they need help on the offensive line.
New York signed right tackle Branden Albert and left guard Alex Balducci, but both are still waiting on final medical clearance from the NFL.
If they fail to get one, they will be on the hook for $8.9 million in 2017, according to OverTheCap.com.
They’ll also have to replace right tackle Anthony Steen, who has been dealing with an ACL injury.
They could also be in line for a couple other draft picks in the draft.
The biggest free-agent acquisition on the Jets offensive line will be right tackle Kelvin Beachum, who signed a four-year, $37 million deal with the team in July.
That’s a pretty big deal for a guard, but it’s not the biggest one for a right tackle, either.
The only big free-agents they’ll be able to make in free-agency this year are cornerback Darrelle Revis ($15 million), cornerback Buster Skrine ($10 million), safety Dashon Goldson ($6.7 million), offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga ($6 million) and linebacker Jon Bostic ($5.9 m).
The Jets need to get younger, and they could use that money to do so.
The team will also be looking for help at quarterback.
The most expensive player on their roster will be quarterback Marcus Mariota, who was signed to a five-year $85 million deal last summer.
If he’s not able to stay healthy, Mariota will likely be a free agent.
But the Jets are going to need to upgrade their roster in the offseason, and that means finding help at both the quarterback position and wide receiver.
They will be relying heavily on free agents in free agent signing, as they already have $15 million in dead money on their salary cap.
So far, they’ve signed wide receiver Greg Jennings, running back Bilal Powell, cornerback Marqise Lee, defensive end Jason McCourty, linebacker Darron Lee, safety Jamal Adams and defensive tackle Antonio Allen to big deals.