3 moves the Jets must make during the NFL offseason
The New York Jets were hoping that hiring Adam Gase and spending money in free agency would result in wins in 2019. On the contrary, Gase’s first season could definitely be considered somewhat of a disappointment
The Jets concluded the 2019 season with a 7-9 record and there are holes that need to be filled throughout the roster. Fortunately for the Jets, they’ll walk into the offseason with $56.3 million in cap space, according to Spotrac.
Last offseason, New York chose to go through free agency in an attempt to shape the roster. While some free-agent signings worked, the Jets need to make sure they have success in the 2020 NFL Draft.
In a year that could decide Gase’s future with the franchise, the Jets need to drastically improve on both sides of the ball.
Here are three moves the Jets must make during the offseason.
3. Re-Sign Kelvin Beachum
The Jets struggled with consistency along the offensive line in 2019. Provided that, New York should look to keep some continuity in the trenches as they focus on protecting Sam Darnold.
Of course, with Darnold being right-handed, it’s important to protect his blindside. As of now, the Jets could decide to re-sign Kelvin Beachum at left tackle or allow him to depart in free agency.
Unless the team is enamored with an offensive tackle in the draft, retaining Beachum in 2020 could be the way to go. At the least, with Beachum turning 31-years-old in June, he could be a cheaper option than others in free agency.
2. Give Jamal Adams an extension
Over the course of the regular season, there were rumors that the Jets were entertaining trade offers for Jamal Adams. After speaking to the front office, everything seems to be hunky-dory between Adams and New York.
Next season, Adams will be playing in the final year of his rookie contract and he wants an extension. Even though the Jets reportedly won’t prioritize an extension for Adams, it would be wise to do so before he changes his mind on staying.
Since being drafted in 2017, Adams has been simply phenomenal for the Jets. The former first-round pick has combined for 273 tackles, 12 sacks, 25 deflections, two interceptions, six forced fumbles, and two touchdowns. Given his numbers, he deserves an extension as soon as New York can give it to him.
1. Draft Jerry Jeudy
Aside from keeping him upright, it’s important for the Jets to continue surrounding Darnold with weapons in the offense. With that being said, Robby Anderson is among the notable names that will hit free agency for New York.
For this reason, the Jets need to begin searching for his replacement at wide receiver. Conversely, New York would be remiss to pass up on selecting Jerry Jeudy with the No. 11 pick in the first round.
Jeudy is arguably the most surefire wide receiver prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft. Above all, Jeudy is an excellent route runner and has strong hands; giving Darnold a go-to option through the air.