With NFL-high cap space, Jets vow to be “very active on the first day”

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Monday is the first day NFL teams can begin free agent negotiations, and Wednesday is the first day free agents can sign new contracts. The team with the most cap space in the NFL isn’t planning to waste any time next week.

Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan promised that his team will be working hard about spending all that money, which at about $90 million available represents by far the most in the league heading into free agency.

“It will be interesting to see which players we can potentially line up first for initial visits,” Maccagnan said. “Obviously we’ll be very active on the first day in terms of the higher profile guys. I think the one thing I’ve noticed in the NFL this year or in the past years, I should say, is free agency moves very quickly. If you have guys targeted and you have your range how you value them, we’ll be very active.”

Everyone is looking at whether the Jets will make a huge offer to quarterback Kirk Cousins, but they should also be preparing to call Drew Brees‘s agent tomorrow, if Brees and the Saints don’t come to a deal today. Everyone expects Brees to remain in New Orleans, but the two sides haven’t reached a deal yet, and so the Jets should touch base with Brees’s agent as soon as they’re allowed to tomorrow.

Maccagnan can’t name any names just yet.

“We may sign a big-ticket guy. We may sign a small-ticket guy. It will be very interesting to see how it plays out,” he said. “Everybody is well aware we have quite a bit of cap space to work with. There are quite a few players we’re interested in.”

If the Jets aren’t a much better team a week from today than they are now, that would be a major disappointment.

29 responses to “With NFL-high cap space, Jets vow to be “very active on the first day”

  1. , but they should also be preparing to call Drew Brees‘s agent tomorrow

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    Seriously what would be the sales pitch? We’ll make you the highest paid QB ever. This is NY, a big market. Joe Namath played here. We have a great organization, that is all about winning. Other than Brady & the Pats there’s no team in our division worth squat. We have a great coach. Nice facilities. Great shopping and an international airport. And the best looking green uniforms in the league. Sign here and here….press hard for the carbon copies.

  2. Last year they dumped some of there best players and worst contracts
    and they were accused of tanking, but then they tried winning some
    games. So Now they don’t a top 5 pick for a QB. They could trade up.
    I submit whatever they do it will be the wrong move.
    A fool and his money soon part.

  3. “Maccagnan promised that his team will be working hard about spending all that money, which at about $90M…”
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    I’ve heard of tempering expectations, but Jets are literally tampering theirs.

  4. Prediction: the Jets sign Kirk Cousins. Dude is greedy and he won’t be able to resist their insane offer. This will leave the Vikings scrambling to make amends with Case Keenum.

  5. Yes they may overpay. They have that luxury. Teams pay what they can afford and for the relative value to their team, not to other teams.

    As an example, there is no way I would give Kirk Cousins $27M (as rumored) if I am the Vikes. They went 13-3 last year, didn’t perform well in the playoffs – but Cousins doesn’t offer them promise that he can either. His numbers are actually below some of the folks in their own QB room (Case Keenum outperformed him statistically last year).

    But if I am the Browns, who had no QB room (they have Taylor now, who’s numbers excepting yards mirror Cousins. He has a better TD:INT ratio, and same no WR problem) and a whole lot of cap – I would have spent $30M. They needed the splash, the veterancy, and before Friday had $108M in cap space.

    It’s all relative.

  6. It’s a joke how easy the Pats have it in their division. For every questionable move BB makes, their rivals make 10.

    Miami already looking like a dumpster fire and Bills/Jets have no QB. As a Pats fan I love it, but as an NFL fan it makes me a little deoressed to see the same franchises screw up over and over again each year. At least the Browns give me hope!

  7. As a Jets fan I’m split:

    On teh one hand I want this clown of a GM to draft a good QB.

    But realisticly, he’s a clown, has not drafted well, and squandered the huge cap surplus he inherited when he started. I’d love to see the team suck and him get fired. The owner meddles so thats a problem, but Maccagnan is not the answer. The only reason he’s getting a 4th year is the prior GM was so bad he was fired after 2 years.

  8. They scrimped and saved to create cap space, sometimes by cutting or trading away good players, and they throw their money away by overpaying free agents who are marginally better, and in some cases worse. LOL.

  9. Coming out swinging hard on the first day of free agency is just about the worst way to use cap space. It basically assures you spend it on guys who can’t outperform the deal, and, in many cases, underperform it dramatically.

    Trust me. I’ve seen this before. I’m a Redskins fan.

  10. love it! jets prepping to screw it all up again, thinking you build a winner overnight, when everyone else with a legit college degree, knows you don’t.

  11. Do the people commenting on here ripping the Jets realize they may need to spend a bit in free agency, especially if the Minnesota and Kirk Cousins rumor is legit? The Jets are probably going to try and trade up for Rosen if this is true.

  12. I don’t think you can take the Jets seriously on anything. After all, look at the mediocrity they’ve produced over the past decade plus.

  13. Ultraviolet Thunder says:

    I don’t think you can take the Jets seriously on anything. After all, look at the mediocrity they’ve produced over the past decade plus.

    In the last “decade plus”, the Jets have been to 2 conference championship games and won 4 playoff games. You don’t win any awards for that, but when compared to a team like, say, the Washington Redskins — who haven’t even played in 4 playoff games in the last decade, nonetheless won any — I’d say that’s not so bad.

  14. TyLawpick6 is back after the D-Genius got busted for 600 yards by Nick Foles. Okay, Jets screw up free agency… 2015 they went from 4-12 to 10-6 after signing Marshall, Skrine, Carpenter who excelled here, the safety from SD played well too. Revis got ruined by two concussions that year. Never the same. Jets just draft horrible at QB. So we always blow picks on these guys. We still had that 2010 Divisional where chants of “45-3” were silenced by none other than Marky Mark Sanchez!!!! You think Shula or Chuck Knoll oe Bill Walsh let Sanchise go into their building and pull that off? Think about that.

  15. Good point mykepm – people here love to bash the Jets but there are way worse and less competent teams in the league. The funny thing is that a lot of folks bashing the Jets are fans of the Bills, Dolphins, redskins, bears and other “great” teams

  16. Rosen has concussions from college and a knee brace.Don’t. Darnold or Mayfield. Allen not accurate. Or, trade down and take Jackson. Yeah you heard me. He is a chain moving machine. D’s will be exhausted chasing this guy. He does not get tired. Adequate thrower too. DC’s will lose sleep over this guy. Nothing more deflating than the QB running to move chains or scoring from their own 15. Avoids hits with quickness. Outplayed Watson in 2016 Clemson game by far. Who has the stones to draft him?

  17. Rosen has concussions from college and a knee brace.Don’t. Darnold or Mayfield. Allen not accurate. Or, trade down and take Jackson. Yeah you heard me. He is a chain moving machine. D’s will be exhausted chasing this guy. He does not get tired. Adequate thrower too. DC’s will lose sleep over this guy. Nothing more deflating than the QB running to move chains or scoring from their own 15. Avoids hits with quickness. Outplayed Watson in 2016 Clemson game by far. Who has the stones to draft him?

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