All well and good, but this "cracks in the foundation" "mortgage the future" "not getting better anytime soon" T0mShane bullsh*t is ridiculous. We don't have many "underpaid overachievers" because we have plenty of overpaid old guys that do the job better. I can see if you think we need to fill these huge holes, but you are just saying that we need to have more guys like Kerley and Slauson. Big deal. Those guys aren't that hard to find. IMO a huge part of the reason we have busted on picks is because they have chosen boom or bust guys rather than sure things and that was done because the team is already pretty solid. They tried to hit a homerun and struck out. We'll see if it was a temporary problem or a systemic issue that isn't going away.
My main point is, the roster is fine. Sure it needs to some fixing. Everybody does at this time of year. The Jets are competitive with any team in the league. They aren't a juggernaut. Who is? Teams with great QBs. Great Qbs don't grow on trees, but the juggernaut doesn't always win the superbowl. The Giants were only marginally better than the Jets last year. Same goes for the Packers the year before. Let's not act like we need to blow everything up or the FO has been so horrid because the team went 29-19 over the past years, 4-2 over the playoffs. Would you guys be whining if we were the Ravens? The Pats? Those teams have accomplished the same as us over the past few.
That is not my point, it is simple, the Jets need to draft this year and next since the finances don't allow for holes to be filled by FA for the most part. Once they have some higher priced older players moved out they can go back to being aggressive. Trading away pick #108 and decreasing salary for a player they didn’t need was not the smartest move in my opinion moving forward. What if the Jets trade their 3rd round pick for a starting center, would that make sense?
The Jets would have been better off using the money on a veteran lineman and say drafting a WR, LB or OL at #108. Instead they give it up for Tebow when they are desperate to fill positions.
The fact is the top 15 salaries even after cuts cost $93 million in 2013. The team is top heavy salary wise and they need to use cheaper resources to fill the roster, add potential starters and depth something they currently lack.
Draft players now, give them a year in the system while you have players under contact so they will be ready to takeover. This will allow the finances to be better moving forward and the team can then be more aggressive. It doesn't mean that just because you don't make the biggest splash in FA you can't win. Philly signed everyone under the sun last year and look how they did. Build this year through the draft will help this year and beyond but acquiring Tebow was a mistake given the need for picks and financial resources.
I think people feel like I just make up numbers and enjoy the fact the Jets are tight. I want this team to win just like everyone but it will take a different approach to ensure the best team over this year and next. That’s a fact.