I've seen a lot of people worried about what trading a haul for Watson would do for our future so i figured I'd do some research and see what we could come up with. I used overthecap. for cap and contract calculations then ran the draft simulator a few different times. I copied Deshauns contract years and details into a separate overthecap page to make sure his contract was calculated correctly.
Notable Cuts- Henry Anderson, Jamison Crowder (Tough but saves $9mil on the cap) and Alex Lewis.
Resigned- B.Perriman to a 1yr $4Mil deal, Resigned B.Poole to a 2yr $12Mil deal resigned P.Eiflin 2yr $5mil deal, resigned M.Maye 3yr $36Mil deal, resigned P.Onwuasor to 1yr $2.5mil deal,
Traded Sam Darnold to the Colts for their 2nd round pick #53 overall. Traded #2, and our 1sts in 2022+ 2023 and a 2022 3rd round pick to Houston for Deshaun Watson.
Jets Enter Free Agency with Roughly $55Mil Cap Space
1- Jets sign Joe Thuney 4yr/$64 million contract
2- Jets sign Richard Sherman 1yr/$8.5 million contract
3- Jets sign Ronald Blair 3yr/$15 million contract
4- Jets sign Will Fuller 3yr $37.5 million contract
These moves would leave roughly $13million left to sign the rookies. Adding Watson this year only carries a $15mil cap hit which is nothing for him, next to years however are $40mil each, followed by 2 years with low $30mil hits. He's a top QB it's a reasonable deal. As far as free agents go I think Joe D will spend big to get Thuney in here. Our interior Oline was atrocious and we know how much Joe D loves the Oline. I personally wouldnt sign Richard Sherman but I do think Saleh is going to bring in some of his guys and Richard Sherman's been very vocal about Saleh lately. He's 32 but knows the system and would help build a culture, Ronald Blair is a guy who Saleh really likes. He missed the past year with an ACL but racked up 5.5 sacks the year before and Saleh has commented on his attitude and work ethic. It was a toss up for me going for a lower tier WR between Fuller, Samuel or Corey Davis. I opted for Fuller based on his speed and familiarity with Watson, I also don't like the Corey Davis emergence in a contract year. Samuel is a solid cheaper option as well. Anyways now we draft.
DISCLAIMER- I don't watch much college and am not too familiar with prospects deep in the draft so for the sake of trying to be realistic I only mocked through 2 rounds. I'd plan on taking a RB and another WR preferably a slot with our 3rds.
#23- Pat Freiermuth TE Penn State. Big Physical TE who's also a quality blocker. 6'5 260lb and has great hands
#34- Creed Humphrey C Oklahoma. This team desperatley needs a true center with upside and that's exactly what Humphrey would bring.
#53- Greg Newsome II CB Northwestern. Lanky athletic outside corner who comes from a respected program, not the fastest guy but has been productive.
Watson at QB throwing to Fuller/Mims/Freiermuth/Perriman/Berrios and a late round slot WR. Protected by Becton Thuney Humphrey McGovern and Fant.
It's a solid option and we'd still have Seattles 1st next year.