Just how aggressive will Douglas be in his first free agency go-round as GM?
“We’ve got a lot of holes,” Douglas said. “You don’t want to sit on your hands. You want to be aggressive, but you don’t want to be reckless either. There’s a fine line about being judicious with your spending and your decisions. Those are things as we put our [unrestricted free agency] plan together with our coaches next week those are going to be things that we talk about.”
Douglas has a major task in front of him. The Jets had one of the least talented rosters in the NFL last season. They also have 21 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents next month. That means he is going to have to add a lot of players between now and May when the team is on the field for OTAs.
Douglas learned under legendary Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, who was known for not splurging in free agency but waiting for the market to come down and then finding bargains other teams did not see. Newsome is fond of saying, “Right player, right price” to describe his philosophy.
“I think you have to choose the right targets,” Douglas said. “First you have to make sure they fit with what you’re trying to do from a team-building, character perspective. How they fit with [coach] Adam [Gase] and [defensive coordinator] Gregg [Williams’] scheme. And if the right opportunity presents itself, you can’t be afraid to pull the trigger. We’re going to have different tiers of free agents … with what money they’re going to make. But it’s going to be important for us to choose the right person.”