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Jets eager to flash some cash during free agency




At the NFL combine last month, Jets second-year general manager John Idzik repeated one of his mantras, saying the NFL Draft is the Jets' "lifeline."


At that time, he also compared free agency to "phone-a-friend," making another reference to the game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire".


That comparison perhaps is fitting, although Idzik's pitch to unrestricted free agents last year might have been something along the lines of, "Who Wants To Be A Thousandaire".


Costly contracts given to quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes by the previous regime were part of the reason the Jets had very little salary-cap space during the 2013 free agency period. Thus, the Jets mostly made stopgap, one-year signings of lower-level free agents.


But Idzik has much more financial flexibility this time around, and the Jets thus should be more active during the first few days of free-agency, which begins Tuesday.


The Jets have about $24 million of cap space, according to overthecap.com, and that figure could mushroom to about $50 million if they release Sanchez, Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Among the three, Cromartie seems the most likely candidate to be brought back at a more cap-friendly price.


With more money at his disposal this year, it will be interesting to see what Idzik does. He whiffed on the free agent the Jets gave the most generous deal to last year. Running back Mike Goodson received a three-year, $6.9 million deal with a $1 million signing bonus in March. But in May, he was arrested for numerous charges of drug and weapons possession.


Goodson subsequently was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and played only two games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. His court case is pending and he could face jail time.


However, Idzik made a very good signing when he brought in veteran offensive lineman Willie Colon for a one-year deal. Colon played well at right guard although he suffered a biceps injury in the season finale. Because of that, interest in him from other teams might be limited, meaning he eventually could be re-signed by the Jets.


Two guards from Kansas City, Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah, figure to attract plenty of attention on the market, and the Jets should look into both if they decide to replace Colon. They seem to have confidence in left guard Brian Winters, even though he was very shaky as a rookie in 2013 and didn't prove to be a significant upgrade over Vlad Ducasse.


But while the Jets may need to tweak their offensive line, their first priority on that side of the ball will be to upgrade the talent at wide receiver and tight end. Inviting targets among the wideouts include Emmanuel Sanders of Pittsburgh and Golden Tate of Seattle, whom Idzik is familiar with from his days in the Seahawks' front office. Hakeem Nicks of the Giants also is a possibility.


Brandon Pettigrew of Detroit would be an option at tight end, although the Jets also could take a flyer on Green Bay's Jermichael Finley, who is coming off season-ending neck surgery in October.


Email: pelzman@northjersey.com


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We'll be lucky if we sign anyone. Idzik's plan is to keep all the money in his vault and periodically run his fingers through it as he cackles madly.


It is the downside to corporate profit sharing.  If Woody tied Idzik into the bottom line then Idzik will sit out free agency and become rich.  :)

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