By Jordan Aaron
So as I mentioned earlier, I wanted to make a wish list for this offseason with the Jets. This contains the players I would draft, sign and cut. I have some very radical ideas, but here it goes.
Who to drop/trade:
TRADE: Tim Tebow. At this point in time, it is almost certain that Tebow will be traded in the offseason. Now, speculation shows that the likelihood of a release is greater than the prospect of a trade. A trade, however, would be a win-win for everyone. Tebow could be traded to Jacksonville for good draft picks. In layman’s terms, it is like recycling. If we could get even a 7th round draft pick for him, it would be fantastic.
DROP: Shonn Greene. “Sanchez hands the ball off to Greene for no gain.” Well I heard that way too often this season. Greene is no more than an average running back. For a team that loves the ground and pound so much, maybe you should explore your free agent options. Peyton Hillis is going to be a free agent this year, and believe me; he isn’t enjoying being the second hand man to Jamaal Charles – especially after being a former Madden Cover Honoree. You could also pick up Reggie Bush. He is a solid, consistent running back who is available this offseason for pickup.
TRADE: Santonio Holmes – the biggest waste of money/crystal-drinking extraordinaire. While he is good, he is not what the Jets need. I like having Braylon Edwards on the team as a veteran, big guy. Now, we could use a consistent go-to receiver, such as free agents, Wes Welker, Danny Ammendola and Mike Wallace. Now, all these players are their team’s number ones, so the prices may be higher than the Jets may want. So, they could turn to the draft. They could draft a guy like the 6-4 Justin Hunter out of out of Tennessee. I know that he is shown to be a Dolphin’s pick in the mock draft, but we will see. You never know what gold you can get out of the later rounds – Tom Brady is an example.
DROP: Bart Scott. He is a fading star. It is time to put Demario Davis in the defensive scheme along side David Harris. The loudmouth linebacker would be over 8 million dollars next year. It is about time that the Jets and Scott “touched and went their separate ways.”
DON’T CHASE INTO FREE AGENCY: Number one; when someone who isn’t Adrian Peterson has an injury as serious as a torn ligament, especially in the knee, they are usually never the same player. Number two; I don’t want someone who holds out every other training camp on my team. Maybe it is time to let All-Pro cornerback Antonio Cromartie reign as the number one CB.
Honorable Mention à Mark Sanchez: He will be the Jets’ overpaid backup quarterback. While I want him on the next plane out of New York as much as the next guy, logic points out 8.25 million reasons why he won’t be tradable. This will also make him un-droppable. Even if they wanted to dump their former franchise quarterback, they would still have to pay 17 million dollars to cut him, ruining their salary cap. So congratulations, Mark. You have job security for two more years.
Who to draft (Rounds 1-3, no one has the time to go through the whole draft, I have free agency to talk about as well):
Round 1: Jonathan Cooper, OG out of North Carolina. The 310-pound lineman would be huge to our pathetic line that couldn’t hold a defender from the pocket if their lives depended on it. While everyone sits in the glory of their brand new quarterback, running back or receiver, we can have our tough offensive big man. The mock, however, suggests that the Jets would pick linebacker, Barkevious Mingo, out of LSU. Well, that would make me sad – seeing them waste a round 1 pick.
Round 2: I would like to pick up Giovani Bernard. He is a running back out of North Carolina who is what I call a “little big guy.” He is 5-10, but man can he play some tough football. For a ground and pound team like the Jets, he would be a perfect fit, but the mock draft shows him going to Cincinnati, but things change.
Round 3: Quinton Patton. He is a decent receiver out of Louisiana Tech. He looked like a pity prize when we watched him play against Johnny Football and Texas A&M, but he could be a solid third round pick for the Jets, who have numerous reviving problems.
May I note, that Mike Tannembaum probably won’t be doing this year’s drafting, so hopefully he has a better clue than many of the Jets’ past horrible drafting GM’s.
Finally, Free Agents to sign:
Danny Ammendola: He looks like a young Wes Welker. Not a giant when it comes to height, but he can return, get you yards after the catch, and you don’t have to throw long very often to get a first down out of him.
Jay Feely: Remember when we had a kicker who was consistent? His name was Jay Feely. When Nick Folk comes on the field, I get as nervous as I do when Sanchez throws the ball more than 5 yards.
Peyton Hillis: Hillis is a huge power back, which instead of being a route runner, is a wall breaker. He is the perfect back for the Jets ground and pound offense.
Reggie Bush: If I had to choose between Peyton Hillis and Reggie Bush, I’d have to choose Bush. He is an outstanding running back, who if given the right amount of touches could do a lot of damage. I’d love to see the Jets be able to give him 30 attempts and watch his yards rack up.
By the way, as known already, I want McElroy to be the starting quarterback of the future for the Jets.
This is my wish list. I know that some parts of it will induce anger and disagreement, so leave a comment and let us know what you think the Jets should do this offseason.