A handful of fan favorites will likely play elsewhere in 2013 as the Jets cleared much-needed cap space. Idzik used the financial flexibility to start building a new core on offense, defense and special teams. While most of these moves weren't the most popular with the Jets' fan base, the long-term impact will be far reaching and help New York build sustainable success for years to come.
Major Free Agents Signings
RB Mike Goodson, QB David Garrard, LB Calvin Pace, WR Zach Rogers, TE Keller Winslow Jr., S Dawan Landry, OT Austin Howard, TE Jeff Cumberland, LB Antwan Barnes, NT Antonio Garay, OL Willie Colon, OG Stephen Peterman
Analysis:The Jets upgraded their talented across the board without taking on any hefty price tags. When GM John Idzik stepped into New York's front office, the team had a wide array of issues they needed to address. Gang Green wasted little time in gutting its roster and making way for a new wave of playmakers. While Goodson's arrest and Garrard's sudden retirement are certainly blemishes on Idzik's early track record, the free agency period was a fairly successful one for New York.
Traded CB Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay for a 2013 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2014 draft pick.
In a blockbuster move, the Jets sent their All-Pro cornerback packing in order to free up cap space and stockpile draft picks. While losing a future first ballot Hall-of-Famer is never easy, the Jets secondary finished No. 2 in the NFL in 2012 without Revis. Gang Green drafted cornerback Dee Milliner No. 9 overall and while he will have huge shoes to fill, New York took a good first step in shoring up its defensive backfield. The Jets also had their sights set on Ivory and swung a draft day trade to pick up the talented but seldom-used former Saints running back. Ivory will be a major shot in the arm for a Jets running game that stalled at times last season.
CB Dee Milliner (Rd. 1| Pick No. 9) University of Alabama
In a move that shocked many draft pundits, cornerback Dee Milliner dropped into the Jets lap at No. 9 overall. New York used the draft pick it acquired from Tampa Bay to select versatile defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Gang Green made the biggest splash of the draft by selecting talented, but raw quarterback Geno Smith in the second round to compete with Mark Sanchez. After the Smith pick, the Jets addressed their leaky offensive line by taking guards with their next three picks. With their final selection in the 2013 NFL draft, New York took fullback Tommy Bohanon, who is expected to compete with Lex Hilliard for the starting job. Idzik's first draft saw a lot of big prospects fly the Jets way, but only time will tell if they will make a major impact during their rookie year.
GM Mike Tannenbaum, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo, quarterbacks coach Tom Cavanaugh, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, special teams coach Mike Westhoff retired.
GM John Idzik, named Rod Graves senior director of football administration, named Marty Morhinweg offensive coordinator, reassigned Dennis Thurman to defensive coordinator, named David Lee to quarterbacks coach, named Tim McDonald defensive backs coach, reassigned Mike Devlin to offensive line coach, named Steven Hagen Tight ends coach, named Ben Kotwica special teams coordinator.
In a classic example of addition by subtraction, the Jets relieved Sparano of his coordinating duties and welcomed Mornhinweg's West Coast system to the Big Apple. Rex Ryan promised he will be more actively involved in the defensive playcalling; helping Thurman in his first year as coordinator. The most dramatic shift occurred when Idzik took over for former GM Tannenbuam and retooled a meager depth chart. The Jets are well on their way to rebuilding their roster back to playoff contention starting with new leadership along the sidelines.