The Jets need to find improvements with the wide receivers, tight ends, the secondary and some offensiveline tweaks.
Releasing Mark Sanchez, Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes would save the Jets a staggering $26.05 million in cap space, and New York is projected to have a little over $30 million in cap space to spend. This will go towards signing their rookies, free agents they may resign or bring in.
Depending on who Gang Green's drafts and/or signs on the open market, I'd say that No. 1 and No. 2 priorities are no-brainers. Jeff Cumberland in my opinion is too inconsistent, Calvin Pace was a nice surprise this year, but his clock is going to run out. I do like Willie Colon if we can't find an improvement to bring in, and the rest of the list pretty much isn't a priority. I know GM John Idzik's "thing", at least this past year, is to bring in guys coming off major injuries to see if they can squeeze a couple more big plays out of them. Ed Reed, Willie Colon and Kellen Winslow Jr were perfect examples of this. The Vladimir Ducasse experiment should be over. Let's call it what it is, a bust, and move on finally. Antonio Cromartie told his teammates that he believes that the Jets are going to release him. That seems obvious to everyone, but the cornerback told the media that he would love to retire a Jet. He stated that he is going to test the market, and see if there are no takers, maybe the Jets will bring him in at a major discount. My concern is his injured hip combined with his age. Cromartie showed that he wasn't the player from last year, but when healthy, he's as gifted an athlete you will see in the NFL.