New York Jets Roadmap To a Ring: Free Agency Predictions

New York Jets, Vic Beasley

This is section three of my multi-part series dedicated to laying out a blueprint for the New York Jets this offseason. It is essentially a blueprint of what I would do if I were in Joe Douglas’s shoes. Most moves are realistic, but keep in mind; there is A LOT of offseason to go. Part three is devoted to the “dawgs” the Jets should bring in during free agency.

Estimated Cap After Resigning Players & Cuts: $47,317,397

Joe Thuney G

Estimated Deal: $14 million a year for five years

Thuney is one of the best guards in football. He hasn’t missed a single game in his career, and he’s been one of the most efficient offensive linemen. Thuney is going to command BIG money, but that’s what you have to pay to get the best. Douglas needs to splurge and get a beast to pair with Alex Lewis on this offensive line. This would be a phenomenal move.

Ronald Darby CB

Estimated Deal: $5 million a year for two years

Darby was a very talented corner for the Eagles, but he had an awful campaign last year. He still has potential mainly because he played banged up most of last year, and in a Gregg Williams defense, Darby should be successful. Offensive line was prioritized, so the Jets subsequently miss out on Bradberry and Jones in this scenario, but the low-cost option in Darby is a good one.

Vic Beasley EDGE

Estimated Deal: $7.5 million a year for three years

Beasley is an underrated productive edge rusher. In his career, he’s had 37.5 sacks. He had eight sacks last season, and he is a major Swiss Army knife that Gregg Williams would love to have. Adding two low-cost, efficient players in Darby and Beasley immediately improves the defense. Pairing Beasley with Jenkins could be the edge-rushing answer for the short term.

Demarcus Robinson WR

Estimated Deal: $4 million a year for two years

Robinson can be a cheap asset for this team, and he allows for draft flexibility. Robinson would be able to slot in with Crowder, Doctson, and likely two draft picks and immediately become a vital piece of the offense. Gase would be able to have fun with a young receiver like Robinson, who is a dynamic playmaker.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai OL

Estimated Deal: $9.5 million a year for four years

Vaitai is an underrated value signing that I would be ecstatic for. Vaitai is a Super Bowl Champion who filled in admirably for Jason Peters in the past. Vaitai is versatile and has a connection to Douglas. By signing Vaitai, you add a starting-caliber lineman who can play wherever. Adding a guy like him makes Beachum less important and nearly expendable. Beachum could be a reliable mentor at left tackle for a rookie and excellent backup. Overall, Vaitai and Thuney immediately makes the offensive line more suitable for Sam Darnold. With the two of them, Alex Lewis, Chuma Edoga, and Kelvin Beachum, the Jets have a solid offensive line before the draft, where I plan to try to add two more linemen. This eases pressure, however, and makes offensive line less prioritized.

EDIT: Kelvin Beachum resigning becomes unnecessary, but in this case, I worked it into the team as depth.

Overview:

This would be a great free agency for the Jets. They would add two great offensive linemen and three low risk/high reward players. All of these moves lead up to the big event… the Draft.

New York Giants: Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson A Potential FA Target

Free agency and the NFL’s new league year is right around the corner. The New York Giants are expected to be big spenders this offseason. They already have $69 million in cap space before they make their final roster cuts.

The Giants’ have been linked to numerous big-name free agents like Yannick Ngakoue and Jack Conklin. However, their interests are reportedly aimed towards less expensive options. The Giants are reportedly expected to pursue free agent wide receiver Demarcus Robinson in free agency (Matt Lombardo).

Demarcus Robinson Stats and Highlights

The Giants are seemingly set at the wide receiver position. Sterling Shepard is a young talent that recently signed a contract extension, and Darius Slayton looks like a rising star. Additionally, the Giants added Golden Tate to their offense last season. He performed well but did get suspended for the first four games of the season.

It never hurts to have depth at wide receiver. The Giants’ reported interest in Demarcus Robinson could indicate that they want to add depth at the position, or it could mean that they want to move on from a receiver currently on the roster. Whichever route they decide to go, Demarcus Robinson would be a great acquisition of talent.

Demarcus Robinson has never missed a game in his four-year career. The 25-year-old out of Florida has seen an increase in production every year and had somewhat of a breakout season in 2019. In 2019, Robinson caught 32 passes on 55 targets. He totaled 449 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. Robinson was a member of the Super Bowl champion Chiefs this year. 

The soon-to-be free agent is a big-play threat. He could add a new dynamic of deep-passing plays to the Giants’ offense with Daniel Jones. Jones has been touted as a bit of a gunslinger after his rookie season. His game would benefit from having a deep-threat like Robinson on the outside. Demarcus Robinson has the speed and size to be an outside threat.