New York Jets Free Agency 2013: Thoughts on the First Week

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August 12, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Willie Colon (74) during the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Now we go to the second part of the week, where the moves were made. He made it a trifecta with 3 signings in one day. How did John Idzik do?

I give him a solid “A”, and the only reason it’s not higher is because we are in the off season, and obviously these players have not been on the field yet for the Jets. But on paper, great job.


The Jets are desperate to add speed to their offense, but don’t have a lot of money to work with. In walks Mike Goodson, a guy that has shown great burst with the ball in his hands. A career backup, that could get his chance in the sun with the New York Jets, and has all the makings of West Coast offense running back, that is what the Jets potentially have in Mike Goodson. And the best part, is the bargain of $6.9 million over 3 years. A base salary of $2.3 million for a running back that could potentially start, is brilliant.

Losing veteran players is tough, and when it is multiple veterans, it’s obviously that much tougher. So, the Jets are in a bit of a pickle with Brandon Moore, Matt Slauson, Mike DeVito, and Sione Po’uha either gone, or likely gone, what now? You bring in two veterans on one year contracts, Willie Colon and Antonio Garay. Colon will step in as a starting guard at either position. He has been an excellent lineman for many years in this league, and if healthy, will be a fine addition. Garay will be, if healthy, an excellent mentor on the defensive line, as he, like Mo Wilkerson, has been able to create pressure from the inside. The more the merrier on that.

The bottom line is that John Idzik’s plan is starting to take shape. He will move this roster forward, even with limited resources to do so. He did a good job this week, and he will continue to do so.

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  • John Szeligowski Jr.

    I will say this about all the “moves” up to this point, it certainly takes a lot of conviction to do it this way. If the Jets are to rebuild effectively it should take 3+ years in which to do so to get to the point of becoming playoff contenders. That is definitely the path we’re on but the proof will be in this years draft which is chock full of very good talent, but not at the positions that create headlines. Very athletic and impact OL’s, LB’s and a smattering of DL’s and TE’s are the best picks in the upcoming draft and it’s these types of “meat and potatoes” position players that we need to stock up on. Unless Idzik has had his eye on a college player at the RB, QB or WR positions for a good couple of years now, there is no reason to be looking to pick anyone at these positions in an early round. Next year should prove to be much more fruitful at the glory positions and with the Jets letting all their free agency eligible players go elsewhere, they should have an abundance of picks to start getting the offense into shape next year. Employing the “we’re going to draft the most talented player available” strategy would say to me that John Idzik is going to take us nowhere. I hope this isn’t the case otherwise it’s going to be a long decade for us true Jets fans…

    • TheJetPress

      Hi John,
      I agree with you on the conviction of John Idzik. Anyone who says Rex is in charge is crazy, clearly Idzik is in charge, and he has a plan. This plan will work.

      Thanks for saying that about the draft….I have always hated to draft the”best player available”. Draft the best players at the positions of need.