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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