3) 2015 Free Agents – The list of free agent wide receivers next year are an amazingly deep group. In that class include Brandon Marshall, Roddy White, AJ Green, Wes Welker, Jeremy Maclin, Michael Crabtree, Jordy Nelson, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Randall Cobb and Cecil Shorts III to name a few. This is according to OverTheCap.com and you can view the entire list here. So if Idzik doesn’t like Jackson’s character or think he is worth $10 mil/year or more, he will have more choices next offseason or could pull a surprise at this year’s draft by trading for one of these players from a team who knows they cannot resign that player after the season.
4) Salary – Jackson is going to cost north of $10 mil/year for at least three years and that would mean that the Jets would have $17 million tied up in their top two wide receivers. That would be fine if some of the other young players don’t have their contracts coming up soon. Muhammad Wilkerson will cost at least $12 mil/year, Quinton Coples will get $7 mil/year if he plays to his potential this year and Jeremy Kerley will cost about $5 mil/year, making a total commitment to the top three receivers of $22 mil which is high. Those contracts end in 2015. In 2016, Sheldon Richardson and Geno Smith come up and one can only imagine where the market will be for those players at that time.
5) Chemistry – @NYJet_Prime on Twitter brought up a good point. He said that having Jackson here would be counterproductive to what the Jets are trying to accomplish because the Jets would be selling him on playing with his good friend Michael Vick which could backfire if and probably when Geno Smith wins the competition. That might upset Jackson and create an uncomfortable situation in the locker room. Marty Mornhinweg sold Eric Decker on Geno Smith and his future based on how he finished the year and now to sell Jackson on the exact opposite is counterproductive. The team needs to be on the same page with one quarterback and until he loses that right, that man is Geno Smith.
So as you can see this decision is a lot more complex than x’s and o’s. I trust John Idzik to make the right call for the long-term health of the organization and that decision is to pass on Jackson and use the draft to fill this position.