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New GM Will Not Have an Easy Ride

By Alan Schechter
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Jerry Angelo, or anyone else, will not have an easy time taking over this team, with all of it’s problems.

It’s Monday afternoon, and we still don’t have a general manager. We know that there are some candidates coming back in, Jerry Angelo(pictured), Scott Cohen, and a couple of others. We probably will have one soon, but the process is still ongoing. Earlier, we talked about the situation, with all of the controversy, and being forced to take a coach. The one who takes this job will have to be a special candidate to be able to take all of that. One thing that we do know is that, whether it’s Angelo, Cohen, Khan, or anyone else, they have a large undertaking in fixing this team. It will not be easy.

First and foremost, they will have to take a look at this salary cap. As we have talked about, the Jets are close to the cap, but will free some up quickly. When they rid themselves of the likes of Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, the Jets will have some room cleared up under the cap. The problem is the fact that they will only have 10-11 starters signed for next year. Not to state the obvious, but this is certainly a quandary that a new general manager will have to work through.

Dec 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) and New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) talk during the first half at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Then, not too far behind, will be the quarterback issue. First, what will the Jets do with Mark Sanchez? We know the problem, nobody trusts him to play anymore, but the finances are the problem. $8.25 million guaranteed is not something that the new GM can just pass over and not think about. He also is a huge hit on the cap if he is released. But maybe, they can find a trade partner, or they can convince him to re-negotiate his contract in order to get out of town. I know Jets fans everywhere will consider the new man a miracle worker if they can figure out a way to make getting Mark Sanchez out of town work. Can they get him out of town? Do they bring him back along with a veteran to compete? The Mark Sanchez situation is not far from the top of the list of issues.

Then, what about the guy sitting next to him?  Tim Tebow, and how to handle him is going to be huge too.  We all know that the Jets don’t want to have Tebow on the team next year, as he was too much of a distraction.  We are sure that Tebow wants out too, as he totally feels betrayed by the Jets, and this was a wasted season.  The trouble is, the one team that the Jets were set to send him to has declared less than zero interest in him.  Now, what are the Jets to do?  Does a new GM work the phones, so hard that he is able to convince someone to take Tebow on?  Does the new general manager have the guts to take on Tebow Nation and release Tim Tebow?  It might just be for the good of the team, can he do it?  Another big issue for the GM to undertake.

Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) during the second half of their game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Jets 17-12. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Then, we do have the Darrelle Revis contract. You would like to think that he will not cause a problem in 2013, coming off of injury. But, you have to wonder if he still might. He may be looking for an extension so he isn’t playing on a walk year. Maybe he does hold out? How does the new GM deal with the Revis contract, when the time comes? Does he consider a trade, in order to start rebuilding this team? As we have said before, it has to be considered, and you all know that this will be a major issue, especially to Jets fans.

And we have a lot of unrestricted free agents to think about. Does he figure out a way to bring back LaRon Landry? What about fan favorite Mike DeVito? Do they let him walk off the Jets line? Braylon Edwards wants to be back, does the GM oblige? Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson are two guys, and major players on the offensive line. Can they afford to let Slauson go in favor of Ducasse? What about Moore? These are important calls to make.

What about Dustin Keller? We know how the quarterback feels about him, but the fact is he has been more than injury prone. Is it time to let DK walk? Don’t forget about Shonn Greene. Whether we like him or not, he did come off his second straight thousand yard season. Do the Jets move ahead with him, or is it time to move in another direction? Not to be out done, Yeremiah Bell is an unrestricted free agent as well. Can they bring him back in addition to Landry? Will one come back for a hometown discount? These are crucial decisions that will have to be made quickly.

It’s definitely taking some time to line up this new general manager. Let’s hope they get the right guy, because it’s not going to be easy.

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