Jets News

Management is completely clueless

Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan talks with New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson in the 1st half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan talks with New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson in the 1st half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit

As the New York Jets continue to make questionable offseason decisions, only one thing is clear. Their management is beyond clueless. 

The New York Jets shocked the football world this week, abruptly letting go of two of their star veteran players. Linebacker David Harris, a solid player who proudly represented the team for a decade, was released. Before the fans could even catch their collective breath from this initial shock, it was also announced that wide receiver Eric Decker would be released or traded.

At first glance, these recent moves might appear reasonable. After all, Harris and Decker are both north of age thirty veterans with large cap charges. They hardly fit the mold of a rebuilding organization.

However, when considered in the larger context of the Jets’ entire offseason, it quickly becomes apparent that no one at 1 Jets Drive has the slightest idea what they are doing. First, consider the timing of these moves. It’s odd for an organization to release notable players this late in the offseason.

Even if the Jets were waiting for Decker to recover from surgery, that doesn’t explain why the team waited so long to release Harris. Organized team activities are already underway. Harris practiced with the Jets the same day he was informed he would be cut. This is an incredibly disrespectful way for the organization to treat a veteran player who has been an utmost professional in New York for the past decade.

David Harris' agents not pleased…. Hard to argue. #jets pic.twitter.com/rTUVVYGnVe

— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) June 6, 2017

In addition to being poorly timed, it’s also worth questioning if the Jets’ offseason moves were even wise, to begin with.

The team previously released Brandon Marshall, who was quickly signed by the New York Giants for a contract similar to what he had with the Jets. Now the team is moving on from Decker and Harris. In doing so, the Jets lost three valuable veteran players and received absolutely nothing in return for any of them (barring a last minute miracle trade involving Decker).

More from Jets News

Even the trade the Jets managed to make was heavily botched. The franchise sent Calvin Pryor to the Browns for Demario Davis, a former Jets linebacker signed for over $3M in 2017.

If the Jets are truly rebuilding, wouldn’t a late draft pick be a more valuable addition than a mediocre and expensive linebacker?

Then again, if the Jets are truly rebuilding, why have they been connected to multiple aging players this offseason? The team paid $6M to bring in 37-year-old journeyman quarterback Josh McCown. And although neither player was signed, the Jets were also connected to Jay Cutler and Steve Smith. Unless the Jets are moving from the NFL to the AARP football league, these are not good players for rebuilding projects.

Alright, so maybe the Jets don’t know what they’re doing. But in light of last year’s dysfunction, perhaps they’re at least trying to create a better locker room? At the very least, locker room cancer Sheldon Richardson must be gone right?

*sigh* I got nothing, Jets fans. 

facebooktwitterreddit