The offseason has already begun for the New York Jets as here are the most important dates to mark on your calendars this year.
Unfortunately for the New York Jets, they ended last season with a consecutive 5-11 year. They had some highlights, several lowlights, but in the end, starting their lengthy rebuilding process the right way.
The football world saw the rise of rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye and a nice bounce-back year by linebacker Darron Lee. Wide receiver Robby Anderson lit up the scene and Jermaine Kearse proved to be a wise acquisition by general manager Mike Maccagnan since he brings leadership, veteran experience, and pure raw talent to the table.
Of course, the Jets have a lot of key areas to work on this offseason. They have major areas of need when it comes to their offensive line, pass rush, adding some more offensive playmakers, and yep, you guessed it, their quarterback situation.
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Maccagnan will have his hands full all offseason long as he’ll undoubtedly have a lot of work to take care. The agenda is simple as he needs to bolster the Jets roster to the point of not only being able to play competitive football next season but also continue developing all their young players to become future superstars.
From now until the start of next season, there are a lot of events that will happen from key college football games worth checking out, free agency, the 2018 NFL Draft, franchise tags, and everything else in between.
Luckily, one of the main writers on the official Jets website made note of all the important dates to mark on your calendars. In an article written by Ethan Greenberg for NewYorkJets.com here are the main dates and events to keep an eye on from here all the way to September:
1/20: East-West Shrine Game1/27: Reese’s Senior Bowl
2/20: Teams can designate Franchise or Transition Players.2/27-3/5: NFL Draft Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN.
3/6: 4:00 p.m. ET deadline for teams to designate Franchise of Transition Players.3/12-14: Beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on March 7, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m. ET, on March 9.3/14: The 2018 League Year, free agency and trading period begin at 4:00 p.m. ET.3/25-28: Annual league meeting, Orlando, FL.
4/16: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.4/20: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.4/26-28: NFL Draft, Arlington, TX.
5/4-7 or 5/11-14: Optional rookie minicamp.5/14: Rookies Development Program begins.5/21-23: Spring League Meetings, Atlanta, GA.
6/1: Deadline for Prior Club to send “June 1 Tender” to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents who received a qualifying offer for a Right of First Refusal Only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA as “June 15 Tender” provision.6/15: Deadline for club to withdraw qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting “June 15 Tender” of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player’s prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).
7/16: At 4 p.m. ET, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multi-year contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2017 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.Mid-July: Training Camp.
8/2: Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH.8/2-5: Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, OH.
9/1: Teams must reduce their rosters to 53 players by 4:00 p.m. ET.
Overall, this offseason will more than likely be a rollercoaster one for the Jets since they’ll have a lot of salary cap money to play with (as of now, $74 million as per Over The Cap), a full draft class to bolster their team, and best of all, hope. The kind of hope that sees this young and fiery team continuing to work hard, compete, and continue to build for a brighter future of consistent success.