The offseason is here but the ongoing world of the NFL never stops. Here are a few important dates for all New York Jets fans to remember this offseason.
There may not be any actual games taking place, but there is never really an offseason for NFL teams. Sure the players might be able to take a bit of a breather, but the NFL is a constant, ever-changing landscape that must be monitored at all times.
Every year, teams look to improve their rosters in order to compete for a championship the following season. The offseason is where that improvement takes place.
Whether it’s through the draft or free agency, the offseason provides a foundation of roster building that all teams go through. But when exactly does everything take place?
There are a good amount of important dates that every New York Jets fan must know if they are going to be tuned in to the entire offseason process. Here’s a list of the most significant dates.
February 19th – March 5th
This is the timeframe where teams are allowed to place franchise or transition tags on players they would like to keep around. It’s unlikely the Jets use a tag on any player this year but the team should pay close attention to what organizations around the league do.
Players such as Demarcus Lawrence, Frank Clark, and Jadeveon Clowney would be excellent additions in free agency but are all likely to be tagged by their franchises. However, if one is able to slip through the cracks, the Jets might find themselves chasing after a premier edge rusher in free agency.
February 26th – March 4th
This will mark the duration of the NFL Scouting Combine. Prospective college players with their eyes set on the NFL will travel to Indianapolis where they will be analyzed by scouts and graded on their athletic abilities.
The Combine is the last major aspect of the draft evaluation process making this a crucial time for scouts and prospects alike. A great performance can see you shoot up boards while a poor showing could see your stock plummet, costing you perhaps millions of dollars.
March 11th – March 13th
This is the re-signing period where all NFL teams can negotiate contracts with their soon-to-be Unrestricted Free Agents. Teams will have three days to make decisions on whether or not they would like to bring back their players who have expired contracts.
Moreover, the 13th will also mark the date where teams must submit a qualifying offer for Restricted Free Agents. The Jets will have their eye on Robby Anderson who is set to be a Restricted Free Agent this offseason.
This is the big day! The 2019 league year begins and so does the free agency period. At 4:00 pm ET, teams will be able to negotiate contracts with free agents who were not re-signed by their respective teams.
All teams must also be under the salary cap by this date although that won’t apply to the Jets. With nearly $100 million in cap space, expect the team to be very busy in free agency this offseason.
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The Jets can begin their offseason workouts. Since they will have a new head coach in Adam Gase, the team is allowed to begin their workouts two weeks earlier than teams who have a returning coach.
These workouts consist mostly of strength and conditioning drills and simply getting acquainted with some of your new teammates. For a first-year head coach, however, these workouts could be crucial in establishing an amicable relationship with your players early on.
April 25th – April 27th
The date that almost everyone looks forward to the most: the NFL Draft. The Jets are slotted to pick third overall this year and with a myriad of options at their disposal, there will likely be plenty of intrigue leading up to these days.
The team does not have a second or sixth-round pick but owns two third rounders thanks to the Teddy Bridgewater trade. If the Jets trade down, however, they could be looking at a few more selections over the three-day period.
May 3rd – May 6th OR May 10th – May 13th
During one, but not both, of these periods of time, the Jets can host their rookie minicamp. This will give the team a first look at their newest roster additions and allow them to get acquainted with one another.
With the Jets picking third overall, the spotlight will likely be on whomever the team selects with its first-round pick. Undrafted free agent signings will also be permitted to attend rookie minicamp.