The NY Jets have been directly tied to a few potential cap casualties this offseason. Here are all the details and the likelihood of it happening.
General manager Joe Douglas has been transparent since he took over that the NY Jets will explore every avenue available to improve the talent of this football team.
Whether that be the XFL, 2020 NFL Draft, or free agency. One creative way the team plans on keeping tabs on is the “cap casualty market”.
Every year NFL teams attempt to finagle their cap space by cutting pricey veterans, players on the decline, or quite frankly just saving money. This market has historically dropped some diamonds in the rough that can be salvaged by another team.
Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report recently released a piece breaking down the NFL’s biggest potential cap casualties and where their best fits would be.
10 free agents were listed and 2 of them were directly tied to the NY Jets. Both of them resided on the defensive side of the ball.
Defensive tackle, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars can save $20 million by releasing Marcell Dareus and fully intend to do so this offseason.
After spending the first seven years of his career with the Buffalo Bills, Dareus has continued to make a name for himself with the Jags over the last three seasons.
The reasoning behind this connection per Bleacher Report:
“The New York Jets, who traded away Leonard Williams during the season, could be an option, and the New York Giants, who could potentially lose Williams in free agency, could also be interested.”
While the Jets did trade away Leonard Williams this past season, they actually got better production with him out of the lineup. To be candid, the cupboard is pretty well stocked for 2020 and the future with guys like: Folorunso Fatukasi, Kyle Phillips, Nathan Shepherd, and Quinnen Williams.
This signing just doesn’t make sense, the Jets would be better served using their limited assets on a variety of other needs.
Defensive tackle, Dallas Cowboys
The other free agent that was listed as a possible destination for the NY Jets is Tyrone Crawford of the Dallas Cowboys.
If America’s Team decided to part ways with the 30-year old, they’d save $8 million on the cap. Tyrone has been such a key cog for the Dallas defensive line and still has some gas left in the tank.
To reiterate the NY Jets should really look in a different direction because they have far greater needs than adding guys to the defensive line rotation, but if they were going to go after anyone, Tyrone Crawford would make some sense with his pass-rushing prowess (23 career sacks).