The NY Jets didn’t exactly have the most successful free-agent haul in 2020. Rather than target some of the top names on the market, general manager Joe Douglas decided to be conservative with his approach in his first offseason with the team.
The results were less than spectacular.
Douglas understandably wanted to right the wrongs of the previous regime. Former GM Mike Maccagnan failed during his tenure with the Jets for many reasons, and one of them was his sheer recklessness in free agency.
Maccagnan’s egregious contracts given to the likes of C.J. Mosley, Le’Veon Bell, Henry Anderson, and others set the organization’s cap situation back and essentially forced Douglas to play it safe.
This offseason should be different, however.
With likely over $80 million in cap space once roster cuts take place, the Jets are expected to be much more aggressive this time around. But the effects of their lackluster haul a year ago — whether designed or not — are still being felt.
The Jets played it cheap and opted against paying Robby Anderson a very reasonable two-year, $20 million contract. Anderson went on to have a career year in which he topped 1,000 yards for the first time.
Douglas will hopefully learn from his mistakes an offseason ago and put forth a more productive free-agent plan this time around.
But before this year’s free agency commences, let’s take a look at the team’s three worst signings from last offseason.