Douglas spoke openly about using the Jets' draft assets to explore other avenues to improve the roster. And recent reports are suggesting that New York might be willing to entertain trading away their second first-round pick, No. 10 overall.
All bets are off this offseason when it comes to bolstering the Jets roster.
It's a new world for Douglas and the Jets to explore. Under his guidance, the green and white have made several trades, but none have involved acquiring premium players through the trade market. It's been quite the opposite since Douglas came on board late in 2019.
Since Douglas arrived at Florham Park, the Jets have traded away players like Leonard Williams, Jamal Adams, and Sam Darnold to stockpile draft assets and create cap room. The time has arrived for Douglas to put his accumulated assets to good use.
According to OverTheCap.com, the Jets are currently projected to be $58 million under the salary cap, the fifth-highest amount of cap space in the NFL. Mind you, that's before the team does any maneuvering to alleviate more cap space before the new league year starts.
The Jets can create more cap space with potential player cuts (Greg Van Roten, Ryan Griffin, etc.) and the possible restructuring and extension of existing players' contracts on the roster (George Fant and C.J. Mosley).
Therefore, between the cap space and the team's high-end draft capital, the Jets have the flexibility to target elite young players on cap-strapped teams throughout the NFL or to make deals with the number of franchises that are in a transitional state. It's a luxury that Gang Green has and is now open to exploring in year three of Douglas' rebuild.
The Jets are in a position where they need to show upward movement. They are looking to add proven commodities that can help speed up the rebuilding process and ultimately help get the franchise out of what seems like eternal darkness.
With that in mind, and a new mindset in place for the Jets brain trust. Let's take a look at five specific players the team could target through trade this offseason.