The NY Jets have their work cut out for them this offseason as they'll attempt to field a roster that can legitimately compete for a playoff spot in 2022.
With more draft capital than almost any team in recent NFL history and plenty of cap space, the coming months promise to be a busy time for Joe Douglas and company. Even with the team's impressive amount of draft capital, they're expected to be big spenders in free agency as well.
Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline reported on Saturday that the Jets are expected to be "very active" in free agency this offseason. Pauline insisted that the Jets "will likely need every dollar" to make their moves in free agency.
This shouldn't come as a surprise given that the pressure is on Douglas to compete this upcoming season. But it does go against the narrative that he doesn't spend in free agency.
That narrative, however, is probably at least a little flawed.
The NY Jets could be big spenders in free agency this offseason
While it's true that Douglas has always been a draft-first general manager, it's not as if he's ignored free agency altogether. This past offseason is evidence of that.
The Jets went out and signed two of the top available players at their respective positions inking pass rusher Carl Lawson and wide receiver Corey Davis to big-money deals.
They were also heavily involved in the markets of both Joe Thuney and Jonnu Smith proving that Douglas is willing to spend money when the value is there.
Unfortunately, neither the Lawson nor Davis signing worked out in year one, but there's still time for both players to change the narrative. Just as there's time for Douglas to change his.
The Jets have won just six games over the last two seasons. Douglas has had two offseasons to turn things around, and while the foundation has been laid, it's clear that results are needed.
The Jets need to prove that they can win games with the roster they've assembled. Fortunately, it appears that they're aware of how much more work still needs to be done.
The next few months should prove to be pivotal for the future of the New York Jets organization.