Joe Douglas and His New Found Cap Space

By Tommy Griffenkranz August 5, 2020 0 Comment

The New York Jets suddenly find themselves with lots of salary cap space. What is Joe Douglas’ next move? Sign Jadeveon Clowney? Logan Ryan? Keep the money for 2021?

The New York Jets suddenly have over $30 million in cap space thanks to their recent roster moves.  With the release of guard Brian Winters, C.J. Mosley opting out, and the trade of Jamal Adams, the Jets now have the opportunity to add some depth to the roster.  Here are three options for general manager Joe Douglas.

Sign Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney is still looking for work.  The Jets have been looking for a pass rusher since they traded John Abraham to the Atlanta Falcons in 2006.  Seems like a no brainer?  The three-time Pro Bowler is an elite run defender, however he has never had more than 9.5 sacks in a season. He had only 3 in 2019.  After being acquired in the Adams trade, new safety Bradly McDougald is recruiting Clowney.

Adding Clowney would bring the Jets some much-needed star power.  Giving him a one-year deal has little downside.  At 27 Clowney may never be a 15 sack per season player, but he can be disruptive and would be a great tool for defensive coordinator Greg Williams.

Sign Logan Ryan

Earlier in the offseason, the Jets were rumored to be close to signing Logan Ryan, ultimately that did not happen. The Jets secondary was thin last season, as a result, they added some new pieces.  Pierre Desir, former Indianapolis Colts corner, on a one-year dealDouglas acquired underachieving, a former second-round pick, cornerback Quincy Wilson from the Colts, in a draft-day deal.  During the draft, New York added even more secondary help adding safety Ashton Davis from Cal and cornerback Bryce Hall from Virginia.

Ryan would bring a solid veteran presence to the young Jets defensive backfield.  He brings a Superbowl winning pedigree and could transition nicely to safety.  His ability to rush the passer from the secondary could allow him to slide into the role Admas played last season.

Let the money roll over to 2021

With the expected lower salary cap in  2021 due to revenue losses from Covid-19, the Jets could be wise to let the money roll over to next season.  The Jets only have about $138 million in player salaries on the books in 2021.  Douglas could set himself up for a franchise-changing offseason in 2021.  They would be adding an extra $30 million in cap space as well as the extra draft picks acquired in the Adams trade. Douglas may want to come out guns-a-blazing next year, so he can build this team from the ground up.

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