The New York Jets have completely disliked spending on their freelance agency in the past, and that has gotten them into some trouble.
However, since general manager Joe Douglas took over, those days of overspending are over. That has clearly been an impasse in many contract negotiations according to an insider this season.
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The Athletic’s Connor Hughes dropped a big giveaway in his latest mailing bag column.
Prior to the training camp, the Jets had kicked tires with numerous freelance agents with visits and had made numerous contract offers.
Hughes says the Jets “have flirted with and are still interested” in veteran quarterback Kwon Alexander. The only thing that makes things stable right now is that the team is not willing to go “above their price”.
That means the ball is in Alexander’s field and the same goes for veteran attacker Riley Reiff.
“Douglas is not willing to pay more than he believes a player deserves – even at this point in the season. The problem with this tactic is that if the money is equal, it’s unlikely that any player would choose the Jets – a team that is still heavily rebuilt – over a team with playoff potential. “
That strategy cost the Jets defender Larry Ogunjobi, who also got a contract from the team, but it wasn’t good enough and he decided to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers this season instead.
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After all these years of overspending, it’s time for the Jet Force to have a key decision maker who’s ready to draw a line in the sand.
Douglas refused to pay the high price of being the Jet Force. Historically, the blues and whites have been forced to pay an additional fee for free agents to choose them over others due to their losing history.
While that has saved a lot of money since he took power, they have also lost some key liberal actors in the process.
This strategy could look great if Reiff and Alexander get back to him after scouring the freelance market for the minimum deals they are offered. However, if other NFL teams offer greener pastures, the Jets could be caught dropping their pants at the wedding reception.
Both border and attack handling are two difficult areas for the Jets in regards to how deep in each location.
The most important thing of both is obviously handling the attack because that is directly related to the defense of their young defender Zach Wilson.
Although Alexander is also important in his own way on the defensive side of the ball in case of injury.
Douglas has made offers for both players and is confident they will materialize before training camp. If they do, the jets will look amazing in those two spots. If they can’t come to terms, those will be the two big areas to watch on the abandonment cord during the list cuts in the coming weeks.
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