Joe Douglas Must Defy Expectations This Offseason
New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas faces an era-defining offseason following a calamitous 2020 NFL season.
While he must prove his recruitment ability after some odd choices last year, he at least has the confidence of new head coach Robert Saleh.
“Joe and his staff have done an awesome job with regards to setting the organization up,” Saleh said.
“Now it’s just a matter of making sure that we do a great job in communication, working our tails off and evaluating, not only with regards to scheme, but player evaluations, and putting these guys in position to be very successful.
“We’re going to get better. We’re going to win championships here.”
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Joe Douglas has been setting himself up for this offseason period. After a 2 – 14 season, the time to improve is now.
Luckily, Joe Douglas is in a position to reap what he sowed, as he’s been hoarding salary cap money.
He has $27 million in unused salary cap dollars from last season, which will roll into the 2021 cap. In total, they have $77 million in space, second only to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Worryingly for Jets fans, Douglas is sending the message that the franchise will be smart. They weren’t so smart in last year’s free agency. It’s vital that New York doesn’t squander it’s advantageous position this time around.
He said the Jets would only splurge ‘if the value and the opportunity meet’.
“We’re better positioned than we were this time last year. I would say that our philosophy, and stance, has not changed, however,” he said.
“Our goal and our plan is to be … a team that really builds this through the draft and hitting on draft picks, obviously using free agency to supplement our roster.”