The Jets squandered a golden playoff opportunity this past Sunday by falling 22-17 to Rex Ryan and his Buffalo Bills and eliminating themselves from playoff contention.
The Jets vastly improved from their 4-12 season a year ago, but general manager Mike Maccagnan faces some interesting decisions this offseason.
The two major decisions Maccagnan first must handle are with impending free agents Muhammad Wilkerson and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Wilkerson suffered a broken leg in Sunday’s loss but is too valuable to this team to let him walk into free agency, which makes it likely the franchise tag is placed on him.
Fitzpatrick should be back on a two year deal and wide receiver Brandon Marshall would love to see his quarterback back in green and white in 2016. “Oh, no doubt, he’s coming back,” Marshall said.
He must also figure out a strategy for revamping positions of need such as offensive tackle, running back and the entire linebacking corps.
The Jets will be picking 20th in the 2016 NFL Draft and their positions of need should all be available at their current draft position.
Options such as tackle Taylor Decker from Ohio State as well as fellow teammate running back Ezekiel Elliot may be available. Linebacker Jaylon Smith from Notre Dame can also fill the lack of speed in the Jets linebacking corps.
Jets owner Woody Johnson is looking for his team to stay on track in 2016. “On to next year. We’ve gotta get better,” said Johnson to reporters after the disappointing loss.
Maccagnan realizes the potential of his Jets football team, but it is vital he makes the necessary moves to keep the Jets on this upward trend.