What Jets can do with a fortune still to spend
Even after re-signing Josh McCown to a one-year, $10 million deal and plucking running back Isaiah Crowell off the market, the Jets still have money to spend and no Kirk Cousins to spend it on.
So where can the Jets spend that money now? Well, despite the feeling from fans the Jets are doing nothing at the start of free agency, there are still plenty of players available. Here is a look at what general manager Mike Maccagnan could do to spend some of that money:
4. Land Lewis: The Jets would prefer to draft a running back, but Dion Lewis is a back who intrigues them. He would go for about $5 million a year.
Making those moves gets you down to a little more than $20 million a year, leaving you money to make a few smaller moves, sign your draft picks and have some money left over for the season.
See, Maccagnan, it’s easy to spend Christopher and Woody Johnson’s money.
The Jets have about $90 million in cap space and could have thrown him the most money. But Cousins may have preferred playing for a ready-made Super Bowl contender in the Vikings, who advanced to the NFC Championship game with Case Keenum last season. Keenum was the first quarterback domino to fall with him agreeing to sign with the Broncos early Tuesday.
There are a number of fallbacks for the Jets, including Teddy Bridgewater and bringing back Josh McCown. The team also could use the No. 6 pick in the draft to find its franchise quarterback.
The Bears declined Fuller’s fifth-year option for 2018 based on his 2016 knee injury, but on Tuesday they decided to use the transition tag to maintain some control over his movement. The Bears can match any offer he might receive. The tag itself is worth $12.97 million. This is all based on Fuller’s successful return in 2017 to start all 16 games.
The understudy to starter Zach Ertz has enough versatility as a blocker and as a receiver — he has caught 60 passes in the past two seasons — to merit a starting job elsewhere. During the 2017 regular season, one out of every five of his receptions went for a touchdown. He also threw a pretty cool touchdown pass in Super Bowl LII.