The anonymous NFL community really doesn’t mind knocking the New York Jets.
After an anonymous league executive told NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah the Jets have the worst roster of the decade, an unnamed general manager spoke with Sporting News’ Kristian Dyer on the team’s recent roster moves and didn’t hold back.
While the GM agreed the Jets have “hands-down” the worst roster in the league, the timing of the recent moves – cutting David Harris and planing to part ways with Eric Decker after free agency and the draft – raised his eye brows.
“It is odd timing,” said the GM. “Cuts like this very often come early in the offseason, especially for a guy like Harris who is a lifelong Jet. That tells me that the Jets were trying to restructure a deal for both players, possibly, looking to keep them onboard long-term but at cap friendly numbers. It didn’t work out and they’re willing to eat some dead money.
“What also might be happening behind closed doors is more evaluation of their current roster. We’re right before mandatory minicamp and offseason workouts are almost done. What we might be seeing is that (GM Mike Maccagnan) and (coach Todd Bowles) looked at the roster and saw that it really can’t compete. So might as well cut some high cap hits and carry that money into next year.”
While cutting Harris and Decker fits the Jets mold of ridding their roster of money that won’t really equate to more wins, the team made several cuts early in the offseason. Not releasing Decker and Harris in the same time frame as Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall, and Darrelle Revis is a questionable move to say the least.
“I’ve never in all my years in and around the league seen something like this,” the GM said. “This is drastic.
“Why not carry over some of the vets? I can understand certain issues around say a Revis with the arrest and stuff. But Harris and Decker? Those are high character guys. Now there are few leaders in the locker room. This can kill the confidence of a young team and young players, some of (whom) you must be hoping will be part of the rebuild in 2018.”
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