Why Jets’ Joe Douglas had a conservative costs method in 2020, and what it implies for the future
Just one thing is going to make Jets GM Joe Douglas happy: winning a Super Bowl.
During his first complete offseason running the front workplace, Douglas started to put his footprint on the lineup by reconstructing the offending line and choosing 9 gamers in the 2020 NFL Draft. He made his most significant trade to date as GM, shipping off safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks for security Bradley McDougald and 3 more draft picks, including 2 first-round choices.
Douglas understands his job is far from over. Talking to the media on Monday following the end of training camp and roster cuts, the GM stated he will continue to check out every opportunity possible to update the roster.
The Jets have more than $31 million in cap space today, which ranks third-highest in the league behind the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots. But Douglas stated he’s not under any mandates to restrict how he utilizes that space today. He simply wishes to be clever with it.
” Our mindset is, if there’s the best player and the best opportunity. Look, one thing I would say is that I’m not bound to any limitations when it concerns ownership,” Douglas said. “There’s been reports out there, I have the full autonomy when it concerns the lineup decisions. I deal with Dave Socie and football administration on income caps, but generally, we have a vision, we have a strategy of what we’re trying to accomplish.
” We wish to have the flexibility so when the right player provides itself, the ideal chance, we are going to be aggressive. I’m sure it may look like we’re refraining from doing that right now, but we do have a vision.”
Part of Douglas’ conservative method with the team’s existing cap area was likewise connected to the unsure financial future of the NFL.
While the existing salary cup is $198.2 million, the league developed a $175 income cap floor and a proposed flat cap for 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic that will affect participation policies around the league in 2020.
” We see it as a dollar you invest today might be a dollar you don’t have for next year’s cap,” Douglas said. “So we’re sitting here and we have a lot of uncertainty in regards to next year’s numbers. We know what the floor is, however likewise we understand that could alter. We don’t understand when we’ll have the responses to that so we have to have a game strategy on how we’re going to manage both this year and next year and the years moving forward.”
So instead of going out and paying too much in what was a so-so totally free representative class in 2020, Douglas filled holes along the offending line with gamers he felt were the right fit. He gambled on pass receiver Breshad Perriman, offering him an one-year agreement to prove completion of 2019 wasn’t a fluke.
Douglas didn’t offer specific expectations for what he desired from the Jets in 2020. His objective is the same as every other NFL team– to make the playoffs and contend for a Super Bowl– but he stated his primary issue is seeing progress from the roster.
Douglas and head coach Adam Gase both discussed generating the right players to develop a proper culture on the lineup. Douglas said he believes the current team has the right makeup to prove some skeptics incorrect.
” I can inform you that there’s some men on this team that might not be family names, but they’re excellent football players,” Douglas said. “Their objective is to go out and become a home name … I’m delighted to see these people go through camp and how tough they have actually contended and they have actually got a lot to show and they’re thrilled to do it.”