New York Jets: Free agency must be Mike Maccagnan attack mode

New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) /

Now that we are about to hit the legal tampering period, the New York Jets need one thing. They need Mike Maccagnan in attack mode.

Good morning New York Jets fans. It’s a big day. For anyone that still doesn’t know, the legal tampering period begins at noon today. In layman’s terms, it means that the teams can negotiate with free agents, but deals aren’t official until Wednesday after 4 PM Eastern Time.

We have talked a lot in recent days about the various options out there in free agency. Yesterday we talked about the remaining edge rushers. We have also talked about the importance of going all out to get Le’Veon Bell.

Now we talk about it from another angle.

Remember 2015? The Jets got aggressive and brought back Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis. They traded for Brandon Marshall and that just names a couple of the moves. Mike Maccagnan was named Executive of the Year following the season.

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It feels like a lifetime ago. It certainly is a billion poor draft picks ago.

Well, the Jets need this Maccagnan back in 2019. They need Macc to go on the attack. He needs to be aggressive, and he needs to be decisive.

Everyone reading this post has been through free agency at least once. The moves are made quickly.

Before the official period opens on Wednesday we are going to know where all of the top players are going and for approximately how much.

If Maccagnan isn’t ready to go hard after guys like Matt Paradis, Mitch Morse, Le’Veon Bell and others, they will be off the board before he knows it.

Keep last season in mind, ladies and gentlemen. The Jets had a ton of cap space available then as well. Who were the big names they came out with?

Trumaine Johnson (bad season in 2018), Spencer Long (already gone), and Isaiah Crowell (likely to be gone when the Jets make a move).

Yes, they signed Avery Williamson who was a good off the radar signing. They also signed Andre Roberts and later Jason Myers.

Mazel Tov, they found a kicker. When the best work was a kicker and an inside linebacker, the general manager has lost the plot.

They have to do better in 2019. Maccagnan had better execute his plan as if his job depends on it.

Next. Evaluating the pass rushers still on the board. dark

A prime example of the decisiveness I am talking about came just a few days ago. Back on March 5, the Ravens released Eric Weddle.

The Rams saw the need and the chance to improve their defense and they pounced. They signed Weddle on Friday, March 8.

That is what good teams do. Good teams know the guys they want and they go and get them.

Mike Maccagnan must execute with this theory in mind. It’s the only way he will improve this team.