Joe Douglas made a lot of forward-thinking moves this season that could set the Jets up for success in the future. He has traded players for draft picks, released those with unbearable contracts and drafted a solid group of youngsters to rebuild the team from within.
The Jets have a lot going for them in the coming years with 18 picks in the next two drafts – nine of which in the first three rounds – and at least $80.8 million in cap space in 2021, according to OverTheCap.com. That number could increase depending on other moves Douglas makes over the next few months. The impressive showcases by Douglas’ top two picks in 2020 – Mekhi Becton and Denzel Mims – also give the Jets a solid foundation to build off in an attempt to compete in the AFC East.
Resources are great if you know how to use them. The Jets have a lot of assets, but also a history of squandering wealth. Draft picks are only good if you don’t blow them on someone like Dee Milliner, Calvin Pryor or Christian Hackenberg. Cap space is good until you overspend on players like Trumaine Johnson and Le’Veon Bell. Douglas cannot make the mistake his predecessors did in their rebuilding attempts. Especially when he’ll be competing against a division of teams who a lot to work with, too.