Now that the 2013 season has come to an end for the New York Jets the front office will begin the process of evaluating current and future talent for 2014. To that end on Tuesday, the Jets made their first moves by signing eight players to reserve/future contracts for next season.
From the New York Jets final practice squad roster at the end of the season, seven players were retained. Wide receivers Dwight Jones, who was added before the final game, and Michael Campbell, who had been released after playing in four games then re-signed, were given such contracts. Center Dalton Freeman and defensive linemen Tevita Finau and T.J. Barnes were also signed to be back in 2014. Linebacker Tim Fugger and safety Rontez Miles, who played against New Orleans before returning to the practice squad, were also signed to a future contracts. The only player who signed a reserve contract who was not with the team in 2013 was tight end Colin Anderson, whom the Jets worked out back in October.
Now the coaches and front office can evaluate current talent to determine who will return in 2014 as well as whom may be cut or released, especially to free up salary cap money. It appears that quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes will be two of such talent that won't be returning to the Jets. John Idzik can use that space to sign more free agents to bolster the depth on the roster. The 2014 NFL Draft will also see the team fill many needs with the prospect of having a double digit amount of selections available.
The offseason has begun for the New York Jets and it will be an interesting road ahead to see what path the team takes to add more talent, especially on offense, to round out the roster and make the Jets a contender again in 2014.
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