NFL Power Rankings: Offseason Installment No. 1

Before NFL Rosters Change, Pundits Analyze the NFL Landscape


USA Today
Jets No. 11
They want free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back, but at what cost -- and how far can he really take them? DE Mo Wilkerson also needs to be freshly compensated.
ESPN's Power Panel: Group of More Than 80 Writers, Editors & TV Personalities
Jets No. 12

Why they're here: The panel sees the Jets as a good team coming off a 10-6 season, but this ranking reflects the question of whether they can take another step forward with Ryan Fitzpatrick likely back at quarterback, and the possibility of at least a couple noticeable departures on both sides of the ball.

What could change: No team had a better offseason before the 2015 season than the Jets, who did well in free agency and also hit home runs in the draft. Now they face tough cap decisions on Muhammad Wilkerson and Damon Harrison, could lose Chris Ivory, and have three starters over 30 along the O-line. There's also been a question of whether Sheldon Richardson could be trade bait. Busy months ahead...

Yahoo Sports
Frank Schwab, Shutdown Corner
Jets No. 12
Todd Bowles did an excellent job in his first season as Jets head coach, although it ended with a really tough Week 17 defeat. Muhammad Wilkerson is a free agent, though he'll probably be franchised. Can Ryan Fitzpatrick recapture the Fitzmagic a second straight year? That's a big question.
Pete Prisco, Senior NFL Columnist
Jets No. 13
They have the makings of a dominant defense. They have a tough decision on defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.
Elliot Harrison, NFL Media Analyst
Jets No. 14
Moreover, the club must get Ryan Fitzpatrick under contract without massively overpaying. GM Mike Maccagnan's accounting cranium will be challenged this spring, as the Jets have more than 20 impending free agents, including Chris Ivory, Calvin Pace and Muhammad Wilkerson.
Dan Schneier
Jets No. 14
Don't expect another active free agency for the Jets; they will have to sign some of their own free agents. For a team that was on the doorstep of the playoffs last season but blew it, it's be about shoring up loose ends.

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