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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Free-agency scorecard: Grading 2013

By Rich Cimini

Before we dive into the upcoming free-agency period, which begins March 11, let's take a look back at how the New York Jets fared last year in general manager John Idzik's first foray into free agency.

We'll limit our scorecard to the offseason, meaning we won't get into in-season acquisitions such as Ed Reed and David Nelson. Simply put, our grades are based on bang for the buck.

Overall grade: C-

Analysis: This was a vintage "hold-the-fort" crop of free agents -- inexpensive players, many of them on one-year contracts. Idzik, restricted by the salary cap, let several proven veterans leave, replacing them with bargain-basement players. Even though only two emerged as full-time starters, we're grading on a curve because these were no-harm, no-foul signings that had very little impact on the salary cap. In the end, a lot more talent walked out the door than came in, but they're hoping for payback with compensatory draft picks. They could receive the maximum number of comp picks (four), with experts predicting three fifth-rounders and one sixth-rounder.

FREE AGENTS

Player: Mike Goodson, running back Player: Antwan Barnes, linebacker Player: Dawan Landry, safety Player: Willie Colon, guard Player: David Garrard, quarterback Player: Antonio Garay, defensive tackle Player: Stephen Peterman, guard Player: Kellen Winslow, tight end