General manager Mike Maccagnan talks about how the Jets will approach free agency, on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
With NFL free agency set to get started, we’re taking a look back at the best and worst signings the Jets have made over the years. Today it’s the five worst signings in Jets history.?
5. Ryan Fitzpatrick, 2016
Fitzpatrick was impressive in 2015, setting a Jets’ record with 31 touchdown passes. But the team clearly had reservations about bringing him back because they let him hit free agency and waited until the eve of training camp to offer him a one-year $12 million deal for 2016. They should have gone in another direction because Fitzpatrick predictably?reverted back to his turnover-prone ways. His awful season sent a team that had playoff aspirations into a spiral.?
4 Curtis Conway, 2003?
The Jets decided to let Laveranues Coles go to the Redskins rather than matching Washington’s offer and immediately signed?Conway as his replacement. Conway had been a solid receiver with the Bears, but at 32 looked well past his prime with the Jets where he made only 46 catches for two touchdowns. Conway was cut after only one season. Coles went on to make the Pro Bowl with the Redskins in 2003.
3. Santonio Holmes, 2011
It should have been a warning sign in 2010, when Pittsburgh was willing to receive only a fifth-round pick when it traded Holmes to New York. But when Holmes became a free agent in the summer of 2011, the Jets decided to offer him a five-year, $45 million deal with $24 in guarantees — at the time, one of the richest deals ever for a receiver. It turned out to be a big mistake. Holmes was bad on the field and worse in the locker room. The Jets cut him after only three seasons.?
2. Darrelle Revis, 2015
When the Jets signed Revis in 2015, it was supposed to be the triumphant?return of one of the best cornerbacks in the game. Instead, Revis looked washed up in Act 2 with the Jets. He made it through just two years of a five-year, $70 million which paid him $39 million in guaranteed money. He’s still one of the best players in franchise history, but it was a sad ending to his storied Jets career.?
1. Neil O’Donnell, 1996
O’Donnell came to the Jets in 1996?at age 29 fresh off a Super Bowl appearance?with the Steelers. The Jets thought they were getting a quarterback in his prime. Instead, after signing a five-year, $25 million contract, he was a disaster. O’Donnell lasted just six games in 1996 — all losses — and was cut after only two seasons. Bringing in O’Donnell was the biggest mistake in team history and one of the worst signings the NFL has ever seen.