Breshad Perriman, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold
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It’s time to update the New York Jets free agency action, dive into the star-quality illusion and think 2021 comp picks.

Robby Sabo

His entire front office scheme became evident from the jump. Joe Douglas’s way of conducting big-boy NFL free agency seemed obvious once Jack Conklin skipped his way to Cleveland.

It’s about value and the NFL Draft, which is always the correct call for Super Bowl-aspiring franchises.

So here we are, two weeks into free agency with a good idea of what this New York Jets depth chart will look like heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.

Added:

Re-Signed:

Lost:

Still Lingering (UFA):

Upon first glance, there isn’t much incoming star power. Although it looks as though the roster is improved, the perceived “star power” just isn’t there.

Douglas has his price and won’t bend. He also realizes the top-of-the-position free agents—Jack Conklin—are not necessarily “stars” simply due to that top de facto ranking. Representing the best in free agency oftentimes blurs the line between star and solid.

Situation Creates Star Status

Status is incredibly dependent on “situation,” and that is no more evident than in the NFL. Of course, talent matters; but in this league, everybody’s talented. It oftentimes comes down to scheme, availability, ambition and, most importantly, situation.

Take a running back who put up a season that equaled 1,361 yards on the ground for an eye-boggling 4.7 yards-per-carry clip, and compare it against a 789 yards rushing mark to go along with 3.2 yards-per-carry season… which season is the true marker for that player?

If Le’Veon Bell had been drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2013, would he have turned out to be the star he became?


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