EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 08: General Manager Joe Douglas and of the New York Jets and radio host Bob Wischusen follow the action against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on September 8, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Joe Douglas’ 2020 rational free-agency approach was the correct one and is now paying dividends for the New York Jets. 

Joe Douglas is a prudent guy when it comes to dishing out dollars under the salary cap. The New York Jets general manager is not willing to overpay for a bad product, and he understands that the rigors of a hard salary cap require utilizing resources properly.

Many Jets fans could not understand why Douglas did not sign players like Logan Ryan and Jadeveon Clowney late last offseason when it was clear that the team could afford them.

The why is simple in this case: Douglas was not solely thinking in the 2020 season. He was thinking long-term. He was thinking cost-reward.

The Jets front-office boss had three things on his mind that stopped him from signing either Clowney, Ryan or whoever he thought was an overpriced free agent.

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