The New York Jets are going to win the 2019-2020 Super Bowl.
They are projected to have the most salary-cap space for that season, that’s how. And yes, of course it’s that simple.
Which means they can add guys to protect Sam Darnold, open holes for – well, whoever. More importantly, however, get a defense again to rival the the first two years of the Rex Ryan era.
Maybe. Let’s go shopping.
And with their owner over in England playing ambassador to a country that now hates us, he’ll be too busy smoothing things over with the Brits to notice how much his beloved Jets are spending.
So, what can the Jets get for $77 million or so?
Well, to protect Darnold, they can go get Duane Brown and Ryan Kalil ($17 million-plus total).
To tote the ball, they can go get Le’Veon Bell (no, they can’t). How about Latavius Murray and Marshawn (I might retire) Lynch? That’s another almost $10 million. So now we’re at $27 million or so.
Gawd, it’s fun projecting how to spend other people’s money. But what else do they need?
For defensive linemen, there’s Geno Atkins ($10.6 million) and Cameron Wake ($8 million).
Where are we now? Somewhere around $46 million.
Guys who are strictly edge rushers are overrated, so let’s get linebackers who cover, rush and tackle. That starts with Clay Matthews ($13.2 million) and Brian Orakpo ($7.75 million). Another $21 million down the drain. Or put another way, $67 million spent.
Hey, these are spotrac’s numbers, not mine.
OK, get me some DBs. OK, a DB. Earl Thomas ($10 million) puts us right on our number and into the Super Bowl.
OK, that ‘s it. The Jets are Super Bowl champions. It’s over, it’s all over.
Except for the kneeling, of course.