Mike Maccagnan completed his fifth draft as Jets general manager Saturday knowing full well that it’s time to deliver for a star-crossed franchise pushed to the margins for the better part of this decade.
Gang Green’s losing ways pre-dated Maccagnan, but nobody cares about how bad the other guys in the big chair were when he rolled into town like a Scout in Shining Armor.
There have been smart trades, low-risk-high-reward payoffs, missteps, failures and a coaching divorce so far, but the powers that be, felt confident enough to entrust him with this pivotal offseason.
So Maccagnan spent more than $100 million of the Johnson Brothers’ money in free agency, fortifying weaknesses partly created by his previous errors.
“I think we’ve done some good things in terms of improving the talent at certain positions,” Maccagnan said Saturday of the offseason additions. “You’re never truly done…. It’s not as if you finish the draft and this is the last time you ever spend looking at the roster.”
“Until we get the opening-day roster – whether it’s the final waiver wire cuts, whether there are potential trades or stuff along the way,” he added, “There’s definitely areas that I still think we can improve upon…. We’re kind of excited to see some of our young players come back too and see how they do. You’re never really done building the roster. At this point in time, we made some good strides and we have some good pieces in place.”
Maccagnan definitely brought some game-changers into the building.