New sheriff in town: The front-office shakeup will have a significant impact on the roster, now and in the future, because that's how it goes in the NFL. Whenever a new regime takes over, the player turnover spikes. The high-profile players who could be most affected by Adam Gase's rise in power are Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson and Leonard Williams — former general manager Mike Maccagnan's first draft pick.
There's already talk in league circles that Gase could be looking to move on from Williams, who will be a free agent after the season. He's due to make a guaranteed $14.2 million in the final year of his contract. Gase hasn't said anything about Williams that would spark speculation, but it's not hard to connect the dots when examining the defensive line situation. The Jets already have $32.5 million invested in rookie Quinnen Williams (once he signs) and $17 million invested in Henry Anderson — all guaranteed money.
Does Gase want to pour more resources into the D-line by giving a massive extension to Leonard Williams? The most likely outcomes: They use the franchise tag in 2020 (estimated at $18 million) or let him walk as a free agent (receiving a compensatory pick in 2021) or do a tag-and-trade. The latter choice has become a thing in the NFL (see: Frank Clark and Dee Ford). They could try to sign Williams to a team-friendly deal before next offseason, but why would he agree to that? A side note: Former coach Todd Bowles, trying to be proactive, had been pushing for two years to extend Williams.
Bell's situation is fascinating now that reports have surfaced about how Gase was turned off by the running back's price tag (four years, $52.5 million). Bell isn't going anywhere in 2019 because he already has been paid $11 million in bonuses, with another $3 million in guarantees on the way. But what about 2020? He has $13 million in guarantees, including a $2 million roster bonus on March 15, but a one-and-done isn't beyond the realm of possibility. Hey, the New York Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. only one year into a megadeal.