It wasn’t that long ago. the Planes have just been hired Adam gasThey had a GM on Mike McGannan With deep pockets, they wanted to make spots — the combination — in free agency.
The first was supposed to be a fullback Anthony Parr, until he broke his verbal agreement to return to Minnesota. Then he came CJ Mosley, but only after the Jets offered him a lot of money, did the Crows tell him to take it. Finally, there it was Levon Bellwho used Gang Green against themselves to raise prices.
The aircraft levy was the only way to attract leading players to Florham Park.
What a foreign concept nowadays.
The Jets are suddenly a team players want to play for, most recently making a Pro Bowl comeback Dalvin Cookfrom I signed with New York on Monday.
It’s called the aircraft tax return.
There is no doubt that this would not all happen otherwise Aaron RodgersAccess, but this culture has been coming for a long time. Joe Douglas He began the daunting task when he replaced Maccagnan after that ill-advised season. Replace Gase with Robert Saleh after two years.
Douglas still had to overpay for the men he wanted—Gotham City wasn’t built in a day, but each addition brought New York a little closer to where they wanted to be.
Then this year came Rodgers, whose words on Pat McAfee completed the Jets’ turnaround. Allen LazardAnd Mikol Hardman Others followed Jinnah. Now you have Cook, who chose the Jets over teams like the Miami Dolphins.
imagine that? Barr once said he got “cold sweats” and his “stomach dropped” at the thought of joining the Jets. Now, four years later, you have Cook opting for life in the green over a year in South Beach.
It should be noted that the Jets were not initially signed Adrian Peterson on monday. There’s a reason why Cook is on August 14th. He’s only 28, but he’s 28 – more than 1,500 touches in his six seasons with the Vikings.
He was a four-time Pro. He was once one of the best players in the game. It’s hard to believe he’s still the same guy, but that’s okay, the planes don’t need him.
Gase was against the Jets going after Bell in 2019 because he viewed the back as a “Cherry on top” addition — the one you add when you have everything else. The Jets finally own everything else. They saw this as an opportunity to add another good player—who Cook, even if not who he was previously, is still good—to a roster with Super Bowl aspirations.
It’s still hard to fathom how far this team has come. They were stocks of laughter and embarrassment not too long ago. There was a near winless season in 2020. There were issues with Zack Wilson. The Jets were mocked not only from SNL, but Ted Lasso. The once proud franchise delivered a punch.
The planes haven’t done anything yet. The positive press and favorable headlines are better than what’s been going on, but none of it matters until they get out on the field and win.
They still need to solidify their offensive line, as the tackle stance looks particularly questionable, in order to legitimately push the Chiefs, Bills and Bengals into the AFC.
But times don’t change, they do, and Cook’s arrival reinforces that.
Same old planes? Not out of the field.
Now they just have to prove it.