It’s here, oh, it’s finally here! The awesome, cataclysmic, groundbreaking, expeditionary, only once a year, and sometimes not even that, the thing we’ve all hoped and dreamed of, the one thing that makes life worth living, the only, the only Ninth Annual AGOP Contest! yay!!!

Each offseason, we put aside the hopes and dreams of the previous season for the Jets, to be replaced by new hopes and dreams, usually illusory, sometimes delusional, of the season to come. To that end, Gang Green Nation announces the greatest thing in the history of the interwebs, the all-new and improved, zero-calorie, gluten-free, in the best shape of its life, even better than before, mega-meta Ninth Offseason GGN Annual Plans Competition (“AGOP”)! No animals, plants, minerals or avatars were harmed during the creation of this contest. The glorious AGOP competition is back! We ask all chair general managers to think deeply about the Jets roster, salary cap, potential trades, draft and potential cuts and build the best 2022 Jets team possible, according to the rules set out in this article. .

For those new to the contest, here’s how it works. All entries must be submitted via Fanpost. A few of the best will be selected by GGN’s team of world-renowned, highly trained and fully accredited expert judges, and we’ll present these finalists to the GGN community for a vote. The winning plan gives its author bragging rights to be the best fake GM in the GGN over the next year, and a PRIZE (YAY)! The winner receives a prize tied to the Jets of their choice on Fanatics.com, as long as the prize is less than $50. Sorry, fans of other teams, if you win, your prize is still limited to Jets-related merchandise. The winner also gets their winning entry featured prominently in the most respected, prestigious, and spectacular of all possible forums, a front-page article on GGN. Finally, the winner receives a year’s supply of internet, to be spent on GGN at your discretion.

The rules are as follows:

  1. The title of your Fanpost must start with “AGOP:” (no quotes). You can follow this with any title you want, but it should start with “AGOP:” so we can easily distinguish it from other Fanposts. Example – AGOP: Blame It On The Templars – A Guide to Reaching the Holy Grail of a Jets Playoff Spot. If you do not respect this rule, your application will be excluded.
  2. The Fanpost submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 22, 2022. No exceptions. One entry per GGN member. Any GGN member who submits multiple entries, whether under one or more usernames, will have all of their entries disqualified. Do not attempt to create or use multiple usernames to submit multiple entries. You’ll just waste everyone’s time and your entries won’t even be read.
  3. There is no mandatory length, but there should be as many as needed to fully explain how your plan benefits the Jets, operates under the salary cap, makes reasonable trades, prepares the team for the future, etc. . Spelling and grammar aren’t important – it’s not a high school English assignment. However, entries should be reasonably legible. Use a spell checker, use paragraphs, and try to proofread obvious grammar errors. If we struggle too much to decipher your entry, it will probably not be judged favorably.
  4. Your plan HOMEWORK register under the 2022 salary cap, as listed on overthecap.com, or they will be disqualified. Additionally, consideration will be given to how the 2023 salary cap will be affected. If you try to delay too many contracts and push all salary caps to 2023 and beyond, your entry will not be viewed favorably.
  5. The feasibility of executing the plan is important. Don’t trade DJ Montgomery for Dak Prescott. It’s not going to happen. If you think a trade might be seen as one-sided, let us know why it works for the other team involved.
  6. Plans must comply with the salary cap using overthecap.com cap numbers. Overthecap.com has a really nifty salary cap calculator, which you can access here. We urge you all to make good use of this tool, as it allows you to play around with the contracts of every roster player and every Jets free agent, doing all the math for you in terms of the salary cap implications for cuts, swaps, restructurings, franchise tags, re-signings, etc. THIS TOOL IS ESSENTIAL FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES. If you use the calculator, you can rest assured that your numbers are correct. Use it. And in case I wasn’t clear, USE IT. This will make the cap much less difficult to fight. Restructuring of current contracts to create a cap room is permitted provided it complies with the data on overthecap.com, is permitted under the collective agreement, and it is demonstrated that the player should not reasonably not oppose it. Please keep in mind that signing bonus prorating is allowed for a maximum of 5 years under the CBA, so do not offer a 10 year prorating to find additional cap space.
  7. The Jets’ draft picks, for the purposes of this contest and prior to any trades in your AGOP, are as follows: 1 (#4), 1 (#10), 2 (#35), 2 (#38), 3 ( #69), 4 (#110), 4 (#116), 5 (#146) and 5 (#163). NO REAL LIFE TRADING BY THE JETS WILL BE REPRESENTED IN THIS CONTEST. NO MATTER WHAT THE JETS DO, YOUR DRAFT PICKS STAY AS SHOWN ABOVE. Your draft picks must be proven to be available in their designated location by at least one reputable mock draft site. You can find a full list of fictional draft sites here. If you use a dummy draft that seems like an outlier in terms of picking one or more players, let us know which dummy draft you used and why. For example, if you pick Kyle Hamilton in the third round, there better be very, very compelling reasons why you think he’ll be available there, or we’re not buying what you’re selling. No more than three trades of draft picks for draft picks are allowed. If you offer more than three trades involving picks for picks, only the first three of those trades will be considered. Unlimited player trades (players for players, picks for players or players for picks) are allowed. You must provide some reasons why the trading partner would want to complete a proposed transaction. Any trade in draft picks must roughly conform to the standard table of trade values. You can find a nifty interactive version of the business value chart here. This interactive board lets you enter the name of any team and it highlights all of that team’s 2022 draft picks on the board. Trades can include picks from any round, as well as future years 2023 and 2024, but not beyond 2024.
  8. Current player trades for draft picks are limited as follows: Zach Wilson is not available for trade in 2022. Quinnen Williams is available for a #2, Mekhi Becton for a #2, Alijah Vera-Tucker for a #2, Elijah Moore for a #2, Carl Lawson for a #3, George Fant for a #3, Bryce Hall for a #3, John Franklin-Myers for a #4, Michael Carter for a #4, Corey Davis for a #5, Michael Carter II for a #6, Connor McGovern for a #6, and Denzel Mims for an autographed Roscoe Word football, lightly used (stickum available for an additional charge). No other Jets player can bring back a draft pick in a proposed trade. The reason we set player values ​​for draft pick trades is because everyone plays by the same rules. That is, Entry X may offer to exchange Mekhi Becton for a #1, while Entry Y offers to exchange Mekhi Becton for a #3. Entry X then has a clear advantage in their plan, although they simply trade the same player. To avoid such problems, we have set standard trade values, the same way we ask you to roughly comply with the table of preliminary trade values. Please don’t bother challenging the set values; they are not so much important for their precision as for their uniformity. Every year someone finds it necessary to engage in a lengthy critique and debate of established business values. DON’T BE THAT GUY. It does not matter. What is important is that everyone is on a level playing field with standard business values. Everyone must play by the same rules, so just follow the given values.
  9. Whether the Jets can realistically execute your plan doesn’t matter as long as the plan itself can be considered realistic given today’s free and commercial agent markets. In other words, you don’t have to operate the same way as Joe Douglas. Just make your plan something that might in some worlds be considered realistic.
  10. Free agent salaries should be realistic. You can only sign unrestricted free agents who have not been signed by another team, or reported by a credible source to have accepted a contract with another team during the legal tampering period, prior to the release of your AGOP in the Fanpost section of GGN. You must specify the basic parameters (years, total amount, guaranteed amount, cap reached in 2022) of any free agent contract you sign. You may NOT sign a player reported to have agreed to a contract with another team prior to posting your AGOP. You can NOT sign restricted free agents from other teams. You may NOT sign players tagged by other teams with the franchise tag or the transition tag. If you’re offering a deferral of contracts to better fit the 2022 cap, that’s fine, as long as you then sketch out how the whole contract will work so we can assess its impact on future years.
  11. A word to the wise: don’t submit AGOPs where the Jets land each of the 5, 6, 7 or more free agents on the market. This is not a realistic result, and it will hurt your chances in the contest. It’s okay to select some of the best free agents in class for the Jets, but taking everyone you care about just isn’t in the cards.

Finalists will be posted on or about Thursday, March 31, 2022, and community voting will continue through Thursday, April 7, 2022. The winner will be posted on the GGN front page shortly after voting closes.

So put your mind to work and try to be Jets GM for a day. Let the Ninth Annual GGN Off-Season Plan Contest begin!

Editor’s note: Clarification on the trades.

When trading draft picks, up to three trades involving draft picks for both teams involved in the trade are permitted. However, you can make as many trades involving picks for players, players for picks, or players for players as you like. All hybrid trades (i.e. my picks for your player and your picks, or vice versa) will count as one of your three allowed picks for pick trades. Hope this clarifies all possible trading scenarios.