Jets report card: Grading the offseason moves

Clear a space on the refrigerator, it's time to post the report card.

The New York Jets have been one of the most active teams in the NFL this offseason, making several significant moves in an attempt to rebound from a 4-12 season. Calling 'em the way we see 'em, our grades:

Move: Signing cornerback Darrelle Revis

Grade: A

Comment: This is Woody Johnson's trophy free agent. He paid an obscene amount of money ($39 million, fully guaranteed), but it's not often that an elite talent becomes available on the open market. Revis fills a major need.

Move: Trading for wide receiver Brandon Marshall

Grade: A-

Comment: The student isn't always a pleasure to have in class (ask the Chicago Bears), but the positives outweigh the negatives in this trade. It cost the Jets only a fifth-round pick, plus he's better (and cheaper) than Percy Harvin.

Move: Signing cornerback Buster Skrine

Grade: B-

Comment: The Jets are paying him like a top-20 corner, and he's clearly not. He allowed eight touchdown passes last season with the Cleveland Browns, per Pro Football Focus. But he's a scheme fit and he can play the slot, making Kyle Wilson expendable.

Move: Re-signing linebacker David Harris

Grade: A

Comment: He was the Jets' No. 1 priority among their own free agents. It was pricey ($15 million, fully guaranteed), but if you're going to overpay, you'd rather do it for one of your own. It shows loyalty.

Move: Signing cornerback Antonio Cromartie

Grade: B

Comment: He's a good fit in Todd Bowles' scheme and will be cast in the proper role -- No. 2 corner. The biggest concern is his age (31).

Move: Signing safety Marcus Gilchrist

Grade: C+

Comment: He's not a true free safety -- and that's what the Jets needed. He can play multiple spots in the secondary, but he's not a ball hawk. The Jets gave him a four-year, $22 million contract, but they can cut him after a year with minimal cap ramifications.

Move: Trading for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

Grade: B

Comment: For the Jets' purposes, he was the best fit in a weak quarterback market. The cost was minimal: a conditional seventh-round pick (2016) and $3.25 million in salary. He could end up starting.

Move: Signing guard James Carpenter

Grade: C+

Comment: After flirting with the top-tier guards, the Jets settled for Carpenter, who hasn't lived up to career expectations. At least the risk was relatively minimal -- $4 million, fully guaranteed.