And we are back for more free agency madness. Make sure to check yesterday’s thread for our thoughts on the New York Jets day one activity (or inactivity). Also follow on Twitter and Facebook for the most up to date commentary. What will Wednesday bring for the New York Jets? Let’s get into it…
11:30 PM – One last post before attempting to sleep. What to watch for tomorrow:
- With the amount of time the Jets have spent with Eric Decker, it would an upset if a deal doesn’t get done sooner, rather than later.
- The bigger question is how soon can the Jets turn from potentially closing Decker to shifting their focus to James Jones or another wide receiver?
- Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn is scheduled to visit the Jets. Brandon Browner, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and going back to Antonio Cromartie are all also options on the table for the Jets at cornerback.
- I am surprised there isn’t more of a market for safety Chris Clemons?
- Will the Jets still consider pursuing a veteran tight end with Jeff Cumberland back in the fold? Brandon Pettigrew, Scott Chandler and Andrew Quarless are all still on the market.
- At offensive guard the pickings are slim: Pro Football Focus ranks the top remaining players as Travelle Wharton, WIllie Colon and Kevin Boothe.
9:20 PM – How you holding up out there, Jets fans? The sun will come up tomorrow, I promise. Yes, Darrelle Revis has signed a one year, 12 million dollar contract with the New England Patriots. It really happened. One year from now we will likely be going through the same Revis drama, as he will again be looking for a new contract. He is a mercenary and a very good one at that. The Revis media camp used media outlets (primarily The Daily News) to rile up chatter that a Jets/Revis reunion could happen, when in reality it was never realistic. Revis will fill the spot vacated by Aqib Talib in New England and if he can regain pre-injury form will be a nice upgrade for them at his spot.
As for our Jets, they have replaced Austin Howard with Breno Giacomini of the Seattle Seahawks. There aren’t any contract details yet but Giacomini started most of last season for the Seahawks (he missed seven games due to injury) but did return to start for their entire playoff run and the Super Bowl. Our resident OL guru Mike Nolan had this to say on him:
Very similar player to Howard. Relatively average across the board but shows great effort and has good motor. He plays with a high pad level and run blocks through his back instead of hips
Pro Football Focus ranked Giacomini slightly higher than Howard last season and there is a good chance he will come for less money…so potentially a nice move for the Jets here.
In other news, Decker will be spending the night in New Jersey as the Jets are making a hard push to sign him. Stay tuned. (JC))
8:30 PM – Darrelle Revis: 1 year. 12 million dollars. New England Patriots. Somebody check on Rex Ryan…
7:30 PM – HEY A TRANSACTION! The Jets have brought back defensive lineman Leger Douzable on a one year deal. This is a nice and somewhat surprising resigning by the Jets. Douzable put together a very good year as a rotational defensive lineman and figured to get some looks as a potential starter elsewhere but the Jets were able to keep him in house. We do know one thing. defensive line isn’t going to be an issue next season. (JC)
6:45 PM – Here is a stat to chew on. Over the past two seasons Eric Decker has 24 touchdown receptions. James Jones has 17 touchdown receptions. Every single New York Jets receiver has combined to have 16 touchdown receptions in the past two seasons. YIKES. The nice thing about a Decker/Jones combination is that both players are over six feet tall and 200 pounds, so Geno will have some size to work with, particularly in the redzone…if both players are signed.
Since we posted the offensive depth chart, might as well finish up with the defense
- NT: Damon Harrison. Kenrick Ellis
- DE: Muhammad Wilkerson
- DE: Sheldon Richardson
- OLB: Quinton Coples. Jermaine Cunningham.
- OLB: Garrett McIntyre. Antwan Barnes.
- ILB: David Harris. Nick Bellore
- ILB: Demario Davis. Troy Davis.
- CB: Dee Miller. Darrin Walls. Kyle Wilson. Ellis Lankster. Aaron Berry. Johnny Patrick. Ras-I Dowling
- FS: Antonio Allen. Josh Bush.
- SS: Dawan Landry. Jaiquawn Jarrett. Rontez Miles.
5:15 PM – Eric Decker is still believed to be in New York but there is still no news of a deal. The Browns have released QB Jason Campbell, who could be another option for the Jets to consider. Let’s take a look at the current New York Jets offensive depth chart:
- QB: Geno Smith. Mark Sanchez. Matt Simms.
- RB: Chris Ivory. Bilal Powell. Mike Goodson.
- FB: Tommy Bohanon.
- WR: Jeremy Kerley. David Nelson. Stephen Hill. Greg Salas. Saalim Hakim. Clyde Gates.
- TE: Jeff Cumberland. Zach Sudfeld.
- RT: Ben Ijalana/Oday Aboushi
- RG: Caleb Schlauderaff/Will Campbell
- C: Nick Mangold
- LG: Brian WInters.
- LT: D’Brickashaw Ferguson
4:00 PM – Darrelle Revis has officially been released, meaning the Jets will get a 4th round pick in this year’s draft…also meaning that New England and other teams are in hot pursuit of the cornerback. Buckle up. Maybe it will cheer you up if you remember the Jets received Sheldon Richardson and a 4th round pick for a player who was cut a year later? No? Still worried about Belichick getting his hands on him? Fair enough, I can’t blame you.
Also Golden Tate has signed a 5 year contract with the Detroit Lions. Keep an eye on the Jets pursuing not just Eric Decker but also James Jones. They are apparently looking to add TWO receivers via free agency, not just one. (JC)
2:55 PM – Ladies and Gentlemen…Your 2014 Denver Broncos:
2:45 PM – Josh McCown has signed with the Tampa Bay Bucs to a two year deal for 10 million dollars. The Jets primary option for a backup quarterback remains Mike Vick with Shaun Hill and Tavaris Jackson as fallbacks. DeMarcus Ware has signed with the Denver Broncos (who the Jets host at MetLife next season, by the way). How about the front seven they are putting together, nevermind the addition of Talib and Ward to the secondary…
If you believe in reading into tweets, Eric Decker’s wife just tweeted how proud she was of him…so there’s that. Could this deal get closed today?
1:00 PM – It is quiet. Maybe a little too quiet? Adam Schefter seems to believe the Jets are going to lock up both Eric Decker and Breno Giacomini today. We’ll see. I spoke with Tony Pauline earlier today and he maintains the Jets also still have a high level of interest in James Jones. Could the Jets add more than one receiver in free agency? It wouldn’t be that crazy of a thought considering their current depth chart.
As for the Patriots and Darrelle Revis, there is a scary probability of it happening. Honestly any percentage higher than ZERO is scary for Jets fans to consider but the possibility is out there and I wouldn’t relax until he signs somewhere else. (JC)
11:06 AM – Captain’s Log: Things are getting confusing with the Jets reportedly having significant interest in a quintessential “Ground and Pound” Running Back in Maurice Jones-Drew who appears to be a very old 28 with a lot of miles on him. Then in the next moment, the Idzik and Co. after finally solidifying the Right Tackle position following the Wayne Hunter debacle allows the young and fairly above average walk to the Raiders, just makes no sense. It leads me to believe that the Jets’ brass thinks that Will Campbell and Oday Aboushi are not that far off but it remains to be seen whether either can really play.
I was going to wait to address the whole Revis rig-amoral but when he inevitably hits the free agent market at some point today, it might behoove the Jets to swallow their pride and forget about their past dealings with the All-Pro Cornerback and give him a long look if for no other reason but to keep out of the hands of Belichick and the Patriots. Unfortunately, we live in the real world, a world in which the previous regime bent over backwards to accommodate the one they used to refer to as “Revis Christ” and a world in which that same player cares more about dollars and cents than wins and losses. The only way I see a reunion happening is if Revis takes a page out of Tebow’s playbook and become more missionary and less mercenary and obviously hope he doesn’t go to New England. I’m thinking that somewhere in the bowels of Florham Park, Rex is on the verge of staging a hunger strike until the Jets bring back #24 but that’s just one man’s take on it.
In terms of this Eric Decker talk, signing him would go against all of the rhetoric that John Idzik has been spewing about paying top tier money for second-tier talent. I think you would be hard-pressed to find anyone that genuinely believes that Decker is a “number one” receiver and paying him like one is a mistake they probably don’t want to make again considering they did that once with Santonio Holmes and only just go out from under that contract. The price has to be right in terms of the guaranteed money in order to justify bringing him to New York when it’s obvious they will probably be going Receiver in Round One.
That’s all I got for you now.- (DM)
10:55 AM – I woke up this morning to find Jets fans in a state of panic. Austin Howard signed with the Oakland Raiders for 5 years at 30 million dollars…so add right tackle to the Jets list of needs. The primary focus to replace him is going to center around Breno Giacomini from the Seattle Seahawks or Zach Strief from the New Orleans Saints. We’ll have Mike Nolan check in later with some thoughts on Giacomini. The other big news is that Eric Decker will be visiting the Jets today. Before everybody flips out about Decker’s fit and pricetag (which we don’t know yet), I’d encourage a read of this article.
Elsewhere, it sounds like Matt Schaub doesn’t have much interest in coming to the Jets, if released by Houston. As of now, I’d still say Mike Vick is the frontrunner at quarterback to land here, with Josh McCown and Shaun Hill as fallback options.
A few names who are still out there: Chris Clemons (safety), Julian Edelman (receiver), Captain Munnerlyn (cornerback), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (cornerback). (JC)