A quick list of players you should probably remove from your New York Jets off-season projection list…
Ndamukong Suh – The Lions probably are not going to find a way to keep him. Suh is going to get PAID on the open market but it won’t be from the Jets. If there is one position the Jets aren’t going pay out a borderline historic free agent contract at, it is the defensive line. Their primary focus will be signing Muhammad Wilkerson long term and making sure they have the assets to eventually do the same with Sheldon Richardson. Beyond their two studs, Damon Harrison and Quinton Coples could also be line for new contracts in the near future, along with role player Leger Douzable. Chance of joining the Jets: Less than 1 percent.Dez Bryant – He is not going anywhere. Dallas will franchise him if they can not work out a long term deal. Chance of joining the Jets: Less than 1 percent.
Ray Rice – For some odd reason there have been a few Twitter rumors kicking around about the Jets and Rice, along with a few fans asking about him. It is not happening. The Jets are not running back desperate, particularly for an over the hill back who was out of the league last year for domestic violence. I would be surprised if Rice took another snap in the NFL again. If he does, it will not be with the Jets. Chance of joining the Jets: 0 percent.
Adrian Peterson – He will probably end up back in Minnesota but if not, the Jets aren’t going to pay big money for a 30 year old back. This is kind of similar to the Ray Rice situation except Peterson can still produce on the field and he is going to cost way more. The Jets are going to spend this offseason but their biggest contracts are not going to be at running back. Chance of joining the Jets: Less than 1 percent
Justin Houston – He would be a great fit and the Jets have the money to pay him. The only problem is the Kansas City Chiefs are going to franchise him, unless something extremely unexpected happens. Chance of joining the Jets: Less than 5 percentDemaryius Thomas – If Thomas somehow did hit free agency, I do think the Jets would make a legitimate run at him. However, it seems inconceivable for Denver not to franchise him. Chance of joining the Jets: Less than 5 percent
Darrelle Revis – It is more likely that New England pays Darrelle Revis a contract that makes it prohibitive to keep Devin McCourty than allows Revis to hit the open market. If he does, the Jets will be lining up to pay but I wouldn’t be dusting off those #24 jerseys quite yet. Chance of joining the Jets: Less than 10 percent
Randall Cobb – He is a high priority for the Packers this off-season. It is probably best to plan for the wide receiver free agent market under the assumption that Bryant, Thomas and Cobb (most people’s top three options) won’t be there for chasing. Chance of joining the Jets: Less than 10 percent