New York Jets Running 2015 Free Agency Blog – Day One

Running commentary on the New York Jets moves during the first week of free agency

Running commentary on the New York Jets moves and decisions during the first week of NFL free agency. Check back throughout the day for updates and links to articles on each added player. Also remember to listen in to our Podcast Wednesday night at 8:30

10:45PM – We will pick it up with running day two blog tomorrow. Stay tuned.

10:30PM – More detailed thoughts on Skrine. More contributors on Revis. More moves coming? The Jets are reportedly still talking to CB Antonio Cromartie.

9:55PM – More fleshed out thoughts on Revis coming back. Also finalizing more detailed thoughts on Buster Skrine. Are the Jets done in the secondary or will they still look at add Antonio Cromartie or Marcus Gilchrist in the coming days? It will also be interesting to see if the Jets begin addressing linebacker, which is now clearly the weakest area of the defense.


8:15PM – Big thanks to Corey Griffin for hosting us on this awesome free agency #Podnanza. Check it out here:

…And here is a Buster Skrine GIF, cause why not?

6:40PM – Maybe it just interests me but Priority Sports and the Jets have been working closely together today. They rep James Carpenter (signed by the Jets), Brent Hundley (leaked meeting with the Jets today) and Roy Helu Jr (now a rumored free agent target for the Jets). Helu had an impressive year catching the football in 2014 with 42 receptions on 47 targets for 477 yards with 2 TDs. The Jets have not been shy about wanting a receiving back, despite bringing Powell back.

5:30PM – The Jets have now officially released Percy Harvin. They will have six draft picks: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 7th (via Chicago from the Brandon Marshall trade). The Jets are also planning a visit with safety Marcus Gilchrist, who started the last 32 games for the San Diego Chargers at strong safety as they aggressively look to improve their secondary.

4:15PM – A cornerback! The Jets have signed former Cleveland Brown Buster Skrine. Here are a few thoughts on him from Brendan Leister who covers the Cleveland Browns from @DraftBrowns

Skrine is being signed to a 4 year, 25 million dollar deal with 13 million guaranteed. We will break down his game more in-depth later tonight.

Also a quick update on the Brandon Marshall trade: The Jets are ALSO getting a 7th rounder back from Chicago AND have not yet released Percy Harvin.

4:06PM – ALL THE TRADES! Jimmy Graham to Seattle. Max Unger to New Orleans. Haloti Ngata to Detroit. Sam Bradford to Philadelphia. Nick Foles to St. Louis. How does any of it impact the Jets? So much for the monster trade up from Philadelphia for Marcus Mariota, if he happened to be on the board at #6 for the New York Jets to consider. Some are speculating that Drew Brees could be a trade target, which sounds premature but who the hell knows with this league. Oh and this…

Buckle up.

3:00PM – One hour out until 4PM. Yesterday, I said the Jets chances of signing Darrelle Revis were somewhere between 20-25%, it feels like that number is a little higher right now, although I still wouldn’t call them the favorite. Is Bill Belichick going to meet the 40 million guaranteed that Revis is reportedly asking for? I don’t think Woody Johnson will have a problem meeting it. Jets fans should hope for Revis but prepare for fallback options. Speaking of them, Antonio Cromartie said he is down to three teams: the Jets, Dallas and Arizona and that he will make a decision tonight. Brandon Browner is also now expected to hit the market. Could he be an option the Jets consider?

Outside of corner, Shane Vereen signed with the Giants. Unless, CJ Spiller comes dirt cheap, I think the Jets may hold off on addressing running back until the NFL Draft. They also have rumored interest in Brooks Reed and Jonathan Casillas, which would be depth additions at linebacker. – JC

11:45AM – The Jets are bringing back RB Bilal Powell, as expected. Powell is a versatile player, who is a quality blocker in pass protection and is underrated as a north/south runner. He doesn’t excel in any particular area and isn’t explosive but is a valuable piece to have for depth at running back, especially with Chris Ivory’s injury history. This move shouldn’t stop the Jets from considering adding a third piece to the running back position, whether that is a draft pick or Shane Vereen. The numbers haven’t been released yet but expect his contract to be between 2-3 million dollars per year.

Also Brian Hoyer is officially going to the Texans now, so keep an eye on Ryan Fitzpatrick to the Jets. – JC

10:30AM – Mike Nolan added expanded thoughts on James Carpenter here. As for running back, I’m not sure if the Jets want to meet CJ Spiller’s price tag, if their very public desire to bring Bilal Powell back is because they love his game or because they are trying to send a message to Spiller. Yet, now we are hearing they could bid on Vereen (against the Giants, no less). I don’t think Powell coming back would stop them from adding another veteran. RB will be interesting to watch but I wonder if CB is the priority today. I’m not overly optimistic about getting Darrelle Revis but I will say the Jets do have a shot. If they don’t land him, look for a quick pivot to Chris Culliver, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine as options.

As for QB, my money is still on Ryan Fitzpatrick but the Jets haven’t up on Brian Hoyer yet (although I think Fitzpatrick is a better option). –  Joe Caporoso

9:00AM – Look for the Jets to add a RB early on in free agency, perhaps even before some other main needs are addressed. With Bilal Powell linked to Buffalo and Chris Johnson gone, what once was a great RB situation has become a one man show featuring Chris Ivory. C.J. Spiller is the obvious fit, but another name to watch is Shane Vereen. Joe Malfa

8:30AM – The Jets have began adding to their offensive line by signing James Carpenter, we’ll add a few more thoughts on the move throughout the day. Stay tuned for updates on that and more moves as the 4PM deadline approaches – Joe Caporoso

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports