New York Jets Running 2017 Free Agency Blog – Day Two (3/10)

A running blog of day two of the NFL league year, tracking New York Jets news and updates…

Day two of the league year is here. Check out yesterday’s running blog and Scott Mason’s piece on Geno Smith…

March 12th, 2017

2:05 PM: Jason LaCanfora just reported that the Jets and Patriots are in the lead to sign LB Donta Hightower. Hightower is 27 years old and is coming off a year where he had 65 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 13 games. The Patriots clearly value him if they’re still in on him, so he will not come cheap, but adding him to a linebacking core that already includes Darron Lee, Jordan Jenkins, and Lorenzo Mauldin would give the Jets 4 LBs all under the age of 26. With the emphasis of Maccagnan this offseason on really rebuilding this team, this would be another step in the right direction and would allow the Jets to either a) move on from David Harris and save $7M in cap space or b) play Hightower and Harris together and have Darron Lee play off the edge a little more. That formation, with Leonard Williams, Muhammed Wilkerson, and Steve McClendon collapsing the pocket would allow the Jets to make use of Lee’s athleticism to clean up sacks. Its how the Ageless Wonder Calvin Pace got double digit sacks a couple of years ago. This would also represent arguably the biggest free agent signing of Mike Maccagnan’s tenure – Dalbin Osorio

7:06 PM- The Jets just announced that they signed LT Kelvin Beachum and K Chandler Catanzaro. These two signings come very much out of left field, as the team wasn’t really linked to these players at all. These signings also broke within two minutes of each other, and they were broken by a Fox Sports affiliate and what seemed like a Direct TV affiliated sports anchor. Further proof that no one knows anything that is really going on in Florham Park. We’ll have a more in depth look on the activity from the Jets in a bit, including a deep dive on Beachum and Catanzaro.- Dalbin Osorio

1:30PM – No news outside Robert Griffin III being on the market and potentially interested in playing with the Jets. I’d rather just pay Geno Smith, who is familiar with the team, will probably be cheaper and would likely be more effective. There is still no visit scheduled between Jay Cutler and the Jets, so the mutual interest may have been overstated. We shall see.

How are you holding up, Jets fans?

9:00AM – After a relatively quiet day one (outside of some in-house business with Josh Martin, Ben Ijalana, Marcus Williams, Wesley Johnson and Corey Lemonier), let’s reset what the New York Jets starting lineup currently looks like:

  • QB – Bryce Petty
  • RB – Matt Forte
  • TE – Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  • WR – Quincy Enunwa
  • WR – Robby Anderson
  • WR – Eric Decker
  • LT – Ben Ijalana
  • LG – James Carpenter
  • C – Wesley Johnson
  • RG – Brian Winters
  • RT – Brandon Shell
  • NT – Steve McLendon
  • DE – Muhammad Wilkerson
  • DE – Leonard Williams
  • OLB – Jordan Jenkins
  • ILB – Darron Lee
  • ILB – David Harris
  • OLB – Lorenzo Mauldin
  • CB – Juston Burris
  • CB – Buster Skrine
  • FS – Marcus Gilchrist
  • SS – Calvin Pryor
  • K – Ross Martin
  • P – Lachlan Edwards

Will the Jets first external move come today? – Joe Caporoso

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