TOJ New York Jets Link Dump – July 17th, 2014

TOJ New York Jets Link Dump – July 17th, 2014

Training camp is now less than one week away! Here are your New York Jets links, YouTube clip and GIF of the Day…

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TOJ New York Jets Link Dump – July 15th, 2014

Joe Malfa with a TOJ New York Jets Link Dump – July 15th, 2014

A part of any balanced breakfast – Your New York Jets links, YouTube clip and GIF of the Day…Positional preview for OLB and pre-training camp Power Rankings on the way today as well. 

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TOJ New York Jets Link Dump – July 14th, 2014

Joe Malfa with a TOJ New York Jets Link Dump for July 14th, 2014

Just another Monday closer to the NFL season kicking off. You can practically smell Doug’s Fish Fry in Cortland by this point, New York Jets fans…

See a Jets read you think should be linked here? Leave it in the comment section or Tweet it over to Joe Malfa or Joe Caporoso

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TOJ New York Jets Link Dump – July 10th, 2014

Joe Malfa with a TOJ New York Jets link dump for July 10th…

Your New York Jets links, YouTube clip and GIF of the day…56 days until NFL Kickoff and only two short weeks until the Jets are headed up to Cortland…

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TOJ New York Jets Link Dump – July 8th, 2014

Joe Malfa with your New York Jets links for July 7th…

Your New York Jets links of the day for July 8th, along with your YouTube clip and GIF of the day. SO MUCH VIEWING TO DO!

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TOJ New York Jets Link Dump – July 7th, 2014

Max Marcilla with your New York Jets links for July 7th…

Welcome to the TOJ Link Dump, where our newest writers Max Marcilla and Joe Malfa will take turns listing out the top New York Jets and NFL reads of the day. Yours truly will also throw in a GIF of the day and a generally ridiculous Rex Ryan picture as the feature image. See a great read? Tweet it over to Max, Joe or myself – JC

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TOJ Free Agency Link Dump: Flip Flopping On Cromartie

Throughout the off-season, I have been adamant about the importance of the New York Jets re-signing Antonio Cromartie and I still believe from a football perspective it is the right move. He fits well in the system opposite Darrelle Revis and is a better option than any one available in free agency (not counting Nnamdi Asomugha who the Jets can’t afford) and Kyle Wilson. However, it is hard not to get the impression that he is going to receive an offer from another team too pricey for the Jets to match or exceed.

His recent comments to Adam Schein indicate he will be waiting to see how much Nnamdi Asomugha is paid before making a decision, making it impossible for the Jets to lock him down in their window of exclusivity. He will also be offering no type of hometown discount to the Jets and appears anxious to explore what other teams will offer…despite the Jets fronting him $500,000 last year for child support problems he was having. Perhaps Rex Ryan’s love of corners and his defense will make him a high enough priority to receive a big contract from Mike Tannenbaum, but the momentum appears to be going the other way, especially if the Redskins drive up the price for Santonio Holmes who is a higher priority for the Jets, leaving less money to sign Cromartie.

For further thoughts on Cromartie and Jets free agency from myself and others, track the SB Nation New York stream.

A good piece expressing frustration with Cromartie from Jeff Capellini over at CBS/WFAN

Anybody care to explain to me how Santonio Holmes is a better fit in Washington than he is in New York?

Any of these potential free agents interest you on the Jets defense? I am sure Joey Porter’s name will get thrown around with the Jets if he gets released.

Eric Smith would be a cheaper alternative to bring back at safety than Brodney Pool.

If you didn’t see this yet, have a laugh at the expense of the Miami Dolphins.

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TOJ Link Dump – July 18th

It now seems to be a foregone conclusion that a new CBA deal will be announced this Thursday at the owner’s meetings, followed by a 72 hour window where teams can negotiate with their own free agents, followed by the free agency floodgates opening to the entire league in what should be a massive spending spree. In about two to three weeks, we could have the New York Jets, however they are constructed at that point, on the field in Florham Park getting ready for the 2011 season.

It is about damn time.

It is pretty amazing how far ahead Nick Mangold ranks ahead of every other center in the NFL by these and just about any metrics. Tim Graham also recently ranked him as the 5th best player in the AFC East, which seems a touch low to me at first glance. I know Tom Brady and Darrelle Revis will be higher, but I am curious to see who else will be. Then again it could be hard to put too much stock in a list that ranked Cameron Wake higher than Santonio Holmes and D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

It is comforting to know the Jets do have the best center in the league anchoring their offensive line for the long haul. Getting him with the 29th overall pick in the draft was an absolute steal and is right up there with trading up for Darrelle Revis as the best draft day move Mike Tannenbaum has made.

TOJ’s good friend Jeff Capellini recently published this article at WFAN.com on how the Jets should approach free agency. He has remained optimistic about the Nnamdi Asomugha being swayed by the potential to win over the money and seems to think there is a better chance of Braylon Edwards returning over Santonio Holmes, two opinions I do not agree with. However, with the amount of interest the Washington Redskins apparently have in Holmes, bringing Edwards back could become a financial necessity to save money to help improve the rest of the team. At corner, I just can’t picture any scenario where the Jets pay anywhere near the amount of money it will take to bring Asomugha here and would rather see them focus on getting Antonio Cromartie back.

An intriguing free agent option mentioned for the Jets in this article is San Diego linebacker Antwan Barnes. He has played under Rex Ryan before and finished with 4.5 sacks last season as a pass rushing specialist for the Chargers. The Jets aren’t going to be able to spend big money at linebacker but need to improve their depth and pass rush options so either bringing Jason Taylor back or signing somebody like Barnes or Manny Lawson are possibilities.

A look at a potential worst case scenario for the Jets in free agency. There will obviously be tough decisions that have to be made in the coming weeks but hopefully Mike Tannenbaum can manuever the numbers to maintain as much of the current roster as possible, while a few other supporting pieces.