New York Jets Sign Linebacker Antwan Barnes

The New York Jets have bolstered their pass rush by signing outside linebacker Antwan Barnes

The New York Jets bolstered their pass rush and improved their currently shaky depth at outside linebacker by signing former San Diego Charger Antwan Barnes. This has been a long rumored move as Barnes has experience in Rex Ryan’s defense from the 2007 and 2008 season when both were in Baltimore. The Jets had expressed interest in Barnes in previous years but were never able to get the deal done.

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Turn On The Jets 2013 Free Agency Primer 1.0

Turn On The Jets with a preview of how the New York Jets could handle free agency, which begins on March 12th – Version 1.0

NFL free agency kicks off on March 12th, only 8 days from today. The New York Jets are not expected to be overly active considering their salary cap situation. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, considering how the team has been run in previous years, they need to sit out the first wave of overpaid free agents and settle for 2nd and 3rd tier players who they can get at bargain rates. The focus for this team needs to be on building through the NFL Draft. Regardless, there will be some measure of activity from the Jets in the coming months, here is the first version of our round-up heading into next week

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Turn On The Jets 12 Pack – Flight 5 Live/PSA Edition

The Turn On The Jets 12 Pack with a PSA edition and live hosting the New York Jets fan show “Flight 5 Live”

The Turn On The Jets 12 Pack is back with a special site PSA edition and live hosting of the New York Jets fan talk show “Flight 5 Live” – Our friends over there are having some website issues so we are happy to host their show right here in the video below which will be airing at 7 PM, check it out and the rest of our 12 Pack

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New York Jets – An Off-Season Of Overreactions And Bad Jokes

The New York Jets rumor mill is producing nothing but overreactions and bad jokes with no long term perspective in mind

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com appropriately called making fun of the New York Jets our “fifth national sport” this morning on Twitter. At this point, it doesn’t matter what rumor the team is associated with or how flimsy that information is, the only object of every beat writer and major NFL writer is to sprint to the keyboard and fire off a snarky Tweet preceded by “LOLZJETS…AMIRITE?” Context isn’t important, looking at the broader picture isn’t important and certainly common sense isn’t important.

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New York Jets – Embrace The Rebuild

The New York Jets and their fanbase need to embrace the needed rebuilding process that will occur during the 2013 season

The New York Jets current level of roster talent and salary cap situation makes rebuilding an inevitable necessity. Rebuilding is the type of word people don’t hesitate to throw around when they are watching their team get Butt-Fumbled on National Television to their “biggest rivals” but when it comes to the actual practice, teams and fans get squeamish about it. Make no mistake, the New York Jets best approach to building a sustainable long term contender is cleaning house and making roster decisions with an eye towards 2014 and beyond, not 2013.

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Turn On The Jets Off-Season Roundtable – Secondary

The Turn On The Jets staff debates how the New York Jets should handle their secondary this off-season

Welcome to our off-season review of the New York Jets roster at Turn On The Jets. Each week we are going to attack a different position. We will have a roundtable discussion on it, Steve Bateman will submit a film breakdown examining it and our draft staff will look at potential prospects the Jets could add. So far we have covered quarterbackrunning backwide receiveroffensive linedefensive linelinebacker, this week we move to the secondary.

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New York Jets – The Purging Begins

The New York Jets began the rebuilding process today with a few long overdue moves

The New York Jets made a handful of long anticipated transactions today, releasing linebackers Calvin Pace and Bart Scott, safety Eric Smith, offensive lineman Jason Smith and waiving tight-end Josh Baker. The moves surprised nobody but marked an important turning of the page and a beginning of the arduous process of rebuilding the roster.

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12 Pack Of New York Jets Off-Season Thoughts – 2013, Edition #1

Turn On The Jets with 12 off-season thoughts on the New York Jets

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The 12 packs do not stop here at Turn On The Jets. Every week, this space will now be used for a collection of 12 weekly off-season thoughts on the New York Jets (This will normally run on Fridays, not Mondays). Some exciting things to look forward to in the coming weeks 

On to the 12 pack…

1. The hiring of Tom Gamble as the New York Jets General Manager is not official yet and many are beginning to panic since he is interviewing with San Diego, while the Jets still interview Marc Ross and Scott Cohen. We remain confident in Bassett’s report and think the outline he provided this morning is a sensible explanation. Nothing is 100% until the contract is signed but it would take a major turn of events for this not to go through. The Jets must interview Ross today to comply with the Rooney Rule and need to get their act together for the season ending press conference tomorrow, while Gamble is posturing for further leverage knowing he is team’s top choice. If he isn’t officially hired by Wednesday night/Thursday morning…then it is time to panic (although ending up with Ross wouldn’t be a disaster at all).

2. Tomorrow’s press conference should be an interesting one to say the least. Expect an angry, vindictive New York media coming hard after Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson. What is the over/under on tattoo and Tebow questions? Do not look for too many answers of note coming out of either Johnson or Rex. The entire organization is in flux until the GM hiring becomes official.

3. I have been banging this drum pretty loudly on Twitter the past few weeks but a few cost effective upgrades for the Jets on offense could be letting Dustin Keller and Shonn Greene walk and replacing them with Delanie Walker and Chris Ivory, respectively. You can get familiar with the entire free agent list right here. (Note that Ivory is going to be a Restricted Free Agent this off-season, not Unrestricted).

4. It is hard not to look forward to the complete house cleaning of the Jets linebacker position, which outside of quarterback is the biggest disaster on the team. Bryan Thomas, Bart Scott and Calvin Pace will all be let go, with Thomas and Scott likely retiring. Pace could probably find a taker on a minimum contract from a team who plays 3-4 but at this point, he is strictly a 2 down linebacker. David Harris will be back but remains one of the most overpaid players in the league and is coming off a career worst season. It is going to take an aggressive approach in the draft and free agency to fix this mess. There will be some intriguing options likely available at #9 and the list of available linebackers in free agency is deep this season (Paul Kruger, Conner Barwin, Antwan Barnes, Manny Lawson, Anthony Spencer, Victor Butler).

5. LaRon Landry is going to be a tough player to bring back in 2013. He was a good fit in Rex Ryan’s defense as an in the box safety and earned himself a trip to the Pro-Bowl. However, he has limitations in coverage and is likely going to be seeking a contract out of the Jets budget. Paying 3 million per year for Landry is one thing, paying 7 million a year for him? Probably not a wise move, particularly with so much money already tied up in the secondary.

6. Plenty of superlatives being thrown out for Buffalo’s hire of Doug Marrone. Somehow I don’t think we’d be hearing so many if Woody Johnson made the decision to hire a college coach who went 25-25 at Syracuse. This isn’t to say Marrone will be a bad coach but it is interesting how heavily he is being praised already with such an unproven record. Similar to the Jets, Buffalo won’t be going anywhere until they find a quarterback.

7. The Jets will likely be looking at 4-6 new starters on each of the football in 2013. We haven’t seen roster turnover like that since between the 2005 and 2006 season. Similar to now, that team was expected to be entering a long rebuilding phase. However they surprised everybody by going 10-6 thanks primarily to Chad Pennington putting together a steady year at quarterback, a strong draft and a few savvy low-cost free agent signings/trade acquisitions. Nothing wrong with looking for a silver lining, right?

8. The Jets need to find a way to bring Mike DeVito back. Mike Tannenbaum allowed too many players like DeVito to leave over the years and it caught up to him. DeVito is a versatile, blue-collar player who is essential to the Jets defensive line rotation. He is also one of the leaders in the locker room and one of the team’s most high character guys. Besides, if he walks…you know he is ending up in New England.

9. Whoever is in charge of Gameday Operations for Jets games – No more C-List celebrities leading awkward J-E-T-S chants before the game. No more special teams being called out as starters. No more fireworks and poorly timed music being blared. Thank you.

10. Quinton Coples led the Jets this season with 5.5 sacks, despite only playing in 47% of the team’s snaps. It was quietly a very strong year for Coples, who will only get better as his technique improves and playing time increases. I was as critical about the pick as anybody but he proved his critics wrong and could be a double-digit sack guy next year playing alongside Muhammad Wilkerson and improved outside linebackers.

11. As for the other rookies, it is easy to be down on Stephen Hill’s future after a disappointing rookie year but we knew he was far from a finished product coming out of Georgia Tech. Shame on the Jets for forcing him into the starting line-up with no capable veterans at split end to help ease him in. Hill has the physical skills but still needs to improve his hands and route-running. He can be an consistently explosive player in this league, it is just going to take time. Demario Davis didn’t get much of a shot this year, so it will be interesting to see how he fits in the new GM’s plans. Antonio Allen has potential going forward as a situational player and special teamer.

12. Words I never want to hear again associated with the Jets: Wildcat, Process, (Insert Number Here) is eligible, Ground and/or Pound, TEBOW, Pump fake.

Turn On The Jets 12 Pack, Week 17 – Year End Edition

Turn On The Jets year-end New York Jets 12 Pack – What is going on in Florham Park and who are we saying good-bye to?

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The Turn On The Jets 12 pack is back for one final edition in 2012. Instead of talking about the meaningless game against the Buffalo Bills, we are going to do two things today. First, we are going to cover our understanding of the current situation in Florham Park and venture a few guesses at what happens next week. Second, we are going to give our favorite moment from 12 Jets who will likely be playing their final game with the team this Sunday. 

Currently you have an organization at war with themselves in Florham Park. Everybody is out to save their own job and pulling their respective strings within the media. Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum are done working together. There has been a growing rift between both of them, which is likely going to leave Woody Johnson with a choice. He knows Tannenbaum can’t be retained in his current role, but will he do the right thing and fully cut the cord with him? Or will he take a half measure and just reassign him to a cap specialist role?

Tannenbaum has been actively reaching out to media members trying to spin himself into this role and painting a friendly picture of the Jets salary cap, which is incorrect. If Woody hangs on to Tannenbaum, due to their close working relationship, it is highly unlikely that Rex Ryan will be back and it will be difficult to recruit the type of GM the team needs to rebuild the roster. The Jets need a fresh face, not an in-house candidate (Scott Cohen), a retread (Joey Clinkscales), or a past his prime evaluator who destroyed another team (Scott Pioli). A Tannenbaum return also likely means that Mark Sanchez will stay on the roster, since it is Tannenbaum who traded for him and structured his contract, thus meaning he will give him every last possible chance to succeed.

If Woody fully fires Tannenbaum, the new GM will evaluate Ryan and could decide to hang on to him with a reworked offensive coaching staff. Hopefully, he will also construct a strong personnel department that doesn’t succumb to “groupthink” on draft or player decisions because Rex has publicly claimed responsibility for his share of flawed moves in that area (John Conner, Kyle Wilson, Santonio Holmes, Over reliance on Shonn Greene etc).

At this point, the following should be expected on Monday: Tony Sparano will be fired, with Matt Cavanaugh likely not far behind. Mike Tannenbaum will have his current position changed, either to fired or reassigned to cap specialist. From what we’ve heard no final decision has been reached yet, but If I was betting man (and I hope I’m wrong) Tannenbaum will just be reassigned. After that domino falls, the decision on Rex Ryan will come and further coaching staff and front office shake-ups could take place. It is going to be a very different hierarchy in Florham Park in 2013.

And now our farewell 12 pack to 12 Jets who likely won’t be back in 2013, by commemorating our favorite moment of their time with the team –

1. Bart Scott – Obvious choice here

2. Calvin Pace – Obvious choice here (Hey, that win over New England was the biggest in franchise history outside of Super Bowl III, no?)

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3. Sione Pouha – Remember how much fun Jets football was back in 2010? How excited the crowd was for the Monday Night opener against Baltimore? The first defense play when Shaun Ellis smashed Joe Flacoo and Sione Pouha recovered the fumble? Those were the days…

4. Eric Smith – Way before Eric Smith was chasing after Tim Tebow and Victor Cruz, he put together a strong year as a specialist/reserve in 2009. (I literally can’t believe this highlight tape is on YouTube).

5. Shonn Greene – This is out of hope that nobody with the Jets is foolish enough to give him a new contract. Greene peeked in the 2009 playoffs and has been on a steady decline since. But how about this run?

6. Dustin Keller – It is hard to see Keller back for another year. Mark Sanchez and Dustin Keller…this close to a Super Bowl?

7. Bryan Thomas – Blue-collar and was a valuable player to this team for over a decade. He has had too many good moments just to pick one. We are going to miss you BT!

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8. Jason Smith – All those times you reported eligible was a nice reminder of Mike Tannenbaum’s ineptitude….

9. Tim Tebow – Ha!

10. Mike DeVito – I hope he is brought back. If not, he will be in New England and making plays before you blink your eyes.

11. Matt Slauson/Austin Howard/Brandon Moore – Some combination of you won’t be brought back. Moore has been a warrior for the Jets the past decade and is one of the team’s smartest, most articulate members. Slauson is a decent starting guard who had a bit of a down year in 2012. Howard is a good run blocker but is not reliable at all in pass protection.

12. Mike Tannenbaum – We can only hope…

New York Jets Salary Cap Hell – A Roundtable Interview

An interview with Jason From NY Jets Cap and a former NFL personnel executive about the state of the New York Jets

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The New York Jets are currently in what can aptly be described as “Salary Cap Hell.” Because of that Turn On The Jets reached out to one of our favorite writers covering the team, Jason from NY Jets Cap. You won’t find anybody out there with a better grasp of the Jets financial situation. On top of that, we also spoke with our source within the NFL on the current status of the team and their upcoming future. Finally, I included a few links to worthwhile reads on how the Jets can proceed from here. Enjoy and as always discuss here in the comment section and on our Facebook and Twitter page –

TOJ – Understanding all the salary cap ramifications and his current level of play – What would you do with Mark Sanchez this off-season? And what do you predict will actually end up playing out?

NY Jets Cap – I think the situation is beyond repair and at this point he has to go. I could not even imagine bringing him back in 2013 and having him compete for a starting job. The home crowd can’t stand him and it is simply not going to work. The problem is from a cap standpoint an outright release costs the team slightly over $17 million which will not only make fielding a team more difficult but be a PR nightmare for the front office. If it was me I’d be contacting any team with a bad QB situation (Oakland and Arizona at the top of the list) and seeing if they would trade anything for him and absorb a portion of that salary for next season. At least its a small victory to bring the cap number down. If that can not be done I would designate him a June 1st cut and split the cap charges over two seasons – around $12.15 million in 2013 and $4.8 million in 2014.

I think what actually happens depends on if there is turnover in the front office or not. If there is I think they will do something along the lines of the June 1 cut. If Mike Tannenbaum is still in charge I think he will remain and they will bring his cap number down by paying some of his 2013 salary as a bonus and deal with the cap consequences of that move the following year.

TOJ – Should the Jets consider trading Antonio Cromartie or Darrelle Revis to free up cap space and begin building through the draft?

NY Jets Cap –  I would take offers for both of them. Again it depends on if you are looking short or long term. A short term move of Cromartie via trade frees up $8.25 million in cap that could go to fixing a number of weaknesses but would not net much in the way of draft compensation. Moving Revis would likely lose cap space in the short term but you would receive higher compensation for him in the draft that can really help in the future. I think there is also the consideration that Revis may not want to come back in 2014 when he will be a free agent when making the move. Either way I would not bring both back next season. Pass defense is the least of the team’s concerns and tying up $20 million in cap for those two is not going to make the team better.

TOJ – Do you think there is any way they could move Santonio Holmes or David Harris’ contract?

NY Jets Cap – Probably not. Holmes I think could have been moved had he not been injured, but his recovery has been very slow and he is coming off a poor season before that. Harris is overpaid and I dont think anyone would want him for $10.9 million in 2013, $9.5 million of which is fully guaranteed. In terms of a pure release Holmes is a candidate and the Jets would receive some credit if he signed with another team and I have to think someone would pay him at least $1-2 million on a 1 year deal. The Jets do create cap room by releasing him. Harris cant be cut due to the salary guarantee.

TOJ – Name 10 players on the current roster who won’t be on the team next season

NY Jets Cap – Bart Scott. Calvin Pace. Eric Smith. Jason Smith. Sione Pouha. LaRon Landry. Dustin Keller. Tim Tebow. Santonio Holmes. Brandon Moore.

TOJ – Considering the Jets need two new starting OLBs, a new starting RB, a new starting RT and G. How many holes can they realistically expect to fill?

smithcol25s-1-webNY Jets Cap – I guess it depends on if they go into full rebuild mode or they go into a retooling mode. The Jets have enough flexibility in their contract structure to go out and grab a few free agents that would help improve the team in the short term. The issue with that scenario is you might replay what we are going through now in another year or two.  If they take the cap pains of the bad deals in 2013 you won’t see any impact players being brought in to fill those spots. It will primarily be all stopgap players, kind of like what the Jets did in 2006 and 2007.

TOJ – Are LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell back next season?

NY Jets Cap – Landry won’t be. I think the price tag is too high and even if the Jets think they are retooling they have to have it in the back of their heads that he is not the answer to a long term rebuild. Bell is a lower cost player and will do 1 year contracts from here on out so I think if he wants to keep playing the Jets will welcome him back.

TOJ – Give me a best case scenario for the Jets off-season

NY Jets Cap – I tend to think the Jets have to think of their long term future and move onward. I think the best case scenario consists of low level trades for Sanchez and Tebow, trading Cromartie, re-signing Revis to a realistic contract, and releasing Holmes. It would probably leave the Jets with $20-25 million to spend in free agency to fill out the roster and not hurt them in the short term while improving their long term prospects. I’m not sure if I would consider Mike Vick or Alex Smith as a one year option at QB, but I think one of those players should be brought in for a look. Vick is more dynamic but Smith is the safer QB. The thing is it can’t be for more than a year. If not I’d look at Matt Moore from Miami and use him as a cheap one year player. If Miami started him this year they would be in the playoff hunt. But to me this is their best team that they can produce and keep 2014 wide open for major improvement.

Worst case scenario is the braintrust going behind closed doors and saying “man if we only had Holmes and Revis for the year we would be 9-7” and then going into the preseason with Sanchez and McElroy battling it out for the starting QB job without releasing any of the big contract guys.

A few quotes from a former NFL personnel executive and current employee of the league on the situation with the Jets

“A current Jets coach had this to say to me about the organization yesterday – As bad as the team looks on the outside, it is ten times worse inside the building.”  – This was a response to an inquiry about the relationship between Rex and Tannenbaum.

“Everyone says the GM should be just doing contracts but that is the worst thing he does. Have you seen the cap of the Jets? It is a mess but with the years left on his contract, I still don’t think he is going to get fired by Woody.”

“It is hard to get a read on what Rex thinks. Who knows the real deal with him because of the lies he throws in front of the media all the time?”

(On chatter about Eric DeCosta as a GM candidate) – “DeCosta is not going anywhere this off-season. Beyond that, take a look at Baltimore’s recent drafts. I don’t think the Jets make the major front office moves their fans are hoping for”

 

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