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    Per Cimini: Jets likely to make a pre-draft splash with free agency or trade;

    [B][SIZE=3]New York Jets likely to make a pre-draft splash with free agency or trade; plan to sign Neil Rackers[/SIZE][/B]


    The [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/New+York+Jets"]Jets[/URL] have gone three weeks since their last significant player move - the signing of [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/LaDainian+Tomlinson"]LaDainian Tomlinson[/URL]. In their world, that's an eternity, but it doesn't mean they're out of tricks.

    They're not planning to go peacefully into the April 22 draft. League insiders believe ever-aggressive [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mike+Tannenbaum"]GM Mike Tannenbaum[/URL] may have a surprise or two before the Jets shift into draft mode. Considering the timing - 10 days before the deadline for signing restricted free agents - it's possible the Jets are preparing to plunge into the RFA market.

    That is sure to ratchet up the speculation regarding [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Brandon+Marshall"]Brandon Marshall[/URL], but league sources continued to maintain yesterday that the Jets aren't interested in signing or trading for the [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Denver+Broncos"]Broncos[/URL] wide receiver.

    One move that could happen this week involves the kicking situation. Now that [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jay+Feely"]Jay Feely[/URL] has signed with the [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Arizona+Cardinals"]Cardinals[/URL], the Jets are planning to visit with unrestricted free agent [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Neil+Rackers"]Neil Rackers[/URL], who spent the last seven seasons with the Cards.

    Rackers, 33, is scheduled to arrive tonight and will meet tomorrow with Jets officials, sources confirmed. The Jets already have recently signed veteran [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Nick+Folk"]Nick Folk[/URL] on the roster - he signed Feb. 23, when talks with Feely hit an impasse - but Folk is coming off a bad year and they may want to add a more reliable kicker to compete with him.

    Rackers is a 78% career field-goal kicker (not counting two big misses in last season's playoffs) and is widely regarded as the top kicker remaining on the market. The [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Baltimore+Ravens"]Ravens[/URL] and [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Cincinnati+Bengals"]Bengals[/URL] also are believed to be interested.

    By rule, the Jets now are eligible to sign an unrestricted free agent to replace Feely, but as a "Final Eight" team, they can't sign a player to a greater first-year salary than the one they lost. Based on Feely's contract, that means they have about $1.25 million to play with. It's not enough to make a huge splash, but it should be enough to secure Rackers or another kicker.

    The Jets have needs at wide receiver, defensive line and quarterback (a veteran backup), so it's possible Tannenbaum is plotting a pre-draft move to plug one or more holes with a trade and/or free-agent signing. The team has acknowledged an interest in former Bengals and Jets [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Laveranues+Coles"]wide receiver Laveranues Coles[/URL], a free agent.

    The Jets are also interested in locking up two of their young stars, cornerback [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Darrelle+Revis"]Darrelle Revis[/URL] and [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Nick+Mangold"]center Nick Mangold[/URL], to long-term deals.

    The Jets own the 29th pick in the upcoming draft, but that doesn't mean they will pick in that spot.

    Tannenbaum has traded up in two of the last three drafts to select Revis and quarterback [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mark+Sanchez"]Mark Sanchez[/URL], and he won't hesitate to move up for an elite player.
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    Elvis Dumervil!

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    [QUOTE=Mario;3547112]Elvis Dumervil![/QUOTE]

    That would be nice....but to costly? We need to help the chosen one.

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    [QUOTE=C Mart;3547108][B][SIZE=3] The team has acknowledged an interest in former Bengals and Jets [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Laveranues+Coles"]wide receiver Laveranues Coles[/URL], a free agent.[/QUOTE]

    Jeebus, no.

    A concussion prone, forever "disrespected" sourpuss.

    His negatives outweigh the positives at this stage of his career.

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    I think the big move or two are going to be contract extensions to one or two of our young stars.

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    here is what i love about Tannenbaum...they have a draft board...if they see someone they love slipping you better believe they are going to go get him. I see them maybe trading Leon for a third + (which they don't have) and then using that to move up for Mays or Bryant.

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    [QUOTE=32green;3547116]Jeebus, no.

    A concussion prone, forever "disrespected" sourpuss.

    His negatives outweigh the positives at this stage of his career.[/QUOTE]

    +1......Move on, lets give Marcus Henry a shot, hes been developing now for a year plus, or Brad Smith a bigger role. We dont neeed to address the Wr..........

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    must be a slow news day. we'll see what tannenbaum and ryan will do in the days before the draft. obviously all teams can use improvement and it is foolish to think the jets are the exception. however, they are in a good position of being able to draft the best player available as opposed to targetting a particular position. they do need to look at oline, dline, wr, and secondary. not because what they have doesn't work but just because they can always use depth.

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    I see the jets trading up for a pass rusher in the draft. I am going to assume it will be graham or kindle.

    unless they take golden tate or another receiver with the 1st pick, then yes bring coles in for 1 year and let him play the slot.

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    Talk about a vague article.
    Hell, we write s*it like that every day here on JI. Must suck being a beat writer nowadays competing with blogs, JI, Gangreen ect.

    Cimini really knows no more than anyone on here.

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    Cimini must use toilet paper to wipe his mouth because he's talking out his ass again.

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    [QUOTE=copernicus;3547160]+1......Move on, lets give Marcus Henry a shot, hes been developing now for a year plus, or Brad Smith a bigger role. We dont neeed to address the Wr..........[/QUOTE]

    WR is most definitely a position that needs to be addressed.

    But I agree that Coles isn't the answer.

    Still, I think we definitely draft another receiver. Most likely within the first 4 rounds.

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    [QUOTE=Untouchable;3547205]WR is most definitely a position that needs to be addressed.

    But I agree that Coles isn't the answer.

    Still, I think we definitely draft another receiver. Most likely within the first 4 rounds.[/QUOTE]

    I agree on your assessment of Coles.

    What I'm wondering is how in the heck Cimini equates signing Coles with "pre-draft splash."

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    [QUOTE=32green;3547116]Jeebus, no.

    A concussion prone, forever [B]"disrespected"[/B] sourpuss.

    His negatives outweigh the positives at this stage of his career.[/QUOTE]

    + a fillion!!! :rolleyes:

    Why would Lav want to be play in a place that SOOOO mistreated him??? :cool:

    F' em!! :mad:

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    [QUOTE=SMC;3547215]I agree on your assessment of Coles.

    What I'm wondering is how in the heck Cimini equates signing Coles with "pre-draft splash."[/QUOTE]

    I think that's Cimini's idea of a "big pre-draft splash". Neil Rackers and Coles on a 1 year deal. :rolleyes:

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    Ugh, will the draft just get here already? So tired of all this wild speculation by these numbskull writers.

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    [QUOTE=Mario;3547112]Elvis Dumervil![/QUOTE]

    I would be more than happy to give up a 1st and 2nd for him(we have no 3rd).

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    [QUOTE=Untouchable;3547205]WR is most definitely a position that needs to be addressed.

    But I agree that Coles isn't the answer.

    Still, I think we definitely draft another receiver. Most likely within the first 4 rounds.[/QUOTE]

    UT, I respect your opinion around here and am curious as to why you believe that Wr "is most definitely a position that needs to be addressed."

    Here's my case why it isnt:

    1) Braylon Edwards has shown major signs that he is a bonafide Pro Bowl Wr. In a season where he joined the team late, immediatly became a major threat on offense with a few drops in BIG situations. Ironically, he made much tougher catches over the middle in the clutch. I think with a whole season to prepare we see a more consitant Edwards. I do not buy into the media's point of view where this guy cant catch the football. I know Edwards has acted immature in the past but believe he has turned over a new leaf here under Rex. He is talented enough to give him a full season and thensome to become our main Wr.

    2) Jerricho Cotchery is an above average #2 Wr. This guy has been nothing but clutch over the past three years. If Edwards goes down, I have no doubt Cotchery steps it up, he has proven it in the past and has no ego to get in his way.

    3) Brad Smith emerged last season as a bonifide threat at the Wildcat position. Playing only QB in college, Smith was asked to change positions and has improved each year. This could be the year that it pays off at Wr. He has shown signs that he can play.

    4) Marcus Henry has the size and speed. Has been developing for a few years now on the PS. We have to see what he can do or he is just taking up space.

    5) Late round Wr. I have no problem addressing this position late in the draft. Just dont think it is a pressing need.

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    Here's my case why it isnt:

    1) Braylon Edwards has shown major signs that he is a bonafide Pro Bowl Wr. In a season where he joined the team late, immediatly became a major threat on offense with a few drops in BIG situations. Ironically, he made much tougher catches over the middle in the clutch. I think with a whole season to prepare we see a more consitant Edwards. I do not buy into the media's point of view where this guy cant catch the football. I know Edwards has acted immature in the past but believe he has turned over a new leaf here under Rex. He is talented enough to give him a full season and thensome to become our main Wr.
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    Edwards helped the team a lot last year being a deep threat. However if he continues to drop as many passes as he has in the past it is a very legit concern. If he has a bad year they may be looking to upgrade #1 WR. If he has a great year he might price himself out what the Jets figure he is worth.
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    2) Jerricho Cotchery is an above average #2 Wr. This guy has been nothing but clutch over the past three years. If Edwards goes down, I have no doubt Cotchery steps it up, he has proven it in the past and has no ego to get in his way.

    [B]Cotchery is money, no worries at all about him.[/B]

    3) Brad Smith emerged last season as a bonifide threat at the Wildcat position. Playing only QB in college, Smith was asked to change positions and has improved each year. This could be the year that it pays off at Wr. He has shown signs that he can play.

    [B]Brad Smith has proved a few things the last few years.
    - He can help out in the wildcat.
    - He is an excellent ST player.
    - He is totally NOT a viable WR.[/B]

    4) Marcus Henry has the size and speed. Has been developing for a few years now on the PS. We have to see what he can do or he is just taking up space.

    [B]He has not been able to get any playing time despite us not always being strong at WR. I'd say after the 2 years or so we have had him the Jets know what they have.[/B]


    5) Late round Wr. I have no problem addressing this position late in the draft. Just dont think it is a pressing need.

    [B]If Cotchery got hurt in the 1st game of the year we would have the worst WR core in the league probably. Edwards, Clowney....who?

    Our passing offense 31st in the league, we went out and got a highly touted Qb, we watched as we lost the title game because Indys 3rd WR shredded us.

    WR may not be well above some other positions but to me it is at least as much of a need as just about nay other position we are drafting for.


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    [QUOTE=copernicus;3547235]UT, I respect your opinion around here and am curious as to why you believe that Wr "is most definitely a position that needs to be addressed."

    Here's my case why it isnt:

    1) Braylon Edwards has shown major signs that he is a bonafide Pro Bowl Wr. In a season where he joined the team late, immediatly became a major threat on offense with a few drops in BIG situations. Ironically, he made much tougher catches over the middle in the clutch. I think with a whole season to prepare we see a more consitant Edwards. I do not buy into the media's point of view where this guy cant catch the football. I know Edwards has acted immature in the past but believe he has turned over a new leaf here under Rex. He is talented enough to give him a full season and thensome to become our main Wr.

    2) Jerricho Cotchery is an above average #2 Wr. This guy has been nothing but clutch over the past three years. If Edwards goes down, I have no doubt Cotchery steps it up, he has proven it in the past and has no ego to get in his way.

    3) Brad Smith emerged last season as a bonifide threat at the Wildcat position. Playing only QB in college, Smith was asked to change positions and has improved each year. This could be the year that it pays off at Wr. He has shown signs that he can play.

    4) Marcus Henry has the size and speed. Has been developing for a few years now on the PS. We have to see what he can do or he is just taking up space.

    5) Late round Wr. I have no problem addressing this position late in the draft. Just dont think it is a pressing need.[/QUOTE]




    I agree. Iam so tired of hearing our WR spot is sub par. Given everything you mentioned plus year two of Sanchez..... I see no reason the passing game can not be one of the better units of this team. I still think we should be a run first type offence, however I think this team WILL move the ball through the air no doubt about it. Ill take a good guy in the slot if there is one to be had, other than that we are all set @ #1 and #2 @ the receiver spot.

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