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    .... into the OFFseason & the SCHEDULE ahead ~ ~ ~

    Into the Offseason and the Schedule Ahead

    With Super Bowl XLVI in the books, the 2011 NFL season has come to a close. Although the next regular-season game wont be until September, there is still plenty to look forward to for Jets fans this offseason. The Jets have yet to release dates on their own calendar and we’ll get them to you as soon as we have them. Following are dates and events along the league’s timeline in the coming months.

    Feb. 22-28 — NFL Scouting Combine

    Over 300 prospects for the 2012 draft have been invited to and will participate in the combine workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The combine is a proving ground for NFL hopefuls as their on- and off-the-field skills are evaluated.

    March 5 — Deadline to Apply Franchise Tag

    Each team can apply a franchise tag to any one player who would otherwise become an unrestricted free agent on March 13. This player is then tendered a one-year contract with his current team worth the cap percent average for players at his position. The Jets most recently franchised LB David Harris prior to the 2011 season before the sides negotiated a four-year extension in August.

    March 13, 4 p.m. — Free Agency Begins

    This is the earliest date that teams can sign free agents. There are two types of free agents: unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted free agents have accrued four or more seasons in the NFL and are free to negotiate with any of the league’s 32 clubs. Restricted free agents have accrued three seasons in the league and are still subject to right-of-first-refusal or draft choice compensation in favor of their former teams. The right of first refusal gives a team the ability to match an offer made to a player by another franchises.

    Here are the potential free agents who played for the Jets this past season :

    Unrestricted

    QB Mark Brunell

    WR Plaxico Burress

    K Nick Folk

    S Jim Leonhard

    QB Kevin O’Connell

    S Brodney Pool

    DT Sione Pouha

    DB Donald Strickland

    LB Bryan Thomas

    RB LaDainian Tomlinson

    OL Rob Turner

    ~ ~ Restricted

    DB Marquice Cole

    LB Aaron Maybin

    TE Matthew Mulligan

    LB Jamaal Westerman

    (WR Patrick Turner was eligible to become a RFA but recently signed a contract extension and will return to the Jets for the 2012 season.)

    April 16 — Earliest Start for Offseason Conditioning, Phase I

    All teams’ nine-week programs will be split into three phases. The Jets’ program will be held at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Phase I will span the first two weeks and is strictly intended for strength, conditioning and rehabilitation. During this time players are not permitted to be on the field with football staff with the exception of strength and conditioning coaches.

    April 26-28 — NFL Draft

    The first round will once again be a Thursday night primetime affair on April 26. The second and third rounds will be held on Friday and Rounds 4-7 on Saturday. As always, the draft will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Keep an eye out for an official Jets Draft Party near you as the dates approach.

    April 30 — Earliest Start for Offseason Conditioning, Phase II

    Phase II, lasting three weeks, allows players and coaches to work on the field together. During this time, on-field drills are permitted but contact, helmets and offense vs. defense drills are not.

    May 4 — Earliest Start for Rookie Minicamps

    The Jets, who have not announced their schedule yet for this year’s rookie minicamp, traditionally have brought their draft choices and undrafted free agents in for the weekend after the draft. All teams can choose this weekend or May 11-13 for their rookie minicamps.

    May 21 — Earliest Start for Offseason Conditioning, Phase III

    The number of Organized Team Activity periods (OTAs) have been reduced from 14 to 10 in accordance with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. This will mark the first time that offensive and defensive players can take the field at the same time under guidance of the coaching staff. Players can wear helmets but not pads or shells. Contact is not permitted.

    June 4 — Earliest Start for Mandatory Veteran Minicamps

    The only week of the offseason that players are required to be present at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Similar to OTAs, players can take the field for drills with teammates and coaches, provided there is no contact.

    Late July — Training Camps Begin

    The Jets will return to SUNY Cortland for their 2012 training camp after spending August 2011 at their training center in Florham Park, N.J. Training camps for all teams no more than 15 days prior to their first scheduled preseason games.

    > [url]http://blog.newyorkjets.com/2012/02/10/into-the-offseason-and-the-schedule-ahead/[/url]

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    Great information, thank you!

    I really don't understand all the training restrictions though. Seems like a lot of time lost that could be used pounding skills into players like Hunter and Ducasse.

    Anyone know the rationale for these restrictions? Or if it prevents a team from hiring personal trainers\coaches during the restricted time?

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    .... Dealing with cap issues

    Thoughts and observations on our first Sunday without a football season :

    1. The new league year begins in a month and, as usual, the Jets have some cap issues. Get this: Their 10 highest-paid players will count $90 million toward the 2012 salary cap, which is projected in the $120 million to $128 million range. Break out the shoe horn. Right now, the Jets have about $128 million committed to the cap, so they will have to do some trimming. In case you're wondering, the top 10 are Mark Sanchez, David Harris, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Darrelle Revis, Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie, Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, Nick Mangold and Brandon Moore.

    2. A lot of fans are up in arms over the decision to guarantee RT Wayne Hunter's $2.45 million salary. It seems like a head scratcher, but here's what the Jets could be thinking: The free-agent market has slim pickings and, even if they replace him with a high draft choice, they'll still need an insurance policy -- and you're not going to find a decent insurance policy for less than $2.45 million. Plus, keep in mind that Hunter didn't receive a signing bonus last offseason with his new contract, so it's not like they've made a huge investment. Hey, I'm just trying to come up with possible reasons here.

    3. ... And another thing: It would've looked bad, real bad, if they had dumped Hunter the same week they guaranteed Fort Knox to Holmes. Remember, Hunter was the guy who called out Holmes in the huddle on that fateful day in Miami, standing up to a player many had felt quit. As ESPNNewYork.com's Jane McManus reported at the time, Hunter screamed at Holmes, "If you don’t f------ want to play, get your a-- the f--- out!” If the Jets told Hunter to get out, it would've sent a bad message.

    4. Some bookkeeping: Several players, with escalators in the final year of their contracts, received salary bumps for 2012: Dustin Keller ($2 million raise) is up to $3.05 million, Mike DeVito ($300,000) is up to $2.26 million and Matt Slauson ($740,000) is up to $1.3 million and Shonn Greene ($50,000) is up to $615,000. This is pretty standard stuff.

    5. As for these rumors the Jets might try to trade Keller because his blocking isn't good enough to fit in Tony Sparano's scheme ... please. It would make no sense to unload Sanchez's security blanket. Keller is a very good receiver. Figure out a way to use him.

    6. Bill Belichick is taking too much grief for the Mario Manningham catch. Yeah, he implored his defense to make Eli Manning throw it to Manningham -- the coach was miked by NFL Films -- but that was the right strategy: Force the opponent to go to its No. 3 WR, not its No. 1 or No. 2. The Patriots got burned because Manning made the perfect throw and Manningham made a sensational catch, but Belichick played the right percentages.

    7. Belichick's big mistake was letting the Giants score one play too late. He should've done it on the play before Ahmad Bradshaw's 6-yard TD run. The Patriots would've had the ball with 1:04 left and two timeouts instead of :57 and one timeout. Big difference.

    8. A few days before the Super Bowl, I wrote a column calling Tom Brady an "average" post-season quarterback since winning his third Super Bowl. That wasn't received too well in Patriot Nation, but facts are facts: Since winning his first 10 post-season games, Brady is 6-6, with 26 TD passes and 17 interceptions. His fourth-quarter numbers from his last two Super Bowls: 16-for-33, 155 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. He failed both times to rally his team on his final possession.Brady's worst moment was throwing off-target to a wide-open Wes Welker. Yes, Welker had both hands on the ball and should've made the catch, but it would've been a lot easier if Brady hadn't choked. It was akin to missing a three-foot putt. The game came down to two throws: Brady missed an open receiver from 23 yards, Manning was on the money to Manningham from 38.

    9. Kudos to former Jets QB Erik Ainge, who has started his own football academy in Knoxville -- the Ainge Academy. The former Tennessee standout, basically thrown out of the NFL because of drug and alcohol problems, is trying to give back. He has a powerful story to tell, and he wants to help kids avoid the same mistakes he made. Good for him.

    10. Former Jets and Dolphins QB Chad Pennington, in an interview with the Palm Beach Post, all but acknowledged he's ready to retire. He's always had a passion for coaching; wouldn't be interesting if he reunited with Sparano on the Jets? Pennington had this to say about Dolphins QB Chad Henne, a free agent: "For Chad, the best thing is a change of scenery. It was for me after eight years in New York." I wouldn't be shocked if the Jets make a play for Henne.

    > [url]http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/10703/sunday-notes-dealing-with-cap-issues[/url]

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    saw this :

    ~ ~ Back in August and September, and even throughout the season, the Jets were criticized by fans and media for not spending to the salary-cap limit. I addressed the issue in a mid-August story, pointing out one of the reasons behind the unused cap dollars. Here's a graph from that story :

    For competitive reasons, (Mike) Tannenbaum didn't want to disclose his spending plans, but the GM appears to have an eye on the future. Unused cap room can be pushed into future years and, according to a source, the Jets are planning to use that mechanism to help them re-sign players in 2012 and beyond.

    Now it all makes sense.

    On Sunday, Mike Florio of PFT.com posted an item that sheds light on the matter. He writes: "Under Article 13, Section 6(b)(v) of the CBA, each team may carry over any remaining cap room from one year to the next by submitting written notice, signed by the owner of the team, to the league office no later than 14 days before the start of the next league year. The written notice must indicate the maximum amount of cap room that the team wishes to shift from one cap year to the next."

    As of late last week, the Jets had $8.39 million in cap room from 2011, according to PFT. If the Jets opt to apply that amount to their 2012 cap -- you'd hate to think they wouldn't -- it would give them added flexibility as they head into free agency. Mario Williams, anyone? They have about $128 million committed to the cap, which is projected to be in the $120 million to $128 million range, so that extra $8 million would certainly help.

    In a sense, Tannenbaum saved for a rainy day. Well, it's raining.

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    Draft Analysts’ Opinions on Jets’ Round 1 Pick

    Although the 2011 NFL season ended not more than two weeks ago, it feels like forever since the Jets last took the field. Unfortunately, it’s only February and we have a long way to go until the Green & White head to Cortland, N.Y., for 2012 training camp.For now, winter continues to roll toward spring, which signals one of the more exciting dates on an NFL fan’s calendar: the draft. The annual April football extravaganza provides for a long weekend full of anticipation and optimism as the top college players wait to see whose NFL colors they will don in the fall. Fans will glue themselves to the television as their team selects the next piece to a championship puzzle.

    The draft is still more than two months away, but it’s never too early to speculate, right? We won’t make any premature guesses, but we can take a look at what the experts are saying right now about the Jets and their first-round selection, 16th overall :

    Today — Charley Casserly, NFL Network: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

    “At some point, the Jets need to find a linebacker that can get to the passer.”

    Tuesday — Rob Rang, CBSSports.com: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

    “The Jets have struggled against tight ends this season and could use an instinctive, big-hitting safety to fall into their lap. While the team certainly has other needs to consider, if Alabama’s Mark Barron is available, perhaps it might be wise to take the easy way out.”

    Tuesday — Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com: Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina

    “Ingram might be the most versatile defender in this draft. He finds ways to create pressure in the backfield.”

    Feb. 10 — Russ Lande, The Sporting News: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

    “Mark Sanchez regressed in 2011, and the Jets need a strong rushing attack to help him. Richardson has the talent to be a dynamic offensive weapon.”

    Feb. 7 — Chad Reuter, NFL Network: David DeCastro, G, Stanford

    “The Jets averaged 3.8 yards a carry in the running game and gave up 40 sacks this season, meaning changes are coming on the offensive line. DeCastro possesses everything a team could want up front, so he won’t escape the top 20 overall selections of this draft.”

    Feb. 6 — Robert Davis, FootballsFuture.com: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

    “Floyd has the size and leaping ability to do what Plaxico Burress did for the team last year, but can do a lot more damage outside of the red zone. He would be a great complement to Santonio Holmes, but he also has the ability to become the team’s #1 target one day.”

    Feb. 6 — Evan Silva, Rotoworld.com: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

    “Blackmon is a media darling after twice winning college football’s Biletnikoff Award and scoring three touchdowns in the Fiesta Bowl, two on busted coverages and the third on a badly blown tackle. NFL teams will not grade Blackmon as a top-ten prospect after he runs a 4.55-4.60 at the Combine. Blackmon would fit in New York, however, as a physical, possession-type No. 2 receiver to bookend Santonio Holmes.”

    Feb. 2 — Todd McShay, ESPN: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

    “The Jets need help in the secondary to deal with the Patriots’ tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez twice a season, and Barron is the only 2012 safety prospect with a first-round grade. He does everything well, showing instincts and playmaking skills in coverage and the ability to be a physical run defender when playing near the box.”

    Jan. 27 — Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

    “The Jets desperately need a pass rusher to help their defense return to the ranks of the elite. Upshaw’s motor and relentlessness will allow Rex Ryan to scale back the risky blitzing in critical situations.”

    Jan. 18 — Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

    “In Barron, the Jets would get the best safety in the draft, a big, rangy talent with big-game experience and the ability to match up against taller receivers and tight ends. The Jets have schemed around a weakness at safety, but it’s time to put a better talent back there.”

    Jan. 17 — Elliot Harrison, NFL.com: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

    “The sooner Jets fans don’t have to see Eric Smith running five yards behind a receiver, the happier they’ll be. Rex Ryan, too.”

    Jan. 16 — Charles Davis, NFL.com: Nick Perry, DE, USC

    “The Jets have a glaring need for a pass rusher, and this youngster really came on late.”According to these experts, Barron is the early favorite for the Jets in the first round. Considered the top safety in this year’s class, he was a key to the Crimson Tide’s national championship run in 2011. He is coming off a campaign where he was a consensus All-American, leading the nation’s top overall defense.Despite the success he enjoyed this past season, Barron’s current injury situation serves as a proverbial fly in the soup for NFL teams needing secondary help. He underwent double-hernia surgery in January and will need at least two months to recover. He will not be able to participate in the combine and is doubtful to take part in Alabama’s pro day set for March 7.

    While Barron currently stands as the top safety prospect, look for players like Oklahoma State’s Markelle Martin, South Carolina’s Antonio Allen and Boise State’s George Iloka to climb up draft boards in the coming months.Among the remaining opinions, four experts believe a pass rusher (Ingram, Upshaw, Perry) is the right choice, two are looking for a wide receiver (Floyd, Blackmon), one thinks an offensive lineman (DeCastro) is the call, and another sees a standout running back (Richardson) joining RB Shonn Greene in the Jets backfield.Take these projections with a grain of salt. Mock drafts are only now starting to trickle out of the national media, and many more are on their way. Nonetheless, it’s a good starting point for all Jets fans itching to hear the first name called on April 26.

    > [url]http://blog.newyorkjets.com/2012/02/15/draft-analysts-opinions-on-jets-round-1-pick/[/url]

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    You did it! You posted the article in the thread! Good articles btw

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    [QUOTE=Dimitri_0515;4370483]You did it! You posted the article in the thread! Good articles btw[/QUOTE]shhh !
    please don't tell jordy ;)

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    fyi :

    Mel Kiper's mock draft, the 2.0 version, is up. He projects the Jets (16th overall) to pick Georgia G Cordy Glenn (6-5, 346). His explanation:

    The Jets like to bill themselves as a ball control team on offense, able to run to set up the pass, and put away games with physical play up front. Well, it's hard to do that if you're 29th in the NFL in yards per rush, as they were in 2011. With Tony Sparano coming to town, my guess is shoring up the offensive line will be a priority (just as it was with his last pick in Miami) as the Jets try to get the offense back where they want it. Glenn is a really versatile guy who could probably be adequate at tackle, but could dominate inside. He could start there immediately.

    My analysis : A guard is a possibility. LG Matt Slauson is coming off major shoulder surgery and RG Brandon Moore, soon 32, is entering the final year of his contract. The Jets like second-year G Caleb Schlauderaff, but he might be best suited to a Rob Turner-type role. Vladimir Ducasse is a bigger question now than the day he was drafted in the second round.

    > [url]http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/10742/kipers-mock-jets-thinking-big[/url]

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    Leading Questions : AFC East

    With the offseason in full swing, let's take a look at one major question facing each AFC East team as it begins preparations for the 2012 season :

    ~ ~ NEW YORK JETS

    Can they fix the offense ?

    New York's 25th-ranked offense sprung leaks everywhere last season. Sometimes it was the offensive line. Sometimes it was the quarterback and receivers. Poor play calling also was a factor.This offseason the Jets' biggest priority is getting their offense back on track. The Jets already made steps in that direction by replacing offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer with former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, who is responsible for improving chemistry and getting everyone on the same page.

    Veterans such as starting receiver Plaxico Burress and future Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson are not expected to return. New York won't have much cap space, so the team must get creative while making upgrades.This is also a huge offseason for quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has made only marginal strides in his three seasons. The Jets publicly back the third-year quarterback. The team knows if Sanchez plays well and remains confident, everything else on offense falls into place.

    > [url]http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/38805/leading-questions-afc-east-2[/url]

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    Patrick Turner’s Foundation for the New Season

    One thing Tony Sparano said when he was Miami’s head coach back in the summer of 2010 was that WR Patrick Turner was “starting to play, doing some good things,” but that he needed consistency on the field to reach his full NFL potential.Turner began showing some of that quality this past season in the Jets’ wideout group and he recently secured some consistency of employment when the potential restricted free agent and the Jets agreed to a contract extension through the 2012 season.“It’s good to have the opportunity from the Jets and I was glad to take that. No hesitation on my part,” said Turner when I caught up with him back near his old stomping grounds near Nashville, Tenn. “I’m looking forward to being able to contribute to the team. We have a lot of new faces on the coaching staff and I’m looking forward to working with them.”

    One of those new faces is Sparano’s — he’s now the Jets’ offensive coordinator. Turner has no qualms working with the man who let him go on the Dolphins’ final cutdown in 2010.“I played for Coach Sparano for a year. He’s a high-energy guy,” Turner said. “He really likes football players around him. And not just football players — I’m talking about guys who are in there every day busting their tails for the long haul. That’s something he preached while I was with the Dolphins, and I believe he’ll do a really good job for us. I feel like he’s a great asset for us and he fits the philosophy of what we’re trying to do.”Parts of that philosophy, as Sparano has previously noted since coming aboard, are to establish the run, seek offensive balance, but also to pursue “chunk plays” to move the ball downfield, well, energetically.Turner’s numbers from his two seasons in green and white remain modest (10 catches, 122 yards, one TD). But he showed his “chunkability” in the otherwise unfortunate Thursday night mile-high game when he grabbed a Mark Sanchez pass down the deep middle for 25 yards to convert fourth-and-19 and keep the Jets’ comeback hopes alive in the final minute against the Broncos.

    For history buffs, it’s interesting to note that play was the Jets’ longest fourth-down conversion in the last 15 seasons and their third-longest in the last 30 years. The only longer conversions came on a Neil O’Donnell-to-Keyshawn Johnson TD pass on fourth-and-goal from the Dolphins 29 in 1996 and on a Pat Ryan-to-Mickey Shuler fake-field-goal scoring strike on fourth-and-20 at Minnesota in 1982.Turner added another memorable grab in an otherwise dreary day, the 19-17 loss to the Dolphins in the Jan. 1 regular-season finale. His 10-yard touchdown reception from Sanchez came on the Jets’ final offensive snap of the ’11 season.P.T. needs more of those kinds of plays to stick around and establish himself as a Jet. But he sees reasons to be optimistic.“We just look forward to making a lot of big plays this year, being as efficient as possible,” he said. “We feel we have a ton of playmakers out there at the receiver position and on our offense. We have younger guys like Jeremy Kerley and we still have Santonio [Holmes]. We still have a lot of guys who can make plays in crucial situations. It could be a really good thing with the experience we have now, coming into this next year, understanding a little more about the game and how the game flows.”

    The Jets’ wideouts are also getting a new position coach in Sanjay Lal, and Turner believes the package he will present to Lal, Sparano and head coach Rex Ryan will give him a chance to attain the consistency that many young players seek to establish in the NFL pressure cooker.“I know the type of player I am,” he said. “I know the type of receiver I am in the blocking game and on the receiving end of things. I’ve got some recent texts from Coach Sparano and Coach Sanjay saying they’re looking forward to working with me. It’s not like they haven’t seen what they have to work with.”Turner’s doing his part to be ready. NFL players don’t report to their offseason strength and conditioning programs until mid-April, but he’s already doing cardio, speed and strength work with his cousin, Kurston Biggers, who was a running back on Tennessee’s 1998 national championship team and is now a professional trainer and the strength coach at Brentwood Academy south of Nashville.“It feels good so far,” said Turner, who will kick his training up a notch when he goes west in a few weeks to another one of his home bases at Southern Cal. “My body feels good. Health is the key. I’m glad I came out of this season healthy. It’s a blessing. This is a physical game. I’m happy with the foundation I have to work with going into this next year.

    > [url]http://blog.newyorkjets.com/2012/02/19/patrick-turners-foundation-for-the-2012-season/[/url]

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    [QUOTE=JetsNeedNewton;4366611]Great information, thank you!

    I really don't understand all the training restrictions though. Seems like a lot of time lost that could be used pounding skills into players like Hunter and Ducasse.

    Anyone know the rationale for these restrictions? Or if it prevents a team from hiring personal trainers\coaches during the restricted time?[/QUOTE]

    Its all part of the new CBA...Basically, players thought it was becoming a 12 month job and weren't given enough time for their bodies to recover from the season

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    [QUOTE=kelly;4366607]Into the Offseason and the Schedule Ahead

    With Super Bowl XLVI in the books, the 2011 NFL season has come to a close. Although the next regular-season game wont be until September, there is still plenty to look forward to for Jets fans this offseason. The Jets have yet to release dates on their own calendar and we’ll get them to you as soon as we have them. Following are dates and events along the league’s timeline in the coming months.

    Feb. 22-28 — NFL Scouting Combine

    Over 300 prospects for the 2012 draft have been invited to and will participate in the combine workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The combine is a proving ground for NFL hopefuls as their on- and off-the-field skills are evaluated.

    [B]March 5 — Deadline to Apply Franchise Tag

    Each team can apply a franchise tag to any one player who would otherwise become an unrestricted free agent on March 13. This player is then tendered a one-year contract with his current team worth the cap percent average for players at his position. The Jets most recently franchised LB David Harris prior to the 2011 season before the sides negotiated a four-year extension in August.[/B] [B]

    March 13, 4 p.m. — Free Agency Begins[/B] [B]

    This is the earliest date that teams can sign free agents. There are two types of free agents: unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted free agents have accrued four or more seasons in the NFL and are free to negotiate with any of the league’s 32 clubs. Restricted free agents have accrued three seasons in the league and are still subject to right-of-first-refusal or draft choice compensation in favor of their former teams. The right of first refusal gives a team the ability to match an offer made to a player by another franchises.[/B] [B]

    Here are the potential free agents who played for the Jets this past season :[/B] [B]

    Unrestricted[/B] [B]

    QB Mark Brunell[/B] [B]

    WR Plaxico Burress[/B] [B]

    K Nick Folk[/B] [B]

    S Jim Leonhard[/B] [B]

    QB Kevin O’Connell[/B] [B]

    S Brodney Pool[/B] [B]

    DT Sione Pouha[/B] [B]

    DB Donald Strickland[/B] [B]

    LB Bryan Thomas[/B] [B]

    RB LaDainian Tomlinson[/B] [B]

    OL Rob Turner[/B] [B]

    ~ ~ Restricted[/B] [B]

    DB Marquice Cole[/B] [B]

    LB Aaron Maybin[/B] [B]

    TE Matthew Mulligan[/B] [B]

    LB Jamaal Westerman[/B] [B]

    (WR Patrick Turner was eligible to become a RFA but recently signed a contract extension and will return to the Jets for the 2012 season.)[/B] [B]

    April 16 — Earliest Start for Offseason Conditioning, Phase I[/B] [B]

    All teams’ nine-week programs will be split into three phases. The Jets’ program will be held at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Phase I will span the first two weeks and is strictly intended for strength, conditioning and rehabilitation. During this time players are not permitted to be on the field with football staff with the exception of strength and conditioning coaches.[/B] [B]

    April 26-28 — NFL Draft[/B] [B]

    The first round will once again be a Thursday night primetime affair on April 26. The second and third rounds will be held on Friday and Rounds 4-7 on Saturday. As always, the draft will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Keep an eye out for an official Jets Draft Party near you as the dates approach.[/B] [B]

    April 30 — Earliest Start for Offseason Conditioning, Phase II[/B] [B]

    Phase II, lasting three weeks, allows players and coaches to work on the field together. During this time, on-field drills are permitted but contact, helmets and offense vs. defense drills are not.[/B] [B]

    May 4 — Earliest Start for Rookie Minicamps[/B] [B]

    The Jets, who have not announced their schedule yet for this year’s rookie minicamp, traditionally have brought their draft choices and undrafted free agents in for the weekend after the draft. All teams can choose this weekend or May 11-13 for their rookie minicamps.[/B] [B]

    May 21 — Earliest Start for Offseason Conditioning, Phase III[/B] [B]

    The number of Organized Team Activity periods (OTAs) have been reduced from 14 to 10 in accordance with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. This will mark the first time that offensive and defensive players can take the field at the same time under guidance of the coaching staff. Players can wear helmets but not pads or shells. Contact is not permitted.[/B] [B]

    June 4 — Earliest Start for Mandatory Veteran Minicamps[/B] [B]

    The only week of the offseason that players are required to be present at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Similar to OTAs, players can take the field for drills with teammates and coaches, provided there is no contact.[/B] [B]

    Late July — Training Camps Begin[/B] [B]

    The Jets will return to SUNY Cortland for their 2012 training camp after spending August 2011 at their training center in Florham Park, N.J. Training camps for all teams no more than 15 days prior to their first scheduled preseason games.[/B]

    > [URL]http://blog.newyorkjets.com/2012/02/10/into-the-offseason-and-the-schedule-ahead/[/URL][/QUOTE]

    Good info! This should be a sticky since people will be asking about this for the next 5 months

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    Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic preview the Jets' offseason in "Two-A-Days."

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    2011 was a disappointing year for the New York Jets and coach Rex Ryan. Coming off of two straight AFC Championship appearances, the always confident Ryan saw his team take a step back and end the year at 8-8. If Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum are serious about dethroning the New England Patriots atop the AFC East, they will have their work cut out for them this offseason. The Jets enter free agency and the draft with minimal cap room (projected to be less than $2M under the cap) and a number of needs. Both their offense and defense need an infusion of talent and depth.

    Here's a look at the Jets' biggest needs :

    New Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano needs to figure out exactly what he wants the identity of the offense to be. While Rex Ryan preaches "Ground and Pound," the Jets ran the ball only 43% of the time in 2011. Furthermore, the Jets running game was pretty inept. They ranked just 22nd in yards and 30th in yards per attempt. They have a few needs to improve if they want to get back to the solid running game that carried the team to the AFC Championship game in 2010:

    RT: The offensive line will probably return 3 starters: D'Brickashaw Ferguson (LT), Nick Mangold (C) and Brandon Moore (RG). Matt Slauson (LG) was disappointing last year but figures to get another shot as a starter. However, right tackle was a huge problem for the Jets in 2011 as they struggled to replace 2010 starter Damien Woody. Wayne Hunter was terrible in both pass and run protection and has to be upgraded. The team probably doesn't have too much cap room to invest in the position, so an early draft pick could be used on a guy like Mike Adams, Levy Adcock, Andrew Datko or Bobby Massie.

    RB: The Jets really need help at RB. LaDainian Tomlinson may or may not be back, and is a marginal player at this point in his career. Shonn Greene was thought to be a power back of the future but played soft and struggled to establish himself in the feature back role that Thomas Jones held for many years. Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell are fairly unknowns but neither figures to be the reliable chain-mover that the team needs. The Jets will probably miss out on Trent Richardson in the draft, but expect them to take a long look at the deep 2nd tier of backs. A guy like Chris Polk, Doug Martin, Isaiah Pead or Bernard Pierce could interest the team in the early/mid rounds. The Jets could also take a shot in the 1st round at a "flashier" guy like the explosive David Wilson or Lamar Miller.

    TE: Dustin Keller is a good receiving target, but is lacking in the run game. Look for the Jets to try to add a TE - either a younger developmental TE like Michael Egnew or George Bryan or a young veteran like Houston Texans' free agent Joel Dreessen.

    The Jets needs on offense aren't limited to the running game. Their passing attack needs to be overhauled:

    QB: The Jets are probably stuck with Mark Sanchez for better or worse in 2012. They don't have the money to bring in Peyton Manning despite the rumors to the contrary. However, the team would benefit from bringing in a legitimate backup who could push Sanchez. Current backup Mark Brunell is probably headed for retirement and neither Greg McElroy nor Kevin O'Connell figure to be ready to step in next year (or ever). A veteran like David Garrard (who wants to return to the league) or Shaun Hill could interest New York, as could a young castoff like Brady Quinn or Drew Stanton.

    WR: Santonio Holmes will supposedly be back, for better or worse, in 2012. The rest of the Jets WR corps is unsettled. Jeremy Kerley looked like a decent #3 or #4 guy but the team has no #2 option and little depth. Plaxico Burress is likely to move on so the Jets will have to address the position in either free agency or the draft (probably both). Because of their cap situation, the team seems unlikely to be in the market for Mike Wallace, Brandon Lloyd or even Robert Meachem. A less established young veteran like the troubled Jerome Simpson, Early Doucet or Josh Morgan could work. If the Jets go WR in the draft, a taller target like Juron Criner, small school guy Brian Quick or Mohamed Sanu could be in the mix.

    On defense, the Jets have bigger holes but fewer overall needs :

    S: The Jets safeties were a huge liability in 2011. Jim Leonhard and Eric Smith both struggled at times and Brodney Pool reportedly had problems learning the defense. Pool and Leonhard (coming off of major surgery) are both unsigned and won't be priorities to re-sign., The Jets figure to be in the market for a medium priced veteran like Mike Adams and at least one safety in the draft. Mark Barron could be a good fit as could Markelle Martin, who plays with the aggressiveness that Ryan covets. If the Jets can free up some cap space, expect their aggressive front office to try to nab Tyvon Branch or Reggie Nelson.

    OLB: Aaron Maybin was a revelation as a scrap heap pickup, notching 6 sacks in limited duty. However, his limitations in the run game probably leave him as a situational player going forward. Long time starter Bryan Thomas is 33, unsigned and coming off of a torn Achilles tendon. Pre-season star Jamaal Westerman has never lived up to the praise heaped upon him by Rex Ryan. A veteran like Ahmad Brooks could go a long way in fortifying the Jets edge rush. If Kamerion Wimbley is cut by the Raiders (a questionable rumor), he could be in play as well. The Jets figure to take an OLB early in the draft. Cam Johnson, Vinny Curry, Andre Branch and Chandler Jones could be targets. Calvin Pace is steady but unspectacular and probably not in the team's long-term plans. The Jets need a serious infusion of youth and talent at this position.

    ILB: Bart Scott is old, expensive and declining. He's a Ryan favorite but could be an early casualty in the offseason. The Jets could be interested in drafting the mercurial Vontaze Burfict, a guy some feel could be a star with a tough and smart coach like Ryan. Dont'a Hightower is a 1st round option as well, although it's more likely the Jets wait until Day 2 to address the position. James-Michael Johnson, Mychal Kendricks or Bobby Wagner could be 2nd or 3rd round targets.

    DL: Atop the Jets to-do list is to re-sign reliable NT Sione Pouha. However, he is 33 and the Jets might not have the money to bring him back. Kenrick Ellis probably isn't ready to take over full time, so the Jets could be in the market for a stop gap veteran if Pouha leaves. Depth at DE is also an issue that could be addressed later in the draft or with backup quality veterans.

    > [url]http://www.mockingthedraft.com/2012/2/21/2815599/offseason-team-needs-new-york-jets[/url]

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    Combine preview : On the Jets' radar

    The Jets own the 16th pick in the draft and they have a lot of areas to address -- namely, outside linebacker, safety, right tackle and wide receiver.

    On Wednesday, the next step in the evaluation process begins -- the scouting combine in Indianapolis, where 300-plus prospects will gather to be timed, tested, measured, examined and interviewed. Here are 10 players on the Jets' first-round watch list :

    Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama -- It'll be an upset if he lasts until 16, but he's the best runner in the draft and could be worth a trade-up. The Jets could use a guy who averaged 5.9 yards per carry.

    Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State -- The Jets need a No. 2 WR to replace Plaxico Burress, and Blackmon (6-1, 208) has star potential. Like Richardson, he's probably a top-10 pick.

    Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina -- He's an outstanding pass rusher as a 4-3 DE, but the question is whether he can transition to a 3-4 OLB. He's a shade under 6-foot-2 and, at 276, might be too heavy for the position. The Jets will be curious to see his agility and ability to drop into coverage.

    Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama -- He's probably the best 3-4 OLB in the draft, and that has to excite the Jets, who need one in the worst way to replace Bryan Thomas. The Jets are linked to Upshaw in many mock drafts.

    David DeCastro, G, Stanford -- It's unusual for a guard to get picked as high as 16th, but DeCastro (6-5, 310) has special talent and the Jets may have a need, depending on Matt Slauson's recovery from shoulder surgery.

    Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia -- He's intriguing because of his size (6-5, 348) and versatility. The Jets want to upgrade at right tackle, but they could always kick him inside if it doesn't work out.

    Michael Brockers, DT, LSU -- At 6-6, 306, he's a Muhammad Wilkerson clone in terms of size. Why would they draft another defensive end? DE Mike DeVito is entering the final year of his contract.

    Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame -- He has an off-the-field issue that needs to be checked out, so the interview process will be vital for him. At 6-3, he's just what the Jets need to pair with Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley.

    Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State -- At 6-foot-7, 323 pounds, he has "right tackle" written all over him.

    Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College -- The Jets could be looking for someone to replace Bart Scott, who has slowed down and could be released.

    Note : Alabama S Mark Barron is recovering from double hernia surgery and will skip the combine. He reportedly will need two months to recover, which means he probably won't be ready for his March 7 pro day. When healthy, he's the best safety in the draft, seemingly an ideal fit for the Jets.

    > [url]http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/10752/combine-preview-on-the-jets-radar[/url]

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    Combine preview : Jets talent search

    On Wednesday, the annual scouting combine commences in Indianapolis. It runs for six days, with NFL general managers, coaches and scouts scrutinizing 300-plus draft prospects.

    The combine serves several purposes, mainly :

    • Team collect medical information. This is where the "meat market" aspect to the combine comes into play, as players are put through intensive medical examinations. Sometimes, league doctors will discover a previously unreported injury. Prospects also have to take psychological exams.

    • Interviews. Teams are allowed to meet with a designated number of prospects (usually around 20) for about 15 minutes apiece. The Jets consider this a valuable tool when evaluating players. Instead of asking run-of-the-mill questions ("So, tell us about yourself, Andrew...), they often ask players to break down game tape of himself. GM Mike Tannenbaum likes to ask outside-the-box questions such as: What are your pet peeves? If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be? Stuff like that. The idea is to find out what makes a player tick.

    • The workout. Players are timed and tested in everything from the 40-yard dash to the vertical jump to bench pressing. A year ago, Rex Ryan added some levity to the weight-lifting session when he tried to bench the standard 225 pounds. (Didn't go very well.) Some teams place too much emphasis on combine workouts. The Jets did that in 2008, when they fell in love with OLB Vernon Gholston. His tests were off the charts, but ... well, you know the story.

    Some players skip the workout, preferring to hold off until their campus pro day -- and that drives the NFL teams crazy. Here is the combine schedule.

    LET'S MAKE A DEAL : This is a huge part of the combine. Even though free agency doesn't begin until March 13, team reps and agents will have "unofficial" contact. Technically, when it involves an agent representing a player from another team, it's tampering. But it's hard to police, and rampant.

    The trading period doesn't open until March 13, but there's also trade talk -- and there's nothing illegal about that. For instance: Two years ago, Tannenbaum met with Chargers officials at the combine and set the groundwork for the Antonio Cromartie trade.

    Team reps also try to hammer out deals with their own free agents. Typically, Tannenbaum will meet with several agents over the course of the week. For example, he could meet with Sione Pouha's agents to discuss a new contract.

    LOCAL TIES: Several players from local schools will be in attendance. Here's a rundown, according to the combine:

    Rutgers: DE Justin Francis, WR Mohamed Sanu, G Desmond Wynn.

    Syracuse: DE Chandler Jones, TE Nick Provo, S Phillip Thomas, G Andrew Tiller.

    UConn: WR Kashif Moore, DT Kendall Reyes, K Dave Teggart.

    Family ties: Penn State CB D'Anton Lynn (son of Jets RB coach Anthony Lynn) and Wisconsin WR Nick Toon (son of former Jets great Al Toon).

    > [url]http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/10748/combine-preview-jets-talent-search[/url]

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    When is the regular season schedule released?

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    Vlad Ducasse to Compete for RT Position

    There's a report from Jake Steinberg that LG/RG/RT Vlad Ducasse has been told that he will exclusively practice and compete for the right tackle position. Why is this big news? Because before this, the Jets were seemingly unable to make up their mind on what to do with the former 2nd round draft pick. I've said before that we've always known Ducasse would be a project, but the Jets have made it difficult by first asking him to compete for the LG position, then switching him in camp between right guard and right tackle. Not only did he face a steep learning curve, and was without a full offseason this year, but was also forced to learn two positions before he could master one. Now that the Jets have given him a single position to focus on, I expect Ducasse to bloom. Hopefully he wins the training camp competition against Swinging Door Wayne Hunter and becomes a solid bookend to D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

    Steinberg's report continues by saying that the Jets will NOT draft an offensive tackle in the first few rounds, which signals one of three things:

    1. They're morons.
    2. They have confidence that Ducasse will flourish at RT.
    3. They plan on signing a veteran free agent.

    Let's hope it's not the first option.

    Update: See my previous post on Ducasse here.

    > [url]http://www.ganggreennation.com/2012/2/25/2824806/vlad-ducasse-to-compete-for-rt-position[/url]

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    Study : Significant drop in Jets' OL play

    In 2009 and 2010, the Jets owned the top-rated offensive line in the NFL, based on the in-depth evaluations of Pro Football Focus, a stats-based web site.In 2011, the once-formidable line dropped all the way to ... 12th. In the grand scheme, that isn't all that bad, it just seemed worse at the time because the Jets had raised the standard so high.Obviously, this is highly subjective, but PFF rated the Jets' line 14th in run blocking, 14th in pass blocking and 11th in penalties. C Nick Mangold graded out the best, RT Wayne Hunter graded out the worst.

    Interesting side note : The Giants won the Super Bowl with the 31st-rated line, overcoming the deficiency because of Eli Manning and his uncanny ability to play pitch-and-catch with his outside playmakers, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Obviously, this was an exception to the rule; teams with bad O-lines usually stink.The Jets' line struggles had a major impact on QB Mark Sanchez, who took an inordinate amount of hits and didn't handle the pressure well. Under pressure, he completed only 36.1 percent of his passes, with only three touchdowns and an awful 37.4 passer rating, per PFF.

    Clearly, fixing the line is one of the top off-season priorities, but how? Hunter's $2.45 million salary is guaranteed, so it looks like he'll be back. No doubt, the stubborn Jets will give disappointing former No. 2 pick Vladimir Ducasse another chance to win a starting job, probably at right tackle. LG Matt Slauson is coming off major shoulder surgery, so his spot could be in jeopardy. There could be opportunities to use their first-round pick (16th overall) on an O-lineman.With Mangold, RG Brandon Moore and LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson still in place, the Jets have a solid foundation. If they can find a right tackle that can pass block, they should be able to regain their reputation as a strength, not a weakness.

    > [url]http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/10787/study-significant-drop-in-jets-ol-play[/url]

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