That's a good point....he will be. He's still a FA that we are losing. The fact that we can't franchise him has no bearing on whether we will be compensated.
Depending on the deal he gets, we very easily could get a 4th rounder. I doubt the Jets sign someone of relatively equal stature that would cancel him out.
But the Jets won't get it until 2014, and he has to stay healthy. Plus, if the Jets get a 4th, that would probably mean he went to another pro-bowl, which means we have to listen to fans whining about not resigning him, frankly that's almost as bad as losing him w/o compensation.
Actually they've talked to plenty of Coaches that said even interviewing for a job helped them drastically down the line. It's certainly not a perfect rule, but all you have to do is look at the NCAA to see why it's around (Currently 5 head coaches in Division 1-A, Never has there been more than 8).
I wouldn't mind if that number became 4 and Strong ended up with the Jets.
Chip Kelly is a hot commodity. Several teams were interested.
I think having him is an incentive for a potential GM.
Come'on man. I let everyone slide when they go on and on about GMs not wanting to come to a team having a coach forced upon them, but now having a spread option coach forced on you is a plus? Rex is one of the best defensive coaches in the game, who has won a lot more games than the talent should have allowed, is a detriment, but a coach that doesn't even run a pro offense is really going to excite prospective GMs. I get that GMs probably want full control, but you can't have it both ways. If Chip is a plus than Rex should be too. I hope they give our GM unconditional authority over Rex. Rex is an inmate, and shouldn't be running the asylum, but He's a good NFL coach. He just needs structure, and discipline.