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The Jets, who suffered major losses last year in free agency, should have an easier time in 2014. In fact, only four starters and one specialist are due to become unrestricted free agents. We ranked them in order of priority:
1. Austin Howard, right tackle -- $2.02 million in 2013 salary
2. Nick Folk, kicker -- $780,000
3. Jeff Cumberland, tight end -- $1.32 million
4. Calvin Pace, outside linebacker -- $1.0 million
5. Willie Colon, right guard -- $1.16 million
6. Leger Douzable, defensive tackle -- $715,000
7. Ed Reed, safety -- $940,000
8. Ellis Lankster, cornerback -- $585,000
9. Vladimir Ducasse, guard -- $630,000
10. Kellen Winslow, tight end -- $840,000
Analysis: In reality, it should be a two-man list -- Howard and Folk. Cumberland still hasn't reached his ceiling, so he'd be worth bringing back if the price is right. Pace has value if he agrees to another one-year deal. There will be no tears shed if any of the others leave; they're interchangeable parts. Colon's situation is complicated by biceps surgery.
With approximately $30-40 million in cap space, the New York Jets are pegged to be players when the new league year begins on March 3rd, 2013. Today, we look at free agent running backs. Check out our look at quarterbacks from last week here.
There’s a good chance the New York Jets will enter the 2014 season with Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, and Mike Goodson (Run BMC) as their running backs. However, with Goodson’s future a bit uncertain due to his legal trouble as well as Bilal entering the final year of his contract, it’s possible that the New York Jets look to replace one or both of them now, with either a release of Mike Goodson or trade of Bilal Powell. Here’s who the Jets could target in free agency.
Analysis: McFadden once again battled injuries in 2013, and has now played in 67 out of a possible 96 games in his career. When he’s been healthy, which he was for the most part in 2010 (223 rushes, 1157 yards, a 5.2 yards per carry average), McFadden has been an explosive feature back in this league. He has speed, can catch the ball, and has displayed a willingness to run between the tackles. He has earned his injury prone label, though, so it’s a concern. If healthy, McFadden could be a welcome addition to the Jets backfield depending on the cost.
Likelihood: He will become an unrestricted free agent after earning $7M this season. There is a chance that a team like the Giants or the Dolphins offer him an opportunity to start, whereas he’d be backing up Chris Ivory with the Jets. We’ll put this as a 3.
2. Maurice Jones Drew, Jaguars
2013 Stats: 234 carries, 803 yards. 5 TDs, 3.4 yards per carry, 43 receptions, 314 yards, 7.3 yards per reception, 1117 total yards from scrimmage
Analysis: MJD bounced back from an injury plagued 2012 season to play 15 out of 16 games in 2013. He had arguably his worst season as a professional, with career lows in yards and yards per carry (not counting his injury shortened year). His best game came against Houston, where he rushed for 103 yards and a 7.3 yards per carry average. He’ll be 29 when the season starts, and his days of being a feature back seem to be behind him.
Likelihood: Drew has expressed a desire to return to Jacksonville this offseason, but he’s about to hit free agency for the first time in his career. Drew made $7.6M this past season, and he won’t make nearly as much on the open market. However, if he’s looking for an opportunity to backup an established running back teams like Houston could reach out to the former All-Pro. He’d be the clear backup to Chris Ivory here, but would be a good weapon as a pass catcher as he’s notched at least 40 catches in 6 out of the past 8 seasons. We’ll put this likelihood at a 2.
3. Donald Brown, Colts
2013 Stats: 102 carries, 537 yards, 6 TDs, 5.3 yards per carry, 27 receptions, 214 yards, 7.9 yards per reception, 2 TDs, 8 total TDs
Analysis: The former first round pick, despite the arrival of Trent Richardson midseason, put together arguably his best season in 2013. Over 700 total yards and 8 total touchdowns in spot duty is nothing to scoff at as Brown supplanted Trent Richardson towards the end of the year. Brown, also, displayed good hands as he notched 27 receptions. Brown, also, only fumbled twice in 634 career touches touches. Brown is, also, only 26 and has 551 lifetime carries. There are injury concerns as Brown has played 16 games just twice out of his first 5 seasons.
Likelihood: Brown will become an unrestricted free agent and is one of the more intriguing options out there should the Jets want to upgrade the running back position. Brown would be a good compliment to Chris Ivory, due to his speed and sure hands, as well as his ability to blitz pick up. With Trent Richardson faltering like he has in Indianapolis, it’s possible the Colts do not let Brown walk. If they do, I’d put the likelihood of Brown replacing Goodson or Powell at a 6.
Analysis: Ben Tate took over for Arian Foster when Arian Foster went down and posted his best season as a pro. Tate’s 4 TDs tied a career high, and and his 34 receptions were a career high. Tate did deal with injuries too, and he’s yet to play in a full 16 games. He, also, has a bit of a fumbling problem as he’s fumbled 10 times in his career.
Likelihood: Tate will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and may be looking to step out of the shadow of Arian Foster. Because of this, i’d put the likelihood of Tate joining the Jets at a 1. However, Tate has back up and starting experience, and would be a good change of pace back for Ivory.
Analysis: Blount took over for Steven Ridley towards the end of the season, and he rewarded the Patriots with his two best games of the season against Buffalo and Indianapolis. Blount averaged 5.0 yards per carry and found the endzone 7 times. Blount did fumble 3 times, and this brought his total up to 12 career fumbles.
Likelihood: The Patriots invested high draft choices in Ridley and Shane Vereen, so it’s possible that Blount is the odd man out in New England. He’s very similar to Chris Ivory, in terms of power, but Ivory is actually the faster of the two running backs. He struggles with catching the ball, as he’s only registered double digit in catches once in his career. Because of this, he’s not the best fit as Ivory’s backup and in Marty’s offense, so i’d put this likelihood at a 1.
We have signed S Brandon Hardin to a reserve/future contract today.
The Hawaii-born Hardin (6'3", 217) was the third-round selection by Chicago (79th overall) out of Oregon State in the 2012 draft. The Bears released him Oct. 28 last season.
Hardin has fought through several injuries — a shoulder injury that cost him the entire 2011 season for the Beavers, then a neck injury during the '12 preseason that landed him on the Bears' IR, then a scapula injury in the '13 preseason finale.
Hardin is the 14th player to sign a reserve/future contract with the Jets since the end of our 2013 season.
On the UFA list, I'd definitely let go of Lex Hilliard (injured all year and Bohannon is a solid FB) and Jermaine Cunningham (didn't play at all). I'm a long-time Ducasse hater so I'll be overjoyed when he's finally gone. Winslow is toast becauase of his arrest.
The AFC champion Denver Broncos have a player who might draw interest from the New York Jets in free agency -- wide receiver Eric Decker.
For four days next week, Decker and his teammates will practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, N.J., a 224,000 square-foot facility on a 27-acre campus. The players won't have full access inside the building -- some areas are off-limits -- but they certainly will get a good feel for the place, which includes a 5,500 square-foot locker room, five practice fields and a massive field house. For Decker, it'll be like an extended free-agent visit, with non-verbal recruiting.
No doubt, coordinator Marty Mornhinweg would like to have a receiver of Decker's ilk in his offense -- young (27 in March), athletic and big (6-foot-3). The Jets have similar players inStephen Hill and David Nelson, but Hill has been a disappointment. Nelson is a keeper; it'll be up to them to decide if they believe he can prosper in a prominent role.
Over the last two seasons, Decker has 172 receptions for 2,352 yards, ranking 11th and ninth in the league, respectively. Interested teams will have to address two big questions about him: How much of his production is due to Peyton Manning's brilliance? Is he good enough to be a No. 1 receiver?
No doubt, Decker has benefitted greatly from having Manning, not to mention fellow receiver Demaryius Thomas on the other side. But Decker's ascent started pre-Manning, in 2011, when he scored nine touchdowns in his first full season as a starter.
And that came with Tim Tebow throwing the ball. If he can score nine times with Tebow ... well, you can fill in the rest.
Here are 10 quarterbacks the Jets may want to consider for the 2014 season.Chances are, the New York Jets will be in the quarterback market, looking for an experienced backup with the ability to push Geno Smith for the starting job. How much they're willing to spend, or give up in a trade, will tell us how much they believe in Smith. They also could draft someone.Smith deserves first crack at the job. After that, they can consider candidates from five different pools. Here's our list of quarterbacks that deserve consideration, with an explanation for each:
Trade : Kirk Cousin, Washington Redskins.
Unrestricted free agents : Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles; Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars; Josh McCown, Chicago Bears; Tarvaris Jackson, Seattle Seahawks.
Likely to be released : Matt Schaub, Houston Texans.
Draft : Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M; Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville.
According to reports yesterday Mark Sanchez might have a home if and when he is cut by the Jets this off season. This is a testament to how thin the QB market is and perhaps a sign of lack of faith in the next QB draft class. So where are the most logical landing spots for the embattled QB, let’s take a look:
St Louis Rams : This to me is the most obvious landing spot for Mark even though it would likely be as a backup to the injury prone Sam Bradford. The Rams have been big fans of former Jets talent in past seasons as evidenced by Kellen Clemens and Brian Schottenheimer. Mark is familiar with Schotty’s system and therefore could be a good fit here even though as I said it likely won’t be as a starter.
Jacksonville Jaguars :This is a very obvious choice seeing as how bad their streak of luck at the quarterback position has been. Niether Chad Henne or Blaine Gabbert have shown the potential to be a franchise quarterback and Mark could come in as a veteran starter to help transition to the next guy, whomever it may be.
Houston Texans : With Matt Schaub leaving as bad a taste in Texans fans mouths as Sanchez has left in Jet fans mouths he will likely not earn his starting spot back anytime soon. Case Keenum was underwhelming as a replacement to say the least and doesn’t show enough promise to be a starting quarterback in this league going forward. Mark could find success here with a strong offensive line and a power run game to back him up.
Cleveland Browns : Through a carrousel of quarterbacks the Browns have shown a dynamic style in play calling pulling out all stops to win. This season in went through Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell. Campbell earned the spot due to injury and while Hoyer showed flashes he was also very mistake prone. Sanchez could provide veteran stability and help teach these guys or transition to the next guy down the line.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers : Josh Freeman‘s time here is now over, and Mike Glennon turned out to be a serviceable replacement. However, he could use the tutelage of an older QB who’s played in some big games to bring him along. Sanchez could end up being the starter here until Glennon is ready to take the reigns or someone better comes along in the draft.
The fact that this many teams could use Mark Sanchez shows just how hard it is to find quality talent in this position. Whats even crazier to think is how sub par the quarterback play of these teams has been when they all have legitimate play-makers. Tampa has Vincent Jackson, the Rams have Tayvon Austin, the Jaguars have Justin Blackmon, Houston has Andre Johnson, and the Browns have Josh Gordon who had a phenomenal season. Even with all this talent the QB’s mentioned above have struggled, perhaps the chemistry never worked out, perhaps these guys are just that raw. Whatever the case may be Sanchez could provide a welcome change of pace for any of these teams.
The New York Jets will be entering the offseason looking to let a few players go in order to provide salary cap relief, but kicker Nick Folk is hoping that he will be able to stay with the team for the long term.
“I’d love to stay in New York,” Folk told Metro New York. “They’re still finalizing the coaching staff from what I heard.”
Folk said that he believes the team would like to have him back, but he will have to wait and see how it all plays out.
“That’s what I got from it. It was a good meeting, I conveyed that I’d like to be back,” Folk said. “[We will] see what happens over the next couple months. Of course I’d love it, and I’d think that they’d like a reliable guy at that position for awhile. It is up to them to see what they want to go, what they want to do with things.”
Whether or not Folk gets his wish remains to be seen, but the Jets certainly have to be interested in bringing a man that has had such success in their stadium’s cold weather and windy conditions back.
idzik dept. - " What Jets GM learned helping Seahawks build Super Bowl team " ~ ~
John Idzik plans on finding some time this week to see some old friends.
The Jets general manager will take time out from his team’s personnel meetings to visit the Seahawks before Super Bowl XLVIII. Idzik spent six seasons with the Seahawks before leaving last January to join the Jets.
“I’ll drop by and say hello. I don’t want to interrupt them too much,” Idzik told The Post on Monday. “They have some business at hand.”
Idzik was in Seattle in 2010 when new general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll arrived to begin rebuilding the roster. Now, the Seahawks are one win away from being world champions, and they could do it at MetLife Stadium – the home field of Idzik’s Jets.
“It’s a great feeling to see them have success,” Idzik said. “It’s emotional, to be honest, because I’m very close to so many people in that organization and that locker room. To see them get to the point where we all envisioned and to have it right here in my backyard, to be hosting, is pretty special.”
Idzik had known Schneider since the mid-90s, when Idzik was in the personnel department of the Buccaneers and Schneider was a Packers scout.
When Schneider took the job in Seattle, Idzik said his energy was “pervasive” and he had a clear plan for what he wanted to do.
“To put it in simplistic form: In personnel we were just going to clearly identify what was going to work for us in Seattle and leave no stone unturned,” Idzik said. “That’s thrown around kind of loosely, but I think that first year in 2010 with John we may have set an NFL record for transactions. We really worked it pretty hard.”
They had 284 transactions that first year as they worked to turn over the roster. Idzik was the vice president of football administration and worked closely with Schneider and Carroll as they rebuilt the roster.
Idzik said they did not just chase the big-name free agents but explored every avenue of player acquisition to find players they felt fit the organization. It is the same model Idzik now employs with the Jets.
“I think that’s what differentiates John and the Seahawks,” Idzik said. “It wasn’t just going after talent. It wasn’t just going after guys that really stood out where they were. It was identifying who was a Seahawk. It sounds a little familiar, right?”
When he came to the Jets last January, Idzik said he could sense some similarities to the feeling around the Seahawks in 2010 when they were coming off two seasons of no playoffs.
“I did see parallels when I first came in here,” Idzik said. “I think there was a certain perception of the Jets and the organization. It was a head-scratcher for me because we have tremendous people in this building. When I first came in and I first started to be introduced to everybody, get indoctrinated here, I got that same sense. We’ve said that. There’s a good vibe here. There’s a good vibe in the locker room. There’s a good vibe in the training room, equipment room, personnel. We’ve got people with a like-minded cause. There are definitely some parallels. That’s what made it so exciting for me to come to the Jets.”
Idzik now hopes the Jets can carry out the plan as well as the Sehawks have.
Well that's why we have Idzik here. Improve this team from top to bottom and develop depth and don't over pay for free agents that are in it for a big payday.
Be smart and get hungry players that want to make a name for themselves .Idkiz knows the plan so go execute it and don't make too many mistakes.
First, I like Idzik so don't take this the wrong way. When he came in here, the Jets backs were to the wall. And he had to live with the old scouting department. With that as context, he did well. Good draft--and maybe better than that. Depends on how the players develop. He didn't have any money to spend so his fa pickups were ok, but no one expected anything.
Now, it's his scouting staff and he has money to spend. More opportunity, but also more risk of failure. This will be a telling year. Good luck John.