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    Cool " MARCH MADNESS "...jets version ;-)

    New York Jets prepare for March madness

    A belated welcome to March, a month of madness in the NFL. It will be eventful for the New York Jets, whose roster will undergo major changes over the next four weeks. A sneak preview :

    1. The purge: Even though they have plenty of salary-cap space, the Jets will unload some dead weight. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes will be released any day, an $8.25 million savings. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie ($14.98 million cap charge) will be released unless he takes a pay cut for the final year of his contract, which includes a prohibitive $5 million roster bonus. When healthy, Cromartie still is a quality corner. My gut tells me Cromartie will end up playing for the Jets in 2014.

    2. The Sanchez saga: General manager John Idzik has yet to reveal his hand with regard to his plans for quarterback Mark Sanchez. At this point, why would he? He has until March 25, when a $2 million roster bonus is due. Starting March 11, I expect the Jets to chase the top free-agent quarterbacks, namely Michael Vick and Josh McCown. If they get shut out, the possibility of retaining Sanchez becomes realistic. It would be contingent on a pay cut (his base salary is $9 million) and a positive medical report on his surgically repaired throwing shoulder. He spent last week at the team's facility, rehabbing under the watchful eyes of the trainers. While I still think Sanchez's ouster is likely, I wouldn't call it a foregone conclusion. Why cut the man unless you have a replacement?

    3. Idzik's first big deal: In 13 months as the GM, Idzik has yet to dole out a big contract for a veteran player. By big, I mean at least $5 million per year. Who will be his first major investment? Chances are, it will be right tackle Austin Howard, who will be an unrestricted free agent. The Jets are trying to get him locked up before March 11. Other players they'd like to keep are tight end Jeff Cumberland and outside linebacker Calvin Pace.

    4. Gentlemen, start your checkbooks: With a $133 million salary cap, the Jets are $21.2 million under the cap, according to ESPN's figures. They have the flexibility to be big spenders. Look for them to attack the wide-receiver market, with Golden Tate (Seattle Seahawks), Emmanuel Sanders (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants) among the most likely targets. Eric Decker (Denver Broncos) will be a hot commodity, but probably too pricey for the Jets. They could be looking for a tight end, perhaps Brandon Pettigrew (Detroit Lions), if they fail to re-sign Cumberland. The goal for the offseason is to upgrade the offense. By the end of the month, the skill positions could have a different look.

    > http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jet...-march-madness

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    The Ideal New York Jets Offseason (Part One)

    Tagged: Dalbin Osorio, Free Agency, New York Jets, NFL, offseason

    NFL Free Agency, or Christmas as it’s known around the TOJ office, begins March 11th, 2014 at 4:00 PM. We’ve been chronicling the available free agents that the Jets could potentially target all off-season long so far (we only have Safeties left), but now it’s time to focus on the actual holes that the Jets will have to fill. I’ll be outlining the current 53 man roster (including players on IR) with predictions on whether they will be wearing Green and White next season and, if not, where they will end up. If I note that they will be released or traded, the cap savings will be written at in parenthesis (all cap numbers are from Spotrac.com). The second part of this two part series will deal with how I would ideally fill the holes the Jets will need to fill, very similarly to this amazing piece done by Cole Patterson. As always, your comments will be appreciated.

    Quarterbacks

    1. Geno Smith: 2013 – Starting QB, 2014 – Starting QB
    2. Mark Sanchez: 2013 – #2 QB, 2014 – Will be released ($8.3 M) by Jets (sign with STL)
    3. Matt Simms: 2013 – #3 QB, 2014 – Will be released ($405,000) (signed by GB practice squad)
    4. David Garrard: 2013 – Emergency QB, 2014 – Will be released ($588,235) (brought back as an assistant coach)

    Running Backs

    1. Chris Ivory: 2013 – Starting RB, 2014 – Starting RB
    2. Bilal Powell: 2013 – #2 RB, 2014 – #2 RB
    3. Mike Goodson: 2013 – #3 RB, 2014 – Will be released by Jets ($1.3M) (legal situation)
    4. Alex Green: 2013 – #4 RB, 2014 – Practice Squad
    5. Darius Reynaud: 2013 – #5 RB/#6 WR, 2014 – Will be released (($168,235) by Jets (sign with PHI)

    Fullbacks

    1. Tommy Bohanon: 2013 – Starting FB, 2014 – Starting FB

    Wide Receivers

    1. Santonio Holmes: 2013 – Starting WR, 2014 – Will be released ($8.25 M) by Jets (sign with CLE)
    2. Jeremy Kerley: 2013- Starting WR, 2014 – #3 WR
    3. Stephen Hill; 2013 – #3 WR, 2014- Will be traded ($350,000) to PIT
    4. David Nelson: 2013 – #4 WR, 2014 – #4 WR
    5. Greg Salas: 2013 – #5 WR, 2014- #5 WR
    6. Josh Cribbs: 2013 – KR/PR, 2014 – Won’t be resigned by Jets (sign with NYG)
    7. Saalim Hakim: 2013- #7 WR, 2014- Primary KR
    8. Clyde Gates: 2013- #8 WR, 2014- Will be released ($555,000) by Jets (sign with NO)

    Tight Ends

    1. Kellen Winslow: 2013- Starting TE, 2014 – Won’t be resigned ($424,412) by Jets (will sign with IND)
    2. Jeff Cumberland: 2013 – #2 TE, 2014 – Won’t be resigned ($1.3M) by Jets (will sign with ATL)
    3. Zach Sudfeld: 2013 – #3 TE, 2014 – #2 TE
    4. Chris Pantale: 2013- #4 TE, 2014 – Practice Squad

    Offensive Tackles

    1. D’Brickashaw Ferguson: 2013 – Starting LT, 2014- Starting LT
    2. Austin Howard: 2013 – Starting RT; 2014 – Won’t be resigned ($2.02M) by Jets (will sign with BAL)
    3. Benjamin Ijalana: 2013 – Backup Tackle, 2014 – Backup Tackle

    Offensive Guards

    1. Willie Colon: 2013 – Starting RG, 2014- Starting RG (resigned for $1.25M)
    2. Brian Winters: 2013 – Starting LG, 2014 – Starting LG
    3. Oday Aboushi: 2013 – Backup Guard, 2014 – Backup Guard
    4. William Campbell: 2013 – Backup Guard, 2014- Backup Guard
    5. Vlad Ducasse: 2013 – Backup Guard, 2014 – Backup Guard

    Centers

    1. Nick Mangold: 2013 – Starting C, 2014 – Starting C
    2. Caleb Schlauderaff: 2013 – Backup Center, 2014- Backup Center
    3. Tanner Purdum: 2013 – Long Snapper, 2014 – Long Snapper

    Defensive Line

    1. Muhammad Wilkerson: 2013- Starting DE, 2014 – Starting DE
    2. Sheldon Richardson: 2013- Starting DT, 2014- Starting DT
    3. Damon Harrison: 2013- Starting NT, 2014 – Starting NT
    4. Kenrick Ellis: 2013- Backup NT, 2014 – Backup NT
    5. Legar Douzable: 2013- Backup DE, 2014 – Won’t resign ($555,000) with Jets (will sign with NE)

    Linebackers

    1. David Harris: 2013- Starting ILB, 2014 – Starting ILB
    2. Demario Davis: 2013- Starting ILB, 2014 – Starting ILB
    3. Calvin Pace: 2013- Starting OLB, 2014 – Will be resigned ($1.1M) by Jets.
    4. Quentin Coples: 2013 – Starting OLB, 2014- Starting OLB
    5. Garrett McIntyre: 2013 – Backup LB, 2014 – Will be released ($555,000) by Jets (will sign with CLE)
    6. Nick Bellore: 2013 – Backup LB, 2014 – Backup LB
    7. Jermaine Cunningham: 2013- Backup LB, 2014 – Backup LB
    8. Antwan Barnes: 2013 – Backup LB/DE, 2014 – Backup LB/DE

    Cornerbacks

    1. Antonio Cromartie: 2013 – Starting CB, 2014 – Will be released ($9.5M) and then resigned at a reduced rate ($5M)
    2. Dee Milliner: 2013 – Starting CB, 2014 – Starting CB
    3. Kyle Wilson: 2013 – #3 CB, 2014- Will be traded ($1.29M) to MIN
    4. Darrin Walls: 2013 – #4 CB, 2014 – #4 CB
    5. Isaiah Trufant: 2013 – #5 CB, 2014 – #5 CB
    6. Ellis Lankster: 2013 – #6 CB, 2014 – Will be released ($555,000) by Jets (will sign with CLE)
    7. Aaron Berry: 2013 – #7 CB, 2014- #6 CB

    Safeties

    1. Ed Reed: 2013 – Starting FS, 2014 – Won’t resign ($387,058) with Jets (will retire)
    2. Dawan Landry: 2013 – Starting SS, 2014- #3 Safety
    3. Antonio Allen: 2013 – #3 Safety, 2014 – Starting SS
    4. Josh Bush: 2013 – #4 Safety, 2014- #4 Safety
    5. Jaiquawn Jarrett: 2013 – #5 Safety, 2014- #5 Safety

    Kicker

    1. Nick Folk: 2013 – Starting K, 2014 – Starting K ($2M)

    Punter

    1. Ryan Quigley – 2013- Starting P, 2014 – Will be released ($495,000) by Jets (sign with CIN)

    Total Cap Space Before Cuts: $25,744,583
    Total Cap Space After Cuts: $53,018,336

    Total Roster: 40/53
    Total Draft Picks: 10-12
    Team Needs: 2 QBs, 1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE, 1 T, 1 DL, 1 CB, 1 S, 1 P

    In Part 2, I’ll outline how the Jets should spend their money…

    > http://turnonthejets.com/2014/02/goe...ason-part-one/

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