Vacc talks Jets "D" 00:01:10
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano shares some insights on who the Jets may be targeting in the NFL Draft to improve their pass rush

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INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Maccagnan and Adam Gase set the stage for an aggressive offseason for the Jets when they met the media at the NFL scouting combine last week, in part because they have no choice. They have a depleted roster, tons of cap room, a high draft pick, and a willingness to trade.

So how will they reshape their roster? They didn't exactly lay out a blueprint. But from their press conferences and plenty of info from NFL sources, here are 10 things we learned about the Jets' plans while they were at the combine...

1. The Jets aren't trading for Antonio Brown

Maccagnan said the Jets hadn't really looked into that yet, which almost certainly means he's not going to. Already three teams are reportedly heavily involved -- the Titans, Raiders and Redskins. If the Jets were going this route, they'd already be in the mix. The problem is they know Brown is a huge headache and could be disruptive for their young quarterback. Also, with no second-round pick and no willingness to give up their first pick, they don't really have the ammunition to get this done.

2. Le'Veon Bell is definitely a target for the Jets

He may not be the top target that everyone has expected, but given all their salary cap space (close to $100 million) that's just semantics. Multiple NFL sources said this week the Jets are likely to be most heavily involved in the pass-rusher market. That doesn't mean they won't go hard after Bell too, but they're likely to be more aggressive in other areas. Also, there's still a strong sentiment that Bell doesn't want to sign with the Jets. Maybe that explains why the Jets seemed to be all over the Day 2 running backs in the draft last week.

3. They are going to spend big on a pass-rusher in free agency

The top of the draft may be loaded with pass rushers, but the Jets aren't going to wait until April. Multiple NFL sources say they've been nosing around all the top pass-rushers in free agency. Many of them are going to be off the market when they get the franchise tag. One they are definitely going after is Rams linebacker Dante Fowler, whom they tried to acquire in a trade in each of the last two years. They could also be involved with Detroit's Ezekiel Ansah. Keep an eye on Jadeveon Clowney too, if he doesn't get tagged, because the Jets aren't going to hold back here.



4. The Jets really like their receivers -- a lot more than most others do

This was true last year, too, when the Jets didn't make a move to bring in a No. 1 receiver even though that seemed to be a glaring hole. Maccagnan made it clear he thought the Jets had more than enough at that position. Now Gase has chimed in and he agrees. He seems to love his possibilities with Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson. It sure looks like they could still use a tall, No. 1-type receiver. The problem is, there really aren't any on the free-agent market. And with no second-round pick, their options are limited on Day 2 of the draft.

5. They want to trade down from the third overall pick -- especially if they land a pass rusher in free agency.

Several sources on other NFL teams say the Jets have let them know they're interested in trading back, but those sources always threw in "if they don't land a pass rusher in free agency". Call that informed speculation. The thought is that there are so many good pass rushers at the top of the draft, that if the Jets miss their targets in free agency they'll have to take one at No. 3. It's good logic, but also keep in mind that whenever there's a run on quarterbacks, the teams trading down can get tremendous deals.

6. Mike Maccagnan wants to rob whatever team tries to trade up for a quarterback

He basically said that. "In my personal opinion," he said, "if you're trying to go chase a quarterback, it's sort of whatever the market is and then some." The Jets paid a reasonable price last year to move from 6 to 3 to chase a quarterback, giving up three second-round picks. That would seem to be a starting point, but the farther down you go, the more it's going to cost. If the Jets trade down, don't be shocked to see them get a first-round pick in 2020 as part of the deal. It all depends on how desperate teams get for quarterbacks and how convinced everyone is that the Giants are a threat to take Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins at 6.



7. The Jets might just luck out by staying right where they are

Remember Leonard Williams dropping to them at 6 in 2015, and Jamal Adams sliding to them at 6 in 2017, and Sam Darnold falling to them at 3 last year? The Jets have some pretty good luck in the first round. Now, with so many people around the NFL being convinced that the Arizona Cardinals are taking Oklahoma's Kyler Murray No. 1, it could happen again. The top two pass rushers in the draft appear to be Ohio State's Nick Bosa and Kentucky's Josh Allen. The Jets sure could use them, and it looks like they could have a chance to get one of them. Of course, if one of them slips to 3 and a quarterback like Haskins is available, there could be a ton of teams bidding to trade into their spot. But it could be hard to pass on Bosa or Allen, both of whom could turn into stars.

8. Leonard Williams has a long-term future with the Jets

He's due $14.2 million this year, which is about right for pass rusher these days, but awfully high for a guy with 17 career sacks in four seasons. The Jets will surely take a wait-and-see approach before deciding whether to sign him to a long-term deal. It may not seem worth it, given what pass rushers are likely to get on the open market. But the Jets don't seem to agree. Gase raved about Williams and how difficult he is to scheme against, how "disruptive" he is as a pass rusher and how terrific he is against the run. Maybe that was smoke, but it seemed to be a sign that Gase thinks the 24-year-old Williams has plenty of potential. If new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams can unlock some of that, don't be surprised if Leonard Williams eventually does get his long-term deal.

9. The Jets are in the market for a guard and a center

Maccagnan made it clear he's happy with the three starters he has on the offensive line -- left tackle Kelvin Beachum, right guard Brian Winters and right tackle Brandon Shell (when he's healthy). So especially with Spencer Long gone, they now need a center and another guard. Maccagnan made it sound like that will be a priority, too. The free-agent market isn't deep, but the Jets should be players. And if they drop far enough in the first round, an offensive lineman could be in play there, too.

10. Josh McCown has a job as Sam Darnold's backup if he wants it

Asked if the popular backup is coming back, Gase said he was giving McCown his space to decide if he still wants to play at his age (he turns 40 in July) or if it's time to retire and spend more time with his family. If the Jets didn't want McCown back they probably wouldn't have left the door open at all. But McCown might be the most popular player in the building and everyone thinks he had a huge influence on Darnold last year. He may not be an NFL starter any more, but teams have done way worse with their backup quarterback. If he's willing, the Jets surely would love to have McCown return to guide Darnold for one more year.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Jamal Adams, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets acting CEO Christopher Johnson on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets acting CEO Christopher Johnson on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have been one of the most active teams in the NFL this offseason. Between a coaching change, a few big-name signings in free agency, control of the third overall pick in the NFL Draft and heightened expectations, the Jets haven't had this much to look forward to entering a season in quite a while. 

Owner Christopher Johnson, speaking at the NFL's Owners Meetings in Arizona on Sunday, touched on those topics, plus more. 

Here are the main takeaways from what the Jets owner had to say: 

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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PHOENIX - Mike Maccagnan's long rebuilding of the Jets should theoretically be complete now. Maybe not completely complete, as in they're ready to make a run to the Super Bowl. But, after two years of lavish spending and high draft picks, being a playoff contender shouldn't be unrealistic.

Not that Jets CEO Christopher Johnson is going to give Maccagnan a playoff mandate. But surely, the expectations have to be as high as a playoff berth now, right?

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spikes the ball after a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spikes the ball after a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

For Jets fans, the nightmare of a wide-open Rob Gronkowski streaking down the middle of the field is over. 

The former Patriots' tight end announced his retirement Sunday in a post on his Instagram page. It'd been speculated over the last few seasons Gronkowski would step away from the game, given the injuries the 29-year-old endured and the physical toll his massive frame was exposed to throughout a 16-game slate year in and year out.  

"Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization," he wrote in the lengthy message. "Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life."

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Draft Profile: LB Josh Allen 00:00:33
Check out the highlights and the numbers from Kentucky Wildcats linebacker, Josh Allen, heading into the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Jets will have a pre-draft meeting with Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen sometime in the near future even though GM Mike Maccagnan isn't at his pro day, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Allen, who is considered one of the top defensive players in the NFL draft, also has scheduled visits with the 49ers, Raiders, Giants and Lions, according to NBC Sports' Matt Maiocco.

A 6-foot-5, 262-pound linebacker from Montclair, New Jersey, Allen posted impressive numbers at the NFL combine, running a 4.63-second 40-yard dash, putting up 28 reps on the bench press and recording a 118-inch broad jump.

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Mike Maccagnan

As expected, the Jets have been extremely busy in free agency as the lead into the NFL Draft. And when late April comes around, New York has great position at No. 3 to add another immediate impact player for next season. 

But with that high draft pick and the Jets already settled in the quarterback department, GM Mike Maccagnan will certainly be listening to phone calls to potentially make a trade to move down. 

The Jets will likely be looking for a defensive playmaker with that third overall selection, and though players like DE Josh Allen and DE Nick Bosa are in the conversation in the Top 3, there are still plenty more elite prospects to choose from. But, if all signs point to the Cardinals selecting QB Kyler Murray first overall, the Jets would likely keep that No. 3 pick to get either Allen or Bosa.

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Feb 28, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 28, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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The Jets have only six picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, and with so many holes on their roster, they'll need to use them wisely. It's still early, but here's a look at how those six picks could go:

First Round (No. 3 overall): DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama

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Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Trevor Siemian (3) calls a play during the second quarter against Jacksonville Jaguars at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Trevor Siemian (3) calls a play during the second quarter against Jacksonville Jaguars at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Jets have found their backup quarterback as QB Trevor Siemian signed a one-year deal with the team, his agent Mike McCartney confirming via Twitter. Siemian's deal has a $2 million base salary that could reach $3 million with incentives.

With veteran QB Josh McCown still undecided as to whether he wants to play next season, the Jets brought in an experience backup for Sam Darnold now in Siemian to fill out the depth chart. Davis Webb, who was acquired off waivers when the Giants cut him last year, is also under contract for the 2019 season.

The 27-year-old wanted a change of scenery as the Vikings were interested in bringing him back for another season to sit behind Kirk Cousins. However, he is now joining Gang Green and provides the Jets with more than just a serviceable option in case something happens to Darnold. 

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With their quarterback situation in shambles, the Redskins are "sniffing around" about trading up in the NFL Draft, reports Jason La Canfora of NFL.com

La Canfora speculates that the play for the Redskins could be to trade from No. 15 to get the Jets' pick at No. 3. That would allow them to jump ahead of the Giants at No. 6 and snatch Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins from them (if he is indeed who the Giants are targeting).

Aside from the Giants and Redskins as candidates who could try to deal with the Jets for No. 3, La Canfora mentions the Broncos and Jaguars, but doubts either would do it.

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Dec 4, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) sits on the bench against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 4, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) sits on the bench against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

For the first time in a long time, Le'Veon Bell is truly happy.

The new Jets running back, who signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with $35 million guaranteed, is ready for a fresh new start in New York while leaving behind some ugly memories in Pittsburgh where he chose to sit out the entire 2019 season.

But it was more than just about the money for Bell.

While he previously detailed the roller-coaster of the last year he had negotiating with the Steelers, the 27-year-old opened up a little more about his experience in Pittsburgh on the field and in the locker room during an interview with Sports Illustrated -- particularly how the organization compares with the Jets, from whom he immediately felt a different vibe than he never had with the Steelers. 

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Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets new RB Le'Veon Bell was under tons of scrutiny last season for holding out from the Steelers, and declining to sign his franchise tag to play in 2018. But that wasn't his initial plan as he headed into the season. 

In an interview with ESPN's Jeremy Fowler this weekend, Bell said he had every intention to return to Steelers camp during the Week 7 bye. But it looks like Bell actually wanted to return to the team after Week 1 following an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated.

"At first I was literally thinking like, 'I don't want to play camp and OTAs' because of the hurt in my body and I'm like, 'I'm not playing,'" Bell told Sports Illustrated's Jenny Vrentas. "When Week 1 comes, I'm going to come, but the things that kind of led up to Week 1, I starting thinking, 'I'm not going to play Week 1.' After even Week 1, it started to build up and it's not making me feel comfortable."

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Oct 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Trevor Siemian (3) smiles during warm up before game against New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Trevor Siemian (3) smiles during warm up before game against New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

While the Jets have been busy this offseason, there are still some areas they must address, such as a backup quarterback to Sam Darnold

While Josh McCown is still undecided on a return for next season, the Jets plan to meet with free agent quarterback Trevor Siemian on Wednesday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

Siemian, 27, spent last season as the backup with the Minnesota Vikings behind Kirk Cousins after he was traded there a year ago by the Broncos.

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

With Le'Veon Bell a new centerpiece in the Jets' offense, the organization brought back two familiar faces to strengthen their blocking schemes Tuesday. 

New York re-signed offensive lineman Bren Qvale and tight end Eric Tomlinson, who primarily operates as a blocking tight end in the offense. The team also confirmed the signing of tight end Daniel Brown

Tomlinson ended last season on injured reserve after he dropped a weight on his foot. Before that, he made 12 starts and appeared in 15 games, and served as a special teams contributor. He first joined the Jets in 2016 and has played in 36 games total with 16 catches for 193 yards and one career touchdown. 

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Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton celebrates with tight end Daniel Brown after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Soldier Field. (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton celebrates with tight end Daniel Brown after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Soldier Field. (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed former Bears and Ravens tight end Daniel Brown to a contract, according to his agent.

Brown, 26, played in 14 games last season but did not record a completion on offense. He spent most of his time on special teams.

Since debuting with Baltimore in 2015, Brown has 35 catches for 317 yards and one touchdown.

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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ryan Fitzpatrick's renaissance behind center will bring him back to the AFC East. 

The QB signed a two-year, $11-million deal with Miami on Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and other reports. Fitzpatrick quarterbacked the Jets for two seasons in 2015 and 2016 before heading to Tampa Bay for two years. 

His new contract, though, gives him the chance to face his old team twice a year. It will be his third go-around in the division; he played four seasons in Buffalo. 

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Dec 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) reacts after sacking Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (not pictured) during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Dec 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) reacts after sacking Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (not pictured) during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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While the Le'Veon Bell signing received the most attention, the biggest financial outlay for the Jets this offseason was the C.J. Mosley deal. The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker signed a five-year contract worth up to $85 million. Will it prove to be worth it though?

There's no doubting Mosley's talent, as he's been a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro in four of his five seasons. The Ravens went to the postseason twice in those five years with Mosley anchoring their defense, including an AFC North division title win in 2018. He has nine interceptions, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in his career, so he should provide some impact plays.

The Jets are most likely to employ Mosley as the middle linebacker in Gregg Williams' new system. In fact, there's a good chance Williams may have identified Mosley as an ideal central cog to install his scheme around. Ideally, he would have had Anthony Barr as well, but that move obviously fell apart at the 11th hour. Another clue as to how important the Jets saw having a player of Mosley's caliber on the team comes from the size of his contract.

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Le'Veon Bell (26) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Le'Veon Bell (26) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

New Jets running back Le'Veon Bell had every intention of returning to the Steelers during their Week 7 bye to sign his franchise tender, hit the field several weeks later and play out the rest of the season, believing he had no other choice if he wanted an accrued season in order to hit free agency this year.

But in an interview with ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Bell revealed that he learned from social media that he didn't need to play at all to hit free agency as long as the Steelers didn't tag him again. Once he confirmed that with his agent, his goal to remain off the field the whole season to preserve his health for more guaranteed money was back in play.

"That was the biggest mix-up the whole time," Bell told Fowler. "I thought I had to sit out until Week 10 or else they can tag me again. Around before the bye week, that's when I found out I didn't have to play."

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Oct 29, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Oakland Raiders offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Oct 29, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Oakland Raiders offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

With the recent flurry of big-name signings, the first major move of the offseason is perhaps being overlooked.  

The Jets acquired two-time Pro Bowl guard Kelechi Osemele from the Raiders in exchange for a day three pick swap. Here's why that move could end up being the most important one the Jets have made this offseason. 

A change in attitude

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'Machado Kid' joins BNNY 00:00:56
Jacob Carpenter went viral with his take on why he didn't want Manny Machado on the Yankees. Watch more Yankees and Jets takes on BNNY.

Nearly one month later, Jacob Carpenter's mind hasn't changed.

The "Machado Kid" who went viral in SNY's video of his reaction to Manny Machado signing with the Padres is still glad that the star infielder didn't end up with the Yankees.

"I'm definitely happy that Machado did not sign," Carpenter said while he was an in-studio guest on Baseball Night in New York.

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Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets put their faith in Mike Maccagnan on the day in December when they fired coach Todd Bowles. Ownership was making it clear it believed in the general manager's plan and vision. Christopher Johnson had faith that Maccagnan could carry it out.

So armed with nearly $100 million in salary cap space as they headed into free agency, Maccagnan headed into one of the most crucial offseasons this star-crossed franchise has ever had. He needed to win big. He needed some splashy signings.

And he certainly didn't disappoint.

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New York Jets former running back Curtis Martin enters the stadium for the Professional Football HOF enshrinement ceremonies at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets former running back Curtis Martin enters the stadium for the Professional Football HOF enshrinement ceremonies at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Le'Veon Bell said one of the reasons he joined the Jets was because he idolized Hall of Famer Curtis Martin growing up.

And Martin believes Bell has what it takes to follow him to Canton.

"For a guy like Le'Veon, it's not about, 'Can he make it to the Hall of Fame?' ... He's like an Adrian Peterson-like guy. Those guys, they don't have to play 12, 13, 14 years to make it to the Hall of Fame if they just work hard and take care of business now," Martin said, according to the New York Post's Steve Serby.

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Why Le'Veon Bell chose Jets 00:01:05
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell explains why deep down he wanted to choose the Jets. Jamal Adams' excellent recruiting also helped.

When Le'Veon Bell entered free agency this offseason, he always had the Jets on his list of desired teams. And once GM Mike Maccagnan came calling with the right offer, he knew he had to pull the trigger. 

"The Jets (were) just kind of the team I had in the back of my mind where I wanted to go," Bell told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano over a conference call after the Jets made the signing official Thursday night.

But the numbers Bell agreed to came under heavy scrutiny. The Steelers offered him a five-year, $70 million deal, but after sitting out a year to keep his body fresh and hopefully increase his value on the market, he agreed to a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets...

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New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro makes a field goal as punter Lac Edwards holds the ball during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro makes a field goal as punter Lac Edwards holds the ball during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets re-signed kicker Chandler Catanzaro to replace Pro Bowler Jason Myers, the team announced Friday.

Catanzaro, 28, was 16-for-20 on field goals and 30-for-35 on extra points in 13 games with the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. He was 0-for-3 between 40 and 49 yards but made all three of his attempts from at least 50 yards.

With New York in 2017, Catanzaro made 25 of 30 field goals and converted all 29 extra points. He was 12-for-17 in the 40-yard range and 2-for-2 from beyond 50.

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Nov 25, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) reacts after making a play during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)
Nov 25, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) reacts after making a play during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)

Anthony Barr got cold feet right after the engagement.

He told his agent he would take a deal with the Jets but had immediate regrets. After a quick panic he decided to call off the wedding.

"It wasn't necessarily physically ill. It wasn't the middle of the night. It was more so when I hung up the phone after saying, 'Yeah, I can do New York.' My stomach dropped, I kind of got some cold sweats," Barr told NFL Network on Thursday

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Dec 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole (34) reacts after an interception against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Dec 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole (34) reacts after an interception against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Jets and cornerback Brian Poole have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, according to multiple reports.

The 26-year-old joins the Jets after spending three seasons with the Falcons, who did not tender the restricted free agent. Poole should replace Buster Skrine as the Jets' slot corner after Skrine signed with Chicago

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Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) warms up before a game against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) warms up before a game against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Before free agency even officially began, the Jets had handed out $173 million worth of contracts on four new players, and that went with another $51.7 million in deals to bring back four of their own. They even tried to hand out another $100 million or so in contracts, before edge-rusher Anthony Barr changed his mind and center Matt Paradis signed somewhere else.

So the Jets have been busy, and there's no doubt that with the additions of running back Le'Veon Bell, linebacker C.J. Mosley and receiver Jamison Crowder, they are better than they were a few days ago.

But they're not done yet. They still have some cap room to spend and some holes to fill. Lucky for them, NFL free agency is still really only beginning and there are a bunch of good players left to sign:

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Dec 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) reacts after sacking Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (not pictured) during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Dec 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) reacts after sacking Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (not pictured) during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

It doesn't seem as if linebacker C.J. Mosley will be pulling an Anthony Barr.

Though the Jets have yet to officially announce the signing of Mosley -- they finally announced the Le'Veon Bell signing Thursday evening -- Mosley was at the Jets' training facility in Florham Park on Thursday as he shared a picture on his Instagram story with "New beginnings!" written on it.

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(Charles LeClaire)

The numeric details of Le'Veon Bell's four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets were released on Thursday, and it is safe to say New York got themselves a great deal for one of the most dynamic weapons in the NFL. 

Breaking it down, Bell will earn $14.5 million for the 2019 season, but will only count for a $8.5 million cap hit because of the $2 million from his signing bonus and $4.5 million roster bonus to go along with a $2 million base salary. His two-year total, then, comes to $26 million with $11.5 million coming his way while being a $13.5 million cap hit. 

There is a potential out of his contract in 2021, and it would only be a $4 million cap hit. But, to keep Bell from potentially sitting out again, the Jets implimented two $3 million training camp reporting bonuses in 2021 and 2022, which comes after the $35 million in guaranteed money has been shelled out. 

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins drops back to pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins drops back to pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Kirk Cousins infamously spurned the Jets last offseason to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.

But he's happy his former college teammate, Le'Veon Bell, is playing with New York.

Bell, who agreed to a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets, tweeted how he's happy to be in green and white again, just like his Michigan State days. And Cousins made sure to salute his former teammate.

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New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets released running back Isaiah Crowell on Thursday, just days after they reached an agreement with free agent Le'Veon Bell, the team announced.

The Jets save $3 million in cap space by cutting Crowell, however Crowell's contract counts for $2 million in dead cap space for 2019.

The 26-year-old Crowell, who signed a three-year, $12 million with New York last offseason, totaled 685 rushing yards, 152 receiving yards and six rushing touchdowns in 13 games last year.

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Dec 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by New York Jets nose tackle Steve McLendon (99) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Fluharty)
Dec 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by New York Jets nose tackle Steve McLendon (99) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Fluharty)

As they've added a bunch of potential game-changing external free agents, the Jets have also been bringing back plenty of their own. The latest is nose tackle Steve McLendon.

The Jets announced the deal with the 33-year-old McLendon, who will receive a one-year deal worth $2.5 million that can max out at $3.5 million, reports Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

McLendon, who has been with the Jets since 2016, has played in all 16 games each of the last two seasons. In 2018, he started 14 games and had 34 total tackles.

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