Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend’s game by responding to your questions from Bent’s Game Analysis during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the loss to the Panthers. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read my BGA game breakdowns every Monday and leave your question in the comments section.

James PlathKind of off topic, but do you think Tampa keeps Revis on the current deal, netting us a 3rd rounder? Or will they dump as the CB market has/is undergoing a significant correction? (And if so, do you think there's a snowflake's chance we resign him?)

Revis has quietly had a great season, but this has failed to have much impact on the Bucs' fortunes, confirming what we already spent three years establishing: No cornerback is worth $16m per year.

Anything could happen with Revis. They could opt to keep him for one more year (and have the cap room to do so), perhaps because it would be an embarrassing failure to spend a first rounder on someone and then dump them after one failed season. On the other hand, they could easily cut their losses and save money (and improve the value of that pick) by getting rid of him. I hope he stays, not because of the pick, but because it's otherwise inevitable he'll end up with one of our rivals. I can't see him returning to the Jets at a cut price because there's too much pride involved on each side. If Rex is staying, that move would probably be the best possible use of the Jets' resources and the best move Revis could make the re-establish his brand though.

An interesting what-if question becomes what if the Bucs weren't prepared to pay him that kind of money leaving the Jets with no viable trade partner? Would Revis have accepted less money to play elsewhere, or even stay with the Jets long term? Or would he have been stuck in limbo, refusing to play for any less than that? Ironically, if he stayed here (and let's assume the Jets drafted Richardson and didn't bother with Milliner) then there's no question the Jets would have been a playoff contender - and then he'd be in a situation where maybe he would have a chance of arguing his worth was around the $16m level.

JayMOut of all the starting rookie offensive linemen is Winters the worst of them all?

It's difficult to argue otherwise. Certainly none of them have a PFF rating close to as bad as his.

However, I'm sure there are plenty of linemen not currently playing, who would be struggling just as badly as Winters has, if they were to be forced into action. It remains to be seen whether forcing him into the lineup prematurely will pay off, but that hasn't been the case with guys like Will Rackley and Jason Pinkston in recent years.

jmacthemanIn the second quarter, a five or so yard Panthers gain was initially called back for an illegal formation because Steve Smith was covering another eligible receiver on the line. After the penalty was announced, S. Smith lifted his helmet (so it was sitting on his head, with the facemask pointing almost straight up, and with his face exposed) to argue with the referees for about two minutes, after which they declared that the guy Smith was covering was not an eligible receiver.

CBS being CBS, they didn't show where everyone lined up, but I'd imagine it would be pretty hard for the officials (I think this is the Umpire's job) to mistake an offensive lineman for an eligible receiver. With the benefit of the All-22 footage, can you shed more light on what happened on this play?

The rules state that you must have one eligible receiver (and only one) on the line of scrimmage on either side of the line. When the tight end and receiver on the same side are both on the line, that's usually a penalty. However, the Panthers had confused the officials by lining up with an unbalanced line as you can see below.

Ben Hartsock (#84) is actually lined up at left tackle, but he's an eligible receiver. The left tackle has moved over to right tight end, but because he's ineligible, it doesn't matter that he's on the line. Had Steve Smith not lined up on the line of scrimmage, then it would have been an illegal formation because there is no eligible receiver on the line on that side. Similarly, if that were a normal offensive alignment, then there would be two violations because you'd have two eligible receivers on the line on the right and none on the left, because Brandon LaFell (#11) was off the line.

So, the officials were quite correct to reverse the decision.

James PlathBased on the look-to-the-future position the Jets are in, do you think they are best served by continuing with Winters at Guard? Has Winters shown you enough to think he might be part of the line next year, or do you think he is just too much a liability now and for the foreseeable future?

Look to the future? Now? It's only just begun! [Fully aware that most of you won't get that reference, but hey, it's Christmas!]

Since they are in such a position, I'd argue that it makes MORE sense to play him than it did while they were still in contention. However, I'm more interested to see if they're going to let Oday Aboushi, Will Campbell and/or Ben Ijalana get some reps.

I'm sure Winters will fare better next year. If he doesn't someone will hopefully beat him out in camp.

1969JAN12thIn looking over the comments these past few weeks, their have been a number of different camps. The replace Rex Ryan/Keep Rex Ryan camp. The get rid of/bench/be patient Geno Smith camp. And, of course, "it's the pieces camp"; we need two WRs, a TE, and OL. The draft a QB camp and, the sign a veteran FA QB camp. Almost forgot...Idzik is an idiot camp.

In looking over some other teams: Eli (5-9), Romo (7-7), Big Ben (6-8), Matt Ryan (4-10) would all be considered better QBs then Geno Smith...but their teams also have issues. So, it would appear Geno Smith is not the only problem.(Also, Andy Reid sucks with Eagles/Vick and is a "genius with Chiefs/A.Smith). Winning is "hard" in the NFL.......It seems that the answers are probably a combination of all these "camps".

Question; which camp/camps do you fall in? Where do we go from here?

I always preach patience, but I can see arguments for anyone to feel strongly about these issues. The likes of Rex, Cromartie, Holmes, Sanchez could all be back next year or they could all be gone - and everything in between. I don't agree with everything Idzik has done this year, but I understand the reasoning. I've had issues with certain things Rex Ryan has done over the years, but I know the players love him and I don't think the team's failing are all down to him. Getting better receivers could certainly help Smith, but that's not going to suddenly give him pocket presence, the ability to read the field and perfect timing and accuracy overnight. As for drafting or signing another quarterback, they have to make improvements at the position. While Smith hasn't been so bad that they should give up on him, he hasn't been good enough that they can afford to pass on the right guy if the opportunity to get them presents itself.

It's always a combination of things. Always.

leviOn the 72 yard short pass to Williams I noticed some Jets players were blocked very well. Ive actually noticed it in other games too but not to the extent that Carolina showed. Is getting off blocks a product of Carolina being good at blocking or is it something the Jets are not good at?

I touched on this in the linebacker section, but Harris has always struggled to get off blocks. However, he's been effective throughout his career when they've managed to keep him clean. Demario Davis is not quite as good at keeping him clean as Bart Scott was, but the defensive line has been so good that this hasn't been as big of an issue so far this season.

An interesting way to investigate this statistically is via Football Outsiders' run defense breakdowns. Last year, they had the Jets 6th best in the NFL at the second level, but 23rd in the open field. This year, they are 1st at the second level and 8th in the open field. That suggests to me they've done a better job of keeping their linebackers clean for the most part (and, yes, I realize that the play which this question references wasn't even a running play).

metjetnet (aka miketaliaferro)It certainly caught my eye that right after Kotwika's group got torched, his name immediately crops up in stories about the open Army coaching job... Feelers from West Point? Jumping from the Jets? Being pushed from the Jets? Where's that crack Jets beat media crowd when you need them? Off tweeting somewhere, I suppose...

I could definitely see Kotwica leaving after this year. His ties are with the old regime and, if it's true what Mike Westhoff says that he's been saddled with inferior personnel, then perhaps he would want to leave anyway, before doing any further damage to his reputation.

McGeorgeDo you think the special teams coach will be fired after the season? If they fire Rex and bring in a new guy?

If Rex goes, yes. If Rex stays, somewhere between maybe and probably.

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I'm tired of Wilson's strutting & posing after his man falls down trying to reach another overthrown pass, as if Wilson himself had broken it up; and then he gets torched on the next play when the receiver CAN reach the pass. How many times have we seen Wilson trailing behind a receiver by 3+ yards up the middle of the field as the guy scores?

Wilson has been beaten for ZERO touchdown passes this year. He's also had ZERO penalties other than that ridiculous Bills game where he had five. He's in the top five for yards and receptions per coverage snap for slot corners. I get frustrated with some of his antics too, but he's played better than he gets credit for and it's surprising they've only ever used him in the nickel all season - he's been on the outside 12.9% of the time, compared with 49.6% of the time last season. Then again, maybe that's helped him be more consistent. Wilson still has one year left on his rookie deal.

BDarc23The team seems to have good talent in the secondary but I feel like the young player's growing pains and Cromartie's crappy play (possibly due to injury) have made it seem like an overhaul is required. With the expected improvement from Milliner and Allen next year, can this secondary be "good" if the Jets get a healthy Cromartie at a much reduced price?

Absolutely, but I can't see Cromartie and "much reduced price" getting mentioned together too often. He signed with CAA because he wanted Revis money. He's not going to get close to that now, even though I agree with you that his poor performance has been influenced by his injury. It would be highly unexpected for him to suddenly accept a major paycut though. I think he's gone and, unfortunately, his poor play means his contract is probably untradeable, so they'd have to make him a cap casualty. Obviously that would necessitate an overhaul of some description, although I do like some of the depth and potential they currently have.

It's worth remembering that Wilson and Lankster had major roles on last year's team (over 1,300 snaps, compared with less than 500 this year) where the secondary played well even without Revis. They obviously prioritized developing Milliner over putting in two guys with lower ceilings that had proven they could hold their own.

__fenseI don't understand how sacks work. If Wilkerson tackled Cam Newton three yards behind the line of scrimmage, isn't that a sack? Does he just get counted as a running back if he's not actively trying the throw it?

It comes down to whether or not it's a designed run. Newton never looked to pass, whereas if he'd sat in the pocket for a few seconds looking downfield and then taken off, it would have gone down as a sack. Running backs can actually be sacked if they look to pass downfield.

djf1I wonder if Bent can compare effectiveness of plays when jets played a cover 2 vs less safety help.

The Jets weren't able to run much cover two because the Panthers ran plenty of three, four and five wide receiver sets which forced the strong safety to match up, or the secondary to revert to a zone coverage. The Panthers attacked the cover two with a throw down the middle to LaFell for 36 yards and a couple of passes for more modest gains on the outside.

BDarc23Did Geno have the ball to Holmes on time on that bad drop or did he wait too long to throw it?

Perfect timing and a concentration drop. That happens when you're pressing to try and make an impact - Holmes was peeking downfield. The ball didn't "eat him up" so I don't think you could say he was not expecting it to be on time.

nyijkmI don't see how we wouldn't benefit from Smith being a mobile QB. Geno has to work with the tools he has. Remember in the preseason when there were talks about running a pistol/read option offense? Why did we never even try to implement this, especially with guys like Kerley, Powell and Cribbs?

They have used plenty of pistol and read-option looks, but these have been special packages rather than an integral part of the offense. I agree with that approach, because they can be predictable and easy to gameplan against if you use them too much. Less is more. It does surprise me that they have Alex Green - a guy who played in a Pistol-based spread in college - but haven't used him in those packages.

BrendanCan't they just play the defense both ways? I bet Kenrick could do better at LG than Winters.

Best question of the week (even if it was meant to be rhetorical). Let's do this.

So, at center, you've got Snacks, because a wise man once said that Rex Ryan should convert him to center and have him take over from Mangold. I agree with moving Kenrick to left guard, but at right guard, I'm going to cheat and put Will Campbell there, because he was a defensive tackle in college and hasn't played in the NFL yet, so I'm entitled to bend the rules. The two tackles would be Wilkerson and Douzable ... this isn't going to be a finesse offense.

Wide receiver #1 should be Cromartie, because I still feel they should have persevered with that experiment. Since none of our other defensive backs seem to be capable of catching the ball, we'll opt for 22 personnel (two tight ends and two backs in the backfield). Like I said, this isn't going to be a finesse offense.

The fullback is obviously Sheldon "The Blast Chiller" Richardson and the gameplan will revolve around him getting a heavy workload to wear down the defense. I'd put Ed Reed in at tailback, although I wish he were three years younger when you knew there was a good chance of a touchdown every time he got the ball in his hands. I guess Kyle Wilson could be the change of pace back, not that I'd ever leave him in to block. For the two tight ends, the bigger blocking specialist would have to be Coples and the other could be Nick Bellore, who displayed his pass catching ability on that fake punt last season.

That leaves the quarterback. Since Dawan Landry is the quarterback of the secondary, he's the obvious choice. He should be able to read the defense as well as anyone else and should only be handing the ball off most of the time anyway. Furthermore he was actually a high school quarterback and was recruited as a quarterback for Georgia Tech before redshirting and changing positions.

This doesn't sound like an upgrade over the current incarnation?

PS - If Rex gets fired, you better believe I'm throwing my hat into the ring for a head coaching job.

spindoctor Who is more likely to start next year...Geno or Sanchez?

Ugh...worst question of the week.

This time last year, it was impossible to imagine the Jets sticking with Sanchez for 2013, but with the injury and the passage of time, maybe the fans would be more amenable to that happening. It still seems unlikely though. I could see Sanchez starting elsewhere before Geno gets another start here though, assuming the Jets bring in another option for 2014.

1969JAN12thNot sure I understand Rex' logic on the blocked punt. We are SO worried that Ted Ginn Jr will return a punt for a TD that we alter the blocking for the punt (extra flyers per Rex). Kick it away from TGJ ?...kick it out of bounds ?...sure, these are not great options either. But, the worst one was what occurred. I think we (coaches) are overthinking the punt. Kick the freakin' ball and get down the field, and make the tackle. That is what good teams do.

They've been so bad at getting down there, that I DO understand the logic. I don't think they're worried about Ted Ginn, just ANYONE. With that said, it was risky, but the Jets still had enough guys in there to prevent that rush and it was a screw-up by the blockers moreso than a bad call.

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Jets suck on offense

Jets suck at drafting on offense

Jets are a foolish organization to ignore the offense

The Jets fans want a team that can score points

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets know they need a quarterback, and in particular, free-agent QB Kirk Cousins. That is why the team is "willing to pay whatever it takes" to employ him next season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini

New York has failed to find their franchise quarterback for years now, as fill-ins, so to speak, continue to come to town with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg failing to show they are the guy the Jets need. Josh McCowwas the latest of those rentals, and he had a career year before an injury unfortunately ended his season. 

This offseason, though, GM Mike Maccagnan has no excuse in Cimini's eyes. He currently has over $70 million in cap space, and could have more than that by the time they can grab Cousins. The Redskins can still franchise tag him, so they could use him in a trade, but that is unlikely. 

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In 2017, the Jets' running game struggles probably had more to do with the offensive line being overmatched than the performance of the backs.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets reportedly turned down a Cincinnati Bengals trade proposal that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to New York last season, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Cincinnati, according to Cimini, called the Jets organization at the start of free agency and offered McCarron in a trade, however the Jets turned it down to focus on free agency. It is unclear what Cincinnati requested in the deal.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets started over last offseason and actually built themselves a nice core of talent. They have many young, inexpensive players they can build around this spring.

They certainly have the tools to build around them - perhaps as much as $100 million in cap room, the sixth overall pick in the draft, and some extra picks too. And that's good, because even though the Jets exceeded expectations last season, they were still 5-11, and have plenty of holes to fill.

Now, as they get ready to begin Phase 2 of their rebuilding project, here's a look at their biggest needs.

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Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Cornerback is one position where the Jets obviously need to upgrade.

They opted not to pick up a corner from last year's deep draft class until they took two project players - Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones - in the sixth round. The coaching staff claimed to like the upside of these players along with Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts as well as Rashard Robinson, who was added via trade at the deadline.

However, none of these players stepped up as hoped.

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"Broadway Baker" has a nice ring to top prospect QB Baker Mayfield

The 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner sat down with The Post's Steve Serby to talk about the prospect of playing in the Big Apple, and if he has what it takes to succeed in a market that isn't friendly to anyone. 

Simply put: Mayfield loves the spotlight...

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New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially announced the hiring of Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator/QB Coach, and announced the hirings of Rick Dennison as offensive line coac/run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach.

"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offense," head coach Todd Bowles said in a press release. "Having spent last season with us, he offers continuity and has a good sense of what we need to do to improve. I look forward to him working together with our offensive coaches."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Todd Bowles decided to fire offensive coordinator John Morton, he always had quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates in mind as a replacement...

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The Jets have been a team whose defense has been built around their interior linemen for a long time, but Muhammad Wilkerson's anticipated departure could be an opportunity to reinvent themselves by finding a difference-maker who can create constant pressure off the edge.

The Jets haven't really had an elite edge rusher since John Abraham, who was traded before the 2006 draft. They've tried drafting one high (Vernon Gholston), converting an interior lineman into one (Quinton Coples), and bringing in an established veteran (Jason Taylor). But none of these have been successful. None of their low-cost free agents, reclamation projects, or later draft picks have stepped up either.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Jets are in position to be the kings of free agency, with potentially more salary cap room to spend than any team except for the Cleveland Browns. They are already projected to have about $75 million in salary cap space, and that's if they don't make another move.

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New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

When the free agency frenzy finally begins, the Jets figure to be at the center of the storm. And all eyes will be on how hard they go after the quarterback they so desperately need.

But they have a ton of salary cap space to spend in other areas, including maybe on the 24 players they have on their roster who are approaching free agency. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brent Qvale, Chandler Catanzaro, Dakota Dozier, Demario Davis, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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There are always plenty of receiver prospects who make an immediate impact as a rookie, even in the later rounds. However, the Jets haven't had much success in recent years despite selecting seven wideouts in the last four drafts.

While four of those seven are under contract for 2018 and a fifth -- restricted free agent Quincy Enunwa -- also figures to be back, the Jets got just 15 catches of production from that group in 2017.

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The Daily News Live crew discusses the impact Jimmy Garoppolo's new contract will have on the deal Kirk Cousins will want.

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Jimmy Garoppolo just became the NFL's highest paid player, even though he's only started seven NFL games and thrown 12 touchdown passes in four seasons. He reportedly agreed to a monster, five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers -- a record average of $27.5 million per season. That record will be very short-lived.

It's a simple fact of the NFL that the price of franchise quarterbacks only goes up, and in less than five weeks another one will be on the open market. And when Kirk Cousins officially becomes free on March 14 you can bet his deal will eclipse what Garoppolo just got...

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In NFL.com's latest mock draft, Chad Reuter forecasted the first three rounds for all teams. With the Jets first selection at no. 6 overall, Reuter has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

The Jets take Allen over Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, who fell to the Cardinals at no. 15. USC QB Sam Darnold went no. 1 to the Browns and UCLA QB Josh Rosen went no. 2 to the Giants.

Allen threw for 3,202 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his sophomore season. However, his production dropped this season to 1,812 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also suffered a shoulder injury, and was forced to miss the final two regular-season games this year...

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Most of the draft discussions surrounding quarterback prospects have been focused on the consensus top five prospects: UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson from Louisville.

However, depending how the offseason goes, the Jets might end up in a situation where they're not in the market for one of the top prospects.

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Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)
Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Chiefs have released former Jet Darrelle Revis, the team announced. 

Revis, 32, would have been owed a $10 million contract guarantee if he was still on the roster on March 18. He was signed by Chiefs in November, playing five games, including two starts. 

After the Chiefs' season ended, Revis admitted he wasn't at his best.

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New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Kacy Rodgers never got a chance to play in the NFL before he turned to coaching. But now he might be able to give his son the shot that he never had.

The Jets will be signing Kacy Rodgers II, the son of their current defensive coordinator, according to his agent, David Canter. Rodgers II will join the Jets for their offseason program, at least, after two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Rodgers II is a 6-2, 208-pound defensive back out of the University of Miami. In 2014 he was a tryout player at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, but didn't stick. He then signed with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and spent a year on their practice squad before joining the Roughriders...

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Former Jets C Nick Mangold was thinking about starting his political career, and running in his local GOP primary, according to Politico's Matt Friedman.

However, Mangold said Thursday that he will not be running.

Mangold would've been running to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th District of New Jersey. Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has spoken with Mangold, and he appears to be serious about running for the position.

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After saying he wouldn't join the Jets for $60 million, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, a pending free agent, told TMZ exactly what it would take to secure his services.

"A hundred Ms," Bell said, referring to $100 million. "Hey, listen to me: I play running back, but they've got to respect me like I am, man." 

Bell, 25, responded to a fan's tweet last week asking what amount of money it would take for him to join the Jets.

 

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

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Two years ago, the Jets drafted Darron Lee with their first pick, hoping to shore up one of their inside linebacker positions for the foreseeable future. Over the course of his first two seasons, he's been up and down, but he has retained an every-down role.

Last year, he struggled initially, then played the best football of his career in the middle of the season, only to regress down the stretch. However, there are no indications that the Jets intend to move on from Lee.

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Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)
Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)

In his latest mock draft, Todd McShay changed his pick for the Jets, and has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the sixth overall pick. 

McShay originally had New York taking LSU DE Arden Key. However, he had a change of heart as the Jets desperately need to find their franchise quarterback. But he warns not to forget about free agency, where GM Mike Maccagnan will have about $100 million to go after high-profile QB Kirk Cousins.

"Yes, it's a running theme -- this is another landing spot for Cousins," McShay writes. "If the Jets don't sign him in free agency, Allen makes a lot of sense if Mayfield is off the board. There is a significant drop-off in talent after the first four QBs in this draft, so the Jets need to make sure they grab one here. Allen had an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, showing off his arm and his mobility. There are still concerns about his accuracy and ability to make multidimensional throws consistently, but all the tools are there. And he has the prototypical QB build (6-foot-4 7/8, 237 pounds)."

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The Philadelphia Eagles would be absolutely crazy to get rid of Nick Foles now after he slayed the mighty Patriots, and was rightfully named the Super Bowl MVP. Yes, they have Carson Wentz, a legitimate MVP candidate, before he got hurt. And yes, Foles will likely be Wentz's backup again next season.

But didn't Foles just prove to everyone how valuable a backup quarterback on a contender really is?

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

In last year's draft, the Jets used their first two picks on safeties, and Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye started every game alongside one another in the secondary. Those starting roles seem settled for the next few years, but the Jets like to operate out of packages with three and even four safeties, so Todd Bowles may be keen to add some depth.

Last year, Rontez Miles and Terrance Brooks each saw regular playing time, often playing together as the Jets used a four-safety dime package in passing situations. Also, Doug Middleton, who missed the season due to injury, was expected to contribute. All three are now out of contract though, so the Jets may look to fortify their depth in the draft.

While it seems unlikely the Jets would select another safety with their top pick, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick is a possible consideration due to his versatility. Could Fitzpatrick be like Jalen Ramsey -- a hybrid cornerback/safety who has developed into one of the league's better cornerbacks?

Tags: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Rontez Miles
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Nick Foles and the Eagles upset Tom Brady and the Patriots for the first Super Bowl win in Philadelphia's franchise history.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) As their delirious fans sang their theme song and their owner lifted the Lombardi Trophy, the Philadelphia Eagles finally could breathe freely.

Tags: New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles
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Loud Mouths on the Super Bowl 00:05:06
Chris Carlin and Jon Hein host Loud Mouths from the Mall of America to discuss the Super Bowl and how they think it will play out.

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THE GAME

The NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) vs. the AFC Champion New England Patriots (15-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

Thank goodness for domes! Outside the Super Bowl stadium the temperature won't even reach double digits, with a forecast high of 9 and a low of 0. Inside it'll be fine. Hopefully it'll be nice and toasty in front of your TV, too.

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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

With the Alex Smith trade complete, it appeared the Redskins were going to allow Kirk Cousins to look for his lucrative deal in free agency. Now, they could have a change of heart.

Washington is considering placing the franchise tag on Cousins just so they could trade him, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The reasoning behind this decision would be for the Redskins to get back what they dished out in the trade with the Chiefs. So, instead of getting nothing in return by allowing the hottest free-agent commodity to walk, Washington is looking for something in return. 

However, if they do make that decision to tag him, it comes with a lot of risk considering Cousins is allowed to make his own decision. First, he can wait as long as he wants to sign the franchise tag, which would have the Redskins biting their fingernails as they watch the $34.5 million stay on their books.

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 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

Former Jets C Kevin Mawae was not among the players selected on Saturday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2018.

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Retired NFL football coach Bill Parcells chats with New York Mets manager Terry Collins, not pictured, before a spring training baseball game between the Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., Friday, March 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/AP)
Retired NFL football coach Bill Parcells chats with New York Mets manager Terry Collins, not pictured, before a spring training baseball game between the Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., Friday, March 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/AP)

On Thursday night, ESPN aired their newest documentary "The Two Bills", which chronicled the relationship between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. Most of the filming took place at MetLife Stadium, but both Bills refused a request to do an interview in the Jets locker room. 

Belichick infamously left the Jets after one day as head coach and is the current head coach of division rival Patriots, so that was understandable. But why Parcells? Does he hold animosity towards the Jets? 

Well, Parcells clarified that it was not that he has ill will towards the Jets, it was just time to go that day...

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 (David Butler II)
(David Butler II)

Winter was always coming for the Jets, even if Bill Belichick stayed in New York. 

George R.R. Martin, writer of the famous HBO series "Game of Thrones," is a lifelong Jets fan, and he doesn't believe Belichick could have solved the team's problems back in 2000 when he was set to become the head coach before leaving last minute for the Patriots. 

Don't get Martin wrong, though. The Jets would have likely had more success, but five Super Bowl titles is a lot to predict. 

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