Free agency is underway and the Jets have already signed a few guys that Jets fans might not know too much about. Over the next week or so (and throughout the free agent signing window), I'll be taking a closer look at each of the new signings and trying to assess what they can bring to the table for the Jets in 2013.

In case you missed it, I looked at Antonio Garay yesterday. Today we move on to DE/OLB Antwan Barnes.

The 28-year old is 6-1 and 250-pounds and, like Antonio Garay, has been with the Chargers since 2009. He signed a three-year contract worth a possible $6m and looks set to compete for playing time on the outside following the departure of Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace.

Drafted in the fourth round out of Florida International, Barnes played two years with Rex Ryan's Baltimore Ravens before joining the Philadelphia Eagles and moving on to the Chargers.

After the jump, I'll be reviewing his career so far and looking in detail at how well he performed last season, before considering what he could provide the Jets with this year and going forward.

Who is Antwan Barnes?

Barnes played both as a defensive end and outside linebacker in college, where he set a school record for sacks, with 11 of his 22 career sacks coming in 2005. He rose up draft boards following a sparkling performance at the combine, where he ran a 4.43 forty and had 31 bench press reps, a 35-inch vertical and a broad jump of over 10 feet. The Ravens would eventually pick him in the fourth round.

Barnes made headlines almost instantly, as he was fined $12,500 for a vicious cheap shot on Eagles punter Sav Rocca in preseason. As a rookie he was primarily a special teamer, but did record 10 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. He first gained some recognition by schooling Matt Light for a sack on Monday Night Football as the Ravens nearly knocked off the unbeaten Patriots in the game best remembered for Bart Scott throwing the penalty flag into the crowd, then added his second career sack against Miami a few weeks later.

In 2008, he played 13 games, but couldn't add to his sack totals, although he did manage to register five tackles, two QB hits and 11 pressures, as well as a pass defensed. 2009 began well for him, as he picked up his first career interception on this play, but it wasn't until later in the season that he started to see regular time, recording three more sacks. The Eagles traded a late round pick for him in 2010, but he didn't play much over the first few games and they ended up releasing him with just two tackles in two games to his name. San Diego picked him up and he has been there ever since, although the Jets did try and sign him two years ago. In 2010, he had 4.5 sacks and then in 2011 he earned more playing time, including five starts, when Shaun Phillips got hurt. Barnes would rack up a healthy 11 sacks and a career high 39 tackles.

In 2012, the Chargers brought Jarret Johnson and Melvin Ingram aboard, which with Phillips, Barnes and Larry English all already on the team created a bit of a log jam. With his playing time down, Barnes was still productive primarily in a sub-package role, but ended up with just three sacks and nine tackles, before being placed on injured reserve when he suffered a hamstring injury in week 13. Barnes averaged about 15 snaps per game, so let's look at what he did last season.

2012 Season

Week 1 - at Oakland

Barnes got his season off to a good start with a fumble recovery on this play. He would later add three pressures, showing an ability to get to the quarterback in a variety of ways. The first saw him make a quick step to the inside of the left tackle, the next saw him bullrush to push the left tackle back and flush the quarterback out of the pocket and the last saw him drive with a good initial thrust from the left side and then get around his man's outside shoulder.

Week 2 - v Tennessee

He didn't make much of an impact in week two as he saw action on just 10 snaps, recording one tackle.

Week 3 - at Atlanta

Barnes had two sacks and a pressure in this one, although one of the sacks was negated by a defensive penalty in the secondary. That one saw him blow by an attempted chip block by the slot receiver, who then stepped back and tripped the left tackle over so that Barnes could chase down Matt Ryan close to his own goal line. The one that did count saw him get inside leverage with a strong bullrush. He recorded a pressure on a play where he was initially blocked, but came off his man to the inside when Ryan stepped up in the pocket.

Week 4 - at KC

He saw more action in week four but didn't manage to generate any pressure. However, he made a good play against the run, setting the edge well and then coming off his block as the runner cut back inside to make a tackle for a loss.

Week 5 - at NO

In this game, Barnes saw a season high 31 snaps (in 2011, there were six games where he played more than 40). He got pressure on a number of occasions. First, he dipped his shoulder to the inside and then blew by the right tackle on the outside (although Drew Brees threw a touchdown pass on the play anyway). He then blew by the left tackle and chased Brees from behind as he rolled out to the right, hitting him as he threw a dump off for a short gain. Finally, he again got round the outside and Brees stepped up and rushed his throw, which was intercepted.

Week 6 - v Denver

Barnes was only on the field for seven snaps in this one, although he did make one good play, reacting well on a 3rd and 11 draw play to come off his block on the edge and make the tackle.

Week 8 - at Cleveland

In this game, he was only on the field for 12 snaps, but did make a couple of impact plays. He was able to hit the quarterback, coming off his man as the QB looked to escape pressure off the edge and he reacted well to blow up an attempted draw play on 3rd and long for no gain. There was also a short yardage play where they exploited him in the running game. This was well-designed, with the tight end coming back to block Barnes from the side to set the edge, something he obviously wasn't expecting.

Week 9 - v KC

Barnes got some good pressure in this one, although he also jumped offside on a key 3rd and five play. Again, he showed a variety of different ways of getting to the quarterback. First of all, he was standing up in the middle of the line and used his quickness to avoid the center on a blitz up the middle. Then he made an inside move from the right defensive end position - this pressure led to a pick six. Finally, he got to the quarterback cleanly on a well-exectuted stunt to the inside, but the quarterback was able to get rid of a quick throw.

Week 11 - at Denver

In Denver, he only saw action on six snaps, but did make an impact with a fumble recovery on a play where the halfback caught a pass and then the ball squirted out to Barnes. This might actually have been an interception rather than a fumble, but since the ball never hit the ground, the Broncos had no reason to challenge it.

Week 12 - v Baltimore

This was Barnes' most productive game of the year, with two sacks and a pressure. His first sack saw him size up the right tackle and get him on his heels, then just blow by him. His second saw him blow by the left tackle on the outside and strip the ball loose from Joe Flacco. There was one short yardage play where he was unable to set the edge. Again, this was a well designed play where the receiver motioned to his outside shoulder and then blocked him to the inside to prevent him from getting outside.

Week 13 - v Cincinnati

Barnes left the game early with a hamstring injury. In 14 snaps, the only thing of note he did was to commit a neutral zone infraction penalty. Barnes was then placed on injured reserve for the rest of the year.

Conclusions

Let's summarize my observations into categories:

Position

While Barnes is listed as a DE/OLB, he has played the majority of the time with his hand down (and made most of his better plays in that role). He only played 24 snaps from a standing position in 2012. However, he did play 203 snaps standing up in 2011 (out of 485 total). He played mostly on the right in 2012, although he did make some plays on the left. He played both sides in 2011.

His position in the Jets' system will most likely be Rush Linebacker, which is Terrell Suggs' role with Baltimore. Suggs also plays that position with his hand down the majority of the time and rarely drops into coverage, so Barnes would appear to be well equipped for this. He could also get some reps as a DE from a three-man front in pass rushing situations.

Pass rush

The best thing about Barnes' pass-rushing is his terrific production. He's been in the top 20 for pass rushing productivity at his position in each of the last five seasons, including 2nd and 3rd in the NFL in 2010 and 2011. Over those five years, he's generated 21.5 sacks, 15 hits and 80 QB pressures in just over 800 pass rush attempts. By way of a comparison, six Jets outside linebackers combined for just under 800 pass rush attempts last year and they generated nine sacks, 10 hits and 45 pressures between them.

Moves

Barnes is not really a technician like Garay, but he sure knows how to use his speed and size to get into the backfield. His best moves are straightforward drive ahead and then change direction type moves, whether that be via a dip of the shoulder, a jab-step or using leverage to create an angle and some separation. The bottom line is that he can win one-on-one matchups better than the Jets' starters at OLB throughout Ryan's tenure.

Run defense

Barnes didn't play against the run much in 2012 - about 20% of the time - but he did play the run almost 40% of the time in 2011, grading positively per PFF, so he has shown the capability to do that. Where Barnes does get caught out in the running game, it's usually by some kind of misdirection. On one play in 2011, he overpursued and got caught on the inside and the runner bounced the run to the edge. On another, he nailed the running back in the backfield, but the quarterback had kept the ball and was able to run for a first down to the outside. There were two examples noted above where he was in position to get outside leverage and set the edge on his man, only for another man to come down the line and surprise him by forcing him to the inside.

Despite these errors, I never saw any evidence that teams were able to exploit him in the running game. He is quick to get off blocks and explode to the ball and seems to hold his ground and read plays pretty well. This enabled him to make plenty of positive plays in the running game too. He also a pretty consistent tackler, with just four missed tackles in the last three seasons.

Coverage

Barnes doesn't drop into coverage very often - approximately once per game over the last five years - but seems capable enough of dropping off into an area to mix up the pass rush looks. You can see that he did that on the fumble and interception videos linked above - and then showed good reactions to the loose ball each time. I've seen concerns expressed that he isn't capable of covering a tight end in a man-to-man assignment, but that's not really something I'd expect him ever to do. He's been targeted in coverage twice in his career, giving up one catch for nine yards.

System Familiarity

As with Garay, the similarities between the Chargers' system and that of the Jets should prepare him well for the Jets' system. However, instead of a couple of months on the practice squad, Barnes has three years of experience playing for Ryan in Baltimore at the beginning of his career, so this should definitely ensure a smooth transition.

Batting passes

Unlike Garay, Barnes does get his hands up on the pass rush. He's been credited with four passes defensed in his NFL career, all of which were either batted at the line or deflected in the passing lane.

Athleticism

Barnes' combine workout numbers are outstanding ... and remarkably similar to those of a guy named Bryan Thomas. However, unlike Thomas, he does display that kind of athleticism on the field - even as he enters his late-twenties. Granted, Thomas was a good 15 pounds and four inches bigger than Barnes, but he was a more pedestrian run-stopping specialist in comparison to the more dynamic Barnes.

Penalties

Barnes has committed 14 penalties in five years, including six in 2011. Most of these are offside or encroachment penalties and - as I mentioned in the context of Garay - it could be a product of the fact that the Chargers get their defensive linemen to try to figure out the snap count and gamble to try and get a jump at times.

Instincts

As noted above, there were a couple of plays in the running game where he was caught out, but he does seem to have good reactions and made some good reads in the running game. Scheme familiarity will help with this.

Motor

Barnes seems to play hard and is capable of handling starter reps. In 2011, he had three games in a row where he was on the field for more than 50 snaps and played well.

Demeanor

Barnes is an excitable player, as shown by his reactions to some of his big plays. This hurt the team in 2011 when he got himself ejected against the Raiders - see footage here. Like Garay and Willie Colon, this could be another player who plays with a chip on his shoulder, which might be just what this team needs.

Overall

Unlike the other players the Jets just acquired, Barnes is entering his prime and hasn't had many injury issues. Even though he was placed on injured reserve late in the season, I get the impression he could still have played, but the Chargers opted to deactivate him to give some reps to young players like Bront Bird and Andrew Gachkar.

One outside-the-box thought I had was that maybe they could develop him into an inside linebacker to play some reps in the JACK role alongside David Harris. This wouldn't necessarily require him to read-and-react as much as a traditional inside linebacker, since his primary objective could still be to attack the line of scrimmage and take out a designated lead blocker. Players like Bart Scott, Adalius Thomas and Mike Vrabel have made such a transition in the past.

While his drop-off in playing time and total production last year is a concern, he still had four sacks (one negated) and likely would have amassed more in the Chargers' last five games, which featured some poor teams (including the Jets, who of course surrendered 11 sacks against them). Although his playing time dipped, his production as a pass rusher was still pretty good, although not as good as in 2010 and 2011 where he was producing at an elite level.

His role with the Jets will depend on how well he can perform against the run, but his performance in that discipline has been pretty consistent, with positive run defense grades for each of the last five years, albeit sometimes in a limited role. With the Jets expected to add at least one more outside linebacker, either via free agency or a high draft pick, Barnes looks set to contend for a starting role, but will certainly be expected to be productive in sub-packages.

There's no reason to believe he won't contribute, even if it's only as a designated pass rusher, but this is another move with upside. If he produce anywhere close to what he did in 2011, this could prove to be a bargain.

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Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

TE Mychal Rivera has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, reports Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

Rivera visted the Jets on Monday, according to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.

Rivera caught 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown in 13 games with Oakland last season. 

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Brian Bassett is joined by SNY Analyst and former New York Jet Willie Colon for an all-new podcast, as they cover all the angles of the Jets rebuild - including Josh McCown, the future at running back, the state of the defense, and whether or not Todd Bowles will be around to see it all through.

Click below to listen!

 

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson took to Instagram to refute a recent report that he is out of shape. 

In a video posted to his Instagram story, Wilkerson is seen running on a treadmill while sarcastically responding about his conditioning. 

"They say I'm fat and out of shape," he said. "Ha-ha. Keep sleeping on me. I'm telling you."

Wilkerson was referencing an article by the Daily News' Manish Mehta from last week. In the piece, Mehta quotes unnamed scouts who said the 27-year-old looked out of shape when he attended the Temple Pro Day in Philadelphia.

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Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

Mel Kiper's third Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Kiper notes that if the Jets are going to go with Josh McCownBryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg at quarterback, they are going to need someone to catch passes, and at 6-foot-6, 251 pounds, Howard is Kiper's top-ranked pass-catcher. While his numbers were not staggering at Alabama, Howard "has all of the athletic attributes of a top-tier player, though, and he was one of the most impressive prospects at the combine."

Howard caught 45 passes for 595 yards and three touchdowns last season. In his four years at Alabama, the 22-year old accumulated 114 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns.

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The NFL's free-agent signing period is open, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates on what the Jets are doing with their own free agents and with free agents from other teams, and for updates on their available salary cap space and contract numbers.

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The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown.

The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown. 

 


Weighing the Jets QB options 00:01:15
Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets' quarterback quandary after signing Josh McCown.

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One day after signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown, the Jets' search for their quarterback of the future continued in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Jets had a group of scouts and coaches -- reportedly including new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates -- in attendance there on Tuesday for the University of North Carolina's Pro Day, where the star attraction was Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky. And they're interested enough in the 22-year-old that Trubisky told reporters the Jets have set up a private workout with him, too.

The Jets currently are slated to pick sixth in the upcoming NFL draft and Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson are the only quarterbacks most NFL scouts and talent evaluators consider to be potential Top 10 picks. Some don't think any of the quarterbacks are Top 10 worthy, which means they could be available if the Jets decide to trade down.

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Taylor Rooks talks with SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Josh McCown is not the New York Jets' quarterback of the future, but neither were any of the other quarterbacks available on the free-agent market. There was no ideal answer to the Jets' biggest question.

But McCown is the perfect player to get them closer to the answers they need.

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The No. 1 priority for the Jets heading into this offseason was unquestionably to find a quarterback. Nothing else came close. Without a quarterback, nothing else really mattered. The Jets were desperate.

Or so we all thought.

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Writer/director Spike Lee said it's "fishy" that free agent QB Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, mentioning the Jets among the teams that could use Kaepernick.

"The New York J-E-T-S Need A Quarterback," Lee wrote on Instagram. "Who Is The J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In."

Lee, who recently had brunch with Kaepernick, added that Kaepernick being unsigned "stinks to the high heavens."

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent quarterback Chase Daniel will visit with the Jets on Monday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Last Monday, Daniel asked the Eagles for his release after they traded for veteran QB Nick Foles.

The 30-year-old backup quarterback visited with the Saints over the weekend, but left New Orleans without a deal.

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After reports that QB Josh McCown left his visit with the Jets without a contract, Ray Lucas discusses if signing the veteran is a fit.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets' latest search for their quarterback of the future could be nearing a temporary conclusion. And if it is, they'll have yet another short-term answer to the franchise's biggest problem.

Josh McCown, a 37-year-old journeyman free agent, continued his visit with the Jets for a second day on Saturday, according to an NFL source. The two sides are serious enough about each other that they've discussed contract parameters, the source said. Indications were that his visit was going very well.

That seems to position McCown as the leader of the dwindling pack of Jets' quarterback options. The Jets are also interested in former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, according to a source, and though he was expected to be brought in for a visit that has not happened yet. A team source confirmed the Jets have no interest in ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and beyond that the market is extremely thin.

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December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton (11) runs past New York Jets middle linebacker David Harris (52) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton (11) runs past New York Jets middle linebacker David Harris (52) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Free-agent WR Quinton Patton met with the Jets on Saturday, the team announced. 

Last season, Patton recorded 37 catches for 408 yards with the 49ers. 

The 2013 fourth-round pick has 73 career catches for 880 yards. 

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CB Morris Claiborne has signed with the Jets, the team announced. 

It will be a one-year deal worth $5 million, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old Claiborne had 26 tackles and one interception in seven games last season for the Cowboys.

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On the latest edition of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former Jets QB Geno Smith sits down with Taylor to discuss his time with the Jets and his decision to join the Giants.

"I will always kind of have that regret because I wanted to do so many things for that franchise.....I'm not a quitter, I don't like to lose and I don't like to give up on things. Sometimes in business you have to go your separate ways."

Click below to listen...

 

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)

Free agent QB Josh McCown will visit the Jets on Friday and Saturday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

He completed 90 passes for 165 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions in five games last season for the Browns...

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Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing off season

Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing offseason.

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The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.

The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.


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The Jets claimed defensive tackle Mike Pennel off waivers in February, only to let him go a month later. Now they are bringing him back again.

The 25-year-old Pennel has signed a one-year deal with the Jets, his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed on Twitter. The former Green Bay Packer will be in the mix this summer to make the team on the Jets' crowded defensive line.

Pennel was once seen as a promising player. The 6-4, 332-pounder even started five games with the Packers in 2015. But his career took a bad turn last season when he was suspended twice -- for the first four games and then the last four games -- for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy...

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Let me get you started with the questions, because I know the big one that's on everybody's mind:

Q: What are the Jets going to do at quarterback?

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Quincy Enunwa's breakout year was another example of how the former sixth-round pick has exceeded expectations. And in the NFL, young players get compensated for doing that.

To no one's surprise, the 24-year old receiver led the Jets in performance-based compensation from the NFL for the second straight season, pocketing another $327,637 for his 58-catch, 857-yard season. The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap.

In 2015, Enunwa pocketed nearly $300,000 in performance-based pay, giving him about $625,000 in bonuses for the last two seasons. His salaries for those two seasons were slightly more than $850,000 combined, so his bonuses equated to about 74 percent of his base pay...

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Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the team announced. 

Late last September, Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for a DUI charge and was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Three days later, the Jets claimed him off waivers. 

In seven games with the Jets, he recorded 10 catches for 110 yards. 

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Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field.  (Brad Mills (USA Today))
Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills (USA Today))

A Pittsburgh judge has dismissed all charges against former Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

According to reports, Revis' childhood friend appeared before the judge with his attorney and said he pulled the accusers off Revis and punched them.

Pittsburgh police charged Revis with four felonies, including two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy/aggravated assault and one count misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats for the incident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 12.

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The Jets are looking for a versatile third running back and kick returner and had made an offer to Travaris Cadet, but he has chosen to remain with the Saints, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Cadet was also weighing an offer from the Bills.

A 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, Cadet -- who visited with the Jets this past weekend -- has spent most of his five NFL seasons with the Saints. He had 40 catches and four receiving touchdowns for New Orleans last year, where new Jets offensive coordinator John Morton was the receiving coach...

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The Daily News Live team talks about Dont'a Hightower's decision to re-sign with the defending-champion Patriots rather than the Jets.

Free agent LB Dont'a Hightower has returned to the Patriots, signing a four-year, $43.5 million deal that includes a $19 million signing bonus.

The 27-year-old All-Pro visited the Jets on Monday and the Steelers on Tuesday. 

There were reports that New York was among the highest bidders for Hightower's services, reportedly offering him more than $12 million per year.

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Update: 

The Jets have offered free agent LB Dont'a Hightower more than $12 million per year, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

Jason La Confora reported yesterday that the Jets had offered the most money for Hightower. La Confora said that the 27-year-old was not inclined to take New York's offer.

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In today's Jets mailbag, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano weighs in on the quarterback situation, the possibility of tanking, and the Jets' potential pitch to Dont'a Hightower...


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Is it worth the #Jets going after a Brock Osweiler or Chase Daniel if other teams are on the hook for their salaries? -- @MiniHulk5

If you mean that's because their prices will be lower, I wouldn't worry about that. Yes, Osweiler and Daniel are already making money this season from their old teams, so perhaps they'd be willing to take less from their new one. But really, how high is their value going to be anyway? Right now I only count four teams without a starting quarterback - the Jets, Browns, Texans, and 49ers. The Texans are probably going to get Tony Romo and the other two are drafting 1-2 in April...

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Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Looking to bolster their rushing attack - which might be especially important if they end up with an inexperienced quarterback - the Jets are bringing in fullback Zach Line for a free-agent visit.

The 26-year-old Line, who played the last four seasons for the Vikings, is expected to arrive in Florham Park, N.J., on Wednesday. He had been the Vikings' primary fullback the last two seasons. In 2016, the Vikings had the NFL's worst rushing attack, though that was largely due to the absence of running back Adrian Peterson. In 2015, they ranked fourth in the league as Peterson rushed for 1,485 yards.

The Jets did not have a true fullback on their roster last season, though they still ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

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Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9.  (Bill Streicher (USA Today))
Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9. (Bill Streicher (USA Today))

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Howard Jones, a defensive end who can play linebacker in a 3-4 defense and who spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will make a free-agent visit to the Jets on Friday, an NFL source confirmed.

The visit, reported by ESPN, will be a chance for the Jets to check on his rehabilitation from a torn ACL that limited him to just eight games last season. In 2015, before he got hurt, he showed a lot of promise with five sacks in 12 games, including five starts. He had two sacks that season in his NFL debut.

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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The free-agent market has thinned out a bit, but the Jets still have plenty of holes to fill. Yes, they still need a quarterback. But they have many other needs, too.

The good news is they still have a decent amount of salary-cap space and there is still help available. Here's a look at some of the non-quarterbacks still on the market who could be a fit:

CB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys) - The former sixth-overall pick (2012), he was long considered a bust before he began to finally play up to expectations last season - right up until he injured his groin. He's still only 27 and as the Jets begin a youth movement in the secondary it might be worth giving him a chance to prove his start last season wasn't a fluke. They'd need to move fast, though, since word is he could soon end up with the Ravens.

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Patriots still tormenting Jets 00:02:49
The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.

The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.


Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back with a new podcast, and for the Jets, it's been a few weeks of out with the old, and in with the…well, not much. The guys say goodbye to Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, and Nick Folk, and look ahead to what comes next as the Jets look to re-build around QB TBD.

Click below to listen!

 

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(Bill Streicher)

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The Jets don't seem to be in any hurry to figure out their starting quarterback for 2017 and they are "considering all options," according to a source. At the moment there are many. None of them are great.

But Jay Cutler does appear to be up near the top of their list.

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Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)
Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Updates (Mar. 13)

4:25 p.m.: The Jets concluded their visit with free agent LB Dont'a Hightower on Monday afternoon.

11:10 a.m.: After visiting the Jets, Hightower is scheduled to visit the Steelers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Cutler to NY? 00:02:51
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the latest on the New York Jets and Giants in free agency.

The Jets have called to express interest in free agent QB Jay Cutler, who was released by the Bears last week, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Cutler, 33, completed 81 of 137 passes for 1,059 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions in five games last season for the Bears while dealing with two separate injuries.

He threw for 3,659 yards in 2015 to go along with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets sat on the sidelines during the first few days of the NFL's free-agent frenzy, choosing to avoid some of the crazy contracts being thrown around. But they have done some spending, re-signing a few of their own players and bringing in a new left tackle and a new kicker.

So what's next? Well, the biggest question of all still hangs over the Jets since they don't yet know who their starting quarterback will be in 2017. Pretty much every other question pales in comparison to that one, and they don't appear much closer to answering it right now.

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 (Matt Kartozian)
(Matt Kartozian)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Jets still haven't ruled out bringing Geno Smith back to compete for their starting quarterback job next season. But the Giants may be taking a shot at him first.

Smith, the former Jets second-round pick, is making a free agent visit across town to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, an NFL source confirmed. The Giants are in the market for a backup to Eli Manning, with both Josh Johnson and Ryan Nassib currently unrestricted free agents.

A big part of the visit, according to one source, is so the Giants can get a sense for where the 26-year-old Smith is in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last October in his lone start last season with the Jets. In a recent interview with NFL Network, Smith said he was on track to be ready for the start of training camp in July, but likely wouldn't be ready for football activities before that.

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Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY: The Jets are still searching for a quarterback, but now they have someone who can protect his blindside.

Taking their first dip in this year's free-agent pool, the Jets signed former Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum on Friday night. He figures to immediately become the starter on the left side, taking the place of the Ryan Clady/Ben Ijalana combo the Jets used last season.

The Jets also filled two other key vacancies on Friday night when they signed former Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who replaces the recently released Nick Folk, and they re-signed long-snapper Tanner Purdum.

Beachum (6 foot 3, 308 pounds) was the big get for the Jets. A former seventh-round pick of the Steelers, he was on his way to becoming one of the best left tackles in the NFL before he tore his ACL during the 2015 season. He proved his recovery, though, by starting 15 games at left tackle for the Jaguars last year.

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Jets outlook for 2017 00:03:24
The Daily News Live panel wonders if the Jets have already given up on the 2017 season given the current makeup of the team.

Maccagnan's seat warming up? 00:02:42
Jon Hein and Dan Graca discuss if Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan should be on the hot seat as the Jets enter free agency.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

The first few hours of the NFL's free-agent frenzy didn't clear up the Jets' quarterback question, but the landscape changed a bit and may have increased their options. Jay Cutler, as expected, is now available. And Brock Osweiler, unexpectedly, is available too.

So what are the Jets doing and who are they looking at, and do they have any idea who their quarterback will be in 2017?

Here's a look at their current options, just a few hours after the market opened with the Jets standing relatively still:

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Jets lack of free agent activity 00:03:06
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate just how depressing the first day of free agency has been for the New York Jets and their fan base.

Free agent RB Benny Cunningham  met with the Jets on Friday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports.

The 26-year-old appeared in 11 games last season with the Rams, rushing 21 times for 101 yards.

Cunningham signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and has spent his entire career with the St. Louis/Los Angeles franchise.

Since debuting in 2013, he's carried the ball 171 times for 748 yards and four touchdowns in 57 career games with the Rams.

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Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) fumbles the ball after being sacked by New York Jets linebacker Corey Lemonier (44) and New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) fumbles the ball after being sacked by New York Jets linebacker Corey Lemonier (44) and New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets have re-signed LB Corey Lemonier, the team announced Thursday night.

The 25-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Lions on Dec. 26 and appeared in New York's Week 17 game against the Bills.

Lemonier has appeared in 51 career games since he was selected by the 49ers in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Josh Martin (95) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Josh Martin (95) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Jets have re-signed LB/ST Josh Martin to a two-year, $4.3 million deal, the team announced Thursday night.

The fourth-year pro played in a career-high 15 games for New York last season, primarily on special teams.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

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On Guard with Willie Colon 00:04:08
Willie Colon joins DNL to discuss the Giants acquisition of Brandon Marshall and the Jets quarterback situation as free agency begins.

Willie Colon joins DNL to discuss the Giants acquisition of Brandon Marshall and the Jets quarterback situation as free agency begins.


GEICO SportsNite: Darrelle Revis 00:04:54
The Jets informed Darrelle Revis of his impending release next week amid issues off the field and declining performance on the field.

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Darrelle Revis' long and sometimes stormy tenure with the Jets has officially come to an end.

The Jets released the 31-year-old on Thursday, on the first day of the NFL's new league year. It was "100 percent" a football decision, according to a team source, and not at all related to his recent legal troubles in Pittsburgh.

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 (Andrew Weber)
(Andrew Weber)

The Jets have re-signed LT/RT Ben Ijalana to a two-year deal worth $11 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Ijalana, 27, played in all 16 games for the Jets last season.

He made $760,000 in 2016...

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Jets Nation: Free Agency Special 00:03:24
In a special Free Agency edition of Jets Nation the panel discuss if they were surprised by any of the Jets' recent free agent moves.

SNY had full coverage of the opening of NFL Free Agency at 4PM on Thursday with a special Jets Nation: Free Agency Special.

Jeane Coakley hosted with former Jets Ray Lucas and Willie Colon and longtime Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff. Ralph Vacchiano was around providing the latest news and notes as the Jets looked to reshape their roster.
 

 

 

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The Jets have released RB Khiry Robinson, the team announced Thursday.

Robinson, 27, signed with the Jets last March after missing the end of the 2015 season due to a broken leg. 

He reinjured the leg during a preseason game against the Eagles and was waived/injured on Sept. 4. Robinson re-signed with the Jets on Dec. 7 but reinjured the leg against the Patriots in Week 16.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

League executives are not high on the idea of signing CB Darrelle Revisreports Manish Mehta in the NY Daily News.

Revis, 31, was released by the Jets last week. It was a move Jets head coach Todd Bowles said had to do strictly with football, and not Revis' recent arrest.

"Have you seen his tape?" one general manager told Mehta. "I wouldn't let him play for me for free."

"Revis is done," another front office executive told Mehta. "You respect the body of work throughout his career, but all good things come to an end." 

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