Earlier this week, the Jets signed Brady Quinn to their active roster so they had a little more experience in terms of their depth at the quarterback position. Unlike most of the pickups this year, most Jets fans probably are pretty familiar with Quinn, but I'm going to take an updated look at how he performed this year in preseason and what he could provide the Jets with if called upon.

The 6-3 Quinn has been in the league since 2007, where he was a first round pick (22nd overall) for the Cleveland Browns. The Jets are his 6th NFL team and he has started 20 games in his career including nine with Denver in 2009 and eight with the Chiefs last year. He has never had a season where he achieved a completion percentage above 58% or a passer rating above 70 in his entire career.

After the jump, I'll briefly review his career so far in more detail and review the footage from preseason to try and evaluate what he could provide the Jets with this year.

Who is Brady Quinn?

The 28-year old Quinn was at one time considered to be a potential number one pick after excelling at Notre Dame under Charlie Weis. However, he dropped to the 22nd pick in the 2007 draft, where he was selected by the Cleveland Browns. He has made just 20 starts over the course of his NFL career with the Browns, Broncos and Chiefs and has also spent time with the Broncos and Seahawks. His career passer rating is just 64.4 and his best season was with Denver in 2009, when he completed just 53% of his passes with a 67.2 passer rating. In 2012, he had a career-best completion percentage of 58% but threw just two touchdowns to eight interceptions. However, he did win the AFC offensive player of the week when he completed 19-of-23 passes and threw two touchdowns to lead the Chiefs to just their second win of the season over Carolina last December.

As regular readers of BGA will know, I don't do detailed college scouting these days, because I prefer to concentrate on the pro game because it makes for easier comparatives. However, back in 2006-2008 I watched and scouting about 300 college football games for this and another site and Quinn was a guy who I saw a lot of - more than half of his games in his final two years. Here was my take on him at the time (for TJB):

Quinn, meanwhile, who was once the consensus number one pick, looks like he might slide down the draft boards. He thrived running Charlie Weis’ quick passing attack for Notre Dame, but concerns exist over how he performed against top level opposition and also over the fact that a lot of his long completions simply relied on the ability of his large, athletic contigent of receivers to outmuscle defensive backs in the air.

While there was no question about his ability to command an offense and dink-and-dunk the ball down the field with quick passing, I had doubts over his ability to fit the ball into tight windows of hit guys deep in stride. It seemed like a lot of his downfield completions saw guys like Anthony Fasano, John Carlson, Maurice Stovall and Jeff Samardzija - all of whom were at least 6'4" - and the athletic Rhema McKnight (6'2") going up to get it over much smaller defenders on balls lofted down the middle.

My sense on Quinn was that he lacked what it would take to become an elite franchise quarterback, but I did think he'd have a career as a fringe starter or career backup. While it would have been a bad pick, that's not really a bad player to be adding into the mix as your third or fourth option when you have uncertainty at the position.

I'm going to look at how he performed in preseason and consider whether he is the type of player that could do a hold-the-fort type of job or could he even be anything more than that?

Let's look into some of the footage from preseason...

Week 1 - Cards

In the first game, Quinn was the number two, playing in the second and third quarters. He was 6-of-11 for 59 yards and a touchdown.

- On his first dropback, he hesitated and then was immediately under pressure, so threw the ball away into the ground

- On third and six, he completed a 15-yarder to a wide open receiver over the middle, despite being hit as he threw by a blitzing DB

- Again was hit as he threw deep down the right sideline. The ball was slightly overthrown, safely beyond the CB

- No pressure this time, as he threw deep down the right sideline again. This time, with the cornerback in tight coverage, he underthrew the ball and the receiver almost came down with it

- The next drive began with the ball already in the red zone. Quinn had a receiver open on a slant, but threw slightly behind him and high, allowing the defender to close

- On the next play, he threw an 11-yard touchdown pass over the middle. The receiver was all alone and there was no pressure

- Playfaked and threw a screen on the roll-out. Timing was okay, but the defense was all over it for a short gain

- On third and eight the pocket collapsed and he managed to get it to a receiver underneath under pressure, but the receiver wasn't able to get to the marker

- Sensed pressure off the right side and slid to his left before throwing a deep corner route with touch over the defender for the tight end to make a diving catch.

- On a dump to the flat, the back was stopped just short of the end zone

- On third and goal, Quinn's fade route to the left was overthrown

Quinn was under pressure a lot and his accuracy wasn't perfect, but he did make all the easy throws and didn't really come close to losing a turnover. The footwork he showed on the touch pass to the tight end was impressive and an indication perhaps of David Lee's influence (the two worked together privately in the 2011 offseason) so perhaps we can expect Geno Smith and Matt Simms to start showing similar signs?

Week 2 - Broncos

In this game, he was relegated to third string, entering late in the third. He completed 3-of-4 for 13 yards but did have a couple of other completions negated by penalties.

- Play fake and dump to the flat for four was negated by a flag

- Another play fake and dump to the flat this time gained 17 as the back broke a tackle, but again was negated by a flag

- Play fake and quick throw underneath to receiver who couldn't make any extra yards as he was brought down in the open field

- Sensing pressure off the blind side, he rushed his throw which was low and wide on an out pattern, but safely out of the reach of any defenders

- Nobody open so he checked down to the back who was stopped for no gain

- Threw just behind his receiver on the outside at the marker, but he had enough momentum to get the first down for eight yards

- Closed the game out by taking three knees

Had those two plays negated by flags counted, Quinn's numbers would have been 5-for-6, 34 yards. That's not a million miles away from Geno Smith's first game: 6-for-7, 42 yards. He again was mostly taking what the defense would give him, but avoided mistakes.

Week 3 - Packers

Again working as the third stringer, Quinn entered late in the third and was 5-for-8 for 89 yards and the game winning touchdown pass.

- On his first dropback, he rolled right into pressure and was sacked

- His first throw was a deep bomb down the right sideline where his receiver almost caught it for a touchdown despite close and (overly?) physical coverage from the cornerback

- Picked up seven on a throw to his receiver crossing underneath

- Under pressure, so he smartly threw at his back's feet to avoid getting sacked

- On third and 13, he was sacked and lost a fumble (recovered by a teammate) but the play didn't stand because a defensive player was offside

- With the do-over on third and eight he was absolutely nailed as he tried to throw deep. The ball was well overthrown but they got the first down courtesy of a roughing the passer call

- Was flushed out of the pocket and threw safely out of bounds

- Threw incomplete to the flat, but the play was negated by a penalty anyway

- Found a man open underneath for seven under pressure

- Sat in the pocket confidently and threw to a receiver just beyond the marker, although he had to make a diving catch for eight and a first down

- Dumped to his running back under pressure and he had loads of room to run, gaining 25

- That set up the game-winning touchdown pass with just under nine minutes left. Quinn threw a long bomb to the end zone which his receiver was able to outmuscle the cornerback for, even though it was a slight underthrow, for a 42-yard score.

Another solid, unspectacular performance from Quinn with a strong finish. Some accuracy issues, but he handled pressure smartly for the most part, although he was bailed out on that fumble.

Week 4 - Raiders

Quinn saw action in the second half, completing eight of 15 passes for 110 yards.

- Rolled left and threw to the tight end in the flat, turning upfield for eight

- 14 more on the exact same play on third and one

- With nobody open, he took off but gained just one yard

- Immediate throw to his tight end on a quick out was off his hands, although it was a little high and hard

- Threw incomplete on third down. Looking for a back shoulder throw down the field, he was hit as he threw and the ball fell well short of the target

- With time in the pocket, threw deep and the receiver made a leaping 33-yard catch despite close coverage

- Flushed from the pocket, he rolled right and found the same receiver coming back to the ball for 17

- Ran that roll left and throw to the TE play again, for nine

- Was sacked on third and one, but they got the first down by virtue of a defensive hold

- Pass to flat was dropped. The play didn't count anyway due to a flag

- Throw down middle on 2nd and 22 was off the tight end's hands. Again it was a little high and hard

- On 3rd and 22, his receiver slipped coming out of his break back to the ball, so the pass was incomplete when the receiver might have had some space to run

- Threw low to a receiver underneath due to heavy pressure

- Back shoulder throw to his receiver was dropped. No idea if that was by design, a good read or just an underthrow

- Threw to back in the flat for six and a first down

- 16 more yards on a pass to the flat, this time to his tight end

- Short pass underneath was dropped as the receiver fell to the ground

- On 4th and 10, he threw a quick screen to his receiver split out wide, but the defense made a good open field tackle to stop him for seven

- Closed out the game by taking three knees.

Quinn was actually pretty efficient in this game once you factor in the plays where his receivers perhaps should have come down with the ball. However, throughout preseason, he was still mostly moving the chains with a diet of short passes and balls thrown up for his receivers to go and get, so the book on him doesn't seem to have changed much.

His final numbers:

22-for-38, 271 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions.

Before we go any further, let's compare those numbers to that of Geno Smith:

22-for-37, 246 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions

Interesting, huh? By being careful with the ball and not taking any unnecessary risks, Quinn ended up more productive than Smith and avoided any mistakes. First off, this is perhaps a sign of exactly what you want from your backup ("don't lose us the game"). However, it could also be seen as a sign of what Smith can achieve if he takes a slightly more conservative approach during the regular season, at least in the early going or until he starts to see the field a little better.

Conclusions

In all probability, Quinn has been brought in as emergency cover and may not see any action with the Jets or last very long on the active roster. However, with the inexperience of the two guys ahead of him, there's every chance he could be called upon to settle things down at some point.

Can he handle such a role? Based on preseason, perhaps he can. Quinn didn't move the team up and down the field in preseason and has never shown the ability to do that during regular season action throughout his career (surpassing 200 yards just five times in his 20 career starts). However, he did manage to make a handful of plays, despite not being helped much by his protection or his receivers and when you're able to lean heavily on your defense, that can win you games as long as you avoid back-breaking mistakes.

I'm not expecting Quinn to become a full time starter here, or even to be particularly fun to watch if he gets into any games as a backup. However, in terms of being capable of performing a specific game manager role, he could be equipped to do that and nobody can really say for sure how close to being ready to do that Geno Smith and Matt Simms are. Therefore, I don't think it's a terrible move in terms of giving you a safety net for your worst case scenario (or just injuries, in fact).

Remember, based on last year, the Jets only need competence from their quarterback to be competitive most weeks, not elite play. Maybe that's not something beyond the reach of a guy like Quinn.

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The next stop for David Harris figures to be the Jets' Ring of Honor.

Harris, who spent 10 years as the anchor of the Jets defense before he was released last year, announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday afternoon. The 34-year-old inside linebacker ended his 11-year career through a short statement released by his agent on Twitter, less than three weeks after reaching the first Super Bowl of his career with the New England Patriots - although he wasn't activated for the game.

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The Jets have seen Sheldon Richardon, Damon Harrison, and Quinton Coples depart within the past few seasons. With the departure of Muhammad Wilkerson thought to be imminent, they suddenly find themselves in a position where they lack depth on the defensive interior.

In addition, a potentially promising pipeline of young depth hasn't really materialized. Deon Simon and Claude Pelon couldn't crack the rotation, and spent most of the year on the practice squad, while Lawrence Thomas became a full back. Leonard Williams will be back, but his 2017 season was arguably just as disappointing as Wilkerson's, and he might find that teams can more readily gameplan around him if he's not surrounded with the same kind of talent...

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The Daily News Live panel breaks down which quarterbacks have the most to prove at the upcoming NFL Combine.

The Daily News Live panel breaks down which quarterbacks have the most to prove at the upcoming NFL Combine.

Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, and Lamar Jackson are among the top prospects.

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When the Jets start their sales pitch to Kirk Cousins, he's going to want to know about more than just the size of their check. He's going to want to know, among other things, how they plan to protect him.

That's a project they can get started on right now.

The Jets should begin by re-signing center Wesley Johnson before the free-agent market opens on March 14, and solidify what was a young and better-than-you-think offensive line last season. Together with right guard Brian Winters and right tackle Brandon Shell, it would give the Jets a strong young corps on the line to build around. And with two solid veterans on the left side -- tackle Kelvin Beachum and guard James Carpenter -- it's a line that could actually be pretty good.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

In ESPN Insider Mel Kiper's eyes, "Broadway Baker" will find his way to the Jets in his latest mock draft. 

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has seen his draft stock significantly rise all season. After leading his Sooners team to the College Footbal Playoff with gutsy drives and precision passing all season long, Kiper thinks he is the starter -- and leader -- the Jets need under center. 

READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS BELOW

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The Jets hope to be in the mix to land highly touted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in order to provide stability at the QB position.

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The entire Jets offseason will be played out in the shadow of Kirk Cousins -- the biggest name on the free-agent market, and the franchise quarterback they so desperately need. And that's even true right now, as the NFL's 15-day "franchise tag" window opens on Tuesday.

The Jets aren't likely to use the tag, but the Washington Redskins are reportedly considering using it on Cousins.

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Sep 4, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (56) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The offensive line was a huge disappointment for the Jets in 2017, especially on the interior. In 2016, Wesley Johnson started eight games for the injured Nick Mangold, and the line didn't seem to suffer too badly. However, he struggled throughout the 2017 season after moving into the full-time starter role.

Guards Brian Winters and James Carpenter also failed to play as well as they had in 2016, although that may partly have been caused by Johnson struggling on their inside shoulder.   Injuries were also an issue here, with Winters in particular playing most of the season hurt, and eventually requiring surgery on an abdominal issue.

Dakota Dozier's performances in relief of Winters over the past few years have some people wondering if it was really wise to give Winters a big money extension, when Dozier doesn't appear to be much of a downgrade. However, he's out of contract now, so the Jets may need to replenish their depth.

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Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets exercised their options on two defensive starters on Tuesday, ensuring that defensive tackle Steve McLendon and linebacker Josh Martin will both be back for the 2018 season.

The Jets were facing a deadline of Tuesday on both players, but the decision likely wasn't difficult, especially with the team likely to have nearly $100 million in salary cap space to spend this offseason. McLendon is due a salary of $3.125 million this year and has a salary cap number of $4.25 million. Martin is due a salary of $1.8 million, with a cap number of $2.1 million.

The moves come one day after the Jets declined their 2018 option on tackle Ben Ijalana, making him an unrestricted free agent...

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It is no secret the Jets wants top free-agent QB Kirk Cousins on their roster next season, and it came out Monday that they are "willing to pay whatever it takes." But what if Cousins decides to sing elsewhere? What is the Jets' next move from there?

According to SI's Peter King, the Jets should be high on bringing back Josh McCown, and drafting Heisman Trophy Award winner Baker Mayfield ahead of next season. Though the jets are expected to have a pretty healthy cap situation, McCown could come back for cheap, and Mayfield will obviously be on a rookie contract. 

King doesn't deny that Cousins could certainly be a Jet, but this situation could also work with McCown mentoring Mayfield as he did Johnny Manziel back in 2014. 

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New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets made offensive tackle Ben Ijalana a free agent on Monday after they failed to exercise his player option.

New York did not exercise Ijalana's $500,000 option bonus that would have activated his $4.5 million base salary for the 2018 season. By doing so, the Jets will save a total of $4.6 million.

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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)

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)

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)

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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:

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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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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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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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 (Kirby Lee)
(Kirby Lee)

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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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