Yesterday, the Jets made their first external signings of the free agency signing period, picking up offensive tackle Breno Giacomini and wide receiver Eric Decker. Jets fans might not know much about Giacomini, so I've been looking in detail at footage from his career so far to assess what he might bring to the table. (I'll also cover Decker - along with anyone else they sign - in due course).

Giacomini was drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 draft by the Green Bay Packers, but was only active for one game in two seasons. Seattle picked him up and in four years there he went from reserve to full-time starter. He started every game in 2012 and 12 games in 2013, including all three postseason wins. He missed seven games while recovering from knee surgery in the middle of the season.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from last season to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Breno Giacomini?

The 28-year old Giacomini stands 6'7" and is listed at 318 pounds. Following a college career where he earned second team All-Big East honors at Louisville, he was drafted by the Packers and spent time on their active roster and practice squad. He was active for one game as a rookie, but did not play on offense.

The Seahawks signed Giacomini off the Packers' practice squad in 2010 and kept him on their active roster for a month before letting him go. He did not make an appearance for them, but was re-signed after the season and ended up starting eight games in 2011. A promising finish to the season had some people suggesting him as a candidate for the Jets' starting right tackle role in 2012, which had been manned by the struggling Wayne Hunter up to that point. However, the Seahawks smartly locked him up in February to prevent him from hitting the open market. Just as well, given the great right tackle famine of 2012.

In 2012, he struggled at first, but got better as the season went along, establishing himself as the full time starter on a team that went 11-5 and reached the second round of the playoffs. He remained as the starter in 2013, but missed seven games (weeks four to 10) after requiring a procedure on his knee. He returned in week 11 and the Seahawks won seven of their last nine games to win the Super Bowl.

What do the scouts and stats say?

According to PFF grades for the regular season, Giacomini basically had a neutral grade with a slightly positive pass blocking grade and a negative run blocking grade that cancelled that out. In the post season, his pass blocking grade improved, but his run blocking grade got worse. His grades were slightly better than they had been in 2012.

Football Outsiders metrics note that the Seahawks were the best team in the NFL at running off right tackle in 2012. In 2013, they dropped to 12th, but of course Giacomini missed half of the season. Unfortunately there are no weekly splits to examine if that explains the drop-off.

The Bleacher Report NFL 1000 Study, which we've been following on TJB and ranked Austin Howard 24th out of 35 right tackles has Giacomini in 20th. Their observations state that he "is a long-armed wall at right tackle" and lacks athleticism but understands leverage. Their conclusion on him (remembering that they felt Howard was bad, but improving) is as follows:

There aren’t many right tackles who could be described as more “average” than Giacomini. There aren’t a lot of physical attributes that separate him from other guys, and he doesn’t have exceptional athleticism. He displays a good base in pass protection and can win in the running game when engaged with a defender. There’s a lot to be said for simply being "average."

Observations

Based on all the footage I watched, here was my take on what Giacomini brings to the table, divided into categories:

Usage - Giacomini has only ever played right tackle in the NFL.

Measurables - Giacomini is listed at 6'7" and 318, but was only 303 when he first came into the league, so he's obviously bulked up a bit. Despite what it says in the scouting report above, his arms are short - 32 and 1/8 inches puts him right down near the bottom according to the excellent mockdraftable.com database. By comparison, D'Brickashaw Ferguson's arms are 35.5 inches, despite the fact he's shorter than Giacomini. In terms of combine numbers, he does well in terms of the agility drills, but his bench press, 10 yard dash and vertical leap numbers were poor so he obviously needed to work at his strength and explosiveness when he entered the league.

Athletic Ability - Giacomini displays athleticism at times, getting out in front of screen passes, making blocks on the move and springing out of his stance to pick up outside rushers in certain protections. However, you get the sense it's more about effort and hustle with Giacomini, who doesn't make it look as effortless as someone like D'Brickashaw Ferguson. He can be slow to get out of his stance and struggles to recover at times.

Like most tackles, especially 6'7" ones, it seems to come down more to leverage and technique as to whether he overpowers his opponent or gets schooled.

Run Blocking -

The numbers in terms of running to his side are impressive, but it's worth noting that when Giacomini made his return from injury with six games to go last year, Marshawn Lynch didn't have a 100 yard gain in the rest of the regular season despite averaging over 18 carries per game and having had two in a row prior to Giacomini's return. You could explain that away by saying that Giacomini perhaps took some time to get back into the swing of things or that it messed with their chemistry. The Seahawks' line was in flux all year with nobody starting 16 games. Whatever the reason, this concern could be allayed by the fact that Lynch exploded for 140 yards against the Saints once the postseason got underway and then added 109 against the 49ers.

Giacomini does much of his best run blocking work in zone blocking packages. He was effective on kickout blocks and setting the edge, especially moving left on counter plays. He also can peel off a double team to the second level effectively and will push his man back when he locks onto them. The Seahawks do have non-zone plays in their playbook though. Giacomini made some good blocks while pulling left, pulling outside and trapping up the middle for cut blocks. These plays were rare though.

Some of his work was straight up nasty, blocking his man to the ground on several occasions. On one play in particular, he threw his man to the ground on a draw play, reminding me of Willie Colon. He also had a tendency to finish his blocks, which is always a good habit.

In terms of negatives, he sometimes got stood up at the line which meant that runs to his side were bottled up. Again, that's a leverage issue. On a few plays, he didn't get his pad level down and was driven back into the backfield, but that was rare.

Penalties are a concern too, so let's consider them separately.

Penalties -

Giacomini had 12 penalties in 18 games in 2012 and another seven in 12 games in 2013. The concern is that, much like Colon, he's not going to help the team if he's getting flagged all the time.

In 2012, he had three false starts, four unnecessary roughness penalties and five holding penalties. The good news is that he cut out the roughness penalties completely in 2013, perhaps showing signs of maturity and leadership. He had four false starts in 12 games in 2013, which perhaps isn't that bad when you consider how many personnel changes there were.

In terms of holding penalties in 2013, he was flagged for four although one was clearly called on the wrong player because he was double teaming with JR Sweezy and barely engaged as Sweezy dragged his man down. Of the other three, two came on key seal blocks on the backside where the play went for a huge gain (24 and 37 yards) and he was only just on the wrong side of the rules. One of these two was a really late flag and a bit dubious. The other just saw him unable to sustain his block quite long enough. The third hold was a ridiculous call. He made a great block, driving his man all the way over to the sideline and to the ground and they were wrestling on the floor nowhere near the action.

On this basis, I'm less concerned about penalties than I was based on the numbers alone, but obviously you have to factor in the Jets' propensity for getting shafted by questionable officiating and accept that his aggressiveness is going to cause some penalties to arise.

Pass Protection -

Despite his positive pass blocking grade from PFF, Giacomini was all the way down in 61st place for pass blocking efficiency for the regular season. Without even looking at the film, we can rationalize this because Russell Wilson spends more time scrambling around than any other quarterback. Clearly there would be more instances than usual of Giacomini's man registering a pressure long after most quarterbacks would already have got the ball out. With the way PFF's rankings work, you would receive a higher negative grade if beaten cleanly or badly. Obviously Giacomini didn't get beaten badly as often as some of the players who gave up equivalent amounts of pressure. That's a good sign.

Also a good sign: He gave up four sacks and only one quarterback hit. That's really good. Like, really good. Austin Howard only gave up two sacks, but he surrendered 15 hits. Of course, Wilson is elusive and adept at avoiding being hit, but it's not like Wilson never got hit. The rest of the Seahawks linemen, backs and tight ends (excluding Giacomini) combined to give up 23 hits, the same amount as the rest of the Jets (excluding Howard).

In addition, whether it's because the line gelled, he got past his injury or whatever, Giacomini's pass protection numbers really improved in the postseason. He gave up no sacks or hits and just four pressures in three games, giving him the third best postseason pass blocking efficiency in the NFL.

Again, the numbers are encouraging and when you look at the sacks he gave up, one of them was excusable. Brian Robison clearly got away with jumping offside and as Giacomini scrambled to recover, he got in front of his man to allow Wilson time to step up, but Wilson had nowhere to go because Sweezy was bullrushed into the backfield.

On the other three, one saw him allow Charles Johnson too much separation so he could leverage outside for a strip-sack, perhaps exploiting those short arms. The announcers criticized Wilson here for not sensing the pressure and checking down to a wide open Robert Turbin in the flat. Another saw him fail to get outside quick enough to stop a speed rush from Jason Babin who had lined up extra wide. He adjusted after that and it didn't happen again. The last one came about because he missed a cut block.

Ultimately, the sacks he gave up weren't that bad, especially considering there were so few of them, but there were a few more moments where he was badly beaten and Wilson's elusiveness prevented a sack. Only a couple though.

At times, Giacomini was susceptible to a jab step move getting him off balance at the snap and then was unable to recover. Both Johnson and Chris Long got him with this. Also, as with in the running game, he was driven back a few times, although he did manage to stay in front of his man and re-anchor before his man could get to Wilson.

The Seahawks did give Giacomini some help in terms of chip blocks against some of the better pass rushers, but they left extra blockers in less than the Jets did overall.

Attitude -

As already noted, Giacomini gives a great effort and plays to (and beyond) the whistle. The fact he cut out the unnecessary roughness penalties is encouraging and, in fact, in 2013 he twice drew 15-yard penalties because he got hit and didn't retaliate. One led to an ejection and negated a key sack. This article discusses his efforts to play smart during 2013 in light of his penalty numbers.

Injuries -

As noted, he had the knee issue in 2013. This was described as a fairly minor procedure that should have kept him out for weeks rather than months. Prior to that, he's been listed on the injury report just three times, all for different minor ailments that lasted only a week.

Scheme Familiarity -

I already wrote about how the Jets are following the Seahawks blueprint during Super Bowl week and this could represent another step in that direction. The Seahawks use all the same kind of running plays that Marty Mornhinweg did last year, but with a higher emphasis on the zone blocking packages. Had the Jets retained Austin Howard at their price, that might have continued, but now they have Giacomini, who is smaller and experienced in a zone blocking role perhaps there will be more of a shift towards that. It might even play into their thinking as they seek to fill the right guard spot.

Conclusions

As noted above, John Idzik would be familiar with Giacomini and the fact they moved quickly to pick him up once it became apparent they couldn't meet Austin Howard's asking price is a good sign. We may never know what the Jets were prepared to offer Howard and we're still waiting for confirmation on Giacomini's contract, but I assume it was less.

I'm comfortable with Giacomini as a starter level player and, having watched the footage, I like him. He has some minor holes in his game, but is a good run blocker and reliable in pass protection. While he wasn't always consistent, I was most encouraged by the fact that most of his worst plays weren't that bad. I'd hope he is potentially capable of holding down the right tackle position for the next couple of years until a younger candidate emerges.

It's a shame to see Howard go, but in a strange way I'm delighted to see a guy the Jets developed get a big money deal elsewhere and I wouldn't have given him the deal that he got from the Raiders. We wish Austin the best, but also are pleased to welcome Breno to the Jets!

Up next: Eric Decker, followed by whoever the Jets sign after that...

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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

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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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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))

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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)
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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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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)

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."

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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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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)

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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.

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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)

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)

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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?

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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(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.

Tags: Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams
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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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(Matthew Emmons)

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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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