Since the Jets haven't signed a free agent for me to scout in almost two weeks, I've been watching footage of some of the bottom-of-the-roster guys to try and get an insight into what kind of potential they have and whether any of them could realistically be expected to step into an important role in 2013.

In an under-the-radar move, the Jets signed safety Jaiquawn Jarrett to a futures contract, a move actually announced on the same day as Mike Tannenbaum's firing. What's exciting about Jarrett is that he was a second round draft pick in 2011. However, the fact that the Eagles gave up on him early in his second season is worrying. As Bassett wrote in January, the Jets have tried a number of these reclamation projects in the past (guys like Aaron Maybin, Jason Smith and Ricky Sapp) with mixed results. However, is there any chance that Jarrett could compete for a significant role in the Jets defense?

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Jarrett's first two seasons in the league to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Jaiquawn Jarrett?

Jarrett was a teammate of Muhammad Wilkerson's at Temple and impressed with his hitting, character and positional sense. However, he was regarded as somewhat undersized (under 6-0 and less than 200 pounds) and perhaps a step slow for the NFL level (4.62 forty time). It was therefore a surprise when the Eagles selected him in the second round, as he was considered at best to be a third or fourth round prospect.

Nevertheless, Jarrett made some plays in preseason and got some opportunities for significant playing time as a rookie when Nate Allen went down with an injury. Unfortunately for Jarrett, he did not fare well. He returned to the Eagles in 2012, but was cut early in the season after straining his shoulder and did not manage to find another NFL job.

He's regarded as more of an in-the-box safety, although he did have nine interceptions in his collegiate career, earning all-MAC conference first team honors in both 2009 and 2010. He also managed to remain injury-free throughout his four years at Temple.

Let's look at his numbers from his pro career so far:

The Numbers

Two seasons

13 games

Two starts

Six games where he saw action on defense

254 snaps

18 tackles (two on special teams)

Four missed tackles (one on special teams)

Coverage numbers: 7-for-11, 140 yards, no TDs, interceptions or passes defensed

Completion percentage: 63.6%

Yards per attempt: 12.7

QB rating: 107.2

No penalties

2011 Regular Season

Let's look in detail at Jarrett's contributions during the 2011 season.

He only played on special teams during the first half of the year, flashing once on a tackle down at the 15 in kick coverage against the Redskins. Allen's injury happened early in the Bears game in week nine, thrusting Jarrett into full time action.

Week 9 - v Chicago

Jarrett's first NFL action saw him do a reasonable job, but the Bears were still able to mount a comeback to win the game. He was targeted a couple of times, giving up a 14-yard completion downfield on a play where he was too far off his man in zone coverage. The opening touchdown also saw them exploit his lack of experience, as the Bears set up a bunch formation on the right side and tight end Matt Spaeth bumped him and then stopped his route at the goal line, as both Jarrett and linebacker Moises Fokou (#53) went to the outside receiver. While it appears that Fokou was likely the player most at fault on this play (which can be seen here), that may have been a product of Fokou reacting to Jarrett making contact with Spaeth. Jarrett did make one good play in coverage, coming over in support to help break up a pass. As a tackler, he made one mistake, allowing a ball carrier to break out of his grasp for an extra six yards. There was one other play where a runner dragged him for five extra yards. However, that came on an open field tackle which prevented what could have been a huge gain.

Week 10 - v Arizona

Jarrett started this game and had seven tackles. However, he also gave up four catches for 96 yards in a tight loss and was really picked on in the fourth quarter. The game started off reasonably well for him as he made a good play against the run. He read the play well as the runner tried to bounce a run outside and forced the runner back inside then made the tackle, forcing the Cards into a third and short situation. Later on in the first quarter, he ran across the field to make a touchdown saving tackle as Larry Fitzgerald got behind Kurt Coleman and down the sideline. In the second quarter, he got forced to the inside on one running play, but did make a good play downfield on an end around, forcing Andre Roberts to cut back inside, again probably saving a touchdown. In coverage, he got lucky on one play as he was caught peeking into the backfield and burned down the seam. The ball was overthrown otherwise it would have been a big gain. His did appear to be at least partially at fault on Fitzgerald's opening touchdown though.

Let's look in detail at this play. The Cardinals set up like this with Jarrett the weakside safety (ie towards the top of the screen).

They then sent Roberts in motion to the right side and lined him up in the slot. The Eagles adjusted by shifting their middle and left outside linebackers to the left, while Jarrett dropped off a few yards.

At the snap, Fitzgerald (the right wide receiver) and Roberts run a criss-cross, so Fitzgerald goes inside and Roberts goes outside. The linebacker made contact with Roberts to slow down his route and then basically did the same to Fitzgerald.

At this stage, the linebacker appears to pass off Fitzgerald to the man behind him. With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (the left cornerback) seeming to have Roberts covered, Jarrett could easily have come up to make the tackle on Fitzgerald at this point, or even break on the ball if he anticipated quickly enough.

However, Jarrett pays no attention to Fitzgerald and goes with the other receiver, leaving the middle of the field wide open for an easy catch and walk-in touchdown.

Finally, you can see Rodgers-Cromartie giving the universal sign for "What the heck are you doing?"

In the fourth quarter, Jarrett was victimized for four big first downs. On the first, he was actually in terrific position, only to tip the ball into the air where Fitzgerald still made the catch. The next one, on a key third and five, saw Jarrett unable to stay with Fitzgerald in zone coverage - a difficult assignment even for an elite player - as he ran an inside route, then broke it off to the outside. On the third, they again motioned Roberts over to his side and then ran him on a crossing route for a 20-yard gain as Jarrett trailed him across the field. Finally, he was beaten for a huge gain over the top to set up the winning touchdown. There was a mix-up on the play, as he clearly wasn't expecting the cornerback to pass Fitzgerald off to him.

Some of the plays from that game (the in-out route, the tipped pass and the throw over the top) can be seen here. The first play is the one where he made a touchdown-saving tackle, although that isn't shown.

Week 11 - at New York Giants

After his struggles on defense, Jarrett returned to a special-teams only role over the next few weeks. He made a good block against the Giants to set up a big punt return, although he was lucky not to get called for a block in the back.

Week 13 - at Seattle

Jarrett made his return on defense against the Seahawks, but it didn't last very long. On his first snap, he took an awful angle on this Marshawn Lynch run and Lynch scored a 40-yard touchdown. That would end up being his only snap. Two weeks later, he saw action on four defensive snaps at the end of the Eagles blowout win over the Jets.

Week 16 - at Dallas

Against Dallas, he got another chance for some extended playing time, but didn't fare too well. On one play, he was way too far off his man in zone coverage, giving up an easy first down. He also had a bad missed tackle near the marker to allow a 3rd-and-13 conversion.

Week 17 - v Washington

Given an opportunity for his second career start, Jarrett didn't grasp the opportunity. He gave up two first downs in coverage in the first quarter, one as he initially ran with the fullback, then inexplicably dropped off and left him wide open on the outside for 20. The other saw a tight end motion to his side and then easily get inside leverage on him on a post pattern. He also had some mistakes in the running game, missing a tackle in the hole on a run that went for 28 yards and getting blocked to the inside on another play. There was another play where he got dragged for eight extra yards after having wrapped up the ball carrier. His only real positives saw him assist on a tackle for no gain in the red zone and almost intercept an overthrown pass - although that wouldn't have counted anyway because the Eagles roughed the passer.

His overall rating for the year from PFF was 18th worst in the league. However, many of those with lower ratings played considerably more than he did. Only Jordan Pugh and Jamarca Sanford had a worse rating on a per-snap basis.

Clearly Jarrett had his struggles during his rookie year, but was it too soon for the Eagles to give up on him? Let's see if there were any other positive signs from his preseason appearances in 2011 and 2012.

2011 Preseason

In his first game against Baltimore, he intercepted an overthrown ball, reading the quarterback's eyes well and making a low diving grab. He added a special teams tackle. The following week in Pittsburgh, he again showed promise, creeping up to the line with great timing to make a tackle for a loss and later assisting on a five yard run as he came from deep and made a big hit. He also made a tackle on a short grab underneath to force the Steelers into a third and long situation. In week three against the Browns he had a couple of tackles, but didn't make any obvious mistakes. Finally, in the Bollinger Bowl, he did get beaten across the field for an 11-yard catch by Jeff Cumberland.

2012 Preseason

In 2012, the Eagles opened against Pittsburgh again and Jarrett hesitated on a 4th and one play, making the tackle but only after the first down had been earned. He was also involved in a coverage mix-up that led to a 17-yard completion on 3rd-and-11, as he was late getting over - although this did appear to mostly be Nnamdi Asoumgha's fault. After Jarrett failed to make any kind of impact in New England, the Eagles headed to Cleveland and Jarrett was slow rolling the coverage over to the outside, giving up a 10-yard catch. In the final game against the Jets (backups), he started and made a couple of impressive plays. He closed and broke up a pass, came up fast to prevent a runner from bouncing outside and tackle him for a short gain and, most impressively of all, showed excellent instincts to blow up a screen pass (although his teammate was offside so the play was negated).

Conclusions:

There's no doubt that Jarrett struggled with the Eagles in his rookie year. He seemed to get confused in coverage, made some mistakes as a tackler and was out-physicalled on a number of occasions. It's telling that not many Eagles fans were sorry to see him go when they released him. As much as recent Jets' second rounders Vladimir Ducasse and Stephen Hill have been criticized, could you imagine a situation where Hill was released early in 2012? Or if Vlad had been released in September 2011? Obviously, Jarrett fell out of favor fast.

Andy Reid admitted it was a bad pick, implying that Jarrett was not a good fit for their scheme, with some Eagles fans noting that he has had a tendency to reach for "overachievers" in the past and this time got burned. If it is scheme-related, though, perhaps there's a chance that he could fit better into a different system.

Let's therefore consider briefly the Eagles and their application of the "wide nine" defense (which, ironically, they abandoned anyway in December). Although there are intricacies up-front and at the line, that doesn't affect the safeties, which are generally pretty uniform in their assignments. The Eagles tend to employ one deep safety and one about 5-6 yards from the line of scrimmage, outside the tackle box. The Jets system is, of course, much different to this, because the safeties are interchangeable and often switch places just before the ball is snapped. They also only really employ a true deep safety in sub-package situations. The Eagles safeties are interchangeable too and - despite his reputation for being better in the box - Jarrett was the deeper guy about 60% of the time. They also seemed to avoid placing him in man coverage assignments too often - he only matched up against a receiver in the slot three times. As you will note from some of the analysis above, teams often motioned a receiver over to his side to exploit his inexperience in coverage situations.

Although, on balance, Jarrett did not look good, he was just a rookie at the time. Had Antonio Allen or Josh Bush been forced into extensive action last year, I don't doubt that either would have struggled. That being the case, would we be advocating cutting them now? Instead, they weren't forced to play before they were ready and now will get a chance to try and prove they can handle a bigger workload. Had Philadelphia's safeties remained healthy throughout the 2011 season, would Jarrett's rookie struggles have instead happened on the practice field and given him a better chance to build his confidence before getting to play? It's difficult to know. Had he not played in 2011 such that the only footage to assess him on was the preseason footage, then I probably would have a more optimistic outlook. The Jets now have a chance to find out if he still has the potential to play at this level.

For Jarrett to stand a chance in the competition for playing time at the safety spot, he probably needs to have bulked up since last September in order to compete physically. He's obviously overmatched in direct coverage and isn't much of a pass rusher either (no pressure in 14 blitzes in 2011, no sacks in his college career), so his best role would seem to be as a run stopper in the box (a role he's slightly undersized for) or as a deep safety in coverage support. In terms of size, skill-set and 40 speed, he compares pretty closely to Eric Smith, whose role is up for grabs. Jarrett will perhaps need to contribute more on special teams to earn that kind of role though.

It seems like a long shot for Jarrett to make the roster, but right now he's actually the Jets' most experienced safety. If nothing more, he should provide a good measuring stick against the progress of guys like Allen and Bush once the Jets take the field this Summer.

Until the Jets make some more signings, I'm going to continue to look at some of the long-shot sleepers at the bottom of the roster. The next one will follow in a few days.

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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)
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)
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?

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)
(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)
(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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GEICO SportsNite: Super Bowl 00:06:46
Nick Foles and the Eagles upset Tom Brady and the Patriots for the first Super Bowl win in Philadelphia's franchise history.

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

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