Last week, the Jets announced that they had signed quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year contract. Vick is a well-known player, but it's still worth reviewing the footage to get an insight into what he has left in the tank and how well he fits into the Jets offense as currently constituted.

The 33-year-old Vick is a four-time Pro Bowler and former first overall pick. In six years with the Atlanta Falcons and another five with the Philadelphia Eagles, he has thrown 185 128 touchdown passes and compiled a career passer rating of 80.9. The 6'0" 215 pounder has also rushed for over 5,000 yards (an NFL record) and 36 touchdowns. Last season, Vick started six games, throwing five touchdown passes and three interceptions. He missed several games through injury and eventually lost the starting job to Nick Foles.

After the jump, I'll briefly review Vick's career so far and look in detail at some recent footage to try and evaluate what he could provide the Jets with this year and going forward.

Who is Michael Vick?

The brilliant Robert Newman once bemoaned the fact that he had to pay for and carry round a heavy dictionary because it contained so many words that didn't really need to be in there. He said he was going to write his own dictionary with definitions like "Don't be stupid. You know what a [expletive] tree is. It's a tree!"

That's how I feel about scouting Michael Vick. You already know who Michael Vick is. He's Michael Vick!

Vick was the first overall pick in the 2001 draft and, as a rookie, was equal parts exciting and erratic. He'd make an incredible play and then a really bad mistake on the very next snap. He would develop into a three time Pro Bowler with the Falcons. However, Atlanta only made the postseason twice in six years, getting knocked out in the divisional round each time.

He would not play at all in 2007 or 2008 as he ended up spending time in jail for his part in the notorious dog-fighting scandal. I'll be glossing over that here, not to diminish its importance, but because that's been covered in depth elsewhere and I want to focus on the on-field matters here.

In 2009, Vick signed with the Eagles and was used as a special packages player in a backup role. However, in 2010, he was given a starting role and earned the Comeback Player of the Year award and a fourth pro bowl appearance. The Eagles were one and done in the postseason in 2010 and again in 2011 as Vick started 13 games but could not quite replicate his career-best passing numbers from the previous season. In 2012 and 2013 he missed several games through injury and eventually lost his starting job to Nick Foles. He joins the Jets on a one-year deal with an opportunity to compete for playing time with incumbent starter Geno Smith apparently up for grabs.

While we're all very familiar with Vick's game, it's still worth looking at footage from the 2013 to try and gauge what he has left in the tank and what strengths and weaknesses he would have if called into action next season.

Vick won the starting job in preseason, comfortably outperforming Foles in the first three preseason games. You may recall that Foles was then poor (6-for-17) against the Jets' backups in the Bollinger Bowl. Vick would start the first five games, but he was knocked out of the game (with a hamstring injury) in week five and missed the next few weeks. Then when he made his return to the starting lineup in week eight, he again didn't last the whole game and that was the last meaningful action he saw all season.

Week One - at Washington

Won 33-27, 15-25-203-2TD passing, 9-54-TD rushing

- Vick hit his receiver in stride for 28 on the first drive, but then almost threw a pick after avoiding the rush and then the Redskins scored a defensive touchdown on a controversial freak play where Vick's pass was tipped and ruled a live ball because it travelled laterally

- On the next drive he threw a 25-yard touchdown off a playfake with an accurate throw down the middle to a wide open receiver

- On the following drive, the offensive line screwed up and a rusher came totally unblocked between right guard and right tackle. He ducked under that guy but was sacked by the guy coming off that edge

- Next drive, he again ducked under a rusher and scrambled for a first down, but the drive stalled after his underthrow was almost picked off

- On the next drive, he converted a first down by finding his man at the marker despite getting nailed, but the drive stalled when he was hit by another unblocked rusher

- After his first down scramble was negated by a flag, Vick found his man for this 28-yard touchdown on a throw down the middle into a tight window

- He added another touchdown on a routine 3-yard QB draw

- On third and long, Vick rolled out and threw deep while falling backwards, well over his receiver's head and almost intercepted by the safety coming over

- On the next drive, Vick handed off to the running back and then threw a good block as the back was cut off and reversed his field

- Vick picked up some good yardage on the ground on the next drive, taking off quickly for seven and then gaining 36 on a read option play with a good move at the second level to break into the open field. The drive stalled after he overthrew his man on a crossing route and then threw wide on third down

- He helped the Eagles run out the clock with a key late first down where he kept the play alive and then threw cross-field into the flat.

Week Two - v San Diego

Lost 30-33, 23-36-428-2TD passing, 5-34-TD rushing

- Almost threw for a touchdown on the first drive, but the receiver couldn't hold onto his low throw in the end zone

- Had his receiver with a couple of steps deep down the sideline and his throw was perfectly timed, but led the receiver out of bounds for an incompletion. The drive then stalled as he tried to pump fake and the ball flew out of his hands and rolled sideways out of bounds

- His his receiver in stride on a slant for 41 and then found his man for a 13-yard score on a drilled back-shoulder throw at the goal-line

- Late in the first half, down three, he had a couple of overthrows, one on a deep ball to an open receiver where Vick was hit as he threw. However, he converted on a throw down the middle to set up a field goal attempt (which missed)

- Was flushed from the pocket but threw deep to the receiver who made a double move and the throw went just off the receiver's fingertips. He then hit an open receiver downfield for a big gain on a catch and run. Finally, he found a wide-open receiver on a blown coverage for an easy 39-yard touchdown, but this was negated by a penalty

- On the next drive, they scored anyway, on this perfectly thrown 61-yard bomb- They scored on the next drive as Vick easily rolled out to score a short touchdown. Prior to that he'd missed on a throw wide, picked up eight on a read option play and completed a first down over the middle

- Trailing late, the Eagles had to settle for a field goal when Vick was nailed on a rollout and his throw was broken up at the goal-line. After a low incompletion to an open receiver down the seam, he set that up with two dump-offs, a scramble and another completion over the middle

- They got the ball back in the closing seconds but couldn't work the ball into range on a mulitple-lateral play

Week Three - v Kansas City

Lost 26-16, 13-30-201-TD-2INT passing, 4-99 rushing

- On this Thursday night game, the Eagles made a sloppy start with Vick throwing a pick-six as he stared down his man and failed to see the ILB coming over to deflect the pass

- After a third and three conversion on a throw over the middle following a high snap, Vick was sacked and then his nicely lofted third down throw on a corner route was off his receiver's hands

- Vick showed impressive wheels on this 61-yard run and then lofted a perfect touchdown pass on another corner route as he was hit

- The next drive featured another long run as Vick escaped the rush and gained 24, but ended prematurely following a bad snap

- On the next drive, Vick threw behind a receiver, missed a tough deep throw with a man open and then threw a bad pick as the Chiefs set a trap with the safety jumping his initial read - a crosser underneath and the cornerback was ready for him to look for his second option down the seam

- On the next drive, Vick fumbled a snap and then was sacked. He did complete a 31-yard pass down the seam, but it should have been a bigger gain as the defensive back fell and Vick's throw was underthrown so the receiver had to dive for it

- The next drive stalled as well, despite a nice completion on a rollout and comeback route. Vick overthrew his man who had a step deep in the end zone. He then had a horrible throw off his back foot that was easily intercepted because his target slipped. That was negated by a penalty, but the drive still stalled

- He had a nice completion on the next drive, looking off the safety and then delivering a deep throw down the sideline for 40

- His next drive opened with another overthrow, but then he gained 14 on a scramble and found his receiver with an under-pressure throw out in front leading to a juggling catch

- With the Eagles in desperation mode, Vick's 4th and long pass was jumped by a defensive back who dropped a possible interception. That came after he had a third down conversion to an open receiver negated by a hold. Prior to that, he had rolled out and completed a first down throw over the middle and thrown an incompletion low to the outside

- On the final drive, Vick rolled and completed a first down from his end zone, but then was sacked and lost a fumble on the next play

Week Four - at Denver

Lost 52-20, 14-27-248 passing, 8-41 rushing

- On the first drive, Vick overthrew his man as the pocket collapsed and then came up short on a third down scramble

- Next drive saw him scramble for 13 and show good patience to find his man coming across the middle for 24, but then a good pass was dropped inside the five and they had to settle for a field goal

- On the next drive, he twice picked up first downs with his legs and had an accurate third down conversion on a low throw in a place where only his receiver could get it

- The next drive saw him drill a low throw for 20

- The next drive stalled after he escaped the rush and threw off his back foot, but his receiver's attempt at a diving catch went off his hands. Prior to that he had rolled out and hit his receiver coming back to the ball

- On the next drive, he scrambled and rolled to the outside hitting his tight end who had initially stayed in to block for 27. He then avoided another sack, but made a poor throw off his back foot

- On his last drive, Vick drilled a pass inside for a third and short conversion and made a good throw down the seam to his tight end for a 38-yard catch and run. However, the drive stalled when he overthrew a pass to the back pylon.

Week Five - at NY Giants

Won 36-21, 6-14-105 passing, 7-79 rushing

- On the first drive, Vick forced a throw into double coverage with his receiver not really open, but overthrew it anyway (perhaps deliberately). He then made a good downfield throw that was dropped.

- Vick's first throw on the next drive was low and incomplete, but he picked up some good yardage on three carries - a first down keeper, a 34-yard burst and an 11-yard designed run out of the shotgun. The Eagles also got a first down on a helmet to helmet hit following Vick's under pressure overthrow and settled for a field goal

- After a first down keeper, Vick threw slightly behind his man to the outside and his pass was broken up. He ended up with no first quarter completions

- In the second quarter, he finally completed a pass on a dump-off and then threw a nice lofted touch pass on a corner route with his receiver making a leaping 24-yard grab. The drive stalled when he overthrew an open receiver in the end zone

- The Eagles took the lead on a short touchdown run set up by Vick's 14-yard gain on a designed run down to the goal-line. Earlier on the drive, he completed a 56-yard bomb, although the replay showed that a defensive back should probably have picked this, only to misjudge the flight of the ball which went through his hands

- He did gain another 13 on a scramble on the next drive, although the drive stalled

- The Eagles got the ball back and Vick was noticeably limping as he tried to roll out and got nailed. He came out of the game there with a 16-7 lead.

Week Eight - v NY Giants

Lost 15-7, 6-9-30-INT passing, 1-1 rushing.

- Vick's return from injury did not start well, as he threw behind his tight end for an early pick. The tight end did not appear to be expecting or looking for the ball

- The next drive stalled as he was sacked and fumbled, although he got it back

- The drive after that stalled as he held the ball for far too long and was eventually called for grounding

- His final drive ended with the Eagles down 9-0 when his third down pass was broken up. Matt Barkley replaced him.

Conclusions

Much as you'd expect, the footage shows some dynamic playmaking from Vick, mixed in with some erratic play and questionable decision making, especially when he was struggling physically. We know he has a strong arm - Rex Ryan once said he can "throw a strawberry through a battleship" - and we know (from some of the links above) he still has some serious wheels.

Vick's main issue is that he sometimes relies on these gifts a bit too much. Obviously he gets pretty banged up from all the hits he takes, many of which arise because he's trying to make something happen with his legs. However, relying on his arm might be the bigger issue.

I was actually impressed with how Vick moves around in the pocket and obviously he has the ability to either elude pressure or stay in there and make throws under pressure. However - and I don't think I'm saying anything new here - sometimes his footwork is awful. Because he trusts his strong arm, Vick will back himself to squeeze the ball in a tight window without setting his feet and can sometimes get away with this. I would anticipate that happens less the colder it gets though, not making him the ideal player to go on a postseason run with.

Where this concerns me is that if Geno Smith will rely on Vick as a mentor, he might pick up some bad habits. We've all seen how bad Smith can be when his footwork and technique desert him and QB coach David Lee has said several times how crucial this is for Smith. Vick's natural ability allows him to overcome flaws in his technique in a way a less-athletically gifted player could not, so the Jets will have to constantly reinforce how important that is for Smith if he's going to continue to develop.

One issue worth investigating is that of Vick's left-handedness. Does it matter that the right tackle will be tasked with protecting the blindside when he's in the game? First of all, I can confirm that the Eagles did not make any changes when Vick was in the game, so the right tackle (rookie Lane Johnson) was indeed tasked with protecting the blindside. Looking at his grades and pass protection numbers, he was much worse with Vick at quarterback than when Foles was in there. However, since most of the games Vick played were right at the start of his rookie year, perhaps we can attribute Johnson's struggles to that. The Jets have had two left-handed quarterbacks in recent years (Mark Brunell and Tim Tebow) and they didn't swap the tackles over as some teams have in the past. Indeed, this PFF study suggests that the importance of protecting the blind-side in this era where most teams bring pressure off both edges is perhaps overstated.

Beyond the numbers, I note that when I researched the intricacies of Marty Mornhinweg's playbook last year, I observed that the Eagles left tight ends in to block a lot more often when Vick was in the game. Having said that, I didn't notice them doing much of that for Johnson, although he did get help from his right guard at times. As you'll recall, I was impressed with Breno Giacomini's pass protection ability anyway, so I'd hope he could handle the assignment if Vick saw action.

Another question is whether the Jets could exploit Vick's obviously-still-prevalent running ability by using him in special packages. Again from the Marty's playbook article, I noted that the Eagles did run the wildcat ... but moved Vick to receiver when they did so. However, when he is in there, the ability to run out of the read option, or just scramble on a broken play, does give another dimension to the offense, albeit one which Smith himself provides.

The final thing I wanted to touch on before my final conclusion is the fact that Vick impressed me with some of the throws he made on corner routes. The reason this is relevant is that that's the one route that Eric Decker didn't really have much success with last year in Denver, although I noted that it's just not a throw Peyton Manning makes very often these days.

The main question, however, is whether we can expect Vick to start. As noted, Vick did beat out Foles to win the starting job last year in preseason. I'd say that Vick was far more dynamic and productive in the first couple of games last year than Smith was at any point last year. However, his durability was a real problem and he started to make a bunch of bad plays the more banged up he became.

If Smith can beat out Vick in a fair competition, I'd say that's an extremely positive sign for his future. On the basis of what we saw from both players last season, though, I'd suggest it's probably a good bet that neither will start all 16 games this season.

Tags: BGA, Bent Double

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PHOENIX - The Jets shed a group of veteran players this offseason, didn't make any big splashes in free agency, and the quarterback they brought in is a 37-year-old journeyman. Not surprisingly, the expectations for them this season couldn't be much lower.

Just don't try telling that to Todd Bowles.

Despite the look of his roster to outsiders, and the general perception that the Jets are beginning a total rebuilding job, the Jets head coach refused to downplay his team's chances heading into the 2017 season. He looks at the moves the Jets have made this offseason and believes they have given his team a chance to be competitive -- now.

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PHOENIX - The Jets' new offensive coordinator, John Morton, has never run an NFL offense before, never called plays in the league, and he hasn't revealed yet what kind of scheme he will run. But none of that should worry anyone, according to one of his former bosses.

Saints coach Sean Payton promised you'll be "impressed."

"Listen he's been around (Jon) Gruden, (Jim) Harbaugh, myself," Payton said on Wednesday morning during the NFC Coaches Breakfast at the NFL Owners Meetings. "He's very meticulous. I think he's going to be outstanding."

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

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Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets' quarterback quandary after signing Josh McCown.

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

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

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

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Marc Malusis, Jon Hein and Willie Colon talk about whether Todd Bowles is the right man for the job.

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PHOENIX - The Jets weren't just bad last season, they were downright dysfunctional at times. Todd Bowles knows it. Everybody knows it. And the Jets coach expects that to change.

Just don't expect him to drop the hammer on his players, or tighten the rules on what at times appeared to be his loosely-run ship. Bowles, as a former player, understands that stuff happens. And he doesn't plan on taking control with some draconian approach.

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PHOENIX - Todd Bowles came to the Jets as a defensive guru, but he plans on making the struggling Jets offense his project this year.

The third-year Jets head head coach promised that he will be "heavily more involved" in all aspects of the offense this season during an hour-long interview at the annual AFC Coaches Breakfast on Tuesday. He didn't say his decision had anything to do with the fact the offense ranked 26th in the NFL last season, or that he'll be breaking in a new offensive coordinator in John Morton.

He said it's all just part of his "evolution" as a head coach...

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PHOENIX - Todd Bowles has declared he will hold an "open competition" at quarterback this summer between the three quarterbacks on his roster, and maybe even a fourth one from the draft. He did not promise veteran Josh McCown the job when the Jets signed him, and he wouldn't say his experience gives him any edge.

All of them will have an equal shot to be the Jets' Opening Day starter. And that's the right approach. It's also the only thing the Jets coach could do.

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The Jets have signed OL Jonotthan Harrison to a one-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. 

Harrison, 25, played in 13 games for the Colts last season, including four starts.

He played 31 of 32 games for the Colts from 2014 to 2015, starting 19.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Jets owner Woody Johnson is in Arizona for the NFL owners meetings, along with his brother Christopher, according to Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday.

The Jets owner declined to talk to reporters on Sunday.

Woody Johnson has long been expected to be named the ambassador to the United Kingdom in President Donald Trump's administration, although the president has not yet formally announced the appointment.

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Josh McCown led the Browns down the field on their initial drive. The drive stalled after McCown's fumble in the end zone, and the quarterback suffered a concussion on the play and did not return. (AP)

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Mike Maccagnan wouldn't say if Josh McCown will be the Jets' starting quarterback this season - that, he insisted, is a decision for coach Todd Bowles. But he did say that McCown can still be a good quarterback, even as he closes in on 38 years old.

"I know he's had some injuries this past season, but the season before he played and actually did some good things for Cleveland," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday. "I still think he has good football left in him. We do think he has the ability to play and perform if needed."

The Jets signed McCown to a one-year, $6 million contract last week, with another possible (but unlikely) $7 million in incentives. Maccagnan said that the 15-year vet - a journeyman now on his eighth NFL team - was under consideration from the start of free agency, even as the Jets sorted through all their other options.

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The Daily News Live crew discusses whether or not the Jets should trade down so they can acquire more draft picks.

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The Jets were so intent on acquiring more draft picks that just three weeks ago Mike Maccagnan insisted the Jets were "open for business every round."

Now it sounds like he means every round except the first.

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of former UNC quarterback and NFL Draft prospect Mitch Trubisky.

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One year after using a second-round pick on quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said he "potentially" could draft a quarterback again. And no, he insisted, that wouldn't mean he's admitting a mistake on Hackenberg.

It would just be another step in the long process of finding "the right quarterback for this team."

"I don't think taking a player at one position is a referendum on another player," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday afternoon. "I think the goal is to put together best roster you can. Of course quarterback is a very, very important position in this process. But I wouldn't necessarily view it as a referendum."

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Notre Dame quarterback and NFL Draft prospect DeShone Kizer.

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Only time will tell if the Jets are serious about taking a quarterback in the first-round of the draft, but in the meantime they certainly are doing their homework.

The latest proof of that is the NFL Network report that they've already held a private workout with DeShone Kizer, the Notre Dame quarterback considered to be one of the top three quarterback prospects in the draft. That explains why Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles skipped Notre Dame's Pro Day on Thursday and were both at Ohio State's Pro Day instead.

The Jets also have a private workout scheduled with North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who revealed that "secret" to reporters at his own Pro Day earlier this week. And while it's not known if the Jets plan to do the same with Clemson's DeShaun Watson, it seems likely that they will...

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SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore.

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One day after sending a large contingent to North Carolina to watch quarterback Mitch Trubisky at his Pro Day, the Jets rolled out their big guns for the Pro Day at Ohio State.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles were both in attendance at the Buckeyes Pro Day, according to reports out of Columbus, Ohio, along with representatives of every other NFL team -- including Giants scouting director Marc Ross. Maccagnan and Bowles were surely taking a close look at cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker -- two strong candidates for the Jets to take with the sixth overall pick in the draft.

And for what it's worth, they chose a trip to Columbus over a trip to South Bend, Ind., where Notre Dame was holding its Pro Day on Thursday. The star of the Fighting Irish showcase was another quarterback -- DeShone Kizer -- who could go in the first round (though likely not as high as 6)...

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WR Quinton Patton has signed with the Jets, the team annnounced Thursday.

He had visited with the team this past weekend.

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

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SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of LSU safety Jamal Adams.

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Now that the big-money part of NFL free agency is over, teams have begun increasingly focusing on the NFL draft, and their first-round targets are becoming a little clearer. So here's SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27:

1.) S Jamal Adams, LSU - From the beginning, I've been focused on a cornerback for the Jets in this spot and Marshon Lattimore sure is a possibility (see below). But after free agency, it's clear that safety is the Jets' biggest unfulfilled need. No, they didn't do big things at corner either, but they have young players they liked and they added some potential in Morris Claiborne. At safety, though, they don't have much after striking out on Tony Jefferson in free agency. Calvin Pryor is in the last year of his contract and Marcus Gilchrist could be a salary cap casualty after the season. The 6-foot, 214-pound Adams is the best at his position in the draft and could be the leader of the Jets' secondary for years. (Last report: 2)...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or so we all thought.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GEICO SportsNite: McCown 00:00:53
After reports that QB Josh McCown left his visit with the Jets without a contract, Ray Lucas discusses if signing the veteran is a fit.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click below to listen...

 

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

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

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

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

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Smart or Disappointing 00:02:19
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing off season

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

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Jets making right moves in FA? 00:03:37
The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.

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


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

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

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

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(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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

Cadet was also weighing an offer from the Bills.

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

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Dont'a Hightower returns to Pats 00:02:26
The Daily News Live team talks about Dont'a Hightower's decision to re-sign with the defending-champion Patriots rather than the Jets.

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

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

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

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(Daniel Powers (USA Today))

Update: 

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

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

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(Steven Senne/AP)

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


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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)
Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Updates (Mar. 13)

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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