Bent, theJetsBlog.com: Over the weekend, the Jets made a roster move, claiming former Seattle Seahawks safety Ronald Martin on waivers. Jets fans might not know too much about Martin, so I've been watching film to try and get a sense of what he brings to the table.

Martin, 22, is listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds and is an undrafted rookie out of LSU. He played in four preseason games with Seattle but did not make their final roster, despite the fact that Kam Chancellor is holding out. In four years at LSU, Martin started 21 games and recorded 150 tackles and five interceptions.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Martin's career so far to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Ronald Martin?

Martin attended LSU, where he followed in the footsteps of NFL players Eric Reid and Craig Loston at the safety position. He played sparingly in his first season and then saw his role increase in year two, recording two interceptions and running one back for a score against Idaho. In year three, he became a more regular starter but then missed the last four games due to injury.

Entering his senior year, he was a full-time starter for the first time, having started eight games over the course of his first three years. While he had a solid senior year with career-bests in tackles (74) and passes defensed (nine), Martin didn't have the best pro day and went undrafted.

In Seattle, Martin worked exclusively with backups and recorded 11 tackles and two passes broken up in four preseason games before being released during final cutdowns.

Here's my observations from watching footage of Martin in action, divided into categories:

Usage

Martin has a reputation as an in-the-box safety and it's certainly true that he crept into the box a lot both while at LSU and in Seattle. However, he did play the majority of the time outside the box and also did receive plenty of direct coverage assignments. In the preseason, he was in the box on just 27 of his 135 snaps and matched up in the slot on 13.

Measurables

While he is listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 and this largely feeds into the perception of him as a strong safety type, Martin's pro day measurements were actually just 200 pounds and a half-inch over six feet tall. Any suggestion that he might have slimmed down in order to post better athletic numbers is not helped by the fact that none of his athletic numbers were any better than average and some were actually pretty poor.

Athleticism

On the field, Martin seems to close well on the ball and runs people down well in pursuit. I didn't really see any limitations from him athletically.

Coverage skills

Martin's coverage numbers are pretty good and he shows an ability to close well on the ball in direct coverage assignments. Most of the passes he gave up in coverage seemed to come in zone coverage, including a couple of crossing routes in the last game of the preseason -- a nine-yarder in front of him and a 25-yarder behind him, so maybe he can improve in terms of his anticipation and awareness.

Physicality

While I have seen Martin up at the line in press coverage, he mostly seemed to play off. There were times where he struggled to get off a block or through traffic downfield, although that might perhaps be aided by some time in a pro-level weights program. In LSU's bowl game last year, Notre Dame scored on a wide receiver screen as he was blocked completely out of the play in the slot. Also, in the preseason, he was cut to the ground by a slot receiver, allowing a running back to get to the outside for a 42-yard gain. As further evidence of his need to work on his strength, Martin lifted the bar just 10 times at his pro day.

Penalties

Penalties don't seem to be a major issue for Martin, who was not penalized at all in his senior season. He was penalized in the preseason for roughing the passer, but this was a terrible call on a clean hit.

Ball skills

Martin made a lot of plays on the ball while in college and seems to have excellent timing when breaking on intermediate routes. In terms of the interceptions he made, these all seemed to be on badly thrown balls and more or less uncontested. He also dropped one in the preseason.

Run defense

Martin was a productive tackler in college and made plenty of tackles against the run, albeit only one tackle for a loss in his entire career. During the preseason, he showed some flashes of this kind of ability, notably on a play where he came up to plug a gap after the runner tried to cut back and made the stop for a loss. On one other play, he pursued the runner across the field on an outside run to stop him for a short gain although the runner did kind of give himself up to stay inbounds.

On that play, Martin stayed at home and reacted well, but on another he run blitzed and the lineman reacted and used his momentum against him to take him out of the play. Nevertheless, there were two defenders in behind him to make the stop at the line.

Tackling

Martin can be prone to missed tackles, although he only missed two in the preseason. One of these saw him throw himself at the receiver to try and stop him shy of the marker, but he was able to slip the tackle and fall forward. That was a worthwhile gamble. On the other one, he took a slightly poor angle and failed to make the tackle as he had to stretch out with his arms rather than get his body in front of the ball carrier. This wasn't something I saw him do a lot of, and hopefully that's just a matter of adjusting to NFL speed.

In college, there was one play against Sam Houston State where he was beaten on a long out and then missed the tackle, before getting up, getting himself back into the play and then letting the same player slip out of his tackle again. While that was perhaps poor technique, you had to admire his hustle on that play, a 39-yard gain.

He made one outstanding play in the preseason, reading the pass to the flat and closing fast to blow the receiver up for a loss.

Martin forced three fumbles in college.

Blitzing

Martin had zero sacks in college and wasn't officially credited with any hurries, either. However, he did blitz three times last year and each time he did he was unblocked and able to get pressure on the quarterback. In theory, his skill-set would seem to lend itself to being effective at this. In the preseason, he rushed the quarterback twice. One of these, again unblocked, was what led to the roughing call mentioned above.

Instincts

Martin was involved in some coverage breakdowns, but obviously I can't say for sure if he was at fault. One, from college, saw him covering the slot but when the slot ran a hitch route, the outside corner came off his man running a deep post to pick that up. Martin was obviously expected to pick up the deeper route, but hesitated slightly and the deep ball went for a 44-yard gain.

Another example, from the same game, saw Dak Prescott throw a 74-yard touchdown as Martin jumped an outside route and left the slot receiver uncovered down the seam. On that play, Prescott had initially looked to scramble and two defensive backs pursued him into the backfield, leaving Martin in a no-win situation with two men to cover, but he still perhaps should have recognized this and dropped deep to concede the shorter gain.

Here's a similar issue from a preseason game against the Chargers.

At first glance, Martin (#42) isn't directly involved in the play, so it can't be his fault. However, if you go back and watch the pre-snap motion, Martin follows the tight end to the offensive right side, even though the linebacker on that side seems to indicate he's picking that guy up. As a result, both Martin and the linebacker cover that tight end and there is nobody covering the defensive right side of the field which the back leaks into.

That's obviously the communication breakdown that left the back wide open for the easy score, but it's again difficult to say for certain it was his fault.

Demeanor/Attitude

Reports are that Martin has a great attitude and work ethic and it was apparent he was looked up to as a leader by his teammates by the end of his collegiate career.

Special teams

Martin projects to be a difference-maker on special teams and did see time on four units during the preseason (kick return blocking, kick coverage, punt cover and punt rush). However, he didn't really make any contributions in his senior year, presumably because he was viewed as integral to the defense.

During the preseason, he beat his man at the line on a punt rush and drew a holding penalty while still getting pressure on the kick. However, when tasked with blocking a punt rusher off the edge on the punting unit, he got mowed down and almost allowed the punt to get blocked.

Scheme Familiarity

I'm not sure how well LSU and Seattle will prepare Martin for the demands of Todd Bowles' scheme, but the fact that he's been employed in a variety of roles bodes well. I would suggest that coverage breakdowns would be less likely in a defense like Seattle's, where the corners stick to one side and play man coverage, as opposed to one like Rex Ryan used to run that saw Revis follow the best receiver around and the Jets mix coverages around that.

Injuries

The only injury red flag on Martin is that he missed the last four games of 2013 with a broken foot. He appeared to be completely over that in 2014 and started all 13 games.

Conclusions

While it was tough to be overly positive about this move when it came in conjunction with the release of Rontez Miles -- a personal favorite -- Martin's film does display a player with good potential and a nice set of skills. I also like the fact that he is a high-character player.

With that said, the fact that he wasn't going to be on Seattle's roster even though they were a few men down in their defensive backfield doesn't paint the picture of someone who is likely to contribute much right off the bat. And he didn't get any reps against starters in the preseason, so it would be quite a leap to expect him to jump right into game action.

There's a good chance that this is just bottom-of-the-roster machinations and the Jets will eventually try and put Martin on their practice squad, perhaps even for Miles, who would appear closer to being NFL ready. While there are only four safeties on the roster at the moment, the overall secondary depth is pretty good and there might not even be that many safety reps to go around, as I pointed out here.

If Martin gets a chance to contribute on special teams and can continue to develop, he might be a nice asset going forward.

I'll be back on Sunday morning with the first BGA gameday preview of the season!

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Tom Brady/Sam Darnold
Tom Brady/Sam Darnold

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INDIANAPOLIS - Though nobody seems to know for sure, the general consensus at the NFL Scouting Combine this week is that Tom Brady will be playing somewhere other than New England this season. Maybe Las Vegas or Los Angeles, or possibly even in Tennessee.

But really, if you're a Jets fan, who cares where he goes? As long he's out of the AFC East.

No matter what the Jets do this offseason to continue the rebuilding of their team, nothing would help them more than Brady actually getting out of the division for the first time since he was drafted 20 years ago. He's been an absolute nightmare for them -- and the Dolphins and the Bills during his 19 seasons as the Patriots' starter.

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K'Lavon Chaisson
K'Lavon Chaisson

The Jets are in the need of a pass rusher this offseason, and with Ohio State's Chase Young definitely off the big board by the time No. 11 comes around, there are other options to choose from if GM Joe Douglas wishes to go that route in the first round. 

K'Lavon Chaisson out of LSU is one of those players. 

Speaking Thursday at the Combine, Chaisson talked about the prospect of playing in New York, and said he would definitely be able to adapt to big city life.

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CeeDee Lamb/Jerry Jeudy
CeeDee Lamb/Jerry Jeudy

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The NFL Scouting Combine has been in full swing this week, but the real scouting begins on Thursday when the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends kick off drills to see which prospects can stand out among the rest. 

Here's who the Jets should be keeping a close eye on when it all begins at 4 p.m...

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Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

All NFL eyes are on Indianapolis this week for the 2020 Scouting Combine, and the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends will take part in on-field workouts on Thursday.

Wide receiver is undoubtedly a position of need for the Jets, and they may already have their targets set on one of the draft's fastest players.

While listing out five Combine performances that should intrigue the Jets, ESPN's Rich Cimini listed Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, noting that the Jets 'have had their eye on him for a while.'

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Jamal Adams
Jamal Adams

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Joe Douglas said the magic words on Tuesday, that he wants Jamal Adams to be "a Jet for life." It's exactly what the 24-year-old Adams wanted to hear, especially if that means a lucrative, mega-contract is in the works.

And it probably is -- eventually. Douglas, the Jets GM, conceded he's had "some preliminary talks" with Adams' agent. And Adams has previously said he expects to sign a contract extension with the Jets this offseason.

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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets GM Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets GM Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Adam Gase sees big things for quarterback Sam Darnold in 2020. But that's only if the Jets can keep him healthy.

That's why they are so focused this offseason on what could be a complete overhaul of their offensive line.

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Georgia's Andrew Thomas has long been one of the top offensive tackles in this year's draft class, and you can be sure the Jets -- who need tons of offensive line help this offseason -- will be scouting him heavily leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Thomas let the crowd of reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday know that the Jets have already started looking into him, as he had an informal interview with the organization this week. 

"I met with the Jets," he said. "Just a lot of film, breaking down my film and little things like critiquing my technique."

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6-foot-7, 367-pound Louisville OT Mekhi Becton could be a perfect fit as the Jets look to fortify their line in front of Sam Darnold. And Becton recently met with Joe Douglas and Co.

Becton also expects to meet with the Giants.

"I just like how grimy you guys are," Becton said about New York. "Just love the New York griminess."

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Despite being at the NFL Combine and getting to look at a bunch of young talent, Jets GM Joe Douglas still feels the biggest needs for the team will come in free agency.

"Obviously, 21 UFAs, three RFAs, we have quite a few," Douglas said to SNY's Jeane Coakley on Tuesday in Indianapolis. "So this is an important week for us to get with not only those 21 guys and three RFAs and their representatives, but also others and just see what it's going to look like, so we have a lot of holes to fill moving forward."

Douglas said during his press conference at the combine that he wanted to make All-Pro safety Jamal Adams a "Jets for life," and he reiterated that sentiment later in the day with Coakley.

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As the NFL Combine gets underway in Indianapolis, large parts of each team's staff head there to scout out and interview players, including Jets head coach Adam Gase.

The Jets' first pick of the draft comes at No. 11, and will continue drafting six more times come the last weekend of April, so SNY's Jeane Coakley asked Gase what he and the organization are looking for.

"For us, the interviews are the biggest thing, you get everything else on tape..." Gase said on Tuesday. "Seeing a guy face-to-face, being able to ask him questions, really finding out his football intelligence, kinda finding out who these guys are. It's real important for the coaches and then personnel guys are able to use the numbers and watching these guys work out live to their advantage."

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When Adam Gase came into One Jets Drive as the team's new head coach last season, he knew there was going to be a learning curve. It was an entirely new coaching staff, and more specifically, an entirely new offense for his QB Sam Darnold -- among other playmakers like Le'Veon Bell -- to learn.

But Year 2 in Gase's system should be much easier for the coaches and players, and he said as much during his presser at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday. 

"I think Year 2 is usually the biggest kind of jump, whether it's a player or coach," Gase said. "It's been nice to kind of take that time off after the season, jump right into it, both sides of the ball.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas spoke Tuesday about the futures of Jamal Adams and Le'Veon Bell, being hopeful for Quincy Enunwa, pending free agent Robby Anderson and more at the NFL Combine.

Here are the takeaways...

Douglas wants Adams to be 'a Jet for life'

"We're excited about Jamal. The plan is for Jamal to be a Jet for life. We've had some preliminary talks with his agent -- not gonna get into the specifics of that. But again, the plan is for Jamal to be here a long time."

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Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy is arguably the best receiving prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft class, so media members flocked to his podium on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine to hear what he had to say before his workout and interviews with teams this week. 

Well, he may want to retract one statement.

Jeudy was seen wearing a Star of David chain around his neck, and one reporter asked him why he wears it. This was his answer:

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The NFL's offseason started in earnest on Monday, as the league descended on the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to begin preparations for the NFL Draft. When the week-long meat market is over, free agency will only be two weeks away.

The Jets obviously still have plenty of holes despite a strong finish to their 7-9 season. Here's a look at the five areas -- in order of importance -- that rookie GM Joe Douglas will need to address the most over the next few months:

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Alabama offensive lineman Jedrick Wills Jr. (74) sets up to block against Auburn defensive lineman Big Kat Bryant (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt) (Vasha Hunt/AP)
Alabama offensive lineman Jedrick Wills Jr. (74) sets up to block against Auburn defensive lineman Big Kat Bryant (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt) (Vasha Hunt/AP)

The Jets had a poor offensive line in 2019 and they waste little time addressing that in Pro Football Focus' latest mock ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Only one offensive lineman, Georgia's Andrew Thomas, is selected in the top-10 picks. He goes to the Browns at ten. That allows the Jets to nab Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills.

Here's the PFF pick explained: 

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The Jets have signed wide receiver Josh Doctson, the team announced Saturday.

Doctson, 27, began his collegiate career at Wyoming before transferring to TCU. He was drafted in the first round (22nd overall) by the Redskins in 2016 and spent three seasons with Washington. 

After catching 81 passes for 1100 yards in 33 games, Doctson was cut by the Redskins in training camp prior to the start of the 2019 season.

He landed with the Vikings after clearing waivers, but suited up for just one game and didn't catch a pass. Minnesota waived Doctson in November. 

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Oct 28, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) lines up during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Oct 28, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) lines up during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

The Jets currently have the No. 11 overall pick in the draft, but the latest mock draft from CBS Sports has Gang Green moving up to select one of the top offensive linemen available.

Josh Edwards projects the Jets could send the 11th overall pick and their 2020 third-round pick to Arizona for the eighth overall pick, where they would select Louisville offensive lineman Mekhi Becton. Here's how CBS Sports explains the move:

"New York looks at the teams sitting 8-9-10 and decides they should nab one of those offensive tackles before a run occurs. Becton is off the board in exchange for No. 11 overall and a 2020 third-round pick. They have two third-round picks following an in-season trade of Leonard Williams."

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The NFL put on a good show on Thursday, making it seem like long-term labor peace was at hand. The owners voted on a comprehensive collective bargaining agreement, complete with a 17-game schedule, expanded playoffs, and more money and better benefits for players.

They were hoping for a quick approval. But the players have responded: Not so fast.

The NFL Players Association want to head back to the bargaining table, according to a report from the NFL Network, after the union's executive committee voted 6-5 to not recommend the owners' proposal to their 32 team representatives. It was a stunning reversal, considering that is the committee that negotiated the deal the owners accepted.

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Aug 23, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 23, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Former Jets and Giants defensive lineman Damon "Snacks" Harrison will once again be looking for a new team.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Harrison is being released by the Lions after one and a half seasons with the team. 

Listed at 6-foot-3, 350 pounds, the run-stuffing specialist played 25 games with the Lions, with 24 starts. With Detroit, Harrison totaled 5.5 sacks, 49 combined tackles, eight tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

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Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Sometime in the next few days, or maybe weeks, the NFL is going to add a 17th regular season game and two more playoff teams, which in turn will add to the number of teams in playoff contention.

The NFL owners have been steamrolling in this direction for years. And for all the resistance from the players, it's long been obvious that their compliance is for sale.

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Jan 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of the NFC Wild Card playoff logo during a football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of the NFC Wild Card playoff logo during a football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Changes are reportedly coming to the NFL's playoff structure.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the current CBA proposal includes seven teams from each conference making the the playoffs (currently six teams from each conference make the playoffs), with only one team per conference getting a bye.

The new rule would add one more Wild Card team per conference (meaning the Steelers and Rams would have made the playoffs last season), while putting extra importance on securing the number one seed.

Also of note in the new CBA, the players on the teams with a first-round bye would now be compensated for that weekend, whereas they currently are not. 

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Robby Anderson
Robby Anderson

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After Jets general manager Joe Douglas spoke to Robby Anderson at the end of last season, he said "He knows how valued he is here."

But the problem for the Jets is Anderson likely knows how valued he might be everywhere else, too.

The 26-year-old Anderson is set to hit the free agent market in March as one of the top receivers available -- and possibly the top target, according to some NFL sources, depending on which receivers actually shake free. That could mean a huge contract for Anderson, who may already be priced out of the Jets' range.

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With his future in Cleveland uncertain, Odell Beckham Jr. would view the Jets as an "ideal landing spot" if the Browns trade him, reports Kristian Dyer of Sports Illustrated.

The source Dyer spoke with said Beckham isn't actively seeking a trade, but that a return to New York would be "welcomed" by him.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Dec. 12 -- when the possibility of Beckham wanting out of Cleveland first arose -- that Beckham would "not be afraid of a return to New York." Vacchiano also listed the Packers, Vikings, and Rams among potential suitors for Beckham.

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Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports  (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs doesn't seem to be too attached to his current team. 

Diggs, who expressed frustration with the Vikings in October prior to the NFL trade deadline, removed all Vikings content from his Instagram account on Tuesday night, leading people to believe that he's once again ready to move on from the team. 

The only problem is that Diggs is still under contract with the team for four more years, and has about $48 million left on the contract that he signed just this past summer.

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Le'Veon Bell's future with the Jets remains as uncertain as it was at the end of last season, when GM Joe Douglas said he'd listen if teams called about his star running back. A trade remains "unlikely" according to a source familiar with the Jets' plans, but they'd consider it for the right offer.

It's just complicated because of Bell's contract. And it all depends on how eager the Jets are to get rid of Bell -- if they're even eager at all.

It's the contract that makes it "unlikely," though. Bell, who turned 28 on Tuesday, is entering the second year of a four-year, $52.5 million contract that includes $13 million in guarantees for 2020, which would be the responsibility of his new team. The Jets would almost certainly have to eat some of that money, as they did when they traded defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the Giants for a third- and fifth-round pick back in October.

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets still haven't full closed the door on moving running back Le'Veon Bell before next season, but it could cost them to do so. 

According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Monday, the Jets have never been fully closed off to the idea of potentially trading Bell. Bell's name was tossed around in the rumor mill during the 2019 NFL trade deadline, but the Jets never pulled the trigger on any deal. 

The latest report says things are status quo. 

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As he continues to pursue his dream of playing in MLB, Mets minor league prospect and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow addressed the media on Sunday afternoon, and made some positive comments on the two young quarterbacks playing in New York.

When asked if he was "yay or nay" on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Tebow laughed at the question and then gave an encouraging answer on the No. 6 overall pick in last year's draft.

"I think he's got a lot of talent," Tebow said on Jones. "I think he was coached really well in college. I think he will continue to improve. I think continuing to get him more weapons and confidence is pretty critical."

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Daniel Brown (87) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Daniel Brown (87) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

The Jets have signed tight end Daniel Brown to a one-year contract extension, the team announced on Thursday.

Brown made seven receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown in 16 games (five starts) for the Jets in 2019. He also finished third on the team in special teams tackles with 11.

Brown, 27, was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of James Madison in 2015. He played eight games for the Ravens from 2015 to 2016 before getting claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears on Oct. 24, 2016.

In 34 career games with the Bears from 2016 to 2018, Brown made 29 receptions for 253 yards and one touchdown.

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Nov 25, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa RedBlacks defensive back Anthony Cioffi (24) tries to catch Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Chris Matthews (81) during the 106th Grey Cup game at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Nov 25, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa RedBlacks defensive back Anthony Cioffi (24) tries to catch Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Chris Matthews (81) during the 106th Grey Cup game at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

The Jets have added some secondary help, signing a former local product in safety Anthony Cioffi, the team announced on Thursday. 

The Springfield, NJ native was a four-year standout at Rutgers where he totaled 169 tackles, eight interceptions and 13 passes defended over 41 games. 

After graduating in 2016, Cioffi spent time in training camp with the Raiders in 2017. However, he would move on to the CFL, where he has been since 2018. He had a breakout year with the Ottawa Redblacks, tallying 61 defensive tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and one forced fumble over 18 games. 

The Jets don't need safety help with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye manning those positions. However, with the injuries the secondary as a whole endured last season, depth from a versatile player like Cioffi who can roam around is valuable. 

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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and while he seems to be content with that for now, it's fair to wonder if he could be a fit in New York.

"I wouldn't mind being in Detroit for a while," Golladay told USA Today's Doug Farrar. "Everything should work itself out. I'm enjoying myself."

Originally a third-round pick of the Lions in 2017, Golladay has been tremendous with Detroit. surpassing the 1,000-yard mark in two of his three pro seasons. In 2019, he caught 65 passes for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns, proving to be one of the league's best young wide receivers. He's also proven to be a big-play threat, as his 18.3 yards per reception ranked second in the NFL. 

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