Free agency is underway and the Jets have already signed a few guys that Jets fans might not know too much about. Over the next week or so (and throughout the free agent signing window), I'll be taking a closer look at each of the new signings and trying to assess what they can bring to the table for the Jets in 2013.

In case you missed it, I looked at Antonio Garay three days ago, Antwan Barnes two days ago and Mike Goodson yesterday. Today we move on to offensive lineman Willie Colon.

The 29-year old Colon is 6-3 and 315 pounds and has been with the Pittsburgh Steelers since they drafted him in the fourth round in 2006. He developed into a solid right tackle, but has been struggling with injuries over the past few years. In 2012, he moved inside to left guard and started 12 games. He looks set to compete for a starting role at one of the guard positions, with neither of last year's starters Matt Slauson or Brandon Moore expected to return.

After the jump, I'll be reviewing his career so far and looking in detail at how well he performed last season, before considering what he could provide the Jets with this year and going forward.

Who is Willie Colon?

Colon (pronounced like Cologne) is a local product who played guard at Hofstra. The Jets were apparently interested in drafting him in the late rounds in 2006, but despite not getting a combine invite, Colon was drafted in the fourth round by the Steelers.

In his rookie year, Colon did not get any playing time until the last two games of the year, where he started at right tackle. He was called for a taunting penalty, but didn't give up any sacks. In 2007, he started all 16 games at right tackle, giving up 10.5 sacks (per Stats LLC) and committing seven penalties, including five false starts.

2008 saw him develop into one of the Steelers' top linemen, as they would go on to win the Super Bowl with Colon starting all 19 games. According to PFF, Colon was their 7th best pass protecting tackle and 6th best run blocking tackle in 2008, although he was also penalized 16 times, pushing his overall grade down to 14th. Colon gave up seven sacks, but only 25 total pressures in the regular season.

In 2009, he played every snap and was even better in pass protection, giving up just six sacks and 15 total pressures to grade out as PFF's top pass protecting tackle in the NFL (and third best overall). His run blocking grade was not quite as good as in 2008, but still well above average. He also managed to cut down on the penalties but still had nine.

In June 2010, Colon suffered an Achilles tendon injury that would sideline him for the entire 2010 season. This left the Steelers with a dilemma, as his contract was set to expire. Now regarded as one of the best right tackles in the NFL, Colon was awarded a five-year, $29m contract. In 2011, he made his return, started one game - playing pretty well - and then suffered a torn triceps and ended up missing the remainder of the 2011 season as well.

This brings us to 2012, where Colon made the transition to left guard. He started the first 10 games of the year, before injuring his knee, limiting him to just one start over the last six games. Once again, he graded out positively in pass protection and for run blocking, but continued to have issues with penalties (12) as he gradually grew into his new role. Colon was set to earn $5.5m in 2013, but it was looking like the cap-strapped Steelers might still keep him. However, they eventually released him, reportedly without even attempting to restructure his deal and the Jets picked him up on a one-year deal worth $1.2m.

Let's review his performances last season before we summarize our observations to assess what he could bring to the table in 2013.

2012 Season

Week 1 – at Denver

This was a rough start for Colon. Playing against a good front seven, at altitude, in only your second game in 32 months is not ideal preparation to make your debut at a new position. He didn't help himself by false-starting twice.

They tested him early, running a stunt on his side which saw him drive the defensive tackle to the inside, but the end came underneath to make the sack. On a stunt later in the game, he just about read it in time and got enough of his man plus some help from the center coming over, to prevent a pressure. Colon had some issues in the running game - a couple of times he pulled right but couldn't create any kind of surge and the runner ran into his back and there were a couple of plays where he failed to sustain his block. There was one play in particular where it seemed like he is still adjusting to playing the guard position. At the snap, both Colon and left tackle Max Starks moved to their left and Colon's assignment was to block a linebacker. However, he didn't get far enough to the left before engaging with his man and therefore wasn't able to turn his man back to the inside. At the tackle position, you don't generally have as far to go before you set the edge.

Despite his struggles, Colon did otherwise handle his pass rushing responsibilities well. He also had a few good moments in the running game, sealing a linebacker to the inside, making a good lead block pulling to the right and peeling off a double team to make a second level block on three plays which netted 18 yards.

Week 2 – v NY Jets

Colon was much more settled in week two, although at times they had simplified his pass protection responsibilities by getting him to make double team blocks and be ready to come off the block to pick up a delayed blitz or stunting lineman. This led to him surrendering no pressure. The Steelers pulled him a couple of times as the lead blocker with David Harris his target. On one play (which was actually negated by a penalty), he blocked Harris completely out of the play but then gave him a shove, which actually enabled Harris to get back to the ball carrier (who had cut back inside) down the field. On another, at the goal line, Harris actually did a good job of getting leverage to force the runner back inside, but then Colon was able to use his strength to drive Harris inside and into the potential tackler (Bart Scott). This enabled the runner to bounce outside and around Colon's block into the endzone. His most impressive block saw him one on one with Sione Po'uha who he drove and turned to create a seam. The only real negative play was one where he allowed Kenrick Ellis to split a double team to stuff a run as Starks peeled off. There was also one play where he broke up a fight between Ellis and Maurkice Pouncey.

Week 3 – at Oakland

I was reminded of something Vladimir Ducasse said about making the transition from tackle to guard. He suggested that the hardest adjustment is that if you get half-beaten, you don't have as much space to recover. That seemed to be relevant here, as Colon picked up two holding penalties on plays (one draw play, one pass) where his man was able to get upfield on him just by getting half a step to gain the leverage advantage. He also got into a fight with Tommy Kelly, but wasn't penalized.

In the running game, he made a good pulling kickout block on a defensive end and did a good job of holding his ground against Richard Seymour to create a hole for a key fourth and short conversion. There was one play where he again wasn't able to maintain outside leverage and let his man get off the block, although that did still gain five. He gave up one pressure on a play where he was able to stay in front of his man, although Ben Roethlisberger had to step back to get the throw off.

Week 5 – v Philadelphia

In this game, Colon committed four holding penalties, mostly in pass protection. However, he was terrific in the running game, making a series of pulling or driving blocks. One on series, he made good blocks on four consecutive running plays that netted 33 yards. The first saw him pull right and get to his man's outside shoulder to force him back inside. The next one saw him turn his man to the outside the set up a run up the middle. He then drove his man off the line, turning him around in the process. Finally, he again turned his man to the outside. Perhaps his best block saw him turn his man to the inside to create a seam for a 17 yard run.

In pass protection, he was bullrushed back into Roethlisberger twice, although he still stayed in front of his man. Three of his holds saw him beaten in pass protection though, one on a spin move and two as his man got upfield on him and turned the corner. His other hold came on a run up the middle that was bottled up. On that play he didn't do a good job of engaging with his man and then reached for him with a desperation grab.

Week 6 – at Tennessee

Once again, he was much better in pass protection this week, not giving up any pressure. He also had an effective game as a run blocker. In this game, he did a good job of using the pass rusher's momentum to drive him out of the play as the Steelers ran a draw. He also drove his man off the line and to the ground on another play and did a good job of using his strength to maintain leverage at the point of attack. On another play, he initially drove his man out of the play although he then let him spin off his block at the last moment to get in on the assist downfield. There was one play where he was stood up at the line and the run didn't go anywhere and another where his man got off his block to stuff a run for a short gain.

Week 7 – at Cincinnati

Another solid game here for Colon as a run blocker, as he made a clean pulling block on a linebacker to spring a 15-yard run and kept his man on the outside as a run went up the middle. Late in the game, he had two good second level blocks to help spring 14 and 32 yard runs. In pass protection, he did give up 1.5 sacks. Geno Atkins drove him back and threw him to the ground for a half sack, although the right tackle was also cleanly beaten so it probably would have been a sack anyway. The other sack he surrendered saw the Steelers shift protection over at the last minute so that the left tackle had to pick up a linebacker coming off the edge and Colon had to move laterally to pick up a defensive end. The end (Michael Johnson) did a good job of spinning off his block to make the sack as a bullrush on the left side left the quarterback with nowhere to go.

Oh...and this happened:

Week 8 – v Washington

Colon continued to grow into his new role and have an impact in the running game. He had two excellent "seal and peel" second level blocks here on two plays that netted 23 yards. One saw him drive the linebacker to the inside and the other saw him get just enough of his man on the move to allow the runner to get outside. What was striking about these blocks was that instead of just making the usual token double team block before peeling off, he really made an effort to hit the defensive tackle hard to knock them off balance. That's the kind of nastiness that makes a difference. He made a couple of other good blocks on plays that didn't gain much yardage but there were two plays where his man got the better of him - one as the defensive tackle won the leverage battle to force the runner to redirect and another where he didn't sustain his block on a run up the middle.

Week 9 – at NY Giants

This was another good game as Colon spearheaded the running game to 158 yards and a big win. Early in the game, he had a great interior kickout block on a defensive tackle to create a seam for a 17-yard run. He then drove his man to the inside to set up a five yard run on 2nd and three. On another play he made a pulling lead block and the runner initially had nowhere to go, but remained patient and then was able to bounce outside for 12 as Colon regrouped to seal his man to the inside. There were some plays where he didn't make his block and the run was bottled up, but overall he played a big part in the win, also managing to keep a clean slate in pass protection. Ironically, the biggest run of the game - a 33-yarder that iced the contest - came on one of Colon's least impressive plays. He lost inside leverage and his man came up into the hole to blow up the run, but then missed the tackle, letting the runner escape into the open field.

Week 10 – v Kansas City

Once again Colon had a big impact in the running game. Again he wasn't perfect, but had more positive than negative plays. His best block was a perfectly timed pulling block where he hit the linebacker in the hole to set up a 17-yard run.

Colon had another good game in pass protection, with the only pressure he surrendered being on an early release for a screen pass. On another play, he blocked his man in pass protection well and then sealed him to the inside as Roethlisberger took off on a 14-yard scramble, although he may have been lucky to get away with a hold. He definitely frustrated Dontari Poe in this game, as he appealed for a holding penalty on a number of occasions. However, Colon did get called for a hold early in the game as his man again got outside leverage and then compounded that by cursing the official to draw another flag. He also showed good hustle to recover a fumble.

Week 11 – v Baltimore

At that point of the season, Colon was again grading out among the league leaders at his position for pass protection and run blocking. However, he finished the year with two poor games. Not helping was the fact that he injured his knee on this play, which he implied was a cheap shot by Terrell Suggs:

That actually happened in the fourth quarter and although he finished the game and was active for the next three weeks, kept him off the field until week 14.

Despite the fact he graded out poorly, the Steelers still ran for 134 yards, almost 30 more than their average output at that stage of the season. He lost leverage a couple of times and didn't always sustain his blocks. The Ravens also exploited his lack of experience at the position as Suggs hit Roethlisberger after stunting underneath Colon and James Ihedigbo sacked him on an overload blitz where Colon blocked the same guy as the center, leaving Digs unblocked. He also had a holding penalty on a running play.

Week 14 – v San Diego

Colon had to have his knee drained a couple of times and his return to the lineup in week 14 only lasted 23 snaps as it was clear he was struggling with his lateral movement, giving up three pressures in pass protection (having only given up 11 total pressures in his first 10 games). He false started for the first time since the opener and let his man get off his block to make an assist on 3rd and short after initially having driven him back only to fall over.

Observations

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

Usage - As noted, Colon played guard in college. He also has experience as a defensive tackle. He played right tackle from 2006 to 2011 and moved to left guard for 2012. The Steelers do not run unbalanced line formations, so he hasn't played as an extra tight end or on the left side.

Athletic Ability - Colon is pretty good on the move, especially considering his size. However, his strength is his most impressive attribute. There were a lot of examples of plays where it looked like he was going to lose leverage, but managed not to with pure upper body strength. In fact, he sometimes relies on his athletic ability to make up for poor footwork or technique. That's not to suggest he's a bad technician, these were just plays where he was either slow to react or got thrown off balance by a defender. It might explain some of his penalties though.

Run Blocking - The book on Colon is that he has short arms and that probably contributes to him losing the leverage battle at times. However, his strength often enables him to overcome this. Colon had more and more success with the left guard staple blocks (pulling lead block to the right, seal-and-peel block at the second level) as the season went along and he really seemed to get more comfortable at the guard position. He doesn't always sustain his blocks and maybe isn't always dominant as a drive-blocker, but he definitely had more positive than negative blocks. The most impressive aspect of Colon's 2012 season as a run blocker is that he hardly ever allowed any penetration.

Pass Protection - Colon's pass protection numbers were solid after his move to guard. He ended up with the 18th best Pass Blocking Efficiency rating among NFL guards. Not bad considering it was his first season in that role. A lot of the pressure he gave up came in a situation where he had to pick up another player due to a stunt or overload or from bullrushes where he stayed in front of his man so it was rare for his man to get by him one-on-one for a pressure (although admittedly he did resort to holding to prevent that on a number of occasions).

Scheme Familiarity

Although the Steelers were known for their man-blocking scheme in the Alan Faneca era, they have been incorporating some zone read stuff in their system since 2007 (and are actually talking about a shift towards more zone blocking in 2013, which may be one of the reasons Colon was let go). Colon joins a team that figures to be playing the West Coast Offense, although Marty Mornhinweg recently indicated that they will run multiple schemes. Under Todd Haley (who ironically almost joined the Jets last year before accepting the Steelers offensive coordinator job), the Steelers did introduce some West Coast elements to their offense although they still threw downfield a lot. All of that should mean that last year was good preparation for Colon to come in and pick up the Jets system, which is expected to be heavily West Coast Offense-influenced and with plenty of zone/stretch run blocking.

Instincts - Considering he was playing a position he hadn't played since college (seven years ago) Colon did seem to handle situations where he had to react to a blitz or something reasonably well, although he was caught out by a few exotic pass rush schemes.

Attitude - Much like the other three signings, Colon has a fiery attitude and comes to the Jets with what he calls a "big-ass chip" on his shoulder. There were several examples of him getting into fights (including one in Steelers camp) and the Vontaze Burfict incident shown above is something Steelers fans loved him for:

"I was hungry and tired of losing on the road," Colon said, referring to the Steelers’ 0-3 start away from home. "If I’ve got to start a fight to get this team going, I’ve got no problem doing it. … For me, if I have to be the bully, I have no problem doing it."

Conclusions

Colon was an outstanding right tackle, but his injuries have really hurt the Steelers over the last few seasons. Even last year, as soon as he got hurt, Starks went downhill, which can't be a coincidence. After two years with just one appearance, it's encouraging that he managed to start 11 games last year. The knee injury was nothing serious and he played some good games, so it seems like he has put the effects of the heel and arm injuries behind him, although they may be part of the reason he moved inside. These things do add up over time and the Jets probably can't count on him being healthy all year.

The other concern about Colon is penalties. He has 44 in 62 starts. It does seem like he's cut down on the false starts - he had 15 from 2007 to 2009 but only three last year, two of which were in the opener (his first game at the guard position). However, his seven accepted holding penalties last year were a career high. Mind you, only two of those came after the fourth game of the year, so it seems like he made the adjustment there - although I would caution that there were several plays where a hold could have been called or was appealed for by a defender.

The most positive thing about Colon is that he seemed to get better as the season went on, suggesting that he was getting comfortable at the guard position and growing nicely into the role. That could make this a potential high-upside move. He got better in pass protection, had more of a direct impact in the running game and cut back on the penalties as the season went on. The season did end on a sour note with two rough performances, but there were other reasons for those - mostly injury related.

If Colon can stay healthy and play as well as he did last year, then he should be a good starter for the Jets at guard. (The possibility of using him at tackle in an emergency is a bonus). However, that's far from certain so the Jets would be smart to add more depth on the interior, unless they're higher on Ducasse and Caleb Schlauderaff than any of us realize. If he is healthy then he could even surpass last year's performance because a lot of his struggles last year were attributable to learning a new position and I don't see him as the finished article yet, even though he's still capable of making an impact.

This looks like another low-risk move with potentially high rewards. It will be interesting if the Jets continue to target players that fit this description.

Tags: BGA, Editorial Aside, Bent Double

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But during the ex-Jet's stunning interview on WOR radio on Thursday night he didn't blame football specifically for his condition. In fact he praised the sport and insisted his problems could've been prevented. He said he knows there's a way to make the incredibly dangerous game of football safe for everyone.

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Jets fans clamoring for Woody Johnson to give up control of the Jets may finally get their wish, but even with him planning to spend the next three years an ocean away, his departure is unlikely to have any tangible effect on the team.

The 69-year-old Johnson was officially named the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom by President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon. It was a move that had been rumored for weeks and hardly surprising considering that Johnson is a major donor and fundraiser for Trump and the Republican Party.

Johnson declined to address the possibility of this position when he met with the media shortly after his Jets completed their miserable, 5-11 season, and he hasn't spoken publicly on his future plans for the franchise. However, Pro Football Talk recently reported that he planned to give over control of the Jets to his younger brother, Christopher Wold Johnson. Neil Glat, the team president who handles most of the business operations and reported directly to Woody Johnson, could see an increase in power, too.

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Jets dismal 5-11 season left them heading into an offseason of uncertainty with a high draft pick and seemingly little hope. At the moment, there are far more questions about their plans and the future than there are acceptable answers.

But since you asked, I'll give it a shot anyway in the first offseason edition of my SNY Jets Twitter mailbag. Part I ran on Wednesday. Here, as promised, is Part II:

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Mel Kiper's first Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore with the sixth overall pick.

Kiper notes that the 6'1", 190-pound Lattimore "jumped to the top" of his rankings with a stellar season, adding that Lattimore has "all the traits to be a star."

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets' dismal 5-11 season left them heading into an offseason of uncertainty with a high draft pick and seemingly little hope. At the moment, there are far more questions about their plans and the future than there are acceptable answers.

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Marshall, in the final year of his contract with the Jets, told the show that he is one of the top receivers in the game, and that he is in fact underpaid for what his statistics show. 

 

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The Jets and head coach Todd Bowles, after a tumultuous year of losing and locker room discontent, have "a lot to soul searching" to do going into next season, former Jets offensive lineman Willie Colon told The JetsBlog Podcast. 

Defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson both had various off-field issues this season, which Colon said is a problem with both themselves as individuals and how the team has handled them.

"The problem with Sheldon and Mo, and I talk about them candidly because I know those guys, I respect them as individuals, Colon said. "But the biggest problem they have, they feel what they do off the field shouldn't matter about their play on the field. That's the lack of accountability and maturity."

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The Jets have hired defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, the team announced Wednesday.

Wilson, 34, was the Rams' DBs coach this past season.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Position coaches often fly under the radar, but don't ignore the impact of this one because Dennard Wilson has a big job ahead of him. He has to rebuild a Jets secondary that was a mess last season, and he'll have to do it either without Darrelle Revis or with Revis trying to transition from cornerback to safety.

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets still don't know who their quarterback will be when the 2017 season begins, but the consensus inside their front office seems to be that whoever it is didn't finish the 2016 season on the roster. Their quarterback of the immediate future, at least, is likely to come from the outside.

Just who that will be is still unknown, and there are many options being considered, according to team sources. There is a lot of internal support for Mike Glennon, the 27-year-old Bucs backup who will become a free agent on March 9. But even if he emerges as the object of the Jets' desire, he could be prohibitively expensive. The Bills, Browns and 49ers all figure to be in the market for a quarterback. Maybe a few other teams, too, like the Bears.

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Former Steeler Willie Colon rips Antonio Brown for being more worried about himself than the team after posting a video of Mike Tomlin.

Jets WR Brandon Marshall criticized Steelers WR Antoino Brown for the postgame locker room Facebook video that Brown posted following Pittsburgh's win over Kansas City on Sunday.

"You would never see this in New England, right?" Marshall said on last night's episode of Showtime's Inside the NFL. "What it does is it keeps the New England Patriots on task. It keeps them marching in a single-file line: 'This is the New England way, and this is how we do things.' 

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The Jets and Hurtt never reached an agreement after Hurtt reportedly declined an extension with the Bears, according to Cimini.

The Jets fired OLB coach Mark Collins, along with four other assistants, after the season.

Hurtt served as an assistant coach at Louisville, Miami and Florida International.

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New York Jets guard Brian Winters (67) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Brian Winters would've been one of the better guards on the free agent market and he could've cashed in even bigger than the four-year, $29 million deal he got from the Jets. 

But instead of looking for more money and maybe a better situation, the 25-year-old Winters decided to stay put because he believes that, despite the misery of the Jets' 5-11 season, there are much better days for the franchise ahead.

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New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update (Jan. 17)

12:15PM: Winters received a four-year, $29 million contract extension, including $15 million guaranteed, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN

The $15 million guaranteed is the tenth-largest guarantee for a guard.

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The Jets are expected to have interest in Buccaneers backup quarterback Mike Glennon, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Glennon, 27, is an unrestricted free agent after playing behind Jamesis Winston the last two seasons in Tampa Bay.

As a starter, Glennon has a career record of 5-13.

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The Daily News Live panel makes its prognostications on the NFL Divisional Round games this weekend.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at the two AFC divisional-round playoff games this weekend:

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Latest Update

11:27 p.m: Eric Studesville has decided to remain with the Broncos as the team's running back coach, according to Mike Klis of 9News.

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The Jets interviewed Studesville for their vacant offensive coordinator position, reports Rich Cimini of ESPN.

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 (Brad Penner (USA Today))
(Brad Penner (USA Today))

Attracting a new offensive coordinator might not be easy for the Jets, writes Brian Costello in the NY Post.

"The view in league circles is the Jets are going to have a tough time convincing any candidate with options to take the job because of how they compare with other teams looking for an offensive coordinator," writes Costello.

Costello notes that there haven't been any reports or other indications that any candidate has turned down an interview request from the Jets, but says the job is viewed as unattractive due in part to head coach Todd Bowles' job security and the unsettled quarterback situation.

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by former New York Jets guard and current SNY Analyst Willie Colon for a deep dive into the Jets locker room. They talk about the best leaders on the current team, what to do about Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, the mindset of a player making a position change, and much more as a busy offseason for Gang Green gets going. 

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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(USA TODAY)

The Jets have signed LB Frank Beltre to a reserve/future deal, the team announced Friday.

Beltre, 26, spent time with the Chargers in 2013 and Raiders in 2014, and played with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL from 2014 to 2016.

The Jets agreed to reserve/future deals with WR DeShon Foxx, FB Julian Howsare, and WR Myles White on Wednesday.

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(USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Coming off a miserable season, the Jets are in a difficult offseason position. They don't project to have much cap room, at least until they start cutting some high-priced players. And whatever cap room they do create might have to be spent on the quarterback they so obviously and desperately need.

And since they'll have to replace many of the players they cut, they may not have much room to re-sign their own players. The good news, though, is coming off a miserable, 5-11 season it's not like they have a lot of unrestricted free agents they absolutely can't live without.

There are a couple worth bringing back, though. Here's a look at their list of free agents, and how hard they might try to re-sign them...

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Geno Smith, Kellen Davis, Marcus Williams, Mike Catapano, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum
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(William Hauser)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Leonard Williams was one of the few bright spots in the Jets' mostly dismal season. And now the 22-year-old defensive end is being rewarded for that with a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Williams, the youngest player to ever be voted by his Jets teammates as their MVP, was named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad on Thursday as a replacement for injured Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack

Williams, who was voted a first alternate, had seven sacks for the Jets this season. For most of the season he was the best player on the Jets' disappointing defensive line...

Tags: Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)

We've looked at some of the roster decisions facing the Jets as we head into the offseason over the past few weeks. Readers overwhelmingly voted to keep Eric DeckerNick Mangold and David Harris and to dump Darrelle Revis, but were torn on Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson. How about some of the other decisions facing the front office and coaching staff?

Of course young players like Leonard Williams and Darron Lee or players that performed well in 2016 like James Carpenter and Bilal Powell will return in 2017, but that about those whose performance was more disappointing?

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Deon Simon, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Erin Henderson, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall invited the Giants' wide receivers down to his house in Miami during Tuesday's episode of "Inside the NFL."

"I want to say thank you," Marshall said. "Thank you to the New York Giants wide receivers for taking all of the attention off of myself and my fellow Jets. I have a place in Miami...You guys are awesome. Thank you."

 

 

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Should Jets draft Watson? 00:03:10
Willie Colon and Jon Hein argue about who the Jets should draft with their first-round pick.

Willie Colon and Jon Hein talk about who the Jets should draft with their first-round pick...


 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

 

LB David Harris had 95 tackles in 15 games for the Jets this season, which was his 10th with the team.

The 32-year-old had just 0.5 sacks in 2016 after racking up 4.5 in 2015 and 6.0 in 2014.

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 (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Nick Mangold missed eight games due to ankle injuries this past season, last playing on Dec. 5 against the Colts.

The 32-year-old Mangold has a cap hit of $9.075 million next season, after which he is eligible for free agency.

So, should he stay or should he go?

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Oct 15, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) attempts a pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
Oct 15, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) attempts a pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

University of North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky has declared for the NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Manish Mehta of the Daily News reported in December that the Jets are believed to have a strong interest in Trubisky. 

"They got their eyes set on the North Carolina quarterback," a rival scout told Mehta. "The Jets are all over this kid. All over him. They'll probably deny it if you ask, but they love that kid. That's their guy. They're not going to get him though, because I think that kid is going to get over-drafted."

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New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Cornerback Darrelle Revis finished off the 2016 season with 53 combined tackles but had just one turnover (an interception), which came in the final week of the regular season. 

All year, the 31-year-old corner dealt with questions about his inconsistent play and effort. He has three years left under his current deal and would not become an unrestricted free agent until 2020, when he is 34. 

So, should he stay or should he go?

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett kick off 2017 with a "now what?" podcast after a horrible season. They react to the Woody Johnson and Mike Maccagnan media gatherings, examine the recent coach departures, and take an early look at how the Jets can properly re-build their franchise.


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Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets logo prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets logo prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets will sign CFL linebacker Frank Beltre to a reserve/futures contract, reports Adam Caplan of ESPN.

Beltre, originally an undrafted free agent out of Towson University, spent brief tenures with the Chargers and Raiders before heading to the CFL in 2014. 

He had 19 tackles and three sacks in nine games with Calgary this past season. 


Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (55) reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens in October. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports) (Noah K. Murray)
Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (55) reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens in October. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports) (Noah K. Murray)

Jets coach Todd Bowles is hiring former Bears assistant Clint Hurtt to coach the outside linebackers, according to Alex Marvez of Sporting News

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Sheldon Richardson had 62 tackles 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 15 games for the Jets this past season.

He also engaged in a locker room feud with WR Brandon Marshall.

So, should he stay or should he go?

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(William Hauser)

Brandon Marshall had 59 receptions for 788 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games for the Jets this past season.

Dealing with hip and shoulder injuries for most of the season, his production was down from his record-setting 2015 campaign, when he reeled in 109 catches for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Before 2015, the 32-year-old Marshall had recorded double-digit touchdowns three times before in his career -- twice with the Bears (2012 and 2013), and once with the Broncos (2009).

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Sheldon Richardson
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GEICO SportsNite: Mike Maccagnan 00:02:16
Jeane Coakley catches up with Jets GM Mike Maccagnan to discuss their disappointing 2016 season and looking forward to 2017.

Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty (9) and Christian Hackenberg warm up before a preseason game. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty (9) and Christian Hackenberg warm up before a preseason game. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Christian Hackenberg, the Jets second-round draft choice last year, "will never make it", an unidentified Jets starter told the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The comment came a week after a Jets source told ESPN that Hackenberg, taken with the 51st overall pick out of Penn State, couldn't "throw the ball into the ocean."

General manager Mike Maccagnan, who was retained along with coach Todd Bowles by Jets owner Woody Johnson, will be under intense pressure to fix the QB situation during the offseason.

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(Bill Wippert/AP)

Eric Decker had nine catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns this past season, with his season ending after Week 3 due to a rotator cuff injury that required surgery.

Before undergoing the rotator cuff surgery, the 29-year-old Decker also had surgery on his hip, and it's unclear whether he'll be 100 percent for the start of next season.

Decker joined the Jets before the 2014 season, when he had 74 catches for 962 yards and five touchdowns. In 2015, he had 80 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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Chip Kelly a fit with Jets? 00:00:46
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein debate whether or not Chip Kelly would be a good fit with the Jets on their offensive staff.

The Eagles have denied the Jets' request to interview QB coach John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator vacancy, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

DeFilippo finished his first season as Eagles QB coach following one year as the Browns' offensive coordinator and three years as the Raiders' QB coach.

DeFilippo worked with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz in 2016, as the former No. 2 pick threw for 3,782 yards (most among rookies), 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions (tied for ninth in the league).

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(William Perlman/NJ Advance Media )

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said he was disappointed with the team's 5-11 finish this season, and wouldn't put a timetable on when they would be a perennial contender.

"We're obviously not happy with our record. But I do think we made some progress [with the youth]," Maccagnan told reporters while alluding to players such as OL Brandon Shell and CB Juston Burris. "We have some pieces we feel good about."

Maccagnan said he felt comfortable signing Ryan Fitzpatrick this past offseason, noting that all options -- internal and external -- will be on the table for 2017 at quarterback.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson
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Woody Johnson on keeping Bowles 00:02:36
Jets owner Woody Johnson discusses the Jets' disappointing season, his decision to keep Todd Bowles and the team's future plans.

Jets owner Woody Johnson expressed confidence in head coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan while speaking with reporters on Thursday.

"They will get this done, in my opinion," Johnson said about Bowles and Maccagnan.

"I have confidence in Todd Bowles," Johnson added. "I'm still very much in his corner. ...I think he's going to get better. I'm happy to have him and Mike. ...they have a plan to make the team better. They have a way to judge accountability and judge performance."

Johnson said there's no mandate for the Jets to make the playoffs next season, noting that mandates don't work, but added that he's "in the game of winning."

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The Jets worked out Olympic sprinter and projected wide receiver Tre Houston on Thursday, a source told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News.

Houston, who worked out with the Chiefs last week, was also given a physical by the Jets.

The 26-year-old Houston is a native of Bermuda.


 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

The Jets have signed former Assumption College long snapper Zach Triner to a reserve/future contract, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

Triner got a tryout with the Houston Texans last spring, but did not make the team.

The Jets brought Triner in for a workout in early December.


Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Anunike (68) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys)
Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Anunike (68) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys)

Latest Update (Jan. 4)

The Jets have signed K Ross Martin to a reserve/future contract for 2017, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon. Martin connected on four of his six field goal attempts during the preseason. The Jets cut him on Aug. 28.

Previous reports (Jan. 2)

The Jets have signed five players to reserve/future contracts for 2017, the team announced Monday afternoon.

All five players were signed to the team's practice squad in December, while two of them originally signed with New York following the 2016 NFL Draft.

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NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)
NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Jets C Kevin Mawae is one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017, the NFL announced Tuesday night during its Gold Jacket Finalists special on the NFL Network.

After beginning his career in Seattle, Mawae arrived in New York in 1998 and spent the next eight seasons with the Jets. During those eight years, Mawae made six Pro Bowls and was a five-time First Team All-Pro.

The center finished his career in Tennessee, making another two Pro Bowls and being named First Team All-Pro twice more.

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Does Marshall deserve blame? 00:02:37
Daily News Live analyzes the recent remarks made by wide receiver Brandon Marshall about the Jets disappointing 2016 season.

Brandon Marshall made his scheduled appearance on Showtime's Inside the NFL following the conclusion of the Jets' 2016 season on Tuesday night.

Among the topics Marshall addressed were when he first saw the season begin to slip away, experiencing the other side of the New York media, his relationship with Sheldon Richardson and what he learned from this season.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Sheldon Richardson
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