Every now and then, Bent's Game Analysis likes to branch out and investigate CBA or salary cap issues in depth. In light of the fact that some of the 2011 first rounders have started to receive long-term contract extensions, we're going to assess what this means for Muhammad Wilkerson.

A couple of days ago, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson became the first of the players selected in the first round of the 2011 draft to receive a contract extension. Under the new CBA rules, it was not permitted to extend these players until after their third season in the league. Peterson was reported to have received a five-year extension worth $70m and with $48m in guarantees. Then, yesterday, came the first signs that the floodgates might open for the elite players from that class, when Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith received an extension that was reported by some sources as a mind-boggling $110m, eight-year deal with $40m in guarantees.

This is obviously going to get people talking about when Wilkerson will get his extension and what it might look like.

Let's get one important thing out of the way before the jump, though. There is no controversy, no threat of a holdout and no signs that Wilkerson is disgruntled or that anything of that nature on the horizon. No matter how hard the media try to manufacture something that isn't there, that's clearly not an issue right now, so this article merely addresses the financial impact of the deals made so far.

After the jump, we reveal how those contracts, as usual, are not quite as big as the initially-reported numbers would lead you to believe and try to assess where this leaves Wilkerson in terms of the timing, size and structure of his pending contract extension.

Introduction

Before we start, a quick recap of the current landscape for 2011 first round picks. These were the first draftees to have their rookie deals come under the new CBA, which puts significant restrictions on the types of clauses you can include, when you can restructure the deals and how they can be structured. Until the end of the 2013 season, teams were not permitted to restructure or extend any of these deals, but now that we're past that date, teams are under pressure to extend players like JJ Watt, whose current salary isn't really commensurate with his production and impact.

Unless someone selected in the first round of that draft has been a disappointment, it was a no-brainer for teams to exercise the team option available to them at the end of that third season. That adds a fifth year to the player's contract, keeping them under team control through 2015, with an option to franchise them still existing at the end of the deal. The salary in that fifth season is based on an average of the top salaries at each player's position with top ten picks seeing their salary based on the average of the top 10 but picks 11-32 based on the top 25, excluding the top two.

Media speculation was that in most cases this will mean teams will try and keep the player on their original deal as long as possible, especially in light of the fact these average salaries were potentially going to be lower than previously expected. However, while that might happen in a few cases, it's more likely that teams just use this as leverage to get an extension inked at the appropriate time. For some teams, that time is now, whereas for others it will be next year. Teams and players were well aware of the fifth team option at the time the rules were introduced and when the first contracts were signed, so those teams that have exercised options likely won't have surprised anyone and would have limited effect on the contractual expectations of all involved parties.

Reviewing the Peterson deal

As noted, Peterson's deal was reported as a five-year extenstion, worth $70m and with $48m in potential guarantees. However, PFT got the details and the most important thing to note is that the extension is effectively bolted onto the end of his existing contract, so Peterson remains under contract for seven years, during which time he is due to earn approximately $82m.

So, yes, the extension is worth $14m per year in new money (and he actually got $10,000 per year over that amount so he could claim to be the highest paid), but the effect is that he'll be earning under $12m a year.

The main reason this distinction has to be made is because the team is using the leverage having him under control for a few more years provides them with to keep the total contract value down. Peterson does receive his signing bonus (just over $15m) now - and $3m counts against the current cap - but otherwise his salaries for the next two years would basically be the same. I assume the salary they're giving him for 2015 is a rough approximation of what they expect the average of the top ten salaries will be at that point. ($11.6m sounds about right).

You need to be able to differentiate between new money and total contract value to cut through the propaganda where people with agendas can massage the figures to make it look like a good deal for the team and a bad deal for the player or vice versa. As an example, when David Harris signed for $9m per year, people compared that to Patrick Willis, who had signed a $53m deal over seven years. However, Willis had two years and $3m left on his contract when he signed that deal so really it was $10m per year in new money. At the same time, Harris had played his contract right to the end, so he was only really set to earn $7.4m per year over a five year period.

The final point is in respect of guarantees. The $48m doesn't constitute full guarantees, at least at the outset. Obviously the $15m signing bonus is fully guaranteed and his 2014 salary was already guaranteed. Beyond that, his 2015, 2016 and 2017 salaries are guaranteed for injury only and will become fully guaranteed as he reaches the beginning of each season. It looks like his workout bonuses have been included in the guarantees as well.

Reviewing the Tyron Smith deal

As noted, Smith was reported to have received an eight-year deal and $110m. However, Jason from OTC has the actual details here. The most important distinction to make here is that the $110m includes the money he was already due to receive over the last two years of his deal. In addition, the eight years are bolted onto the end of these two years. So...he is actually getting $110m but over ten years.

So, in new money, he's getting $98m over eight years. Even that's somewhat misleading though, because the last two years have high salaries totalling over $27m and include zero guarantees. So, it's essentially a much-more-in-line-with-the-current-market $70m extension over six years. Of course, by 2022 (wow!) inflation and rising salary caps generally could make those final two years reasonable, if Smith's level of play is still considered elite into his thirties. Note: Smith will be 30 in 2020, which is also the year that the current CBA expires.

You don't often get deals longer than six years these days, because bonus money can only be prorated for six years under the current rules. Therefore, it is probably a good gamble for the Cowboys to tack those extra two years onto the end of the deal where there are no comparables. Dallas is a rare case of a team where the agents will want the deal to look as big as possible, but also the Cowboys owner will relish letting everyone know he's writing a nine-figure sum in his checkbook without blinking.

That $70m compares favorably with the extension the Jets gave to D'Brickashaw Ferguson which was worth a maximum of $73.6m over six years, but really was worth $60m. However, since this was signed four and a half years ago, that's just a sign of how the top end of the tackle market has moved. You may recall that the Ferguson deal was bashed by Team Revis (via PFT) because of the lack of "fully guaranteed" money, but the rolling guarantees structure is something adopted commonly these days, including in the Peterson deal above. Again, Ferguson got his extension with two years remaining on his deal but it didn't kick in until the last year of the deal.

Smith's deal does have full guarantees in the first two years (which is actually the last year of his existing deal and the first year of the eight-year extension), but when added to his signing bonus, these still only comprise $22m rather than the reported $40m. The difference is attributable, it would seem, to his already-guaranteed 2014 salary, workout bonuses and his 2016 salary which is another rolling guarantee.

The key to these deals and pretty much every big money deal that has been signed recently is that they do allow the teams to use the leverage of the years remaining on the deal to keep the contract value down. As Jets fans, we need to remove ourselves from the mindset of the advisors for Darrelle Revis (and to a lesser extent Leon Washington) whereby those players expected to have their existing deal torn up and a new deal starting from that point.

Such deals are extremely rare at this point, but Revis used the threat of a holdout - something which has been somewhat mitigated by the more stringent anti-holdout measures in the new CBA - to leverage this situation a couple of times. His four-year extension in 2010 came with three years remaining on his deal. So, basically, it was a one-year extension for $25m in new money. On this occasion, his advisors could not afford to portray the contract in that light because Revis had actually painted himself into a corner by telling New York media that he wouldn't be seeking $20m per year because that was "ridiculous".

The deal Smith signed is somewhat reminiscent of the deal Revis reportedly turned down in 2010. He was reported by Newsday's Bob Glauber to have received an offer for 10 years and $122m (obviously including the three years and $21m remaining on his deal). That would have enabled the deal to be described as a $100m extension and $14.4m per year in new money. Revis and his team turned down the deal on the basis that there was no full guarantees, despite the fact the Jets claimed to be flexible on structure. In the modern market, these kind of deals are being made with elite players with Revis merely the exception that proves the rule.

Watt's on the horizon?

A lot of people are anticipating that the Jets will either (a) want to wait until JJ Watt gets his extension, so that his deal can set the market, or (b) want to rush to get the deal done before Watt gets his extension, so that his deal doesn't drive prices upwards.

The speculation about the possible size of his deal is widespread, ranging from OTC's projection that he gets a short term $14.5m per year extension to Spotrac's suggestion that his true value is $23m per year and Joel Corry's suggestion that even this is undervalued.

Ultimately, I've got a sneaking suspicion that Watt might have shot himself in the foot with his recent comments about how dedicated he is to being the best player he can be and the Texans might just insist on him playing out his deal and then franchise him and let some other team do the negotiation for them, pocketing two first round picks if they decide not to match. Either way, I don't think the Jets should let the Watt situation dictate their thinking in respect of Wilkerson.

One more thing to take into account with regard to Watt and Wilkerson is that they were not top ten picks, so their option year salary is going to be less than for Smith and Peterson, thereby giving the Jets and Texans a little extra leverage.

Conclusions

While these recent deals might have had some eye-popping numbers to make us wonder what Wilkerson might be worth, digger deeper there's some good news. While Wilkerson's eventual deal will almost certainly produce some shocking baseline numbers, these deals suggest that at least teams are structuring these deals to take into account the remaining years on the deal.

Both Peterson and Smith are interesting cases who cannot really claim to be the best at their position, but are in the upper echelon and still young enough to continue to improve. Wilkerson is at least that good and arguably better - although the fact he is yet to make a pro bowl and has the lower salary in year five hurts his bargaining position a little. He's also difficult to find a comparison for because he plays both as a tackle and defensive end.

These new deals are right at the top end for their respective positions, but at least they are not driving those prices upwards, which is another good sign. In fact, Jason wrote today how Smith's deal doesn't really make him the highest paid.

In a lot of these cases, the additional cap room required upfront has been extremely low. The Jets have the luxury of plenty of cap space remaining in the current year, so may opt to increase salaries in 2014 or 2015 rather than pay a big signing bonus (or, better still, pay it as a roster bonus so Wilkerson doesn't have to wait for his game checks to reap the rewards). However, I wonder if the team will be reluctant to do this given how they were burned by Revis claiming he was underpaid twice based on his current year salary/cap number without accounting for his frontloaded deal. As you can roll money forwards with no limits, it might be better for the Jets to make a deal with a similar structure to these recent ones and draw on their current surplus cap room over the next few years as Wilkerson's cap charges rise, eating into their current year surpluses.

As noted, it's difficult to pin a value on Wilkerson, but I've been suggesting 75% of whatever Watt might get as a reasonable ballpark figure. On the basis of the OTC and Spotrac projections, this would put him on a deal of somewhere between $10.5m and $17m per year. If we split the difference and call it a five year, $13.75m deal that would work out as just under $11m per year over the next seven years, assuming they take into account the existing two years on his deal.

Looking around the league, that seems reasonable based on the values of some other top contracts. Calais Campbell got a five-year extension for $11m per year, as did Gerald McCoy. Haloti Ngata and Ndamukong Suh both had deals with an average value of over $12m but less than $13m. Remember, these are the values of their extensions and don't account for the years remaining on their existing deal when signed. The only defensive linemen in the league with average contract values over $13m are Mario Williams (who clearly seems to be established as an outlier) and Greg Hardy (who was franchised).

On the basis of these deals, it would be very difficult to push the value of Wilkerson's deal above $13m and even if it was at that level, less than $11m per year over the next seven years is affordable, especially with the cap surplus they already have. Taking into account Wilkerson's reputation, production and attitude, I'd say he can make a convincing argument that he deserves the same kind of money as Campbell and McCoy, perhaps with a small inflationary bump, but likely not more than that. Maybe a deal like that given to Chris Long (just over $12m per year) is a realistic target.

With other deals happening that are being structured in a way that would seem to suit the Jets, a deal could in theory be completed any time. Now the challenge is for the two sides to come to some kind of agreement that works for both sides. Let's hope that happens behind the scenes.

Previously: Salary Cap Update: If a storm is brewing, will Mo be high and dry? [TJB

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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In the case that Johnson is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate, he would hand over his duties as Chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, who will directly oversee the team's day-to-day operations.

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Bowles has been left with a young team following the Jets' roster purge that including veterans like C Nick Mangold and LB David Harris. With his job possibly in jeopardy, he has been putting emphasis on working harder.

"It's completely different from the last couple years," Richardson said at minicamp. "A lot more strict now. We weren't loose [in the past], but it's a lot more strict now. It's even more enforced than what it has been in the past."

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Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morning in Manhattan for his alleged role in a nightclub attack that took place on April 2, according to TMZ Sports.

Mauldin, who is also being sued in civil court, was not arrested or charged after the incident. The Jets said earlier this month that they're aware of the lawsuit but had no further comment.

An NFL spokesman told ESPN's Rich Cimini that the league is looking into the incident. 

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Former Jets LB David Harris has agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots worth $6.75 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Patriots offered Harris more than the Jets offered him earlier this month prior to his release, reports Mike Florio of NBC Sports.

Harris visited with the Patriots on Wednesday after speaking with head coach Bill Belichick (and coaches from five other teams) earlier this week, notes Florio.

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The Jets were one of the worst pass-rushing teams in the NFL last year, finishing the season wtih just 27 sacks, and only 5.5 of them coming from the team's outside linebackers.

Todd Bowles brought in former NFL linebacker Kevin Greene as New York's new linebackers coach, and Greene has already expressed optimism towards his young group of players.

"The sky's the limit for all my kids," Greene told Daniel Popper of the Daily News. "I'm teaching my kids technique and fundamentals not based on athletic ability and skill. It's based on physicality. It's based on drive and desire and want-to and being a student of the game. ... All my kids can really be as good they want to be."

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The Jets have signed former Bears WR Marquess Wilson, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Wilson only played in three games last season as he was on the IR with a broken foot. He is a big target, standing at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, and will add some competition before training camp begins.

In four seasons with the Bears, Wilson played in 31 games, hauling in 56 receptions for 777 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

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The Jets new running backs coach, Stump Mitchell, believes RB Bilal Powell has Pro Bowl ability, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

Mitchell has been impressed with Powell since joining the Jets this season, and he thinks if he didn't have to share time with another back, he has would attain Pro Bowl status. 

"Bilal is a Pro Bowl back if he was playing by himself, make no doubt about that," Mitchell said at minicamp.

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As the offseason is normally used to rebuild rosters, the Jets tore theirs down thanks to move made by owner Woody Johnson. Among the roster cuts were LB David Harris and WR Eric Decker, which saved the Jets almost $14 million in payroll alone. C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis were also part of the 11 veterans the Jets go rid of this offseason. 

Cimini said the grade should be worse considering the Jets now have one of the worst rosters in the NFL, but looking at the big picture, the Jets are acknowledging their rebuild and will have $80 million to work with next offseason.

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Projected Starter: Matt Forte

Projected Backups: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire

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Grantham opted to join the AFL's New York Titans despite being drafted in the NFL by the Baltimore Colts in 1960. The Titans became the Jets in 1963, and Grantham would stay with them until his retirement in 1972. 

He was the starting linebacker for the Jets' Super Bowl III championship team where he called all the plays on defense. Grantham played in 175 career games, and was a five-time AFL All-Star and a five-time all-NFL selection. 

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Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is now a Tennessee Titan after agreeing to a deal on Sunday. 

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Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker agreed to a contract with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Sunday.

Decker, 30, played 33 games with the Jets over the past three seasons, totaling 163 catches, 2,183 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

Decker had appeared healthy entering organized team activities in May after he missed 13 games last season due to rotator cuff and hip injuries.

New York released him last Monday when they were unable to find a trading partner. The Jets will face a $1.5 million cap hit this year and next after releasing Decker.

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"It's a good thing we don't operate off of what the fans think and what everybody on the outside thinks," Forte said, according to The Record. "What we think as a team, that's what's going to happen. And none of us on the team think that we're going to tank. So all I have to say about that is: Bring it."

The Jets, who went 5-11 last season, have cut Brandon MarshallEric DeckerDavid HarrisDarrelle RevisNick MangoldNick Folk, and Breno Giacomini since the season ended. They also declined their option on Ryan Clady.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's really quite an accomplishment for the Jets to come off a disappointing and perhaps disastrous 5-11 season and find a way to get worse. But they did it. They purged their roster of most of their veterans and replaced them with untested, unknown players. They're playing the long game, even though their short term looks rather bleak.

Who knows if they're "tanking" with their eyes on a top draft pick next season? Maybe they're just acknowledging the need to experience short-term pain for long-term gain. Whatever it is, there isn't a lot of hope for the 2017 season. Their eyes are on 2018, or perhaps beyond.

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Jets DE Sheldon Richardson wants to stay with the team for the rest of his caeer, but is not open to giving a hometown discount. 

The Jets, who finished 5-11 last season, are entering a rebuilding phase. But Richardson wants to be a part of it.

"A lot of guys just want to go jump on a bandwagon," Richardson told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News earlier this week. "Older guys. Later in their career, it's easy to go jump into a good situation. It's a free market, so by all means, do your thing. But me personally, I like to make history, not be a part of it."

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles insinuated the team's starting QB is job still up for grabs, noting Thursday that there is currently no frontrunner.

The Jets, who are expected to turn to Josh McCown as their starter, have also been giving reps to Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.

McCown, 37, signed a one-year deal worth $6 million this offseason.

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Jets linebacker Demario Davis took a $2.7 million pay cut in order to help facilitate the trade that brought him back to New York, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Davis, who was set to earn $3.7 million in the final year of his contract, will now make $1 million this season. This includes a $100,000 signing bonus and a $900,000 base salary. He can also earn $1.225 million in incentives. 

Davis re-structured his contract at the time of the June 1 trade. 

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Jets quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates said he was impressed with Christian Hackenberg's passing in minicamp. 

Elsewhere, Yankees lose and Mets win their respective rubber games and Joe Girardi would have no problem with Aaron Judge in the Home Run Derby.

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Despite evidence to the contrary, Jets quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates has been impressed with Christian Hackenberg's passing in minicamp, according to Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News. 

Bates, who previously coached the team's quarterbacks in 2005, likes the precision of Hackenberg's passes thus far at camp. 

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson, who struggled in 2016, said he's ready to rebound this season.

"I want to pretty much have one of my best years ever," Wilkerson said Wednesday, according to the NY Post. "I plan on being dominant."

The 27-year-old Wilkerson, who signed a five-year deal worth $86 million before last season, had 4.5 sacks, 58 tackles, and one forced fumble in 15 games. He had ammassed 12.0 sacks in 2015.

Wilkerson said the leg he broke during the final game in 2015 was strong enough to play on last season, but that it impacted his performance. And he bristled at those who suggested he was mailing it in.

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Jets QB Christian Hackenberg has been making lots of awful throws this spring -- first during OTAs and again on Tuesday when minicamp began.

A few of the team's beat writers tweeted during OTAs that Hackenberg had been hitting those on the sidelines with errant throws. On Tuesday at minicamp, one of those throws was filmed...

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It doesn't seem to make any sense that the Jets are rebuilding and going with young players at every position, but they will almost certainly be led by a 38-year-old quarterback. Everywhere else, the Jets purged their roster of veterans so the young players could get an unimpeded opportunity.

Yet McCown, who has no viable future with the Jets beyond this season, still stands in second-year pro Christian Hackenberg's way.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Jets quarterback Josh McCown said he has been working with younger quarterbacks Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty in the team's mandatory minicamp this week.

The veteran 37-year-old, who signed a one-year deal with the Jets this off-season, said Hackenberg and Petty have often asked him questions as they continue to learn the quarterback position.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson wasn't afraid to voice his disapproval of the Jets cutting veteran LB David Harris, per Manish Mehta of NY Daily News. 

Jets owner, Woody Johnson, made the call to cut Harris as he looks to shed payroll for the upcoming season. Upon hearing the news, Richardson said what many were most likely thinking. 

"It shocked the s--t out of me," Richardson said. "It is a business. But after a while it don't become a business. Dave wasn't (greedy). I know him, so I know he would have taken something (a fair and reasonable pay cut). I know he wasn't busting nobody over there. He don't want to play for free, either."

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 (Jim O'Connor)
(Jim O'Connor)

Former Jets WR Kenbrell Thompkins is among 12 players trying out for the Jets at minicamp Monday, per AP's Dennis Waszak. Jr.

Thompkins, who didn't play in the league last year, spent the 2015 season with the Jets. He played in seven games, hauling in 17 receptions for 165 yards. 

Other notables on the list are former Jaguars RB Denard Robinson, veteran WR Dexter McCluster, and RB Bobby Rainey, who spent time with the Giants last season. 

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson (16) runs the ball during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at EverBank Field. (Reinhold Matay)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson (16) runs the ball during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at EverBank Field. (Reinhold Matay)

Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson is trying out with the Jets at minicamp this week, Robinson's agency announced on Twitter Tuesday morning.

Robinson carried the ball 41 times for 144 yards last season, appearing in 14 games for the Jaguars.

In four seasons in the NFL, Robinson has rushed the ball 263 times for 1,058 yards, averaging 4.0 yards per carry, with five touchdowns. The 26-year old back has added 47 receptions for 310 yards, all during the last three years.

The former Michigan quarterback had a tryout with the Bears last month, but left without a contract.

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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) runs on the field for the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) runs on the field for the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

After failing to find a trade partner, the Jets released wide receiver Eric Decker on Monday. 

Elsewhere, the Yankees and Mets continued their winning streaks, and made selections in the MLB Draft, 

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New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams celebrates with defensive end Sheldon Richardson after Richardson's tackle against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams celebrates with defensive end Sheldon Richardson after Richardson's tackle against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Projected starters: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon

Projected backups: Sheldon Richardson, Lawrence Thomas, Deon Simon

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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins discusses his role in the Jets offense and his mindset heading into camp.

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets released wide receiver Eric Decker on Monday after they were unable to find a team as a trading partner.

"We think very highly of Eric. Our focus right now is seeing our young players, how they do," GM Mike Maccagnan said earlier this week in a press release.

New York had reportedly discussed trading Decker to the Baltimore Ravens among other teams, however were unable to eat enough of Decker's $8.75 million cap hit for 2017 to make the numbers work, according to SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano.

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Indianapolis Colts running back Jordan Todman returns a kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)
Indianapolis Colts running back Jordan Todman returns a kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets are expected to sign running back and kick returner Jordan Todman to a contract, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Todman, 27, recorded 59 rushing yards on nine attempts in 16 games last season for the Indianapolis Colts. As a kick returner, he totaled 16 returns for 478 yards, including a 99-yard return for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in Week 9.

A sixth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, Todman played 33 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2012 to 2014 and played 11 games with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015. 

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 (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
(Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The old battle cry from venters that "You can't tell the players without a scorecard" has never felt more appropriate than it does now, heading into the Jets' full-team minicamp. So many familiar names and faces are gone. Really, almost every familiar name and face is gone.

The Jets might want to consider handing out nametags, too.

For better or for worse - and yes, it's likely for worse - the Jets get their first, full look at the purged roster that GM Mike Maccagnan has assembled when their three-day minicamp kicks off on Tuesday morning. They have so much work to do - work that likely won't be completed until 2018, or perhaps later - and so many questions to answer.

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 (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
(Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Projected starter: Josh McCown

Projected back-ups: Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Jets have announced they have waived LB Randell Johnson.

A seventh-round pick by the Bills in 2014, Johnson didn't record a stat with the Jets last season, only playing in a single game. 

Johnson played two seasons with the Bills, recording five total tackles and one fumble recovery in 15 games. 

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(Mike Dinovo (USA Today))

Recently-retired QB Jay Cutler said he 'balked' at the potential of signing quickly with the Jets this offseason before the team signed Josh McCown.

Cutler was contacted by the Jets soon after being released by the Bears but wasn't ready to make up his mind on his next move.

"I kind of balked at that because I didn't really want to jump into anything," Cutler told Adam Schefter of ESPN earlier this week. "Whether they would've offered me a contract or that it would've worked out, I have no idea. That's something the Jets know more than I know."

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Spencer Paysinger heads onto the field before a game against the San Diego Chargers. (AP)
Spencer Paysinger heads onto the field before a game against the San Diego Chargers. (AP)

The Jets have signed former Giants and Dolphins linebacker Spencer Paysingerthe team announced Friday morning.

Paysinger spent the last two years with the Dolphins, appearing in 29 games (three starts) and recording 83 tackles. 

The 6-foot-2, 249 pound Paysinger joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons in New York, and was a part of the Super Bowl XLVI championship team.

In his six NFL seasons, Paysinger has played in 91 games (17 starts) and has racked up 157 tackles on defense and 70 more on special teams.

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