The free agent period is just over a week away and the Jets have a large number of pending free agents yet not much cap room to re-sign most of their players. The likes of Dustin Keller and LaRon Landry are grabbing most of the attention as the team's marquee free agents, but both starting guards will also be free agents and the Jets will have some big decisions to make in terms of the future of the offensive line. After the jump, I'll go into the possibilities the Jets have, whether it's re-signing Moore and/or Slauson, looking for alternatives on the free agent market, giving current Jets a chance or looking towards the draft.

 

Pending Free Agents 

Matt Slauson

Slauson has started all 48 games for the Jets since taking over for Alan Faneca at left guard in 2010 and will hit the market as an unrestricted free agent. Slauson is the definition of a replacement level player, showing competence and durability as a starter between D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold though no where near the Pro Bowl level of the players he played in between. At 27 years old he's in the prime of his career and has chemistry playing between the offensive line's two cornerstones, but he is unlikely to get any better than he is now. Under Tannenbaum this past season the Jets were clearly anticipating the possibility of letting Slauson go, given the rotation at left guard that occurred during the past season with Slauson and Vladimir Ducasse. While nowhere near the top guard in the free agent pool, there will certainly be a market for a player like Slauson given his starting experience and durability and should the Jets wish to re-sign him they will almost surely face competition from teams looking to add a potential starter to their offensive line.

Probability of return: Low. Slauson is very much upgradable. While he wasn't exactly a weak link on the offensive line, he has more or less reached his ceiling and the Jets aren't in a position to re-sign him even as depth given the tight cap situation the Jets find themselves in. While he won't command a payday the likes of  Andy Levitre will, there will be a market for Slauson and the Jets are likely to be priced out of it. 

Brandon Moore

Moore has quietly been one of the best guards in the league over the past few seasons. He's spent his entire career as a member of the Jets and hasn't missed a start since becoming a starter in 2005. He'll be 33 years old in June and may soon see a decline in his performance, but there will certainly be a market for his services when he hits free agency regardless.

Probability of return: Moderate. A team looking for a quality stopgap at guard will have Brandon Moore in their sight and teams with a lot of cap room will be able to pay Moore a much better rate on a short term deal than the Jets will be able to. If the Jets prioritize re-signing Moore over other free agents they will have a decent chance to retain him, and there is the possibility that he may take a hometown discount so long as the Jets show him some respect with a decent deal. There is also the possibility however that John Idzik decides to put the focus on getting younger rather than investing precious cap room in an aging player like Moore. If significant cap space is used to successfully re-sign one of the team's key free agents like Dustin Keller or LaRon Landry, re-signing Moore at his market value becomes very unlikely. 

 

Current Jets

 

Vladimir Ducasse

When the Jets drafted Ducasse in the second round of the 2010 draft, Tannenbaum and Ryan expected too much of him too soon. Coming out of college he was a major project, but nonetheless he was expected to compete immediately to start at left guard with an eye to eventually kick out to right tackle. Three years later, Ducasse has yet to cement himself as a starter and is on the verge of being labeled a bust if he isn't one already. This past year he was clearly being groomed to start given his rotation at left guard with Matt Slauson, a move that was all but confirmed to be a front office directive during a media session with former offensive line coach David DeGuglielmo. With Tannenbaum no longer running the show however, it is unclear whether Ducasse will get a final opportunity to cement himself as a starter or whether John Idzik has other ideas.

Probability of starting: High. Matt Slauson is unlikely to return and the Jets won't be splashing cash in free agency for a quality starter like Andy Levitre, paving the way for Ducasse to have one final opportunity. He has yet to put it all together, but Ducasse does have very impressive raw talent and giving him an opportunity to hold down a starting position is the most efficient use of the resources the Jets have in what is going to be a transitional season. 

Caleb Schlauderaff  

The Jets acquired Schlauderaff from the Green Bay Packers in 2011 who traded him before his rookie season even officially went under way. Likely a Bill Callahan inspired acquisition, Schlauderaff could be a sleeper to compete for one of the guard spots if the guard position isn't prioritized in free agency.

Probability of starting: Low. Schlauderhaff is a sleeper to compete for a starting position, but expect the Jets to pursue a number of alternatives whether it be in free agency or through the draft.

 

Free Agents 

Geoff Schwartz, Minnesota Vikings

As reported by Tony Pauline, the Jets are expected to have interest in signing Schwartz as a cheap option to potentially start at guard. He started all 16 games for the Panthers in 2010 as both a right tackle and right guard, but after signing for the Vikings in 2011 missed that entire season with a hip injury. This past year he was a backup to Brandon Fusco in Minnesota and will be looking for an opportunity to start for another team once free agency begins. He's just 26 years old, versatile and performed well at guard for the Panthers when he was given the opportunity to start in 2010.

Probability of signing: High. Given the cap situation the Jets find themselves in and with a number of free agents that are a higher priority than last year's starting guards, Schwartz seems exactly like the type of player the Jets should target and the reported interest makes sense. He'll fit in with the Jets tight budget, has starting experience, is young, versatile and hungry for a starting opportunity. 

Donald Thomas, New England Patriots

Originally signing with New England as a backup, Thomas started seven games last season for New England due to injuries along the Patriots offensive line and played competently at both guard spots. He's unlikely to return to the Patriots as a team will likely give him a shot as a starter, and likely on a modest contract as well. At 27 years old, he'll be looking for a multiyear deal and could be a medium to long term option for the Jets if they choose to pursue him.

Probability of signing: Moderately Low. Thomas won't be signing an enormous deal, but he'll likely command a starter level salary and if the Jets are looking to throw decent money at a guard they'll likely just as soon invest it in Matt Slauson or Brandon Moore. 

Kevin Boothe, New York Giants

A Giant since 2007, Kevin Boothe has seen sporadic starting periods for the Giants during his tenure with the blue side of New York, culminating in a 2012 season where he started all sixteen games for the first time in his career. At age 29 going on 30, Boothe would be nothing more than a stopgap but brings solid run blocking ability to the table and is a well disciplined player, being called for just one false start last season.

Probability of signing: Moderate. Boothe won't be an expensive signing, and the Jets could be an attractive option for him given he's both a New York native and has spent the majority of his career residing in the area. 

Chad Rinehart, Buffalo Bills

Starting most of the year for the Bills in 2011, Chad Rinehart played pretty well but ultimately ended up as a backup entering 2012 behind Andy Levitre and Keith Urbik. He entered the starting lineup once more this past season once Urbik sustained injury early in the season, but Rinehart ended up on injured reserve soon after. He'll be 28 when the season starts and will be looking for a starting opportunity, and he could be a solid option for the Jets if the ankle injury that sidelined him this past year has completely healed.

Probability of signing: Moderate. Rinehart could be a solid medium term option if the Jets can get him on a modest salary. He'll be looking for a starting opportunity come free agency and it's something the Jets could offer him. Given his injury and lack of consistent starting experience, the Jets may also be able to get him on a one year "prove it" deal also. 

 

The Draft: Possibilities in the First Two Rounds

Chance Warmack, Alabama

In a draft class that experts are calling weak in the top end, if there is one truly elite prospect for his position it's Chance Warmack from Alabama. Typically unheard of for a guard, Warmack is a top five player on most draft boards and getting shouts as a potential top ten pick. Drafting a guard at ninth overall would be a reach in most drafts, but Warmack would be the exception to the rule and would be able to slide in immediately. From day one he would almost certainly be an upgrade over Matt Slauson.

Probability of drafting: Moderate. The collective groan of Jets fans would be palpable if the Jets passed on a top pass rusher if available with the ninth pick, but given the possibility of the top ten seeing an early run on pass rushing prospects the Jets may not get the value they want if the right player isn't available. If such a scenario occurs, the Jets would have to give Warmack serious consideration. Trading down would be the alternative, but in this draft there aren't many players that teams would be willing to trade up for. 

Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina

As rare as it is to see a draft where a guard has a legitimate first round grade, it's even more rare to see a draft with two. Jonathan Cooper is not the celebrated elite prospect that Warmack is, but some experts feel there is not a whole lot of difference between the two and Cooper also projects as an immediate starter on the NFL level.

Probability of drafting: Low. Cooper is a legitimate first round prospect and would instantly upgrade the Jets offensive line, but in terms of value he will not be worth the ninth pick and he's not going to be available in the second round. He would certainly be an option if the Jets move down in the first round, but as the draft isn't strong on the top end the Jets aren't going to have many potential trade partners to move down. 

Larry Warford, Kentucky

Warford is in the top 32 on some draft boards and thus may sneak into the first round, making it possible for the first round of the draft to see three guards taken. Warford is a classic mauler, weighing in at over 330 pounds and would compete for a starting spot if not earn it outright should the Jets draft him.

Probability of drafting: Moderate. Warford if available in the second round may be the ideal combination of value and need for the Jets. Other positions may be prioritized in the first two rounds, but if the Jets don't successfully land potential starters at guard in free agency nor draft Warmack in the first round Warford becomes a player to look out for. 

Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

Declaring for the draft as a center, Frederick also is being looked at as a guard prospect and is regarded as a prospect that could go as early as the beginning of the second round. As a Wisconsin offensive lineman, Frederick has a strong college pedigree following in the footsteps of Peter Konz, Kevin Zeitler and Gabe Carimi.

Probability of drafting: Low. Most draft boards consider Frederick to be a mid-to-late second round pick, and is a more natural center prospect than guard prospect. He shouldn't be ruled out completely for the Jets in the second round, but there will probably be better value available in the early second round, possibly even at guard if Warford is also available. 

Barrett Jones, Alabama

Jones is the classic technician in the interior, not possessing an imposing body frame but showcasing excellent technique and understanding of the game. Jones is an incredibly versatile prospect, playing center his senior season but also starting over 20 games as a guard over his college career and as a junior won the Outland Trophy for his excellent performance as a left tackle. Due to foot surgery, he hasn't been able to work out physically for any NFL franchises and won't be able to at all for the entire draft process which may hurt his draft stock.

Probability of drafting: Moderate. The opinion on where Barrett Jones will be drafted varies, with some experts feeling he could go as early the beginning of the second round with others feeling he'll be a late second round or early third round pick. If he is indeed available for the Jets in the third round, he would certainly be one of the top options on the Jets draft board, particularly if the first two rounds go by without the Jets drafting an interior lineman. 

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Many people around the NFL consider this to be one of the hardest first rounds to project in years. That's at least partly due to the uncertainty about where the quarterbacks will go, but also because of deep top tier of talent (perhaps 10 or 11 picks deep) and because many scouts don't see much of a difference between players ranked in the 10-15 range and those they rank down near 25-32.

After consulting with many NFL sources and experts (and my own imagination), here is my final answer on the first round: My SNY Mock Draft 3.0. I feel pretty good that the Cleveland Browns will indeed make the first overall selection. Other than that … no guarantees and I reserve the right to change my mind:

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Oct 23, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A New York Jets helmet on the bench displays a sticker with the number 90 in memory of former New York Jet Dennis Byrd who was killed in a car accident last week. The Jets face the Baltimore Ravens today at MetLife Stadium. The Jets are wearing Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Oct 23, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A New York Jets helmet on the bench displays a sticker with the number 90 in memory of former New York Jet Dennis Byrd who was killed in a car accident last week. The Jets face the Baltimore Ravens today at MetLife Stadium. The Jets are wearing Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Jets waived unning back Brandon Burks, wide receiver Darius Jennings, long snapper Josh Latham, linebacker Jeff Luc and defensive lineman Julien Obioha on Wednesday, ESPN.com's Richi Cimini reports.

 

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SNY shares the stories of three paths to the NFL Draft: Miami's David Njoku, Ohio State's Curtis Samuel and Anthony Cioffi from Rutgers.

SNY shares the stories of three paths to the NFL Draft: Miami's David Njoku, Ohio State's Curtis Samuel and Anthony Cioffi from Rutgers.

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Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss which players the Jets could choose in the later rounds of the NFL Draft.

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They are coming off a miserable 5-11 season, released many of their most recognizable players, and they are beginning what looks like a complete rebuilding job.

So yes, the Jets need pretty much everything.

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan discusses the final days of preparation leading up to the NFL Draft on Thursday.

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One last look at the top players on the board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick on April 27:

1.CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - He has been in the No. 1 spot on this board almost from the beginning because of his skill and because he seems likely to be there at 6. The Chicago Bears seem to like him at 3 and there's a chance the Tennessee Titans will take him at 5, but both teams seem to have other priorities. If he gets through to the Jets, it will be hard to pass up this 6-foot, 193-pounder who could give them the shut-down cornerback they haven't had since Darrelle Revis was still Darrelle Revis. (Last report: 1)...

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Daily News Live predicts which New York football team is more likely to take a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Daily News Live predicts which New York football team is more likely to take a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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Who should the Jets pick at six? 00:05:25
Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss who the Jets will select with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft.

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After not doing a Mock Draft in about a decade, I've now done two versions in less than three weeks - with a third (and final) version still to come. So with eight days to go until the draft, here's my SNY Mock Draft, version 2.0. The information comes from NFL sources, draft experts, and in some cases my own mind:

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

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Jeane Coakley and Willie Colon discuss if the Jets should take a TE, the QB situation and the offensive line ahead of Thursday's draft.

Boom or Bust: Jabrill Peppers 00:01:50
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis debate if the Jets would be smart to use their first-round pick to select Michigan's Jabrill Peppers.

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After initially being "open for business" with the sixth pick of the draft and admitting a desire to trade down, Mike Maccagnan seemed to close up shop on Monday. Now the Jets GM says "We feel pretty good at 6 right now."

And they should, because if the sudden frenzy over the quarterbacks in this draft is more than just a smokescreen, the Jets will end up with a better player at 6 than they previously believed.

For the longest time it didn't look like any quarterback would go in the first five picks of the NFL draft. The scouting world was down on all of the top quarterbacks in the draft and few believed any were worthy of even a Top 10 pick. The idea that any of them could end up as the top pick seemed crazy -- as crazy as the idea that two could go in the Top 10...

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has spent a lot of time this offseason looking at the quarterbacks in this draft. But that isn't necessarily unusual. In fact, he said, the Jets "feel pretty good" about the quarterbacks they already have.

"We have the two young guys (Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty) and we like both of them in terms of ability and potential," the Jets GM said during his pre-draft press briefing on Monday. "We feel pretty good about the guys we have."

That hasn't stopped him from looking, of course, and at least considering the possibility of the Jets drafting a quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick. They have scouted the top quarterbacks in the draft heavily this offseason and many believe the Jets will take one in that spot...

Tags: Bryce Petty, Calvin Pryor, Christian Hackenberg, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss whether the Giants or Jets will select a tight end in the NFL Draft.

Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss whether the Giants or Jets will select a tight end in the NFL Draft.

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Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss who the Jets will select with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss who the Jets will select with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft. 

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Daily News Live considers all of the Jets' options regarding the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Daily News Live considers all of the Jets' options regarding the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft.


New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)

The less the rest of the nation has to see the Jets, the better.

That seemed to be the thinking of the NFL and its partner networks as they made up the 2017 schedule. The Jets, coming off a 5-11 season and heading for a year that doesn't appear to be promising, are scheduled to play only one game in prime time on national TV - a league-mandated Thursday night game that every team must have.

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 (Kelley L Cox)
(Kelley L Cox)

The Jets will open the 2017 season in Buffalo against the Bills and close it in New England against the Patriots.

The Jets will also face the Raiders in Oakland in Week 2 and host the L.A. Chargers in Week 16...

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Miami tight end David Njoku discusses his senior season and how he is handling the pressure that comes with being a top draft pick.

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(Brian Spurlock)

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Here is the most up-to-date information on what the Jets have done during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. The signing period will continue through the NFL draft and right up until the start of training camp in July, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates.

JETS SALARY CAP SPACE

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

The Jets will meet with Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore on Tuesday, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Gareon Conley, another CB from Ohio State, will visit the Jets on Tuesday as well.

Lattimore, 20, became a starter for the Buckeyes this past season, and was given First Team All-Big Ten honors.

The 6'0", 194-pounder redshirted during his first season at Ohio State in 2014 and was limited to just seven games in 2015 due to hamstring issues.

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The DNL crew discusses Muhammad Wilkerson's arrival at the Jets' Florham Park facility after coming off a disappointing 2016 season.

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For the first time in three years, Muhammad Wilkerson showed up for the start of the New York Jets' offseason training program.

The big defensive lineman was pictured at the Jets facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, on Monday morning, as the team officially kicked off its voluntary workouts. Last year, Wilkerson declined to participate because he wasn't happy with being tagged as the Jets "franchise player." He skipped them in 2015 as he hoped to pressure the Jets to give him a new deal.

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Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

In addition to meeting with Miami tight end David Njoku on Monday, the New York Jets also met with Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster and NC State safety Josh Jones, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Jets, who own the No. 6 pick in next week's NFL Draft, have given no indication as to which player they might pick, as a sample of 30-plus mock drafts has New York picking between eight players, ranging from quarterbacks to cornerbacks.

Foster, who recorded five sacks and 115 total tackles in his senior season with Alabama in 2016, is a 6-foot, 229-pound linebacker who did not participate in the NFL combine.

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(Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

CB Marcus Williams has signed his free agent tender with the Jets, the team announced Monday.

Williams, who has spent the last three seasons with the Jets, has eight interceptions over the last two seasons. 

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

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The only consensus among the mock drafters on whom the Jets will take at No. 6 is that there is no consensus -- and that's unusual for such a high pick this late in the process.

But with only 10 days to go until the first round of the NFL draft begins, the picks in 32 mock drafts examined by SNY are split fairly evenly among eight players. The belief seems to be that the Jets will use the pick to fix their secondary (50 percent of the mock drafts have them going corner or safety), though some still believe they'll take a quarterback (32 percent).

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Miami Hurricanes tight end David Njoku.

The New York Jets will meet with Miami tight end David Njoku on Monday after his previously scheduled meeting with thwe Giants was canceled, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

After having a formal interview with the Giants at February's NFL Combine, Njoku was scheduled to meet with the Giants for a second time on Monday, according to The Record's Art Stapleton. Instead, the New Jersey native will meet with the Jets. 

The 20-year-old Njoku, who is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, had 43 catches and eight touchdowns for the Hurricanes last season.

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California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets will meet with former California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb this week, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Webb, 22, threw for 4,295 yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his senior season with Cal. In his four-year college career, which includes three seasons at Texas Tech, he threw for 9,852 yards, 83 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.

Webb, a 6-foot-5, 229-pound quarterback, has drawn comparisons to Brock Osweiler, according to his NFL.com draft profile page.

"He obviously is going to need coaching after being in those offenses at Texas Tech and Cal," one AFC scout told NFL.com. "I think he has enough between the ears to unlearn some of his bad habits and start to get things right. I see another Nick Foles if you give him time to develop."

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Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley intercepts the ball intended for Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams during the first quarter in the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)
Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley intercepts the ball intended for Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams during the first quarter in the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets will meet with former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley this week, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Conley, whom Scouts Inc. rates as the No. 21 prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft, totaled four interceptions and eight passes defensed in 13 games with the Buckeyes last season.

A 6-foot, 195-pound junior, Conley ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash, had a 37-inch vertical leap and recorded a 6.68-second three-cone drill time at the NFL combine.

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(Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets have terminated the contract of LB Julian Stanford.

In 2016, Stanford notched 15 solo tackles and assisted with 7 more across 9 games. He did not record a sack or interception. His lone season with the Jets, which began on the practice squad, ended when an ankle injury landed him on injured reserve.

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(Scott Galvin)

Jets CB Nick Marshall has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's performance enhancing substances policy, the league announced Friday.

Marshall is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by Jets and NFL Draft writer Jeff Lloyd as Draft Season is in full swing, and this week they take a close look at the offensive options in the draft, even if they don't love what they see.

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

The Jets are bringing in North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky for a visit today, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.

Trubisky is widely regarded as the top quarterback prospect in this year's NFL Draft.

The Jets have made their interest in Trubisky known over the last month. New York sent a large contingent of scouts for the quarterback's pro day, and followed it up with a private workout in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Center Wesley Johnson has signed his restricted free agent tender for $2.75 million to return to the Jets, according to multiple reports

Johnson started the final four games with the Jets last year when Nick Mangold was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. 

During his three seasons with the Jets, Johnson has started in nine games, with eight of those coming in 2016. 

 

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Texas Tech quarterback Pat Mahomes II.

Latest Update (April 12)

10:00AM: Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes is visiting with the Jets today, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Mahomes would have hired Jeremy Bates to be his private QB coach this offseason, but was unable to once the Jets hired Bates as the team's QB coach, Schefter added. The two have mutual respect for each other.

With the draft 15 days away, the Jets are reportedly looking hard at the quarterbacks available.

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Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets held a workout with former Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Knight, 23, threw for 2,432 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 11 games with the Aggies last year.

In three prior seasons with the Oklahoma Sooners, Knight threw for 3,424 yards, 25 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field following a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field following a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets will play three preseason games at MetLife Stadium this year.

New York will open its preseason slate at home against the Tennessee Titans between Aug. 10 and Aug. 14, then face the Detroit Lions on the road in Week 2, played between Aug. 17 and Aug. 21.

The Jets will be the road team when they face the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in Week 3, played between Aug. 24 and Aug. 28, then end their preseason schedule at home against the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 31.

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Willie Colon calls it quits for his career in the NFL and hosted a retirement party Friday attended by friends and teammates.

 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Jets added free agent cornerback John Ojo on Friday. The 6'3, 205 lb former Edmonton Eskimo has spent the past three years in the Canadian Football League.

His CFL run was highlighted by a 41 tackle, five interception season in 2015. 

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett deliver a new podcast, as they dive into the potential trade market for Sheldon Richardson (if there is one), and start prospecting for new Jets recruits as the NFL Draft approaches.

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Malik Hooker highlights 00:00:35
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Ohio State safety and NFL Draft prospect Malik Hooker.

Ohio State S Malik Hooker and Missouri DE Charles Harris are among the defensive Draft prospects the Jets will visit with on Thursday and Friday, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The Jets have the sixth overall selection in the Draft, which takes place April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

Hooker was a First Team All-Big Ten selection this past season.

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(Ron Chenoy)

The Jets have signed TE Brian Parker, the team announced Thursday.

Parker, who played in nine games for the Chiefs in 2015 (making one reception), initially signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

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RB Leonard Fournette highlights 00:02:11
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former LSU running back and NFL Draft prospect Leonard Fournette.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

I don't remember doing a mock draft any time in the last 20 or so years (though I did find internet evidence of one in 2010). I'm still interpreting my record in all the other years to be perfect -- no misses. But, as they say, "No guts, no glory". It's time to put that streak on the line with my first Mock Draft for SNY. It won't be my last, either. I'll be revising this up until Draft Week. So keep checking back. This is simply version 1.0:

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Yeah, they need a quarterback, but he's the best player in the draft and they have a decent young QB on the roster. Plus they have the No. 12 pick (so stay tuned).

2. San Francisco 49ers - Solomon Thomas, DE Stanford
They need a quarterback too, but they have a new coach and GM on long-term deals. They can wait until there's a better QB crop.

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Dan Graca and Jon Hein discuss if the Jets should make a trade for Richard Sherman.

Dan Graca and Jon Hein discuss if the Jets should make a trade for Seahawks CB Richard Sherman.

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former LSU running back and NFL Draft prospect Leonard Fournette.

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When Leonard Fournette, the star running back at LSU and a possible target for the Jets with the sixth pick of the draft, weighed a surprising 240 at the NFL scouting combine in early March, he blamed it on drinking way too much water.

Apparently, all that water weight is now gone.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Calvin Pryor, Marcus Gilchrist, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Former Jets center Nick Mangold is making his first known free-agent visit to meet with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday, according to a report.

The 33-year-old, who was released by the Jets in February, was expected to arrive in Baltimore late Tuesday night, according to ESPN. The Ravens traded their starting center, Jeremy Zuttah, to the San Francisco 49ers last month but did not bring in a replacement.

They do have two in-house candidates - John Urschel and Ryan Jensen, both of whom are 25. If healthy, the 33-year-old Mangold could conceivably compete for that job, or at least provide a veteran mentor to help the young centers.

Tags: Nick Mangold, Ralph Vacchiano
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