- Trades that should happen this offseason (includes DJax-to-Jets) [Sports Illustrated]
- Can Sanchez make the most of his fresh start? [Star Ledger]
- How Michael Vick shaped the modern NFL [Deadspin]
- Brick blogs about the "numbers game" [Jets Official Site]
- Winslow tops the charts for lowest 2013 TE drop rate [PFF]
The Jets still haven't full closed the door on moving running back Le'Veon Bell before next season, but it could cost them to do so.
According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Monday, the Jets have never been fully closed off to the idea of potentially trading Bell. Bell's name was tossed around in the rumor mill during the 2019 NFL trade deadline, but the Jets never pulled the trigger on any deal.
The latest report says things are status quo.
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As he continues to pursue his dream of playing in MLB, Mets minor league prospect and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow addressed the media on Sunday afternoon, and made some positive comments on the two young quarterbacks playing in New York.
When asked if he was "yay or nay" on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Tebow laughed at the question and then gave an encouraging answer on the No. 6 overall pick in last year's draft.
"I think he's got a lot of talent," Tebow said on Jones. "I think he was coached really well in college. I think he will continue to improve. I think continuing to get him more weapons and confidence is pretty critical."
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The Jets have signed tight end Daniel Brown to a one-year contract extension, the team announced on Thursday.
Brown made seven receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown in 16 games (five starts) for the Jets in 2019. He also finished third on the team in special teams tackles with 11.
Brown, 27, was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of James Madison in 2015. He played eight games for the Ravens from 2015 to 2016 before getting claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears on Oct. 24, 2016.
In 34 career games with the Bears from 2016 to 2018, Brown made 29 receptions for 253 yards and one touchdown.
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The Jets have added some secondary help, signing a former local product in safety Anthony Cioffi, the team announced on Thursday.
The Springfield, NJ native was a four-year standout at Rutgers where he totaled 169 tackles, eight interceptions and 13 passes defended over 41 games.
After graduating in 2016, Cioffi spent time in training camp with the Raiders in 2017. However, he would move on to the CFL, where he has been since 2018. He had a breakout year with the Ottawa Redblacks, tallying 61 defensive tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and one forced fumble over 18 games.
The Jets don't need safety help with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye manning those positions. However, with the injuries the secondary as a whole endured last season, depth from a versatile player like Cioffi who can roam around is valuable.
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Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and while he seems to be content with that for now, it's fair to wonder if he could be a fit in New York.
"I wouldn't mind being in Detroit for a while," Golladay told USA Today's Doug Farrar. "Everything should work itself out. I'm enjoying myself."
Originally a third-round pick of the Lions in 2017, Golladay has been tremendous with Detroit. surpassing the 1,000-yard mark in two of his three pro seasons. In 2019, he caught 65 passes for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns, proving to be one of the league's best young wide receivers. He's also proven to be a big-play threat, as his 18.3 yards per reception ranked second in the NFL.
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The Jets made an addition to Adam Gase's coaching staff on Tuesday, hiring Leigh Torrence as the team's assistant defensive backs coach.
Torrence has been a member of the New Orleans Saints coaching staff for the last four seasons. He was hired as coaching intern in 2016 and was then promoted to a defensive assistant the following season.
The 38-year-old Torrence made the transition to coaching after spending spending parts of seven seasons with five different teams as a player. After going undrafted out of Stanford, Torrence had his most significant playing time with the Saints from 2008-11, where he was a member of the Super Bowl LIV championship team.
In New York, Torrence will work with Jets passing came coordinator/defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, and he'll be taking over for Steve Jackson, who was hired by Cincinnati as the Bengals cornerbacks coach.
The NFL season officially came to a close last Sunday, as the Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the San Francisco 49ers to bring capture the Lombardi Trophy.
So that's it for football until training camp opens in July, right?
"Not so fast," says the XFL.
More than 18 years after Michael Strahan broke Mark Gastineau's single-season sack record, the former Jets pass-rusher wants the world to know that he thinks the record should still belong to him.
"I just want to be recognized for the record," Gastineau told ESPN on Monday. "You wouldn't want your son getting a record like that. I don't think it's good for the NFL. It was never good for the NFL, and I'm surprised the NFL didn't step in."
Strahan's sack in question came against the Packers during the final game of the 2001 season. Sitting at 21.5 sacks, Strahan needed just one to break Gastineau's record. With the Packers up 34-25 late in the game, Strahan blew past Packers tight end Bubba Franks and had a free shot at Favre, who went down to give Strahan the single-season record.
Things didn't go according to plan for Chris Herndon in 2019.
The Jets tight end was suspended four games for violating the NFL's PED policy, missed another four games with a hamstring injury, then fractured his ribs only 16 snaps into his season debut, ending his season.
Without Herndon, Ryan Griffin stepped up.
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Pepper Johnson, was has been affiliated with both the Giants and Jets in his football career, was abruptly fired from his XFL gig only hours removed from the league's beginning over the weekend.
Johnson, 55, was employed by the Los Angeles Wildcats as their defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The team announced he was relieved of his duties on Monday.
The Wildcats had lost their inaugural game, 31-17, to the Houston Roughnecks, a game which featured winning quarterback PJ Walker tossing four touchdown passes.
Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is listed at 100-1 to win the NFL MVP in 2020, according to BetOnline.ag.
Darnold played in Week 1 in 2019, but missed the next three games recovering from mononucleosis. He returned in Week 6 and played the rest of the season, finishing the year with a 7-6 record at quarterback. He threw for 3024 yards and a 61.9% completion percentage, along with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Darnold is joined at 100-1 by Giants running back Saquon Barkley, former Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr., former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and others.
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Pro Football Focus named New York Jets safety Jamal Adams to their list of the top-101 players from the 2019 season recently.
Between both New York football teams, the Jets and Giants, only Adams was selected for the list produced by the football analytics outlet.
Adams slotted in at the No. 32 overall spot.
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Free agency hasn't worked out well for the Jets. They spent a lot of money under former GM Mike Maccagnan and very few of those contracts have turned out to be worth the money. Some of them, in fact, now look like the worst deals the Jets have ever made.
So it's with that knowledge and a sense of great caution that the Jets head into their first offseason under new GM Joe Douglas. He's armed with about $50 million in salary cap space to spend, and likely a lot more coming when he's finished with his cuts. And he will spend, because he has to on a team filled with far too many holes.
The Jets will head into the first free-agent signing period under new GM Joe Douglas with a ton of money to spend for the third straight year. This time they'll start with at least $50 million, and probably a whole lot more.
The question, though, is whether he'll spend it any better - or smarter - than former GM Mike Maccagnan did.
That remains to be seen, of course, but Douglas will have to begin this offseason erasing some of Maccagnan's mistakes. There are plenty of players on the roster with huge salaries who aren't exactly living up to the numbers. Douglas will have the opportunity to clear a few of them out.
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The 2019 Giants season ended up being a start of a rebuild, and as often happens in such cases, the team underwhelmed in the win column. In their own right, the Jets weren't rebuilding and had higher hopes heading into last season, but didn't have the year their fans had hoped for, either.
Despite both teams hitting their unders in 2019, the two are trending in opposite directions in the eyes of oddsmakers early in the 2020 offseason.
The Giants, entering 2019 with a win total of six and missing that with four wins, see their over/ under increase to 6.5, according to OddsShark.
Le'Veon Bell's Jets tenure has been rocky, with head coach Adam Gase seemingly unhappy from the get-go with how much they spent to sign him and GM Joe Douglas refusing to rule out a trade.
But Bell, who is entering the second year of a four-year deal worth $52.5 million, seems confident he's staying put.
"Jets for four more years unless something drastic changes," Bell told TMZ Sports. "We'll see."
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While the Jets could use some help in the trenches at the 2020 NFL Draft, but Pro Football Focus says one offensive playmaker is simply too good to pass up.
The football analytics outlet has Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy falling all the way to the No. 11 pick, and the Jets scoop him up.
The upcoming class of wideouts has long said to be a talented and deep group, but the Jets are still able to make Jeudy the first one off the board.
With the 2019 season in the history book after the Chiefs' win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, the Giants and the Jets have some of the most salary cap to make their moves before next season.
According to Spotrac, the Giants and Jets are both in the top 10 in terms of NFL teams with the most salary cap space heading into the offseason.
The Jets round out the top 10, while the Giants slide in at No. 6.
There are still nearly three months to go until the NFL Draft, and teams are a long ways away from having their draft meetings and finalizing their boards. It's too early to know anything, really, especially with the scouting combine still three weeks away.
But it's never too early to take a look, so here's a projection of how the first 11 picks of the draft will go, including the picks for the Giants (at 4) and Jets (at 11). Their needs are easy to figure out, even if it's still too difficult to zero in on the players:
1. Cincinnati Bengals - LSU QB Joe Burrow
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Jets GM Joe Douglas has a plethora of options to work with at No. 11 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, and that's mainly because there are holes left and right on his current roster. But one of, if not the, biggest hole to fill is on the offensive line.
It was a rough 2019 season for that Jets unit, which had Sam Darnold running for his life, and Le'Veon Bell left without many holes to run through. The Jets tried a bunch of different variations with the players they had, but nothing they did had positive results.
More help is definitely needed, and it could be coming in the form of Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs.
With the Chiefs beating the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, the 2019-20 NFL season officially came to a close. And with the season over, it's time to look ahead to the 2020-21 season and Super Bowl LV, taking place on Feb. 7, 2021 in Tampa.
The Chiefs are the favorites to repeat, with the Ravens and 49ers right behind them.
As far as the Jets -- who finished the season 7-9 with a late surge -- their odds are not great.
Before they entered the league as top-10 picks in the 2017 NFL draft at sixth and 10th, respectively, Jets safety Jamal Adams and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes first crossed paths while playing Texas high school football.
So when Kansas City won 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, Adams took to Twitter and congratulated Mahomes with an angle on the past.
Separated by an approximate two-hour car drive roughly 130 miles or so apart with Adams at Carrollton (Texas) Hebron and Mahomes in Whitehouse High School, Adams and Mahomes came up along similar paths, which gave the Jets safety a glimpse into what the Chiefs quarterback was capable of.
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had fans sitting on the edge of their seat when he tweeted a cryptic photo on Thursday of Super Bowl week.
Some thought Brady could be announcing his retirement during the big game, but it looks like Brady was just teasing an ad he would be featured in for the Super Bowl.
"To my teammates, my family, and most of all, my fans, you deserve to hear this from me," Brady said. "Hulu doesn't just have live sports... so it's time to say goodbye to TV as you know it. But me? I'm not going anywhere."
Tom Brady made fans wonder what his plans are for the future, after teasing a Super Bowl commercial on Twitter.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport mentioned that it is a real possibility that Brady could return to New England.
Sources say that the Patriots are willing to pay Brady in excess of $30 million per year to keep him, according to Rapoport.
Super Bowl LIV is finally here, as the Chiefs and 49ers square off at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday night to see who will hoist the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy at the end of the night.
Both squads have their stars. Patrick Mahomes leads a stacked offense that includes Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce as his weapons. But they're going to have to face off against Richard Sherman, Nick Bosa and the rest of the NFL's No. 2 defense. And, of course, you can't sleep on Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, and the rest of that Niners offense that ran all over the Packers two weeks ago.
But, for Jets fans, it's a chance to keep your eye on a few players that are set to enter free agency once this game is over.
Jets running back Bilal Powell recently joined WFAN's Joe and Evan show, where he discussed the future of his NFL career.
The nine-year veteran has spent his entire career as a Jet, and he hopes to keep things that way for the rest of his time in the league.
"I just stay in my lane," said Powell. "I sit back and let things happen and unfold. I want to retire a Jet, that's the biggest thing for me."
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On Thursday, Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland was named the 2020 Alan Page Community Award winner by the NFLPA.
The NFL gives out this award each season to the player who does the most for the community.
Copeland was previously named the Week 16 NFLPA Community MVP after hosting holiday shopping sprees for more than 300 underprivileged kids. He received help from 11 other NFL players, surprising each kid with a $200 gift card through his Beyond The Basics foundation.
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Three months after the Jets seriously considered trading Jamal Adams and angered him along the way, it looks like the two sides have rebuilt the bridge between them. A new contract could even be coming soon.
The 24-year old Adams said as much on Wednesday when speaking to reporters in Miami, site of Super Bowl LIV. He said his agent and the Jets have had preliminary discussions and added, "I'd be lying if I said I don't expect to be extended." He did say, though, that the talks have included "no numbers yet," though they've surely discussed some parameters.
The numbers, of course, are everything if the Jets and Adams are going to strike a deal.
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Free agent WR Robby Anderson, who is hitting the open market and keeping his options open, said Wednesday that the Jets want him back.
"I know they've communicated that they do want me back," Anderson told Newsday's Bob Glauber. "So, we've just got to see how it plays out."
With Anderson a free agent and Quincy Enunwa's future unknown due to his latest neck injury, the Jets' situation at wide receiver is in flux. They could turn to a receiver in the draft when they pick 11th (Jerry Jeudy, maybe?) but retaining Anderson would be smart no matter what they do in the draft and how things go with Enunwa.