Jets GM Mike Maccagnan spoke with the media on Thursday. Here are five things we learned...
1.) The team would "very much" like to re-sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, and they'll see how things work out.
2.) Maccagnan said he would like to have DE Muhammad Wilkerson back, but wouldn't elaborate further. He also noted that "in a perfect world," the Jets would like to retain DT Damon Harrison.
3.) Maccagnan said that Todd Bowles' decision to fire special teams coach Bobby April was difficult, but that he believes it was the right move.
4.) Maccagnan acknowledged that the Jets are open to using the franchise tag, potentially on Wilkerson, whose rehab from a broken leg is expected to be six months.
5.) Regarding the tight ends, Maccagnan said that Jace Amaro could be a "wild card" next season.
There's nothing out of the norm here in the answers given by Mike Maccagnan to the press.
It would be almost impossible for the Jets to let Wilkerson walk away with nothing in return in his first contract year. Mo has proven to be a cornerstone player and I hope that they can work out a long-term deal with him while freeing more space in 2016 for other deals. If that can't be done, expect the Jets to franchise him. I don't foresee a situation where the team lets the franchise tag deadline pass without tagging him should a long-term deal not already be done.
Maccagnan's use of the phrase "in a perfect world" regarding Damon Harrison makes me think more than ever that the Jets have a price in mind that they refuse to exceed for his services.
It is interesting to note that Maccagnan could forsee a role for Jace Amaro and that he is a consideration, but I will watch how they let free agency and the draft play out before we determine whether that wild card turns out to be something that can help the team or not.