By now we've all seen the comments that Santonio Holmes made this week on the NFL.com podcast. We'll put them below, but first we would be remiss if we didn't mention that most casual fans probably think this is a non-story.

Fine.

But be warned. Commenters please spare us the "who really cares about this?" nonsense. Noam Chomsky would be on the same side. But the fact of the matter is that we are all visiting a blog that's ever-so-loosely associated with the Jets and reading a post about a player who made offhand remarks about the finer points of proper journalism on a terrible podcast that no one listens to in mid-July.

Who are we trying to kid?

If we're here, whether we like it or not, we DO care.

Anyway, so here's what Tone said on the Dave Dameshek podcast on NFL.com ...

If you guys want to be -- and this is for the New York media -- if you guys want to be a part of our team and want to feel so important, be there to support us, not to try to break us down,” Holmes said. “Because (there’s) not one day that we all step in that locker room and we try to break each other down, that we talk bad about the way that person played, because it affects the team the way one person plays if they don’t play to perfection.

“So, if the New York media wants to be a part of our team and wants to continue writing about us, write positive things. Stay away from the negative, because it doesn’t do anything good for our team that you want to report all the negative things that happen and that’s all you want to talk to us players about. We live for one thing, and that’s to play football, and not to entertain you people in the media.”

I think there's a lot of things at play here that I'm thinking about and I think that for me to best address it, I'm going to need to tick them off ... so here goes ...

He's Not the First

As Bent astutely pointed out, it's not as if Holmes is the first guy to lecture the New York Jets beat on their function. Chad Pennington, one of the most likable and good-natured players on the Jets in the last fifteen years fell face first into this bungee pit, so I'm not about to feign any outrage about Holmes' views on how the media treats players. We're sure that players aren't thrilled with many of the questions they're forced to answer and the media might be the one group of people that routinely asks them tough questions and they don't like it.  I don't know that I would.

The Role of ReportersIn some ways, Santonio paints us a fanciful picture of what he perceives the media's role to be.

Based on Tone's comments, reporters want to:

1) Be part of the team

2) Feel "so important"3) Discuss only all the negative things

4) Report only all the negative things

According to Tone, reporters should:

1) Be there to support the team

2) Not try to break down players

3) Only write positive things to remain on the beat

4) Not expect players to "entertain ... people in the media"

When it's boiled down like that, the comments seem even more out of touch with reality than on first glance.  Is this what Holmes perceives the actual role of sports media in fact, is? Even if used as a template for the team's own reporters (Randy Lange and Eric Allen) these are outlandish parameters to place on even in-house reporting.

Santonio might not like the negative reporting, but does he not see the very role he played in creating the negative feedback loop by which he is now beleaguered? To me this seems like he's throwing stones in his own glass house.

Now I'm Done

Whatever Santonio said on the podcast, we had to see coming. Santonio has galvanized himself from the media since the end of the season and all the comments and bad pub that came out about him right after the season ended. In Florida, he had that awkward interaction with Manish, then he ducked reporters for three days last month during OTAs after he had that moment where he sat out some plays. Now this.

This skirmish could just be the start of a war this season, but I suspect the Jets will try to get control of the issue.  Santonio might have more to say on the matter, or he might start declining interview requests or just give "no comments" to the press. Either way, he's going to be asked about this lecture on NY sports media as soon as someone in the New York market gets a chance to talk with him.  Remember, the beat got their dander up over Mark Sanchez bringing prepared remarks to the podium in his rookie season ... how is this supposed to go over?

Talking Bad

Santonio did exhort the media to "be there to support us, not to try to break us down ... because [there's] not one day that we ... try to break each other down, that we talk bad about the way that a person played." OK fine, but how do we then reconcile that statement with the ones Santonio himself made about his teammates, publicly last year?

  • October 3rd, 2011: "It starts up front with our big guys, they need to do a better job protecting Mark and Mark has to do a better job making his reads and getting the ball to playmakers.”
  • October 13th, 2011: "I may be criticized again for saying it, but I think it starts up front. And the big guys know it. (If) they give Mark (Sanchez) enough time to sit in the pocket and complete passes, I think everything changes. If you can't protect the quarterback for four, five seconds, then there's no point in dropping back seven yards to throw a football when he doesn't have enough time."
He might have been right about the offensive line's bad play and Mark's bad decisions, but how was that helpful?  How did that not break each other down?  So that's two that we know of, not to mention the "four or five" other times (as of October 14thhe did this per Brandon Moore. So that all was edifying and not criticism then ... right Tone?

Cognitive. Dissonance. Not. Working!!!!!!!!!

This Beat is DifferentI don't need to get into the differences of New York versus most of the rest of the United States.  New Yorkers can be relentless when it comes to production, and that industriousness elsewhere in the life of a New Yorker tends to trickle down, even to the diversions we pick to distract ourselves from the truly demanding parts of our lives.  The fans are all ready for the Jets to win another Super Bowl, and until they do, we're not above making everyone aware that we're waiting. Can we blame the beat for picking that up too?  New York sports journalists see their job as serious business ... and it is.  Most of the reporters went to J School at Syracuse - meaning they're smart as hell and they're well trained in how to do their job.  They are covering a billion dollar organization which is part of a multibillion dollar international cultural phenomenon and they take that s*** seriously.

In my best attempt to oversimplify, some reporters or editors directly or indirectly encourage them to paint the edges of general guidelines by using single anonymous sources in articles, a practice that is allowable, but is easily discreditable.  Unfortunatley, I do think that a lot of the Jets players (and fans) media problems can frequently be traced back to this.  As Herm would say ... "put ya name on it!" But when reporters can't get players to do so, it's still in bounds for them to use it ... the problem for fans and players both is that an article can't be 100% transparent with how the news came about, or how much behind the scenes double checking a reporter might have done.

In the end, Santonio's attempt to take a stand looks like a losing battle. If Santonio is trying to make this an "us versus them" thing, that's totally cool, go with it, but this was poorly executed attempt if that was the case. Until he figures out how to circle the wagons properly, this will continue to go badly.

Such Great Heights

We'd be remiss if we didn't take Holmes' comments as a chance for self-inspection. Bluntly, I think Holmes got part of it right. I would never count myself as part of the beat, but I do see this site as an extension of it. I would love it if the Jets beat were wholly positive, but it's completely out of touch with reality. I would love to see feel-good stories written by members of the media about my favorite team on the planet, each and every day, but optimism can sometimes run too close a course to naïveté ... we've been there and it's just as dangerous as being too cynical.

Forget it even being positive, I would love it if the Jets beat discussed in gory details the virtues of the five-technique, the folly or genius of the Wildcat, the aesthetic beauty of a perfectly executed fire zone blitz. Believe it or not, the best and most intricate coverage of sports I have ever closely observed in my life, I had in the city where I hated the teams the most ... Boston.

Oh, they made Debbie Downer look cheerful most of the time, but for a New York fan, listening to Boston sports radio or opening a newspaper for a week could make me want to hurl myself off the Tobin Bridge into the Mystic River. But pay attention to it for a year and I learned to appreciate how passionate Bostonians are about the most frivolous and microscopic of sports details. For instance, I bet they could fill two days worth of talk radio about the how Rob Gronkowski's Q rating will affect his level of play and not break a sweat. It's disgusting and admirable all at the same time.

My point? That's an extreme example, but I would say that I found the media discourse more interesting and insightful about the actual sport being covered in Boston way more than I ever did for New York sports media - as much as it pains me to say it. The Patriots beat has a former Patriots scouting freaking assistant writing for them. Read the posts in this category on the ESPN Boston Patriots blog and tell me if you've ever seen anything like this ever done in New York by a mainstream source ... I'd be inclined to say no. The coverage could be much more Xs and Os driven, more statistical, more minute ... but it's not and I don't know who to blame about it. Is it my own fault? Is it only the most salacious or sensational story that moves the needle? Is no one properly setting the pace of the technical dialog? Are the writers just doing what their editors command them to do? Is this the coverage that we the fans are giving our tacit approval by not demanding more or better?

UPDATE 9:53AM ET: While there available in the comments below, I couldn't get everything out of my head and thought Bent's writing is equal to, or superior to mine.

While we’re all fans of the team and want the Jets to do well, it seems like there is a section of fans that want the media to behave the way they do, even though it’s counter-productive for the team. I agree that people should be held accountable, but witchhunts and cage-rattling can only be bad for the team.

It’s perhaps surprising that teams don’t have more control over who they choose to give access to. Don’t businesses and organizations in other walks of life try and manage their output by using trusted outlets? I get that there are special rules, but maybe those rules will be challenged at some point.

As soon as I saw Santonio’s comments, I wondered what possessed him to think that would be received any other way than negatively. Then I thought maybe he saw things differently because of how the media was when he was in Pittsburgh.

I emailed friend and former guest contributor of the blog Ryan Wilson of CBS to get his take on the Steelers beat. He, not surprisingly, said that their journalists were more respectful, didn’t take unnecessary shots at the organization weren’t looking for [crap] to throw against the wall.

It seems Holmes appreciated the media being supportive and giving him the benefit of the doubt when he entered the league. But the New York media isn’t going to change, so he’s just going to have to get used to it. This is something that’s out of the organization’s control, so I hope it doesn’t get so bad that players are turned off wanting to play here.

I guess winning earns you some leeway. When David Diehl (who had a terrible season) gets a DUI and everyone falls over themselves to say how brave and honest he is for admitting his mistake, it’s instantly apparent how differently the Jets are treated (when the media essentially forced them to suspend Braylon Edwards for part of a game for doing the same thing).

If roles were reversed, one wonders if the NY media would re-deploy its more negative staff to go after the Giants in the same way.

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Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

All NFL eyes are on Indianapolis this week for the 2020 Scouting Combine, and the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends will take part in on-field workouts on Thursday.

Wide receiver is undoubtedly a position of need for the Jets, and they may already have their targets set on one of the draft's fastest players.

While listing out five Combine performances that should intrigue the Jets, ESPN's Rich Cimini listed Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, noting that the Jets 'have had their eye on him for a while.'

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Joe Douglas said the magic words on Tuesday, that he wants Jamal Adams to be "a Jet for life." It's exactly what the 24-year-old Adams wanted to hear, especially if that means a lucrative, mega-contract is in the works.

And it probably is -- eventually. Douglas, the Jets GM, conceded he's had "some preliminary talks" with Adams' agent. And Adams has previously said he expects to sign a contract extension with the Jets this offseason.

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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets GM Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets GM Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Adam Gase sees big things for quarterback Sam Darnold in 2020. But that's only if the Jets can keep him healthy.

That's why they are so focused this offseason on what could be a complete overhaul of their offensive line.

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Georgia's Andrew Thomas has long been one of the top offensive tackles in this year's draft class, and you can be sure the Jets -- who need tons of offensive line help this offseason -- will be scouting him heavily leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Thomas let the crowd of reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday know that the Jets have already started looking into him, as he had an informal interview with the organization this week. 

"I met with the Jets," he said. "Just a lot of film, breaking down my film and little things like critiquing my technique."

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6-foot-7, 367-pound Louisville OT Mekhi Becton could be a perfect fit as the Jets look to fortify their line in front of Sam Darnold. And Becton recently met with Joe Douglas and Co.

Becton also expects to meet with the Giants.

"I just like how grimy you guys are," Becton said about New York. "Just love the New York griminess."

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Despite being at the NFL Combine and getting to look at a bunch of young talent, Jets GM Joe Douglas still feels the biggest needs for the team will come in free agency.

"Obviously, 21 UFAs, three RFAs, we have quite a few," Douglas said to SNY's Jeane Coakley on Tuesday in Indianapolis. "So this is an important week for us to get with not only those 21 guys and three RFAs and their representatives, but also others and just see what it's going to look like, so we have a lot of holes to fill moving forward."

Douglas said during his press conference at the combine that he wanted to make All-Pro safety Jamal Adams a "Jets for life," and he reiterated that sentiment later in the day with Coakley.

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As the NFL Combine gets underway in Indianapolis, large parts of each team's staff head there to scout out and interview players, including Jets head coach Adam Gase.

The Jets' first pick of the draft comes at No. 11, and will continue drafting six more times come the last weekend of April, so SNY's Jeane Coakley asked Gase what he and the organization are looking for.

"For us, the interviews are the biggest thing, you get everything else on tape..." Gase said on Tuesday. "Seeing a guy face-to-face, being able to ask him questions, really finding out his football intelligence, kinda finding out who these guys are. It's real important for the coaches and then personnel guys are able to use the numbers and watching these guys work out live to their advantage."

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When Adam Gase came into One Jets Drive as the team's new head coach last season, he knew there was going to be a learning curve. It was an entirely new coaching staff, and more specifically, an entirely new offense for his QB Sam Darnold -- among other playmakers like Le'Veon Bell -- to learn.

But Year 2 in Gase's system should be much easier for the coaches and players, and he said as much during his presser at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday. 

"I think Year 2 is usually the biggest kind of jump, whether it's a player or coach," Gase said. "It's been nice to kind of take that time off after the season, jump right into it, both sides of the ball.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas spoke Tuesday about the futures of Jamal Adams and Le'Veon Bell, being hopeful for Quincy Enunwa, pending free agent Robby Anderson and more at the NFL Combine.

Here are the takeaways...

Douglas wants Adams to be 'a Jet for life'

"We're excited about Jamal. The plan is for Jamal to be a Jet for life. We've had some preliminary talks with his agent -- not gonna get into the specifics of that. But again, the plan is for Jamal to be here a long time."

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Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy is arguably the best receiving prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft class, so media members flocked to his podium on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine to hear what he had to say before his workout and interviews with teams this week. 

Well, he may want to retract one statement.

Jeudy was seen wearing a Star of David chain around his neck, and one reporter asked him why he wears it. This was his answer:

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The NFL's offseason started in earnest on Monday, as the league descended on the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to begin preparations for the NFL Draft. When the week-long meat market is over, free agency will only be two weeks away.

The Jets obviously still have plenty of holes despite a strong finish to their 7-9 season. Here's a look at the five areas -- in order of importance -- that rookie GM Joe Douglas will need to address the most over the next few months:

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Alabama offensive lineman Jedrick Wills Jr. (74) sets up to block against Auburn defensive lineman Big Kat Bryant (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt) (Vasha Hunt/AP)
Alabama offensive lineman Jedrick Wills Jr. (74) sets up to block against Auburn defensive lineman Big Kat Bryant (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt) (Vasha Hunt/AP)

The Jets had a poor offensive line in 2019 and they waste little time addressing that in Pro Football Focus' latest mock ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Only one offensive lineman, Georgia's Andrew Thomas, is selected in the top-10 picks. He goes to the Browns at ten. That allows the Jets to nab Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills.

Here's the PFF pick explained: 

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The Jets have signed wide receiver Josh Doctson, the team announced Saturday.

Doctson, 27, began his collegiate career at Wyoming before transferring to TCU. He was drafted in the first round (22nd overall) by the Redskins in 2016 and spent three seasons with Washington. 

After catching 81 passes for 1100 yards in 33 games, Doctson was cut by the Redskins in training camp prior to the start of the 2019 season.

He landed with the Vikings after clearing waivers, but suited up for just one game and didn't catch a pass. Minnesota waived Doctson in November. 

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Oct 28, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) lines up during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Oct 28, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) lines up during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

The Jets currently have the No. 11 overall pick in the draft, but the latest mock draft from CBS Sports has Gang Green moving up to select one of the top offensive linemen available.

Josh Edwards projects the Jets could send the 11th overall pick and their 2020 third-round pick to Arizona for the eighth overall pick, where they would select Louisville offensive lineman Mekhi Becton. Here's how CBS Sports explains the move:

"New York looks at the teams sitting 8-9-10 and decides they should nab one of those offensive tackles before a run occurs. Becton is off the board in exchange for No. 11 overall and a 2020 third-round pick. They have two third-round picks following an in-season trade of Leonard Williams."

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The NFL put on a good show on Thursday, making it seem like long-term labor peace was at hand. The owners voted on a comprehensive collective bargaining agreement, complete with a 17-game schedule, expanded playoffs, and more money and better benefits for players.

They were hoping for a quick approval. But the players have responded: Not so fast.

The NFL Players Association want to head back to the bargaining table, according to a report from the NFL Network, after the union's executive committee voted 6-5 to not recommend the owners' proposal to their 32 team representatives. It was a stunning reversal, considering that is the committee that negotiated the deal the owners accepted.

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Aug 23, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 23, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Former Jets and Giants defensive lineman Damon "Snacks" Harrison will once again be looking for a new team.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Harrison is being released by the Lions after one and a half seasons with the team. 

Listed at 6-foot-3, 350 pounds, the run-stuffing specialist played 25 games with the Lions, with 24 starts. With Detroit, Harrison totaled 5.5 sacks, 49 combined tackles, eight tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

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Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Sometime in the next few days, or maybe weeks, the NFL is going to add a 17th regular season game and two more playoff teams, which in turn will add to the number of teams in playoff contention.

The NFL owners have been steamrolling in this direction for years. And for all the resistance from the players, it's long been obvious that their compliance is for sale.

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Jan 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of the NFC Wild Card playoff logo during a football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of the NFC Wild Card playoff logo during a football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Changes are reportedly coming to the NFL's playoff structure.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the current CBA proposal includes seven teams from each conference making the the playoffs (currently six teams from each conference make the playoffs), with only one team per conference getting a bye.

The new rule would add one more Wild Card team per conference (meaning the Steelers and Rams would have made the playoffs last season), while putting extra importance on securing the number one seed.

Also of note in the new CBA, the players on the teams with a first-round bye would now be compensated for that weekend, whereas they currently are not. 

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After Jets general manager Joe Douglas spoke to Robby Anderson at the end of last season, he said "He knows how valued he is here."

But the problem for the Jets is Anderson likely knows how valued he might be everywhere else, too.

The 26-year-old Anderson is set to hit the free agent market in March as one of the top receivers available -- and possibly the top target, according to some NFL sources, depending on which receivers actually shake free. That could mean a huge contract for Anderson, who may already be priced out of the Jets' range.

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With his future in Cleveland uncertain, Odell Beckham Jr. would view the Jets as an "ideal landing spot" if the Browns trade him, reports Kristian Dyer of Sports Illustrated.

The source Dyer spoke with said Beckham isn't actively seeking a trade, but that a return to New York would be "welcomed" by him.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Dec. 12 -- when the possibility of Beckham wanting out of Cleveland first arose -- that Beckham would "not be afraid of a return to New York." Vacchiano also listed the Packers, Vikings, and Rams among potential suitors for Beckham.

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Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports  (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs doesn't seem to be too attached to his current team. 

Diggs, who expressed frustration with the Vikings in October prior to the NFL trade deadline, removed all Vikings content from his Instagram account on Tuesday night, leading people to believe that he's once again ready to move on from the team. 

The only problem is that Diggs is still under contract with the team for four more years, and has about $48 million left on the contract that he signed just this past summer.

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Le'Veon Bell's future with the Jets remains as uncertain as it was at the end of last season, when GM Joe Douglas said he'd listen if teams called about his star running back. A trade remains "unlikely" according to a source familiar with the Jets' plans, but they'd consider it for the right offer.

It's just complicated because of Bell's contract. And it all depends on how eager the Jets are to get rid of Bell -- if they're even eager at all.

It's the contract that makes it "unlikely," though. Bell, who turned 28 on Tuesday, is entering the second year of a four-year, $52.5 million contract that includes $13 million in guarantees for 2020, which would be the responsibility of his new team. The Jets would almost certainly have to eat some of that money, as they did when they traded defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the Giants for a third- and fifth-round pick back in October.

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

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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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Daniel Brown (87) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Daniel Brown (87) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

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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Nov 25, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa RedBlacks defensive back Anthony Cioffi (24) tries to catch Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Chris Matthews (81) during the 106th Grey Cup game at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Nov 25, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa RedBlacks defensive back Anthony Cioffi (24) tries to catch Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Chris Matthews (81) during the 106th Grey Cup game at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

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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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

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.

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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.

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Aug 22, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL former player Michael Strahan is seen before a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 22, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL former player Michael Strahan is seen before a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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.

 

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