With Darrelle Revis now in Tampa Bay, we wanted to take one long last look at his career with the Jets and reflect on how the situation came to where it ended on Sunday night.

Revis was a player that the Jets coaches, scouts and front offices knew they badly wanted as they approached the 2007 NFL Draft.  On draft's first day, the Jets traded their 25th, 59th and 164th overall picks to Carolina to gain the 14th pick and a sixth rounder allowing them to select Darrelle Revis, a player destined to become a cornerstone of the defense and looks to continue to in Tampa Bay.  In addition to Revis, the returned sixth rounder from Carolina later helped the Jets to trade up to acquire LB David Harris, now the only remaining defensive player still with the Jets from the 2007 season.

The Jets 2007 NFL Draft class might have only had four selections, but the impact of adding Harris and Revis was unquesioned for the Jets defense over the next six years.  “For the quality of players we were able to acquire," Mike Tannenbaum told reporters the night after the conclusion of the draft, "we thought it was worth it."  It might have seemed like a risk at the time, but former GM Mike Tannenbaum and coach Eric Mangini saw Revis as all reward.  The two had coveted Revis and had done as much homework as possible on the Junior cornerback from the University of Pittsburgh. When watching game film, Mangini marveled that Revis was almost never beaten by a receiver.  Eric Mangini once called Revis "inherently competitive" -- a prophetic phrase even in his desire to be one of the league's top paid players.  Tannenbaum famously quizzed the limousine driver who took Revis to and from the airport on his pre-draft visit to the Jets.  The Jets GM later quipped that “it was just another test he passed.”

Revis had to pass a lot of tests growing up on the hardscrabble streets of Aliquippa, PA.  Gangs, drugs and violence were fixtures in his community and while his family kept him close, there were too many sobering lessons for a young man of his age.  His family kept him away from most of it, but not all.  One of Revis' uncles once belonged to a gang at the Griffin Heights apartment complex in his town and Revis often begged his uncle to tag along.  After months, his uncle reluctantly agreed.  It was the first and last time Revis ever asked to join him.

Passing tests was easy for Darrelle and if he had passed every test leading in the pre-draft process, he and the Jets received an incomplete when both sides were unable to come to terms on a rookie contract prior to the start of training camp.  Getting rookies in on time was a source of pride for Tannenbaum and something that had only happened on his watch once prior with the Jets.

It had been ten years since rookie James Farrior held out in 1997, the year of  Mike Tannenbaum's first year in New York while working under Parcells.  Tannenbaum knew the importance of avoiding rookie holdouts, an event that could hold back rookies from valuable learning time in camp.  

The main holdup of the contract was over one issue, the length of the contract.  Revis had watched his uncle Sean Gilbert's process in the NFL and how teams can control players through extra years and franchising.  Staying away from a similar situation was something deeply ingrained into the rookie and he knew his conviction in seeing it address in his contract mattered.  Gilbert had sat out a whole season after a contract/franchising dispute with the Washington Redskins, a move which saw Gilbert traded to the Panthers after a year to get the deal he wanted.  At the time, the Jets were adamant about making the deal six-years and Revis's agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod  (who were mired in another Jets contract squabble with another client, Pete Kendall) preferred a five-year term for their rookie client and the inability to franchise.  While there had been many passes, the Jets worked late into the night on August 14th with Schwartz and Feinsod, while Eric Mangini visited with Revis's mother Diana Gilbert that night to encourage a deal.  A deal was finally struck the next day, August 15th 2007 and Revis jumped into practices.  It hadn't been four months since his drafting by the Jets and while the team might have known what they had on the field and in the gym, the clouds were already darkening over the front office.

Revis eventually settled on a generous contract that many thought exorbitant on the Jets part, based on where he was drafted.  The deal was a six year contract worth as much as  $36 million and which included $11 million in guarantees and a signing bonus of $4.7 million.  The contract also contained stipulations against franchising along with language to make the deal voidable or able to be bought back by the Jets.  While there was no franchising, it still allowed the Jets to bank on the fact they thought they had one of the league's very best cornerbacks and it didn't take them long to see it for themselves.  Revis got into camp late and while there was some initial hazing, his teammates quickly took him under their wing and he spent countless hours studying the team's defensive scheme as well as doing exhaustive film work. The talent and the hard work paid off and Revis tallied three interceptions and a staggering 17 passes defensed in his rookie year.

There were signs of greatness from Revis in his rookie season, but it wasn't without its low points.  Lee Evans got the best of Revis in an October game against the Bills and then in a 2007 December 9th matchup against the Browns, Revis had one of his toughest games.  Future Jet Braylon Edwards caught a number of key passes matched up against Revis, most notably in a one-two punch in the second half in which Edwards caught a 45-yarder to put the Browns in scoring reach.  Then two plays later, QB Derek Anderson went back to Edwards, who scored a four-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone.  Both passes came over Revis, who didn't mince words later in the locker room, "it wasn't a positive game for me."

To his credit, Revis bounced back with a solid game the next week against the then seemingly unstoppable Spygate Patriots.  Revis faced off against Randy Moss and held the Patriot receiver without a score for only the third time of the 2007 regular season.  Of course, with handshakes between Mangini and Belichick to obsess over, Revis's play got lost in the shuffle.

If 2007 was a baptism by fire, then 2008 was when Jets fans really began to see how valuable Revis could be to the team. Pro Football Focus ranked Revis as their third best corner that season, beating out much bigger names of the time like Champ Bailey, Charles Woodson and Asante Samuel among others. Revis's rapid growth at the start of the 2008 season was noticeable.  Within just a few games, it became clear what the Jets long-term goals were around Revis; to effectively match him up against an opponent's best receiver and have Revis neutralize them. "[The coaches] want to put our best against their best," Revis told reporters that September. "As a competitor, I want to go up against the best every week. That's why they drafted me, why they think I can do that job."  Over the course of the rest of that season, Revis only became more consistent in his play.  There were never bad games for Revis and his good games were getting better and he started impacting the game more and more.

2008 was also special in another way for Revis. Veteran corner Ty Law joined the team in November, just in time for a Thursday night matchup against the Patriots, a game the Jets won 34-31 in overtime.  Law also grew up in Aliquippa Pennsyvania and was an icon and mentor to Revis.  Law, who had played for the Jets in 2005 saw it as an opportunity to pass the torch to a fellow 'Quip. “That’s my little boy,” said the then 34-year-old Law. “I’ve watched him grow up and to be able to help him now, it’ll be a good deal. He’s wearing No. 24, and he’s representing me. He’s a stud, and it’s going to be more of a pleasure to watch him grow.”

Revis was progressively getting better over the course of 2008, but it was the proverbial tree-falling-in-the-woods.  Since all the media attention was locked on Brett Favre and the collapse of the Jets over the second half of the season, few noticed the quiet and steadily increasing play of Revis. The coach who brought him in just two years prior was now gone and the team was moving on to a new coaching paradigm in an attempt to get out from the shadow of the Patriots.  While Revis's game had been improving quickly, Revis himself openly stated that there were a few things he thought were lacking in Mangini.  "He needed to sit us down, correct the mistakes, and get more in-depth with what we need to do, and what we need to accomplish as a team," Revis told WFAN back in early 2009.   "He'll say one thing on the board, but then relating to the player, [he] had a tough time sometimes."

The Jets got a much more approachable coach in Rex Ryan and one who intricately knew how to use great cornerbacks.  In his introductory press conference, Ryan called Revis "the best cornerback" in the league.  While many were put off by Ryan's early boasting, calling Revis that during his first day on the job was prophesy.  Revis was named the AFC Defensive Player of the year, was the AFC reception return yards leader and racked up an unconscionable 31 passes defensed -- a number that has never been repeated.  He ranked first overall among cornerbacks according to Pro Football Focus and the Jets held top opposing wideouts to the lowest effectiveness over the course of the season.  In average yards allowed to oppsing #1 receivers, the Jets lead the league by a huge margin at just 30.5 yards per game.  The most impressive part?  He did it against some of the league's very best players that year: Andre Johnson, Randy Moss (twice), Marques Colston, Steve Smith, Roddy White, Reggie Wayne and Chad Ochocinco were among them and none of them had more than 70 yards a game.  The strength of Revis's play helped the Jets create one of the league's most suffocating defenses that year and allowed the team's rookie quarterback some breathing room to make a postseason bid.

As many fathers and uncles talk to their sons and nephews about the 1969 Amazins,  Willis Reed's Game 7 appearance or Maris & Mantle, the 2009 season by Revis has that same quality.   That season was poetry, poetry with a regular pattern.  As the season went on, the refrain was always the same.  The Jets would face off against an impressive receiver or quarterback and the question would inevitably be asked again; but can Revis dominate this game?  And each week the answer would always be a resounding YES.  Rex Ryan called the season "the best year a cornerback has ever had."

While 2009 didn't produce a Defensive Player of the Year honor for Revis (robbed in the voting by Charles Woodson) it did produce his now famous moniker Revis Island.  Revis Island of course was a figurative place where opposing receivers would get marooned or shipwrecked when up against the Jets and Revis.  It might have been small and inhospitable, but Revis Island was the one place where Jets fans could ruthlessly rule over any NFL team.  It was a clever and definitive of the post Mangini Jets and the fans embraced it lustily.  The zeitgeist reached a crescendo with Mayor Bloomberg's pronouncement that Manhattan was unoffically "Revis Island" for the team's 2009-2010 postseason run.  In what now seems in retrospect one of the most fitting acts, Revis sought trademark protection for the phrase.

Due to the magnitude of how well Revis played in 2009, the team's situation with Revis quickly shifted.  While the Jets didn't make it to the Super Bowl, the knew what they had in Revis and based on the prior negotiations over his rookie deal, the team approached Revis' agents seek a deal that would make Revis a Jet for the remainder of his career.  A deal was not struck and rumors of Revis' displeasure became reality when in spring a practice, Revis faked an injury to protest his contract situation.  That move was the warning shot across the team's bow that Revis was about to hold out until a new deal was struck.

For the most part, the public was on his side.  Having just become an NFL household name and doing so in such an impressive fashion, it was impossible for the Jets to ignore the public pressure and not do a deal.  Knowing that he was still a ways from free agency and having proven himself to be one of the best defenders in football, Revis and his agents were looking for a massive new contract once the Jets had opened Pandora's box in approaching him in the first place.

What followed was a very long process to get Revis and the Jets to create a new deal.  Media blackouts, clandestine meetings at the Roscoe Diner, irate conference calls with Rex Ryan ... more beseeching of Revis's mother and uncle ... the contract took months to renegotiate and gave both sides something they wanted, but wasn't without its thorns.  In the end, Revis got a huge payday worth $46 million over four years and assurances that the Jets could not franchise him, while the Jets got their star player plus the assurances that he would never hold out again because of severe penalties adding years back to the deal should he do so.

When the deal was struck, GM Mike Tannenbaum was open about how doubtful he was that a deal would get done.  "This was one of those things where I really wasn't optimistic," Tannenbaum said. "I really wasn't. I'm an optimist by nature, but this was really hard. There was a lot of heavy lifting, a lot of work put into it."

Revis was aware of the strain his holdout had been and acknowledged it on Twitter. "It not has only been hard on you [the fans] but it has for me too. I just want to tell y'all that I'm sorry for this process and I can't wait to get back on the field."

Revis was ready to get back to playing, but whether the Jets and Revis were both happy with their deal seemed uncertain.  The agents later referred to the deal as a "Band-Aid" disparagingly, but Revis' signing made for a fairytale ending for HBO & NFL Films and as neatly as possible squashed the Waiting for Godot storyline of the 2010 installment of Hard Knocks.

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Of course, less than a week after signing and this warm and fuzzy moment, Revis told NBC Sports that he might orchestrate yet another holdout the following year, should he need to do so.  To many, that was the point where his good will in the public started eroding.

After all the maneuvering leading into the season, 2010 didn't go as hoped.  Revis played well in stretches, his conditioning was questionable.  Against the Patriots in a September game, Revis pulled his hamstring on a pass to Randy Moss that ended up being a touchdown after a war of words between Moss and Revis during the previous postseason.  Revis then missed three games and admitted that absence from training camp might have been a factor.  In October of that year, he was ticketed for speeding when driving 80 mph in a 40 mph zone because he was late to practice.  Until a stellar late stretch and playoff run, 2010 was the most unRevislike season of his career.

Putting all the ugliness behind him, Revis returned to form in 2011 with another dominant season.  If the world wasn't paying attention in 2009, Revis made sure that wouldn't happen again in 2011 when he  intercepted Tony Romo to help the Jets clinch a victory on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 during a Sunday Night Football game.  A month later, Revis set a team record (tied) by returning an interception 100 yards against the Dolphins.

2011 was a statistical success, but missed the playoffs due to poor execution and a lack of chemistry and leadership from within.  At the 2012 Pro Bowl, Revis was asked about the on-field meltdown of Santonio Holmes against the Dolphins.  Revis answered that “this past year was very frustrating for not just me, but for the team as a whole,” Revis told NFL Network. “There was a lot of stuff going on… behind the scenes that I figured we would have [fixed] it [at the time]. Then everything would have been cool and we could have moved on. Obviously we didn’t. The season kind of spiraled late during the season.”

Revis also told reporters that he and Rex had a serious talk after the season ended and Revis mentioned that Rex Ryan didn't know all of the drama that was killing the Jets from within.  “After the season, [Rex and I] talked," Revis said from the Pro Bowl.  "Basically, he didn’t know a lot of things that were going on behind the scenes. It was just so much stuff. I’m really not going to get into it because some of the stuff is real deep. But he didn’t know a lot of the things. He wanted people to say things to him. But obviously it didn’t come out. It came out on the field (late in the season).”

Putting both quotes together was troubling, for a variety of reasons.  The Jets players didn't have the leadership and communication skills needed to handle the bad blood between players during the course of the 2011, but Revis didn't seem able to take the mantle of leader of this team, though there was every reason for him to be.  Revis was one of the team's longest tenured defenders.  Revis was the team's best player by far, shutting down opponents week in and week out.  Revis worked harder than most anyone else on the team and younger players emulated his work ethic.  Revis made more money than anyone else on the team during the 2011 season.  Revis had everything going for him to be the one player that all the others would follow without question, but when it came to squashing locker room controversy and pulling the team together, he took a passive role in explaining and resolving the problem and in notifying his coach, just according to his own quotes.

After taking $25 million in compensation in 2011 through bonuses and salary, there were rumblings about Revis' discontent with his 2012 salary as the Jets prepared for the 2012 NFL Draft.  Revis was set to make $46 million over the course of his four years, but the numbers were swinging to the Jets favor in 2012.   The threats of a potential holdout seemed real, but they went nowhere and the public started to feel the fatigue of the third threat of a holdout in six years.  With just two years left on his contract should he not hold out as opposed to four years at a salary that would greatly displease Revis should he stay away from camp, the team's cornerback chose to quietly show up for training camp and put his contract complaints for 2012 behind him.  Revis had made his point; if he was going to stay with the Jets, he wanted a new contract after the 2012 season ended.

Then the 2012 season happened.  In the season opener, Revis suffered a concussion which kept him off the field in Week 2.  In his first game back on September 23, Revis tore the ACL on his left knee in a non-contract injury.  The injury was obviously serious and his return for the season seemed doubtful.  Rex Ryan held off putting Revis on IR for a few weeks, hoping he could come back for the playoffs, but as the season unfolded Ryan eventually relented.

As soon as Revis was taken off the field, the questions began about what his long-term viability with the Jets might be.  Had fans already seen Revis play his last game with the Jets?  Coming off injury, it seemed unlikely that the Jets were going to renegotiate the contract with Revis, something he was already upset over in leading into 2012.  How was the situation about to get better?  If anything the injury made the situation infinitely more complex.

We all know what happened from here, but in the end the Jets and Darrelle Revis parted because they didn't see eye to eye on matching up his contributions to compensation.  Revis is assuredly one of the best players in the league and deserves to get recognized for that.  But the team who quizzed his limo driver for dirt, the team who risked a daring draft day trade to pick him, the team who broke their normal protocol to renegotiate his deal earlier than they normally would had gone as far as they felt possible.

Revis is betting on himself, and rightly so.

Jets are betting on themselves, and rightly so.

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Should the Jets trade down? 00:03:02
The Daily News Live crew discusses whether or not the Jets should trade down so they can acquire more draft picks.

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The Jets were so intent on acquiring more draft picks that just three weeks ago Mike Maccagnan insisted the Jets were "open for business every round."

Now it sounds like he means every round except the first.

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QB Mitch Trubisky highlights 00:01:06
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of former UNC quarterback and NFL Draft prospect Mitch Trubisky.

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One year after using a second-round pick on quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said he "potentially" could draft a quarterback again. And no, he insisted, that wouldn't mean he's admitting a mistake on Hackenberg.

It would just be another step in the long process of finding "the right quarterback for this team."

"I don't think taking a player at one position is a referendum on another player," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday afternoon. "I think the goal is to put together best roster you can. Of course quarterback is a very, very important position in this process. But I wouldn't necessarily view it as a referendum."

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DeShone Kizer highlights 00:01:19
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Notre Dame quarterback and NFL Draft prospect DeShone Kizer.

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Only time will tell if the Jets are serious about taking a quarterback in the first-round of the draft, but in the meantime they certainly are doing their homework.

The latest proof of that is the NFL Network report that they've already held a private workout with DeShone Kizer, the Notre Dame quarterback considered to be one of the top three quarterback prospects in the draft. That explains why Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles skipped Notre Dame's Pro Day on Thursday and were both at Ohio State's Pro Day instead.

The Jets also have a private workout scheduled with North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who revealed that "secret" to reporters at his own Pro Day earlier this week. And while it's not known if the Jets plan to do the same with Clemson's DeShaun Watson, it seems likely that they will...

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The NFL's free-agent signing period is open, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates on what the Jets are doing with their own free agents and with free agents from other teams, and for updates on their available salary cap space and contract numbers.

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Brian Bassett is joined by SNY Analyst and former New York Jet Willie Colon for an all-new podcast, as they cover all the angles of the Jets rebuild - including Josh McCown, the future at running back, the state of the defense, and whether or not Todd Bowles will be around to see it all through.

Click below to listen!

 

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Marshon Lattimore highlights 00:00:35
SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore.

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One day after sending a large contingent to North Carolina to watch quarterback Mitch Trubisky at his Pro Day, the Jets rolled out their big guns for the Pro Day at Ohio State.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles were both in attendance at the Buckeyes Pro Day, according to reports out of Columbus, Ohio, along with representatives of every other NFL team -- including Giants scouting director Marc Ross. Maccagnan and Bowles were surely taking a close look at cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker -- two strong candidates for the Jets to take with the sixth overall pick in the draft.

And for what it's worth, they chose a trip to Columbus over a trip to South Bend, Ind., where Notre Dame was holding its Pro Day on Thursday. The star of the Fighting Irish showcase was another quarterback -- DeShone Kizer -- who could go in the first round (though likely not as high as 6)...

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WR Quinton Patton has signed with the Jets, the team annnounced Thursday.

He had visited with the team this past weekend.

Last season, Patton recorded 37 catches for 408 yards with the 49ers.

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Jamal Adams highlights 00:01:05
SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of LSU safety Jamal Adams.

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Now that the big-money part of NFL free agency is over, teams have begun increasingly focusing on the NFL draft, and their first-round targets are becoming a little clearer. So here's SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27:

1.) S Jamal Adams, LSU - From the beginning, I've been focused on a cornerback for the Jets in this spot and Marshon Lattimore sure is a possibility (see below). But after free agency, it's clear that safety is the Jets' biggest unfulfilled need. No, they didn't do big things at corner either, but they have young players they liked and they added some potential in Morris Claiborne. At safety, though, they don't have much after striking out on Tony Jefferson in free agency. Calvin Pryor is in the last year of his contract and Marcus Gilchrist could be a salary cap casualty after the season. The 6-foot, 214-pound Adams is the best at his position in the draft and could be the leader of the Jets' secondary for years. (Last report: 2)...

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Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

TE Mychal Rivera has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, reports Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

Rivera visted the Jets on Monday, according to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.

Rivera caught 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown in 13 games with Oakland last season. 

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson took to Instagram to refute a recent report that he is out of shape. 

In a video posted to his Instagram story, Wilkerson is seen running on a treadmill while sarcastically responding about his conditioning. 

"They say I'm fat and out of shape," he said. "Ha-ha. Keep sleeping on me. I'm telling you."

Wilkerson was referencing an article by the Daily News' Manish Mehta from last week. In the piece, Mehta quotes unnamed scouts who said the 27-year-old looked out of shape when he attended the Temple Pro Day in Philadelphia.

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Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

Mel Kiper's third Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Kiper notes that if the Jets are going to go with Josh McCownBryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg at quarterback, they are going to need someone to catch passes, and at 6-foot-6, 251 pounds, Howard is Kiper's top-ranked pass-catcher. While his numbers were not staggering at Alabama, Howard "has all of the athletic attributes of a top-tier player, though, and he was one of the most impressive prospects at the combine."

Howard caught 45 passes for 595 yards and three touchdowns last season. In his four years at Alabama, the 22-year old accumulated 114 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns.

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The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown.

The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown. 

 


Weighing the Jets QB options 00:01:15
Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets' quarterback quandary after signing Josh McCown.

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One day after signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown, the Jets' search for their quarterback of the future continued in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Jets had a group of scouts and coaches -- reportedly including new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates -- in attendance there on Tuesday for the University of North Carolina's Pro Day, where the star attraction was Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky. And they're interested enough in the 22-year-old that Trubisky told reporters the Jets have set up a private workout with him, too.

The Jets currently are slated to pick sixth in the upcoming NFL draft and Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson are the only quarterbacks most NFL scouts and talent evaluators consider to be potential Top 10 picks. Some don't think any of the quarterbacks are Top 10 worthy, which means they could be available if the Jets decide to trade down.

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GEICO SportsNite: Josh McCown 00:01:28
Taylor Rooks talks with SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown.

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Josh McCown is not the New York Jets' quarterback of the future, but neither were any of the other quarterbacks available on the free-agent market. There was no ideal answer to the Jets' biggest question.

But McCown is the perfect player to get them closer to the answers they need.

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The No. 1 priority for the Jets heading into this offseason was unquestionably to find a quarterback. Nothing else came close. Without a quarterback, nothing else really mattered. The Jets were desperate.

Or so we all thought.

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Writer/director Spike Lee said it's "fishy" that free agent QB Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, mentioning the Jets among the teams that could use Kaepernick.

"The New York J-E-T-S Need A Quarterback," Lee wrote on Instagram. "Who Is The J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In."

Lee, who recently had brunch with Kaepernick, added that Kaepernick being unsigned "stinks to the high heavens."

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent quarterback Chase Daniel will visit with the Jets on Monday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Last Monday, Daniel asked the Eagles for his release after they traded for veteran QB Nick Foles.

The 30-year-old backup quarterback visited with the Saints over the weekend, but left New Orleans without a deal.

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GEICO SportsNite: McCown 00:00:53
After reports that QB Josh McCown left his visit with the Jets without a contract, Ray Lucas discusses if signing the veteran is a fit.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets' latest search for their quarterback of the future could be nearing a temporary conclusion. And if it is, they'll have yet another short-term answer to the franchise's biggest problem.

Josh McCown, a 37-year-old journeyman free agent, continued his visit with the Jets for a second day on Saturday, according to an NFL source. The two sides are serious enough about each other that they've discussed contract parameters, the source said. Indications were that his visit was going very well.

That seems to position McCown as the leader of the dwindling pack of Jets' quarterback options. The Jets are also interested in former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, according to a source, and though he was expected to be brought in for a visit that has not happened yet. A team source confirmed the Jets have no interest in ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and beyond that the market is extremely thin.

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CB Morris Claiborne has signed with the Jets, the team announced. 

It will be a one-year deal worth $5 million, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old Claiborne had 26 tackles and one interception in seven games last season for the Cowboys.

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On the latest edition of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former Jets QB Geno Smith sits down with Taylor to discuss his time with the Jets and his decision to join the Giants.

"I will always kind of have that regret because I wanted to do so many things for that franchise.....I'm not a quitter, I don't like to lose and I don't like to give up on things. Sometimes in business you have to go your separate ways."

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)

Free agent QB Josh McCown will visit the Jets on Friday and Saturday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

He completed 90 passes for 165 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions in five games last season for the Browns...

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Smart or Disappointing 00:02:19
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing off season

Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing offseason.

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Jets making right moves in FA? 00:03:37
The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.

The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.


 (Mark Hoffman)
(Mark Hoffman)

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The Jets claimed defensive tackle Mike Pennel off waivers in February, only to let him go a month later. Now they are bringing him back again.

The 25-year-old Pennel has signed a one-year deal with the Jets, his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed on Twitter. The former Green Bay Packer will be in the mix this summer to make the team on the Jets' crowded defensive line.

Pennel was once seen as a promising player. The 6-4, 332-pounder even started five games with the Packers in 2015. But his career took a bad turn last season when he was suspended twice -- for the first four games and then the last four games -- for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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Let me get you started with the questions, because I know the big one that's on everybody's mind:

Q: What are the Jets going to do at quarterback?

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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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Quincy Enunwa's breakout year was another example of how the former sixth-round pick has exceeded expectations. And in the NFL, young players get compensated for doing that.

To no one's surprise, the 24-year old receiver led the Jets in performance-based compensation from the NFL for the second straight season, pocketing another $327,637 for his 58-catch, 857-yard season. The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap.

In 2015, Enunwa pocketed nearly $300,000 in performance-based pay, giving him about $625,000 in bonuses for the last two seasons. His salaries for those two seasons were slightly more than $850,000 combined, so his bonuses equated to about 74 percent of his base pay...

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Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the team announced. 

Late last September, Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for a DUI charge and was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Three days later, the Jets claimed him off waivers. 

In seven games with the Jets, he recorded 10 catches for 110 yards. 

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Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field.  (Brad Mills (USA Today))
Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills (USA Today))

A Pittsburgh judge has dismissed all charges against former Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

According to reports, Revis' childhood friend appeared before the judge with his attorney and said he pulled the accusers off Revis and punched them.

Pittsburgh police charged Revis with four felonies, including two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy/aggravated assault and one count misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats for the incident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 12.

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets are looking for a versatile third running back and kick returner and had made an offer to Travaris Cadet, but he has chosen to remain with the Saints, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Cadet was also weighing an offer from the Bills.

A 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, Cadet -- who visited with the Jets this past weekend -- has spent most of his five NFL seasons with the Saints. He had 40 catches and four receiving touchdowns for New Orleans last year, where new Jets offensive coordinator John Morton was the receiving coach...

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Dont'a Hightower returns to Pats 00:02:26
The Daily News Live team talks about Dont'a Hightower's decision to re-sign with the defending-champion Patriots rather than the Jets.

Free agent LB Dont'a Hightower has returned to the Patriots, signing a four-year, $43.5 million deal that includes a $19 million signing bonus.

The 27-year-old All-Pro visited the Jets on Monday and the Steelers on Tuesday. 

There were reports that New York was among the highest bidders for Hightower's services, reportedly offering him more than $12 million per year.

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 (Daniel Powers (USA Today))
(Daniel Powers (USA Today))

Update: 

The Jets have offered free agent LB Dont'a Hightower more than $12 million per year, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

Jason La Confora reported yesterday that the Jets had offered the most money for Hightower. La Confora said that the 27-year-old was not inclined to take New York's offer.

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 (Steven Senne/AP)
(Steven Senne/AP)

In today's Jets mailbag, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano weighs in on the quarterback situation, the possibility of tanking, and the Jets' potential pitch to Dont'a Hightower...


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Is it worth the #Jets going after a Brock Osweiler or Chase Daniel if other teams are on the hook for their salaries? -- @MiniHulk5

If you mean that's because their prices will be lower, I wouldn't worry about that. Yes, Osweiler and Daniel are already making money this season from their old teams, so perhaps they'd be willing to take less from their new one. But really, how high is their value going to be anyway? Right now I only count four teams without a starting quarterback - the Jets, Browns, Texans, and 49ers. The Texans are probably going to get Tony Romo and the other two are drafting 1-2 in April...

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Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Looking to bolster their rushing attack - which might be especially important if they end up with an inexperienced quarterback - the Jets are bringing in fullback Zach Line for a free-agent visit.

The 26-year-old Line, who played the last four seasons for the Vikings, is expected to arrive in Florham Park, N.J., on Wednesday. He had been the Vikings' primary fullback the last two seasons. In 2016, the Vikings had the NFL's worst rushing attack, though that was largely due to the absence of running back Adrian Peterson. In 2015, they ranked fourth in the league as Peterson rushed for 1,485 yards.

The Jets did not have a true fullback on their roster last season, though they still ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

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Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9.  (Bill Streicher (USA Today))
Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9. (Bill Streicher (USA Today))

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Howard Jones, a defensive end who can play linebacker in a 3-4 defense and who spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will make a free-agent visit to the Jets on Friday, an NFL source confirmed.

The visit, reported by ESPN, will be a chance for the Jets to check on his rehabilitation from a torn ACL that limited him to just eight games last season. In 2015, before he got hurt, he showed a lot of promise with five sacks in 12 games, including five starts. He had two sacks that season in his NFL debut.

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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The free-agent market has thinned out a bit, but the Jets still have plenty of holes to fill. Yes, they still need a quarterback. But they have many other needs, too.

The good news is they still have a decent amount of salary-cap space and there is still help available. Here's a look at some of the non-quarterbacks still on the market who could be a fit:

CB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys) - The former sixth-overall pick (2012), he was long considered a bust before he began to finally play up to expectations last season - right up until he injured his groin. He's still only 27 and as the Jets begin a youth movement in the secondary it might be worth giving him a chance to prove his start last season wasn't a fluke. They'd need to move fast, though, since word is he could soon end up with the Ravens.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Patriots still tormenting Jets 00:02:49
The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.

The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.


Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back with a new podcast, and for the Jets, it's been a few weeks of out with the old, and in with the…well, not much. The guys say goodbye to Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, and Nick Folk, and look ahead to what comes next as the Jets look to re-build around QB TBD.

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

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The Jets don't seem to be in any hurry to figure out their starting quarterback for 2017 and they are "considering all options," according to a source. At the moment there are many. None of them are great.

But Jay Cutler does appear to be up near the top of their list.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)
Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Updates (Mar. 13)

4:25 p.m.: The Jets concluded their visit with free agent LB Dont'a Hightower on Monday afternoon.

11:10 a.m.: After visiting the Jets, Hightower is scheduled to visit the Steelers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Cutler to NY? 00:02:51
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the latest on the New York Jets and Giants in free agency.

The Jets have called to express interest in free agent QB Jay Cutler, who was released by the Bears last week, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Cutler, 33, completed 81 of 137 passes for 1,059 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions in five games last season for the Bears while dealing with two separate injuries.

He threw for 3,659 yards in 2015 to go along with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets sat on the sidelines during the first few days of the NFL's free-agent frenzy, choosing to avoid some of the crazy contracts being thrown around. But they have done some spending, re-signing a few of their own players and bringing in a new left tackle and a new kicker.

So what's next? Well, the biggest question of all still hangs over the Jets since they don't yet know who their starting quarterback will be in 2017. Pretty much every other question pales in comparison to that one, and they don't appear much closer to answering it right now.

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 (Matt Kartozian)
(Matt Kartozian)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Jets still haven't ruled out bringing Geno Smith back to compete for their starting quarterback job next season. But the Giants may be taking a shot at him first.

Smith, the former Jets second-round pick, is making a free agent visit across town to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, an NFL source confirmed. The Giants are in the market for a backup to Eli Manning, with both Josh Johnson and Ryan Nassib currently unrestricted free agents.

A big part of the visit, according to one source, is so the Giants can get a sense for where the 26-year-old Smith is in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last October in his lone start last season with the Jets. In a recent interview with NFL Network, Smith said he was on track to be ready for the start of training camp in July, but likely wouldn't be ready for football activities before that.

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Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY: The Jets are still searching for a quarterback, but now they have someone who can protect his blindside.

Taking their first dip in this year's free-agent pool, the Jets signed former Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum on Friday night. He figures to immediately become the starter on the left side, taking the place of the Ryan Clady/Ben Ijalana combo the Jets used last season.

The Jets also filled two other key vacancies on Friday night when they signed former Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who replaces the recently released Nick Folk, and they re-signed long-snapper Tanner Purdum.

Beachum (6 foot 3, 308 pounds) was the big get for the Jets. A former seventh-round pick of the Steelers, he was on his way to becoming one of the best left tackles in the NFL before he tore his ACL during the 2015 season. He proved his recovery, though, by starting 15 games at left tackle for the Jaguars last year.

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Jets outlook for 2017 00:03:24
The Daily News Live panel wonders if the Jets have already given up on the 2017 season given the current makeup of the team.

Maccagnan's seat warming up? 00:02:42
Jon Hein and Dan Graca discuss if Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan should be on the hot seat as the Jets enter free agency.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

The first few hours of the NFL's free-agent frenzy didn't clear up the Jets' quarterback question, but the landscape changed a bit and may have increased their options. Jay Cutler, as expected, is now available. And Brock Osweiler, unexpectedly, is available too.

So what are the Jets doing and who are they looking at, and do they have any idea who their quarterback will be in 2017?

Here's a look at their current options, just a few hours after the market opened with the Jets standing relatively still:

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Jets lack of free agent activity 00:03:06
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate just how depressing the first day of free agency has been for the New York Jets and their fan base.

Free agent RB Benny Cunningham  met with the Jets on Friday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports.

The 26-year-old appeared in 11 games last season with the Rams, rushing 21 times for 101 yards.

Cunningham signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and has spent his entire career with the St. Louis/Los Angeles franchise.

Since debuting in 2013, he's carried the ball 171 times for 748 yards and four touchdowns in 57 career games with the Rams.

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Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) fumbles the ball after being sacked by New York Jets linebacker Corey Lemonier (44) and New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) fumbles the ball after being sacked by New York Jets linebacker Corey Lemonier (44) and New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets have re-signed LB Corey Lemonier, the team announced Thursday night.

The 25-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Lions on Dec. 26 and appeared in New York's Week 17 game against the Bills.

Lemonier has appeared in 51 career games since he was selected by the 49ers in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Josh Martin (95) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Josh Martin (95) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Jets have re-signed LB/ST Josh Martin to a two-year, $4.3 million deal, the team announced Thursday night.

The fourth-year pro played in a career-high 15 games for New York last season, primarily on special teams.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

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