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There is never a dull moment in Jets land, and the last six months have served as a constant reminder. After a 2011 season filled with great expectations ended in a downward spiral and an equally - if not more - dramatic off-season dominated headlines, there is little doubt all eyes will be on the New York Jets in 2012. And while Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Rex Ryan will all dominate the majority of the conversation, there is another name that also deserves just as much consideration: General Manager Mike Tannenbaum.

No year has ever been more important for Jets GM, and rightfully so -- his job is on the line.

It's difficult and often uncomfortable to focus on the negative, and it's clear the majority of fans feel the same way, especially after last season. But this is New York, and Jets Nation is ready for a ring. If this season is less than easy-breezy and the Jets fail to make the playoffs, you can bet, or better yet, guarantee that someone will have to pay the price.

It's clear, despite the public declarations otherwise, that Brian Schottenheimer was the scapegoat for last season. We can continue to debate whether or not he deserved it, but one cannot deny that there is something to be said about fresh blood, and Tony Sparano and his philosophies have given fans a new sense of hope for what's to come.

If the Jets don't not turn things around, another name will have to be sacrificed in the name of change. And Tannenbaum, not Rex Ryan, is that guy.

For the past few months, media and fans alike have lambasted and criticized Rex for his hyperbole and guarantees - which ironically they applauded and found "refreshing" just a little over a year ago - coming to the conclusion that 2012 is make it or break it for the outspoken head coach. Sure, all coaches are on short leashes in the NFL, but after taking the team to back-to-back AFC Championship games in his first two seasons in New York, I think it's safe to say Rex's seat isn't that hot.

Tannenbaum, on the other hand, has a much lengthier resume from which to direct "blame." We all know he is a so-called cap genius, but what else has the GM been widely successful with aside from managing the team's finances? It is fair to say that time has exposed Tannenbaum's weakness, which have been fair more costly than a head coach that likes to guarantee Super Bowls.

ESPN New York's Jane McManus was one of the first to direct the finger pointing properly at the GM last winter while the rest of the media was worrying about which  anonymous source was blasting the quarterback. McManus eloquently wrote that perhaps a regression was overdue, given Tannenbaum's failure to properly address personnel the past few years, particularly heading into 2011. McManus specifically cited the problems with the offensive line and the turnover at wide receiver, two points that simply cannot be argued.

Earlier this spring, Jason McIntyre of the Big Lead also wrote about Tannenbaum, concluding that if the Jets miss the playoffs, Tannenbaum will lose his job. McIntyre cited Tannenbaum's lack of draft success and what he deemed as a few poor years of free agency as reasons for such a change.

I disagree with several of McIntrye's finer points, particularly his insinuation that Tannenbaum "lost" Jamaal Westerman and Brodney Pool in FA this year (I think we can deal with those losses, yes?), but the conclusion  in both McIntrye's and McManus' arguments are spot on: Under Tannenbaum's tenure, personnel management has been unsuccessful.

The NFL's most successful franchises all seem to understand that Super Bowl teams are made and built through the NFL Draft. Not one draft, not two drafts, but through years and years of successful scouting and drafts.

Under Tannenbaum, things started off pretty peachy. He is, after all, partially responsible for drafting Darrelle Revis, the best defensive player in the league, in addition to other premiere talents like D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold and David Harris.

But things started to deteriorate after 2008, and not just with the high profile busts like Vlad Ducasse and Vernon Ghloston. Prior to this year's draft, the Jets had only drafted 23 players over the last five years. The league average is 38. Under Tannenbaum, the Jets missed out on more than a dozen potential starters and, as we saw last season, valuable depth pieces.

To say that the Jets needed to walk away with a quality draft this year was an understatement, especially with so many of the team's core players aging and becoming free agents in the next two years. And while the majority of us do feel the team walked away with a lot of high upside talent in the 2012 NFL Draft, it will be at least two or three years before we know for sure just how successful this draft was.

Because that is time the GM may not be afforded, Tannenbaum has to hope guys like Joe McKnight and Kyle Wilson (2010) live up to their potential, Muhammed Wilkerson (2011) has a breakout season and Quinton Coples and Steven Hill make a signficant impact even in their first year. The NFL is very what-have-you-done-for-me-lately and we can no longer define Tannenbaum's draft success by his first round picks in '06 and '07.

Unfortunately, Tannenbaum's poor personnel decisions are not only limited to draft day -- they also apply to his free agency strategy. These two things are essentially one and the same; if the Jets had more success drafting talent, they wouldn't find themselves with so many needs in free agency and Tannenbaum wouldn't be forced to make such aggressive, outlandish moves.

A variety of factors have left the team with needs at safety, linebacker, offensive line, running back, backup quarterback and, of course, the revolving door at the wide receiver position. While several of these needs were addressed in this off-season - most notably the safety position - there still remains a lot of questions with several others.

None more so than at Right Tackle. Both fans and the mainstream media have absolutely FRIED the Jets refusal to address a position that was a huge liability last season. While I am hoping that the 2012 version of Wayne Hunter proves the 2011 swiss cheese model was just an aberration, there is understandable skepticism about the decision to keep him in the starting role. It is a move that could prove one of the most defining for the GM, regardless of exactly who was most responsible for the decision.

Of course, one cannot discuss the Jets off-season free agency moves without also mentioning the quarterback position, which has turned into quite the controversial subject in large part because of Mike Tannenbaum. The Jets extended the franchise quarterback they publicly admitted needs to get better - be it to boost his confidence or save cap room - and promptly followed it up with a trade for Tim Tebow. Every angle on this topic has already been discussed ad nauseum, but it is a perfect example of the kinds of overly aggressive (not to mention contradictory) moves Mike Tannenbaum has become known for.

Speaking of Tannenbaum's most successful draft pick, Darrelle Revis and his hypothetical holdout is a narrative that not only allows us to further examine how the GM works, but to also look closely at a situation that could greatly affect the future of his job.

Whether you do or you do not agree with Revis' stance on his contract situation, the fact remains that he is a game changer and the Jets need him on the field. The cornerback is going to remain Jet; the question is, how difficult and ugly will the process be and how much will it cost the team, financially and figuratively? If Revis misses even a small amount of time, it could potentially create a lot of problems, especially in a defensive system that relies to heavily on it's shutdown corners to execute. We saw this play out with his holdout and subsequent injury in 2010.

The other element in this is the obvious disagreement between the two sides over semantics. Revis feels he was given a "Band-Aid" contract - one that Tannenbaum publicly called an "intermediate step" -  and now Tannenbaum is being asked to make good on his promise. It's highly likely that Tannenbaum has not reached out to Revis because the team simply does not have the money, (no word yet on how that affects his capologist label) but that doesn't change the fact that Tannenbaum finds himself in a delicate situation that, based on his own words, he is partially responsible for. He certainly has a history of contradicting himself - he couldn't even keep his story consistent in interviews with the media after the Tim Tebow trade - but this time he may have put himself in a situation he can't get out of.

Both Woody Johnson and Rex Ryan have publicly deferred to the GM on this matter, and that's a clear indication that to them, this is Tannenbaum's mess to clean up. While Tannenbaum's obvious missteps in draft and free agency are problematic, the handling of these more finite personnel matters that could also detrimental.

Some believe that Tanny and Rex's fates are intertwined. Many also believe that Rex is playing GM and Tannenabum is just falling in line. But Tannenbaum's deficiencies preceded Rex, and even with two trips to the AFC Championship game under his belt, Mike Tannenbaum's tenure as GM has exposed his weaknesses:  He lacks an understanding of drafting and cultivating talent and in turn, building a roster top to bottom, and his arrogance and poor, well - management -  is growing costly.

The fact is, Woody Johnson is too good of a businessman to just set Tannenabum free.  In his piece, McIntyre inferred that sources close to Woody have indicated Tannenbaum would likely be reassigned before he was fired. With Tannenbaum's talent managing the cap, this does seem the most likely possibility.

Of course, if the Jets make it to the playoffs, this is likely all a moot point, as winning has a habit of sweeping things under the rug. But it shouldn't take an epic meltdown for us to shed light on a team's shortcomings, and it shouldn't take another season of disappointment to make changes.

No doubt Tannenabum and the rest of the front office have made an effort to correct their errors and turn things around, but is it enough? Outside of handling this Revis situation, there isn't a whole lot Tannenbaum can do to help himself now. He can only wait and hope for the best.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Mark Sanchez, Mike Tannenbaum, New York Jets, nfl, NFL Draft, Opinion, Rex Ryan, Tim Tebow, Wayne Hunter, Adam Rotter

New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets made offensive tackle Ben Ijalana a free agent on Monday after they failed to exercise his player option.

New York did not exercise Ijalana's $500,000 option bonus that would have activated his $4.5 million base salary for the 2018 season. By doing so, the Jets will save a total of $4.6 million.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets know they need a quarterback, and in particular, free-agent QB Kirk Cousins. That is why the team is "willing to pay whatever it takes" to employ him next season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini

New York has failed to find their franchise quarterback for years now, as fill-ins, so to speak, continue to come to town with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg failing to show they are the guy the Jets need. Josh McCowwas the latest of those rentals, and he had a career year before an injury unfortunately ended his season. 

This offseason, though, GM Mike Maccagnan has no excuse in Cimini's eyes. He currently has over $70 million in cap space, and could have more than that by the time they can grab Cousins. The Redskins can still franchise tag him, so they could use him in a trade, but that is unlikely. 

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In 2017, the Jets' running game struggles probably had more to do with the offensive line being overmatched than the performance of the backs.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets reportedly turned down a Cincinnati Bengals trade proposal that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to New York last season, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Cincinnati, according to Cimini, called the Jets organization at the start of free agency and offered McCarron in a trade, however the Jets turned it down to focus on free agency. It is unclear what Cincinnati requested in the deal.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets started over last offseason and actually built themselves a nice core of talent. They have many young, inexpensive players they can build around this spring.

They certainly have the tools to build around them - perhaps as much as $100 million in cap room, the sixth overall pick in the draft, and some extra picks too. And that's good, because even though the Jets exceeded expectations last season, they were still 5-11, and have plenty of holes to fill.

Now, as they get ready to begin Phase 2 of their rebuilding project, here's a look at their biggest needs.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Cornerback is one position where the Jets obviously need to upgrade.

They opted not to pick up a corner from last year's deep draft class until they took two project players - Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones - in the sixth round. The coaching staff claimed to like the upside of these players along with Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts as well as Rashard Robinson, who was added via trade at the deadline.

However, none of these players stepped up as hoped.

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"Broadway Baker" has a nice ring to top prospect QB Baker Mayfield

The 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner sat down with The Post's Steve Serby to talk about the prospect of playing in the Big Apple, and if he has what it takes to succeed in a market that isn't friendly to anyone. 

Simply put: Mayfield loves the spotlight...

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New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially announced the hiring of Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator/QB Coach, and announced the hirings of Rick Dennison as offensive line coac/run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach.

"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offense," head coach Todd Bowles said in a press release. "Having spent last season with us, he offers continuity and has a good sense of what we need to do to improve. I look forward to him working together with our offensive coaches."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Todd Bowles decided to fire offensive coordinator John Morton, he always had quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates in mind as a replacement...

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(Jeremy Brevard)

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The Jets have been a team whose defense has been built around their interior linemen for a long time, but Muhammad Wilkerson's anticipated departure could be an opportunity to reinvent themselves by finding a difference-maker who can create constant pressure off the edge.

The Jets haven't really had an elite edge rusher since John Abraham, who was traded before the 2006 draft. They've tried drafting one high (Vernon Gholston), converting an interior lineman into one (Quinton Coples), and bringing in an established veteran (Jason Taylor). But none of these have been successful. None of their low-cost free agents, reclamation projects, or later draft picks have stepped up either.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Jets are in position to be the kings of free agency, with potentially more salary cap room to spend than any team except for the Cleveland Browns. They are already projected to have about $75 million in salary cap space, and that's if they don't make another move.

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New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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When the free agency frenzy finally begins, the Jets figure to be at the center of the storm. And all eyes will be on how hard they go after the quarterback they so desperately need.

But they have a ton of salary cap space to spend in other areas, including maybe on the 24 players they have on their roster who are approaching free agency. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brent Qvale, Chandler Catanzaro, Dakota Dozier, Demario Davis, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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There are always plenty of receiver prospects who make an immediate impact as a rookie, even in the later rounds. However, the Jets haven't had much success in recent years despite selecting seven wideouts in the last four drafts.

While four of those seven are under contract for 2018 and a fifth -- restricted free agent Quincy Enunwa -- also figures to be back, the Jets got just 15 catches of production from that group in 2017.

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The Daily News Live crew discusses the impact Jimmy Garoppolo's new contract will have on the deal Kirk Cousins will want.

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Jimmy Garoppolo just became the NFL's highest paid player, even though he's only started seven NFL games and thrown 12 touchdown passes in four seasons. He reportedly agreed to a monster, five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers -- a record average of $27.5 million per season. That record will be very short-lived.

It's a simple fact of the NFL that the price of franchise quarterbacks only goes up, and in less than five weeks another one will be on the open market. And when Kirk Cousins officially becomes free on March 14 you can bet his deal will eclipse what Garoppolo just got...

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(Glenn Andrews)

In NFL.com's latest mock draft, Chad Reuter forecasted the first three rounds for all teams. With the Jets first selection at no. 6 overall, Reuter has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

The Jets take Allen over Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, who fell to the Cardinals at no. 15. USC QB Sam Darnold went no. 1 to the Browns and UCLA QB Josh Rosen went no. 2 to the Giants.

Allen threw for 3,202 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his sophomore season. However, his production dropped this season to 1,812 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also suffered a shoulder injury, and was forced to miss the final two regular-season games this year...

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Most of the draft discussions surrounding quarterback prospects have been focused on the consensus top five prospects: UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson from Louisville.

However, depending how the offseason goes, the Jets might end up in a situation where they're not in the market for one of the top prospects.

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Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)
Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Chiefs have released former Jet Darrelle Revis, the team announced. 

Revis, 32, would have been owed a $10 million contract guarantee if he was still on the roster on March 18. He was signed by Chiefs in November, playing five games, including two starts. 

After the Chiefs' season ended, Revis admitted he wasn't at his best.

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New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Kacy Rodgers never got a chance to play in the NFL before he turned to coaching. But now he might be able to give his son the shot that he never had.

The Jets will be signing Kacy Rodgers II, the son of their current defensive coordinator, according to his agent, David Canter. Rodgers II will join the Jets for their offseason program, at least, after two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Rodgers II is a 6-2, 208-pound defensive back out of the University of Miami. In 2014 he was a tryout player at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, but didn't stick. He then signed with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and spent a year on their practice squad before joining the Roughriders...

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Former Jets C Nick Mangold was thinking about starting his political career, and running in his local GOP primary, according to Politico's Matt Friedman.

However, Mangold said Thursday that he will not be running.

Mangold would've been running to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th District of New Jersey. Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has spoken with Mangold, and he appears to be serious about running for the position.

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After saying he wouldn't join the Jets for $60 million, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, a pending free agent, told TMZ exactly what it would take to secure his services.

"A hundred Ms," Bell said, referring to $100 million. "Hey, listen to me: I play running back, but they've got to respect me like I am, man." 

Bell, 25, responded to a fan's tweet last week asking what amount of money it would take for him to join the Jets.

 

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Two years ago, the Jets drafted Darron Lee with their first pick, hoping to shore up one of their inside linebacker positions for the foreseeable future. Over the course of his first two seasons, he's been up and down, but he has retained an every-down role.

Last year, he struggled initially, then played the best football of his career in the middle of the season, only to regress down the stretch. However, there are no indications that the Jets intend to move on from Lee.

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Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)
Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)

In his latest mock draft, Todd McShay changed his pick for the Jets, and has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the sixth overall pick. 

McShay originally had New York taking LSU DE Arden Key. However, he had a change of heart as the Jets desperately need to find their franchise quarterback. But he warns not to forget about free agency, where GM Mike Maccagnan will have about $100 million to go after high-profile QB Kirk Cousins.

"Yes, it's a running theme -- this is another landing spot for Cousins," McShay writes. "If the Jets don't sign him in free agency, Allen makes a lot of sense if Mayfield is off the board. There is a significant drop-off in talent after the first four QBs in this draft, so the Jets need to make sure they grab one here. Allen had an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, showing off his arm and his mobility. There are still concerns about his accuracy and ability to make multidimensional throws consistently, but all the tools are there. And he has the prototypical QB build (6-foot-4 7/8, 237 pounds)."

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The Philadelphia Eagles would be absolutely crazy to get rid of Nick Foles now after he slayed the mighty Patriots, and was rightfully named the Super Bowl MVP. Yes, they have Carson Wentz, a legitimate MVP candidate, before he got hurt. And yes, Foles will likely be Wentz's backup again next season.

But didn't Foles just prove to everyone how valuable a backup quarterback on a contender really is?

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(Jerome Miron)

In last year's draft, the Jets used their first two picks on safeties, and Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye started every game alongside one another in the secondary. Those starting roles seem settled for the next few years, but the Jets like to operate out of packages with three and even four safeties, so Todd Bowles may be keen to add some depth.

Last year, Rontez Miles and Terrance Brooks each saw regular playing time, often playing together as the Jets used a four-safety dime package in passing situations. Also, Doug Middleton, who missed the season due to injury, was expected to contribute. All three are now out of contract though, so the Jets may look to fortify their depth in the draft.

While it seems unlikely the Jets would select another safety with their top pick, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick is a possible consideration due to his versatility. Could Fitzpatrick be like Jalen Ramsey -- a hybrid cornerback/safety who has developed into one of the league's better cornerbacks?

Tags: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Rontez Miles
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Nick Foles and the Eagles upset Tom Brady and the Patriots for the first Super Bowl win in Philadelphia's franchise history.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) As their delirious fans sang their theme song and their owner lifted the Lombardi Trophy, the Philadelphia Eagles finally could breathe freely.

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Chris Carlin and Jon Hein host Loud Mouths from the Mall of America to discuss the Super Bowl and how they think it will play out.

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THE GAME

The NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) vs. the AFC Champion New England Patriots (15-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

Thank goodness for domes! Outside the Super Bowl stadium the temperature won't even reach double digits, with a forecast high of 9 and a low of 0. Inside it'll be fine. Hopefully it'll be nice and toasty in front of your TV, too.

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(Brad Mills)

With the Alex Smith trade complete, it appeared the Redskins were going to allow Kirk Cousins to look for his lucrative deal in free agency. Now, they could have a change of heart.

Washington is considering placing the franchise tag on Cousins just so they could trade him, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The reasoning behind this decision would be for the Redskins to get back what they dished out in the trade with the Chiefs. So, instead of getting nothing in return by allowing the hottest free-agent commodity to walk, Washington is looking for something in return. 

However, if they do make that decision to tag him, it comes with a lot of risk considering Cousins is allowed to make his own decision. First, he can wait as long as he wants to sign the franchise tag, which would have the Redskins biting their fingernails as they watch the $34.5 million stay on their books.

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(Jim Brown)

Former Jets C Kevin Mawae was not among the players selected on Saturday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2018.

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Retired NFL football coach Bill Parcells chats with New York Mets manager Terry Collins, not pictured, before a spring training baseball game between the Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., Friday, March 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/AP)
Retired NFL football coach Bill Parcells chats with New York Mets manager Terry Collins, not pictured, before a spring training baseball game between the Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., Friday, March 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/AP)

On Thursday night, ESPN aired their newest documentary "The Two Bills", which chronicled the relationship between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. Most of the filming took place at MetLife Stadium, but both Bills refused a request to do an interview in the Jets locker room. 

Belichick infamously left the Jets after one day as head coach and is the current head coach of division rival Patriots, so that was understandable. But why Parcells? Does he hold animosity towards the Jets? 

Well, Parcells clarified that it was not that he has ill will towards the Jets, it was just time to go that day...

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