With the rumors regarding the fate of all-world Cornerback Darrelle Revis swirling, it seems as more and more likely that his NFL future will be outside of the auspices of the New York-Metro area. Let me start by saying that I can understand where Woody Johnson is coming from with his desire to trade Revis in order to avoid another protracted, contentious contract negotiation or, even worse, losing him altogether without receiving anything in return. However, there are a number of things to consider given the moves the Jets have made thus far this off-season that make trading the best corner in football untenable:

Selling Low:

It is now being reported that the Jets were considering whether to shop Revis even before his devastating knee injury that sidelined him for most of the 2012 season. If he were healthy and had another Revis-esque season, then virtually any asking price would sound reasonable given the fact that Revis plays a premium position in a passing league and is a once-in-a-generation type talent. However, this is not the case, as he is coming back from a torn ACL, which will significantly devalue his stock when it comes to trading him.

Couple that with the fact that by virtue of the seemingly "un-pluggable" stream of leaks that continues to emanate from the organization, the Jets have already tipped their hand to the rest of the league and are in a very vulnerable position when it comes to leverage, as teams now know they are borderline desperate to move him. So now instead of fetching multiple number one picks for arguably the best defensive player in the league, according to several reports market value for Revis is considered to be somewhere around a one and a three. Not only is Revis' face value diminished but the underlying value of those picks is not what it would've been had they traded him last year, given how weak this year's draft is in terms of how it coincides with the Jets needs.

The value is simply not there and if you buy into the notion that John Idzik is not necessarily the world's greatest talent evaluator then it is an even bigger roll of the dice. If history and the Patriots have shown us anything its that the amount of picks a team has means nothing if you can't successfully evaluate talent. Think about it, the Jets could be without perhaps the greatest corner to ever play the position and wind up with Anthony Becht and Vernon Gholston or (insert Jets draft blunders of your choosing).

Which leads me to my second point...

Fan Base Uproar: 

If there's one thing all Jets fans should realize by this point, it's that Woody Johnson has a tendency to cave to fan sentiment and really just wants to be liked but he has curbed that in recent years, opting instead to do what (he thinks) will sell PSL's and dominate the headlines. However, this strategy has only served to alienate and provoke an otherwise loyal and passionate fan base and as a season-ticket holder I have seen this first-hand. If the Jets were to trade away Revis, he would be just another in a long line of popular players in the prime of their careers that the Jets have chosen to sell low on. The other two most recent examples being Jonathan Vilma and Leon Washington. (You may also wish to include John Abraham if you feel it appropriate.)

Anyway, following one of the most frustrating and miserable seasons of Jets football in recent memory and the subsequent hiring of Idzik and his shot-gun wedding style pairing with Rex Ryan, fans are up in arms. I have personally spoken to many that seriously question the direction of this franchise, so much so that they are now distancing themselves from the team by any means available whether it is by not renewing their tickets or simply abandoning them altogether. If Woody wants to ensure that his team will once again be playing to Jaguar-esque crowds during a year that the stadium he is still paying off will be hosting a Super Bowl, then trading away Revis is the way to go.

By the same token, winning cures most if not all ills and if it turns out to be a move that helps the team in the end then these same fans will likely flock back in droves but on the surface it doesn't appear as though that is a likely outcome, at least not in the short term.

Undercutting Rex:

Since the Jets decided to hire a new General Manager while retaining their incumbent head coach Rex Ryan, it has led many to speculate that Ryan is under a "win or else" edict, effectively making him a lame-duck coach. Everyone knows that Ryan is primarily a defensive coach whose system relies heavily on great back-end play and since the day he walked in the door, Ryan has asked Revis to do more than any other corner in the NFL. Revis responded to this by becoming the league's premier shut-down corner.

Sure, Antonio Cromartie filled the void left by Revis leading many to believe that the team was "fine" without him but don't be fooled. Again, Cromartie was nothing short of spectacular but teams did not throw as much on this Jets team, due to how vulnerable they were against the run. Couple that with the fact that they rarely played with a lead. The Jets are better with Revis, the pairing of him and Cromartie represent the league's most formidable cornerbacking tandem that will allow Rex to field a competitive team, capable of sneaking into the playoffs in 2013. However, if you take away Revis from a defense that will have other significant holes to fill, it will almost certainly make Rex a lame-duck coach by taking away his greatest on-field asset when it comes to exploiting match-ups and winning games.

Consider the implications of having to play the Patriots twice a year without Revis and things begin to look bleak when you consider the flexibility he gives the Jets schematically when it comes to creating a game-plan. He has the ability to take the opposing team's greatest receiving weapon out of the game and that cannot be over-emphasized. Just as the organization has under-cut Mark Sanchez by depriving him of the tools (personnel) to be successful, the same will be true for Rex if Revis is dealt and their fates will ultimately be the same.

Let's not forget one other important thing; many have asserted that the fates of Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan will be inexorably linked but the same can also be said for Revis and Ryan. Ryan has to share some of the blame when it comes the Revis situation because he has had a pretty big hand in creating this monster, proclaiming on several occasions that he viewed Revis as "the best defensive player in the league." I would tend to argue that Revis does not make such a precipitous climb to that status if it was not for Ryan and his system. Ryan's system that put Revis out on his "Island" against the opposing team's best receiver not only birthed a catchy a nickname but gave rise to the star of the player that the Jets traded up in the first round of the 2007 draft in order to acquire. Face it, Revis has won more games for Ryan than Sanchez ever has. In fact, his outstanding play has bailed Sanchez out many times over his career and as such it is he who is truly linked at the hip to Rex Ryan so much so that if the Jets trade him, it will likely mean the end of the Ryan era in New York.

If Revis gets traded it might be in Rex's best interest to go ahead and take that TV job many suggested that he would because in what is likely a playoffs-or-bust season for his job, it would make sense just to leave without having to endure another tumultuous, sub-par season without his best player. The Idzik/Ryan marriage is an unorthodox and awkward arrangement as it is. If this trade is to happen it will bear watching what the Jets decide to do with those draft picks because how they draft will likely dictate what direction they are looking to go with the team as far as the head coach is concerned.

For example, it will be very interesting to see how they address the linebacker position, needing two new starters at Outside Linebacker. If the Jets trade Revis but spend high picks on to prototypical 3-4 outside backers who can rush the passer, it will bode well for Ryan.  Those picks would mean that they are drafting players that fit Rex's system as opposed to perhaps a 4-3 set, much like Pete Carroll runs with the Seahawks. If the Jets draft players tailored for Ryan it will take away the notion that he is a "lame duck coach" and show the world at large that they are committed to a rebuilding process with him at the helm. If that's the case, it would make sense that the Jets have been connected to troubled former LSU Cornerback and Heisman Trophy finalist, Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu is as talented as they come but has had his share of off-the-field issues. Hmmm...sounds like a Rex Ryan-type player to me.

The only reason I think that Rex may be amenable to trading Revis is that he believes in his ability to coach a defense that he will see it as a challenge, considering the way the secondary stepped up in his absence this past season. Perhaps the Jets will use the picks they receive in the hypothetical Revis deal to both address the corner position and invest in some real pass-rushers, which would mitigate the need to have two All-Pro Corners securing the back-end of the defense.

The Cap:

I don't pretend to be any type of cap expert or guru, as that seems to be a popular term these days so I will defer to the real experts like Jason from NYJetsCap.com who put it more eloquently than I could. However, I will try my best to explain the situation as it pertains to the cap implications of the one they call "Revis Christ". When it comes to the Jets trading away a Cornerback in order to save money there are two main schools of thought: 1) trade away the inferior Corner with the higher current trade value and the more favorable contract when it comes to maneuvering the cap or 2) deal the once-in-a-generation talent with a slightly diminished stock because of his mercenary-like attitude and a propensity for hold-outs.

If you look at the short-term it's honestly a no-brainer, the Jets should trade Cromartie because his value is likely as high as it will ever be and by doing so they can create $8.25 million in cap space for the 2013 season, which they desperately need. On the other hand, if they trade Revis they will be trading away the better player for less-than-optimal value and taking a $3 million dead money cap hit for the 2013 season. Provided that Revis lives up to the terms of his current contract and does not hold out or miss any mandatory work-outs, the final three years of what was technically a seven-year deal will be voided, effectively making him a free agent. The Jets desperately want to avoid him leaving without getting anything in return and are reluctant to pay him the $16 million per year he will likely be seeking.

From a football stance, you keep the better player every time and that is obviously Revis but from a business perspective it will be unfeasible to devote so much money to one position. If Cromartie shows that he can consistently play the way he has played last season then he is a bargain for what the Jets are paying him and is also under contract through the 2014 season and his contract is structured as such that if his play falls off the table they can cut him after 2013 and save $9.5 million. So from a business perspective Cromartie, at least from the outset, appears to be the choice. However, as I mentioned consider that the Jets are determined to only keep one of these very talented players and as was also mentioned there is a cap savings of trading Cromartie but a hit if they trade Revis. Thus in the very short-term it makes sense to keep Revis and trade away Cromartie and by doing so freeing up some significant money in the process.

Theoretically, the Jets could take this time they are spending on exploring trading Revis and instead start negotiating an extension with him instead that would either reduce his cap number for this season or front-load some of the money like they did in his previous deal and lock him long-term. In essence the money that would have gone to Cromartie for 2013 will now go to front-loading Revis' substantial contract, making him a happy camper and locking up the best defensive player in the league through his thirties. The question with Darrelle is: how much will he be seeking in total compensation? My guess is a lot and making that work along with the other big money, long-term contracts the Jets have already doled out could be difficult.

The bell-weather contract(s) for elite Cornerbacks is that of Nnamdi Asomougha who received two of the most lucrative contracts that a Corner has received in NFL history. The first was a result of Al Davis' creeping senility, where he paid Asomougha an outrageous $45.3 million over three years of which he only saw $28.5 million after opting out of the final year in order to cash-in, in free agency. Asomugha traded in his $15 million per year average for a longer term deal with the Eagles worth $60 million over five years with $25 million guaranteed, a per-year average of $12 million. Over the course of the first three years of his current contract, Revis earned more than that $12 million per year mark and could be looking for something closer to that $15 million mark.

Let's be honest here, when it comes to NFL contracts the only figure that really means anything is the guaranteed money as everything else might as well be written on toilet paper. There is a way to give Revis what he wants without breaking the bank or crippling in the team and here's where I do the Jets job for them:

Considering he will be 28 going into this season the Jets should look to sign him up for a five-to-six-year deal worth around $13 million and change per year. The next question is how do they do that without hindering the team's ability to rebuild and fill other crucial holes? Assuming the rebuilding process will account for the next two-to-three years it will make sense to keep his cap number down in those years and how do you do that? My answer would be by paying him around a $9-10 million guaranteed base over what will likely be the most productive years of his contract (1-3 and maybe even 4). By doing so, the Jets will ensure that he gets Nnamdi-esque guarantees without a prorated signing bonus that will have to be paid out over the duration of the contract.

The Eagles did a similar thing with the Nnamdi contract while making some of his pay performance based upon percentage of snaps played in a given year. Essentially the Jets would be back-loading Revis' contract with higher per-year averages in years four and five with none of it being guaranteed considering the guaranteed money had already been paid out over the first three years. The Jets would theoretically be on the hook for $34 million over two years but have the option of renegotiating or cutting him without any cost with theoretically his best years being behind him at 31.

The way this contract would work, the Jets would be betting on Revis' immediate production into the prime of his career and keeping his cap number in a reasonable neighborhood while they rebuild. Of course this is a bit of an over-simplification as it is contingent upon Revis and his team of Schwartz, Feinsod, and his Uncle Sean Gilbert to agree upon such a deal but it is a solution that would help them retain him without impeding their ability to rebuild and retool over the coming years. It just seems as though the Jets are unwilling to enter such negotiations with Revis' team considering how the previous two went.

Right now the ball is in the court of John Idzik and Woody Johnson to decide but what to do with their talented Cornerback but before they do, they need to realize the implications either way and what life will be like without him. If you haven't caught on by now, I am a proponent of keeping him as long as they can make it reasonable to accommodate his demands without putting the team in an even worse situation when it comes to the salary cap.

Let me know what you guys think the Jets should do with Revis in the comment section below. 

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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.

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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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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:

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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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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)

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?

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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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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?

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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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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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(David Butler II)

Winter was always coming for the Jets, even if Bill Belichick stayed in New York. 

George R.R. Martin, writer of the famous HBO series "Game of Thrones," is a lifelong Jets fan, and he doesn't believe Belichick could have solved the team's problems back in 2000 when he was set to become the head coach before leaving last minute for the Patriots. 

Don't get Martin wrong, though. The Jets would have likely had more success, but five Super Bowl titles is a lot to predict. 

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Matt Forte doesn't want his time in New York to come to an end in 2018. 

The 32-year-old running back wants to stay with the Jets next season because he has some unfinished business. Forte finished 2017 on the IR in a season that saw his career lows in carries (103) and yards (381). 

If Forte is to retire, he wants it to be on a good note. 

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Jan 23, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; South Squad tight end Dallas Goedert of South Dakota St. (86) catches a pass against inside linebacker Dorian O'Daniel of Clemson (56) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)
Jan 23, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; South Squad tight end Dallas Goedert of South Dakota St. (86) catches a pass against inside linebacker Dorian O'Daniel of Clemson (56) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: In the 2017 season, Jets tight ends combined to catch 68 passes for 598 yards and four touchdowns, led by Austin Seferian-Jenkins. That was a huge improvement on the previous two years, where Jets tight ends had combined for just 26 catches for 268 yards and one touchdown. However, the only tight end still under contract for 2018 is Jordan Leggett, who didn't play in his rookie year due to knee issues. Clearly the Jets will need to make some moves.

They've already reached out to Seferian-Jenkins, although he reportedly turned down a modest two-year deal. Blocking specialist Eric Tomlinson could also be someone they seek to retain. While Leggett has potential, who could the Jets target in the draft that could compete for time and develop into a long-term contributor?

According to draft experts, the top-rated prospects heading into the scouting combine at the end of February include Oklahoma's Mark Andrews, South Dakota State's Dallas Goedert and Wisconsin's Troy Fumagalli...

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NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)
NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Jets center Kevin Mawae will find out Saturday if he will be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

An eight-time Pro Bowler, Mawae is one of the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. Last year, he made it to the top 10 of the finalists, though only five were selected.

"Last year, it was unexpected, making the top 10. It was pretty special," Mawae said, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. "If I don't make it this year, sure, I'd be a little disappointed, but it's an honor and privilege just to be on the list. It means I'm among the best 400 guys to ever put on a uniform."

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