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. 

Tags: NYJets, Editorial Aside

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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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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. 

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins
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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.

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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 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.

JETS SALARY CAP SPACE

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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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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.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Eli Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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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.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)

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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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."

Click below to listen...

 

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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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))

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)

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.

Click below to listen!

 

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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.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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(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)

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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On Guard with Willie Colon 00:04:08
Willie Colon joins DNL to discuss the Giants acquisition of Brandon Marshall and the Jets quarterback situation as free agency begins.

Willie Colon joins DNL to discuss the Giants acquisition of Brandon Marshall and the Jets quarterback situation as free agency begins.


GEICO SportsNite: Darrelle Revis 00:04:54
The Jets informed Darrelle Revis of his impending release next week amid issues off the field and declining performance on the field.

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Darrelle Revis' long and sometimes stormy tenure with the Jets has officially come to an end.

The Jets released the 31-year-old on Thursday, on the first day of the NFL's new league year. It was "100 percent" a football decision, according to a team source, and not at all related to his recent legal troubles in Pittsburgh.

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 (Andrew Weber)
(Andrew Weber)

The Jets have re-signed LT/RT Ben Ijalana to a two-year deal worth $11 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Ijalana, 27, played in all 16 games for the Jets last season.

He made $760,000 in 2016...

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Jets Nation: Free Agency Special 00:03:24
In a special Free Agency edition of Jets Nation the panel discuss if they were surprised by any of the Jets' recent free agent moves.

SNY had full coverage of the opening of NFL Free Agency at 4PM on Thursday with a special Jets Nation: Free Agency Special.

Jeane Coakley hosted with former Jets Ray Lucas and Willie Colon and longtime Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff. Ralph Vacchiano was around providing the latest news and notes as the Jets looked to reshape their roster.
 

 

 

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