Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the subject of rumors since the beginning of the NFL's free agency period began. (AP)
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the subject of rumors since the beginning of the NFL's free agency period began. (AP)

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It's been a while since we've broken out The Roundup, but I think FITZOMANIA is as good a time as any to break it out. In this post we will run down some of the recent events and best (and maybe worst?) thoughts on where the Jets and Fitzpatrick are on FA Day +3.

To make sure we are all up to date, here's where we are as of Friday.

After trading for Ryan Fitzpatrick for a hill of beans last offseason, the quarterback was the assumptive backup heading into training camp. Then, IK Enemkpali broke Geno Smith's jaw over the cost of an airplane ticket. Now the starter, Fitzpatrick kept it between the lines in the preseason and after an OK start to the season he received an endorsement from his coach even when Geno returned to full health. Then something strange happened, he injured his hand. The team cratered in the middle of the season before an incredible surge. Before we knew it, Fitzpatrick had just captained the best passing offense the Jets had seen in 20 years. Somewhere along the way he became an object of cult worship. Hell, he even did a Pretty Little Liars scene on Fallon with Prince Amukamura. But in the last game of the season, Fitzpatrick threw a bunch of interceptions to effectively sink the Jets postseason. 

Days later, the Jets stated they definitively wanted him back as the starter.   While both sides were supposedly working on a deal, a signing seemed imminent. A week before free agency began it was becoming clear that both sides were dug in. Then once the legal tampering period began the threats started. Both sides were far apart and Fitz was set to become a free agent. Then maybe the Rams were interested. Then the Broncos might be interested (they weren't), but hey, it could happen. Then the Jets were offering Fitzpatrick backup money. Then Fitzpatrick had written off returning to the Jets … just as soon as someone actually offered him a contract, a contract by the way which still hasn't seemed to materialize.

So now where do we stand?

Rich Cimini of ESPN explains that the numbers continue to be miles apart.

… the Jets have assigned a value to Fitzpatrick and, from all indications, it's in the range of $7 million to $8 million a year. Fitzpatrick is thought to be seeking twice that amount, which means he has to be pretty frustrated by the team's stance. He's shopping his services around the league, looking to create a market for himself. It's his right as a free agent.

The problem, is that the Jets have done their assessment of the market and feel that's what Fitzpatrick would get elsewhere and until another team proves them wrong with a better offer (which Sexton will obviously take right back to the Jets) they have no reason to bid against themselves, a thought Cimini had confirmed by a league source.

"The market will always speak to you, and apparently it is," said one AFC personnel director. "[Fitzpatrick is] just not liking what he's hearing or seeing because of these other quarterback deals."

In a freewheeling year of free agent spending where teams are making it rain for quarterbacks, Fitzpatrick's market seems dry by comparison.

But could a Colorado flash flood destroy the Jets?

NY Daily News' Gary Myers thinks the Jets are in trouble because all Denver GM John Elway needs to do is turn on the charm along with some of his $18 million in cap space.

If Elway can talk Manning into playing for the Broncos by promising him a team ready to go to the Super Bowl, he can certainly talk Fitz into taking over the Super Bowl champs. Fitzpatrick is smart enough and throws it well enough that he can do more for the Broncos in 2016 than Manning did in 2015.

This could happen, but it appears the Broncos are far more interested in finding out whether they can grab Colin Kaepernick first. Which makes more sense, especially when you consider that Elway just dealt with Fitzpatrick's agent Jimmy Sexton on the aborted Brock Osweiler negotiations, per Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News.

John Elway, however, isn't exactly pleased with Sexton at the moment for the Osweiler negotiations that landed the unproven signal caller an obscene 4-year, $72 million deal with Houston. What are the odds that Elway will now go back to Sexton to overpay for his 33-year-old quarterback client?

Thinking two steps ahead, Sexton knew that moving Osweiler to Houston would alleviate the issue of having Houston bid for Fitzpatrick. Houston would not get involved since they just traded him away last year, paying him a big free agent contract now would look like they were admitting a mistake when Bob McNair just told them to get a franchise QB or else.

So right now it might be between the Browns and Broncos for Kaep's squad. The Jets supposedly made inquiries into Kaepernick, but it seems like they were ruled out quickly by NFL's Michael Silver.

Matt Barrows of the SacBee backed Silver's report up and put the Jets motives into light.

The Jets' interest in Kaepernick may be based on leveraging Fitzpatrick, and the NFL Network's Mike Silver reported the Browns are "far more serious" than New York.

So what now? As usual when it comes to contracts and long-range planning I go to the mountain … AKA Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com. Fitzgerald writes that the new CBA changes the dynamic from locking in payments to unproven rookies to locking in payments for veteran free agents who similarly might disappoint when you consider production against compensation.

When you sign most of these players to the kind of money we are talking about you lock yourself into that player for a minimum of two years and in most cases three years. As a Jets fan do I want to see the Jets committed to Ryan Fitzpatrick for three years? Absolutely not. Do I love the effort he gives and the way his teammates respond to him? I absolutely do. It's the first quarterback the Jets have had in 10 years that had that kind of connection with his teammates.
But I also know the history of Fitzpatrick. Hes been replaced by three teams in the last few seasons because there is a limit to what he can do. We saw that last year with a tough stretch in the middle of the year and then in the last game of the season when he struggled against the Bills. The reality of the situation is that its far more likely that four games into the season Jets fans, management, and ownership is going to be asking for him to be replaced than there is of him leading the Jets to a 4-0 start to the top of the AFC East. Except when you make that financial commitment you can't replace him. You are locked in.

Up until now, Houston GM Rick Smith's model was to build a team without a quarterback in mind.   John Elway took the same philosophy in 2014 as he watched Peyton start to deteriorate. Similarly, Jason Fitzgerald argues that Jets GM Mike Maccagnan took Smith's philosophy to New York last year for theoretical, but also very pragmatic reasons.

The Jets were built to be QB proof out of necessity since they had nobody on the roster of merit when the new GM took the job last year. Though they are bit too veteran laden, they have a secondary and defensive line that is expected to carry the team. They have a bunch of big veteran wide receivers who they feel are capable of excelling with any player and a three player, versatile rushing attack that can do well on the ground and in the short passing game. To sign someone at $17 million is going to require reshuffling some contracts which is never good for an older football team. All they need is someone who isn't a disaster to make it work. Last year that was Fitzpatrick. Maybe this year it will be someone else.

It might be someone else for the Jets in 2016 or it might be Fitzpatrick again. Either way, GM Mike Maccagnan is building the team the best way he can and won't outbid himself for a player he's obviously not sure he wants to commit two or three season to. 

Should a deal fall through with Fitzpatrick? I'm definitely going to worry about it. But I expect the Jets to do what they did last year; Maccagnan quickly started scouring the trade market for undervalued quarterbacks. 

For as much as everyone makes it about the quarterback, there are undervalued players out there. Remember last season when the Bears couldn't trade Jay Cutler to save their life? I'm guessing some teams who had the cap room regret not taking action.

Last year Maccagnan went back to his old boss in Houston and found a backup who could start in a pinch and who ended up pairing well with a stout Jets defense, a solid backfield and a dynamic duo of receivers. 

The Jets did it last year, all while "burning off" their first-round pick on a deep strength of the team and somehow the Jets were in the playoff hunt. Maybe the Jets can do that again with their quarterback in 2016, until that player feels he's being underpaid too … 

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As he continues to pursue his dream of playing in MLB, Mets minor league prospect and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow addressed the media on Sunday afternoon, and made some positive comments on the two young quarterbacks playing in New York.

When asked if he was "yay or nay" on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Tebow laughed at the question and then gave an encouraging answer on the No. 6 overall pick in last year's draft.

"I think he's got a lot of talent," Tebow said on Jones. "I think he was coached really well in college. I think he will continue to improve. I think continuing to get him more weapons and confidence is pretty critical."

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

The Jets have signed tight end Daniel Brown to a one-year contract extension, the team announced on Thursday.

Brown made seven receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown in 16 games (five starts) for the Jets in 2019. He also finished third on the team in special teams tackles with 11.

Brown, 27, was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of James Madison in 2015. He played eight games for the Ravens from 2015 to 2016 before getting claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears on Oct. 24, 2016.

In 34 career games with the Bears from 2016 to 2018, Brown made 29 receptions for 253 yards and one touchdown.

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

The Jets have added some secondary help, signing a former local product in safety Anthony Cioffi, the team announced on Thursday. 

The Springfield, NJ native was a four-year standout at Rutgers where he totaled 169 tackles, eight interceptions and 13 passes defended over 41 games. 

After graduating in 2016, Cioffi spent time in training camp with the Raiders in 2017. However, he would move on to the CFL, where he has been since 2018. He had a breakout year with the Ottawa Redblacks, tallying 61 defensive tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and one forced fumble over 18 games. 

The Jets don't need safety help with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye manning those positions. However, with the injuries the secondary as a whole endured last season, depth from a versatile player like Cioffi who can roam around is valuable. 

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and while he seems to be content with that for now, it's fair to wonder if he could be a fit in New York.

"I wouldn't mind being in Detroit for a while," Golladay told USA Today's Doug Farrar. "Everything should work itself out. I'm enjoying myself."

Originally a third-round pick of the Lions in 2017, Golladay has been tremendous with Detroit. surpassing the 1,000-yard mark in two of his three pro seasons. In 2019, he caught 65 passes for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns, proving to be one of the league's best young wide receivers. He's also proven to be a big-play threat, as his 18.3 yards per reception ranked second in the NFL. 

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

The Jets made an addition to Adam Gase's coaching staff on Tuesday, hiring Leigh Torrence as the team's assistant defensive backs coach. 

Torrence has been a member of the New Orleans Saints coaching staff for the last four seasons. He was hired as coaching intern in 2016 and was then promoted to a defensive assistant the following season.

The 38-year-old Torrence made the transition to coaching after spending spending parts of seven seasons with five different teams as a player. After going undrafted out of Stanford, Torrence had his most significant playing time with the Saints from 2008-11, where he was a member of the Super Bowl LIV championship team.

In New York, Torrence will work with Jets passing came coordinator/defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, and he'll be taking over for Steve Jackson, who was hired by Cincinnati as the Bengals cornerbacks coach.

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The NFL season officially came to a close last Sunday, as the Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the San Francisco 49ers to bring capture the Lombardi Trophy.

So that's it for football until training camp opens in July, right?

"Not so fast," says the XFL.

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

More than 18 years after Michael Strahan broke Mark Gastineau's single-season sack record, the former Jets pass-rusher wants the world to know that he thinks the record should still belong to him.  

"I just want to be recognized for the record," Gastineau told ESPN on Monday. "You wouldn't want your son getting a record like that. I don't think it's good for the NFL. It was never good for the NFL, and I'm surprised the NFL didn't step in."

Strahan's sack in question came against the Packers during the final game of the 2001 season. Sitting at 21.5 sacks, Strahan needed just one to break Gastineau's record. With the Packers up 34-25 late in the game, Strahan blew past Packers tight end Bubba Franks and had a free shot at Favre, who went down to give Strahan the single-season record.

 

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Things didn't go according to plan for Chris Herndon in 2019. 

The Jets tight end was suspended four games for violating the NFL's PED policy, missed another four games with a hamstring injury, then fractured his ribs only 16 snaps into his season debut, ending his season. 

Without Herndon, Ryan Griffin stepped up.

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Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive line coach Pepper Johnson gives direction as New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Bills defeated the Jets 22-17 Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive line coach Pepper Johnson gives direction as New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Bills defeated the Jets 22-17 Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Pepper Johnson, was has been affiliated with both the Giants and Jets in his football career, was abruptly fired from his XFL gig only hours removed from the league's beginning over the weekend. 

Johnson, 55, was employed by the Los Angeles Wildcats as their defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The team announced he was relieved of his duties on Monday.

The Wildcats had lost their inaugural game, 31-17, to the Houston Roughnecks, a game which featured winning quarterback PJ Walker tossing four touchdown passes. 

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Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is listed at 100-1 to win the NFL MVP in 2020, according to BetOnline.ag.

Darnold played in Week 1 in 2019, but missed the next three games recovering from mononucleosis. He returned in Week 6 and played the rest of the season, finishing the year with a 7-6 record at quarterback. He threw for 3024 yards and a 61.9% completion percentage, along with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Darnold is joined at 100-1 by Giants running back Saquon Barkley, former Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr., former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and others. 

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Pro Football Focus named New York Jets safety Jamal Adams to their list of the top-101 players from the 2019 season recently. 

Between both New York football teams, the Jets and Giants, only Adams was selected for the list produced by the football analytics outlet. 

Adams slotted in at the No. 32 overall spot. 

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Free agency hasn't worked out well for the Jets. They spent a lot of money under former GM Mike Maccagnan and very few of those contracts have turned out to be worth the money. Some of them, in fact, now look like the worst deals the Jets have ever made.

So it's with that knowledge and a sense of great caution that the Jets head into their first offseason under new GM Joe Douglas. He's armed with about $50 million in salary cap space to spend, and likely a lot more coming when he's finished with his cuts. And he will spend, because he has to on a team filled with far too many holes.

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The Jets will head into the first free-agent signing period under new GM Joe Douglas with a ton of money to spend for the third straight year. This time they'll start with at least $50 million, and probably a whole lot more.

The question, though, is whether he'll spend it any better - or smarter - than former GM Mike Maccagnan did.

That remains to be seen, of course, but Douglas will have to begin this offseason erasing some of Maccagnan's mistakes. There are plenty of players on the roster with huge salaries who aren't exactly living up to the numbers. Douglas will have the opportunity to clear a few of them out.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The 2019 Giants season ended up being a start of a rebuild, and as often happens in such cases, the team underwhelmed in the win column. In their own right, the Jets weren't rebuilding and had higher hopes heading into last season, but didn't have the year their fans had hoped for, either. 

Despite both teams hitting their unders in 2019, the two are trending in opposite directions in the eyes of oddsmakers early in the 2020 offseason. 

The Giants, entering 2019 with a win total of six and missing that with four wins, see their over/ under increase to 6.5, according to OddsShark. 

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Le'Veon Bell's Jets tenure has been rocky, with head coach Adam Gase seemingly unhappy from the get-go with how much they spent to sign him and GM Joe Douglas refusing to rule out a trade.

But Bell, who is entering the second year of a four-year deal worth $52.5 million, seems confident he's staying put.

"Jets for four more years unless something drastic changes," Bell told TMZ Sports. "We'll see."

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Jan 1, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) makes a catch against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 1, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) makes a catch against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

While the Jets could use some help in the trenches at the 2020 NFL Draft, but Pro Football Focus says one offensive playmaker is simply too good to pass up. 

The football analytics outlet has Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy falling all the way to the No. 11 pick, and the Jets scoop him up. 

The upcoming class of wideouts has long said to be a talented and deep group, but the Jets are still able to make Jeudy the first one off the board.

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase coaches against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase coaches against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2019 season in the history book after the Chiefs' win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, the Giants and the Jets have some of the most salary cap to make their moves before next season. 

According to Spotrac, the Giants and Jets are both in the top 10 in terms of NFL teams with the most salary cap space heading into the offseason. 

The Jets round out the top 10, while the Giants slide in at No. 6. 

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There are still nearly three months to go until the NFL Draft, and teams are a long ways away from having their draft meetings and finalizing their boards. It's too early to know anything, really, especially with the scouting combine still three weeks away.

But it's never too early to take a look, so here's a projection of how the first 11 picks of the draft will go, including the picks for the Giants (at 4) and Jets (at 11). Their needs are easy to figure out, even if it's still too difficult to zero in on the players:

1. Cincinnati Bengals - LSU QB Joe Burrow

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Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs

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Jets GM Joe Douglas has a plethora of options to work with at No. 11 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, and that's mainly because there are holes left and right on his current roster. But one of, if not the, biggest hole to fill is on the offensive line.

It was a rough 2019 season for that Jets unit, which had Sam Darnold running for his life, and Le'Veon Bell left without many holes to run through. The Jets tried a bunch of different variations with the players they had, but nothing they did had positive results.

More help is definitely needed, and it could be coming in the form of Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

With the Chiefs beating the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, the 2019-20 NFL season officially came to a close. And with the season over, it's time to look ahead to the 2020-21 season and Super Bowl LV, taking place on Feb. 7, 2021 in Tampa.

The Chiefs are the favorites to repeat, with the Ravens and 49ers right behind them.

As far as the Jets -- who finished the season 7-9 with a late surge -- their odds are not great.

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Before they entered the league as top-10 picks in the 2017 NFL draft at sixth and 10th, respectively, Jets safety Jamal Adams and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes first crossed paths while playing Texas high school football.

So when Kansas City won 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, Adams took to Twitter and congratulated Mahomes with an angle on the past.

Separated by an approximate two-hour car drive roughly 130 miles or so apart with Adams at Carrollton (Texas) Hebron and Mahomes in Whitehouse High School, Adams and Mahomes came up along similar paths, which gave the Jets safety a glimpse into what the Chiefs quarterback was capable of.

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Jan 4, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) smiles during his press conference following their playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Jan 4, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) smiles during his press conference following their playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had fans sitting on the edge of their seat when he tweeted a cryptic photo on Thursday of Super Bowl week.

Some thought Brady could be announcing his retirement during the big game, but it looks like Brady was just teasing an ad he would be featured in for the Super Bowl.

"To my teammates, my family, and most of all, my fans, you deserve to hear this from me," Brady said. "Hulu doesn't just have live sports... so it's time to say goodbye to TV as you know it. But me? I'm not going anywhere."

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Jan 4, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Jan 4, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

Tom Brady made fans wonder what his plans are for the future, after teasing a Super Bowl commercial on Twitter.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport mentioned that it is a real possibility that Brady could return to New England.

Sources say that the Patriots are willing to pay Brady in excess of $30 million per year to keep him, according to Rapoport.

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Super Bowl LIV is finally here, as the Chiefs and 49ers square off at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday night to see who will hoist the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy at the end of the night. 

Both squads have their stars. Patrick Mahomes leads a stacked offense that includes Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce as his weapons. But they're going to have to face off against Richard ShermanNick Bosa and the rest of the NFL's No. 2 defense. And, of course, you can't sleep on Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, and the rest of that Niners offense that ran all over the Packers two weeks ago. 

But, for Jets fans, it's a chance to keep your eye on a few players that are set to enter free agency once this game is over. 

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Jan 4, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) watches an official review during the second quarter of a game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Jan 4, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) watches an official review during the second quarter of a game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

On Thursday of Super Bowl week, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tweeted out a cryptic picture, making some around the league believe that he could be calling it a career.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Jets running back Bilal Powell recently joined WFAN's Joe and Evan show, where he discussed the future of his NFL career.

The nine-year veteran has spent his entire career as a Jet, and he hopes to keep things that way for the rest of his time in the league.

"I just stay in my lane," said Powell. "I sit back and let things happen and unfold. I want to retire a Jet, that's the biggest thing for me."

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) celebrates after a sack with New York Jets cornerback Arthur Maulet (23) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) celebrates after a sack with New York Jets cornerback Arthur Maulet (23) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

On Thursday, Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland was named the 2020 Alan Page Community Award winner by the NFLPA.

The NFL gives out this award each season to the player who does the most for the community.

Copeland was previously named the Week 16 NFLPA Community MVP after hosting holiday shopping sprees for more than 300 underprivileged kids. He received help from 11 other NFL players, surprising each kid with a $200 gift card through his Beyond The Basics foundation.

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Three months after the Jets seriously considered trading Jamal Adams and angered him along the way, it looks like the two sides have rebuilt the bridge between them. A new contract could even be coming soon.

The 24-year old Adams said as much on Wednesday when speaking to reporters in Miami, site of Super Bowl LIV. He said his agent and the Jets have had preliminary discussions and added, "I'd be lying if I said I don't expect to be extended." He did say, though, that the talks have included "no numbers yet," though they've surely discussed some parameters.

The numbers, of course, are everything if the Jets and Adams are going to strike a deal.

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Robby Anderson
Robby Anderson

Free agent WR Robby Anderson, who is hitting the open market and keeping his options open, said Wednesday that the Jets want him back.

"I know they've communicated that they do want me back," Anderson told Newsday's Bob Glauber. "So, we've just got to see how it plays out."

With Anderson a free agent and Quincy Enunwa's future unknown due to his latest neck injury, the Jets' situation at wide receiver is in flux. They could turn to a receiver in the draft when they pick 11th (Jerry Jeudy, maybe?) but retaining Anderson would be smart no matter what they do in the draft and how things go with Enunwa.

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Jamal Adams
Jamal Adams

While appearing on Radio Row down in Miami for the Super Bowl, Jets S Jamal Adams revealed that contract extension talks have begun with New York. 

"They've talked about it. No numbers yet," Adams said, via Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "I'd be lying if I said I don't expect to be extended. I do. Not for what I've just done on the field but even off the field for what I've done for the organization. I've done everything they've asked me to do. I've done it at a high level each and every year."

Adams clarified on Twitter, saying the talks are preliminary, but "I fully expect to be extended this offseason."

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