Opening Statement…

It’s great to be back. All the things that we do in the offseason, I think the first time that I met you, we were just embarking on evaluating our staff, evaluating our roster, getting into free agency prep, getting into Indy (NFL Scouting Combine) prep, and then eventually the draft. It’s all for here.  It’s all for this day. It’s all for this time. This is where you feel like you’re back to football. Tomorrow we get the pads on. We’re through this acclimation period now, so it’s been a nice phase in and I can tell you I’m not the only one excited. (Head Coach) Rex (Ryan), his staff, our players, I think you’ve seen it, that we’re all extremely excited to get back to football and get going.

On when he expects Mike Goodson to report to camp…

I don’t know. There’s no timeline at all, so we’re just going to have to play that one by ear.

On how much background work they did on Goodson before they signed him…

It’s not isolated to one player. It’s not isolated to Mike Goodson. We do an extremely thorough job in examining background. I think as I said last time, we’re in a human business, so there’s a certain degree of unpredictability in anything you do. But you want to try to do as much background work on the people you bring into the organization, and that’s going to be consistent with anyone we bring in.

On preparing for losing a player…

I think we’re in a business of abrupt adjustments. You just get into a game, there are certain things you prepare for within the course of a play. It certainly holds true in personnel. It holds true in negotiations. It holds true in anything that we do. It’s just the nature of what we do, so you just have to be prepared to adjust.

On why Cliff Harris and Claude Davis were released after being arrested when Goodson was not…

We didn’t talk about their situation either at that time. Every case is individual. Every case has its circumstances surrounding it, so you take all that information in and you react accordingly. There were a lot of factors back then. We were just getting into a 90-man restriction. So, there are a lot of factors that go into decisions that are made. It may on the surface look like a knee-jerk reaction to something that happened, but it’s an accumulation of things and information.

On whether a player’s status on the team is one of those factors…

Of course you’re going to evaluate his status on the team, how long he’s been here, what he’s contributing, if you feel like it’s an isolated case, is there a pattern of behavior there, all those things factor into it, but his effectiveness as a player (and) as a person in the community (and) in the building, we take all those things into account.

On whether he expects Goodson to report to training camp at some point…

I really don’t know. We don’t know and we’re just taking it kind of like we do anything else, day-by-day. We’re operating with the things that we have in front of us today, and until that changes, we’ll stay the course.

On whether it’s his hope that Goodson will be with the Jets again someday…

Of course it’s our hope that Mike comes back and that he can contribute to the team.

On when he anticipates getting a deal done with Dee Milliner…

Whenever there’s more than one party involved, you don’t have total control over it. So, I really don’t know. All we can do is keep a constant line of communication open, which we have. I’ve talked through our differences and hopefully (we will) get (Dee) where he belongs, right here on the field.

On whether he is frustrated the team has not signed Milliner yet…

I don’t think it’s a frustration. I look at it (as) again we’re in an industry of adjustments. It’s not unlike we planned on seeing Aaron Berry compete through this training camp, and low and behold, on one of our first drills, he goes down with a season-ending injury. Dee (Milliner) is not here right now, (so) we adjust. I think we’ve done a marvelous job with that and we’ve maintained our focus right here with the players that we have on campus now, and we adjust going forward. I don’t think it’s frustrating as much as it is learning how to deal with what you have.

On whether he is maintaining communication with Goodson…

I’m not going to get into (that). That’s a private matter and I’d like to respect it that way.

On whether the team suggested that Goodson should not report on time…

Again, I’m not going to get into the specifics. It’s a private, delicate matter, but I can say we were aware that this was going to happen. It wasn’t a surprise and we understood the circumstances around it.

On how the team writes contracts…

I think anyone, agents included, if they look at our contracts and our clauses and they contain guarantees, the type of language that is in it, we’re pretty consistent. So, it shouldn’t be any surprise to identify or be hard to identify what is important to the Jets as far as contractual language is concerned. You look at our contracts and there’s going to be a common thread throughout.

On if he is surprised Milliner is holding out over a contract that is relatively small…

Well, it’s obviously not small to somebody, otherwise they would be here playing.  You try to talk it through, and understand, and this is in general, whenever you are trying to do a contract with a player.  We listen a lot and we try to understand their positions.  Hopefully, they listen to us a lot and understand our position, and we try to rationalize and get them in.

On if their philosophy regarding rookie contracts has changed due to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement...

No, I think there is some more emphasis on contractual elements that perhaps weren’t quite as emphasized before, but they have always been around.  I don’t think all of a sudden with the new CBA, we’re seeing a proliferation of offsets or whatever else it would be.

On the use of offset language in contracts…

We’re not going to get into specifics.

On if he knew Rex Ryan was going to Pamplona and his reaction…

Well yeah, just run faster than the bulls (joking). Yes, he let us know that he was going out there and I thought it was pretty cool.  It had been a lifelong dream of his son, Peyton.  It was a family thing, and for them to do something special, that was pretty neat, but he let us know.

On if he was concerned of the potential danger of Ryan going to Pamplona…

Well I can say this, Rex holds the Jets, football, the NFL, to the same degree of importance that I do and that all of us do,  So I don’t think that he is going to let anything get in the way.  If he feels something is hazardous to his position here with the Jets I don’t think Rex would do it.  You know you trust him that way.

On if the distractions are lessened this year because of him…

Well, I think it’s us, it’s all of us together.  Life in the NFL, you are going to live with distractions and to the extent that you can maintain your focus on the tasks at hand, it sounds so simple, right? It sounds so trite, but it’s very difficult to do because we are covered the way we are, every movement that you do, and in our case here, the competitions that are going on.  But if you can just focus on the basics, and yes we have tried to instill that mindset not only with the players but throughout the organization and hopefully you’re sensing that.

On his role in making the starting quarterback decision…

Well I have a pretty big role in that.  I think we are going to discuss that much like we do anything.  It’s going to be a collective opinion.  We’re going to hash it out.  And it’s not limited to quarterbacks.  I know that’s front stage and center, but its every position, everything that we do, and it could be discussing schemes, different approaches to training camp.  I think you have noticed that we changed our schedule around a little bit.  We’ll discuss everything, and the beauty of our staffs, we have an extensive group, a lot of experience in the room.  So we can trade that and that includes the quarterback situation.  Obviously, we are going to talk with Rex, with Marty (Mornhinweg), with David (Lee), we’ll talk with the entire offensive staff, our scouts, and we have all our scouts here.  We have a lot input in that.

On who has the final say in the quarterback decision…

Again, it’s a collective effort.  And I think if you discuss it on a daily basis, this isn’t a one-time event that comes up and we have to make a quick decision.  This is over a period of time, so there is a lot of talk, discussion, debate that goes over these types of decisions. So when you ultimately make that decision, it may look like, ok on Thursday at 4 pm Eastern Time they made the decision on the starting quarterback.  Well that’s an accumulation of a lot of information and discussion and that’s what I mean that it’s a collective effort and it’s collaborative all the way.

On if the head coach as the final say on the roster…

Well yes I mean when you look at who is going to play, Rex and I are going to talk about that freely.  I like to believe, it has been the case so far, that if you put in that time and effort when you make the decision you feel like it’s a “we” decision it’s not on one individual.  It’s not like someone going to drop the gavel and do something that’s counter to what the Jets want to do.  We are all pulling in the same direction we are going to make the decision on our starting quarterback, the other 10 starters on offense, what we do schematically with those guys, it’s all going to be for the good of the Jets.

On if someone specifically has the final say…

It’s a collaborative effort guys.  It’s not how it seems that you wake up one morning and everyone’s waiting out with bated breath on someone with the scroll (laughing).  That’s not it.  Especially this decision, there is so much that goes into it, and it is not going to be a surprise to anyone in the room.  So I don’t feel like when we make the decision and, there is a lot of input -  there is input from our offensive staff, there is input from our scouts, there will be input from of course me, and Rex.  We sit down and we talk about this on a daily basis.  So I think when we reach the culmination of gathering all that stuff deciphering and making that decision, it’s not a surprise.  There’s not a friction there or a surprise in the end where like, “Boy, I didn’t expect that”.  Whatever we do, it’s going to be vetted out to a point where everyone is involved. They’ll understand and there won’t be any surprise in the end.

On when he expects Santonio Holmes to return…

Shoot, we hope he’s back tomorrow, but it’s a tough one to gauge. I can say Santonio has been working his tail off. He was here voluntarily on his own working with (Head Athletic Trainer) John Mellody and our staff. He’s really focused on it and he continues to be. But, that’s a tough one to gauge. Another one I wish I had a timeline for you, but some of these things we just have got to let it take its course.

On whether there is a chance Holmes will miss the entire season…

We hope not. And again, we will take it through the summer. These next few weeks will be very telling. I can say, if you have a motivated staff, you have a motivated player, usually when you have all that pointing the same direction, there’s a good outcome and that’s what we’re hoping for.

On what position groups the team is trying to improve upon…

I don’t know if we’ll go position-by-position. What’s nice (is) we had a good look at everybody coming into training camp. In Braylon’s (Edwards) case, he certainly feels like he’s coming back home to the Jets. (He’s) had a lot of time, a lot of production here. (He) knows the room, knows Rex. I know him. We had him in Seattle last year. He certainly adds an element of experience and familiarity. You’ll see at wideout we’ve got a heady number there. Take a look at those and you’ll see a little ebb and flow throughout training camp. And that will be really respondent to how guys are doing. It’s a little premature right now. I’d like to get the pads on. Let the guys knock it around a little bit and see how they react.

On whether bringing Edwards back was a sign that Holmes is not where they thought he would be health wise…

No, not really. It was independent of that. I think what we’re trying to do is build the best cast of characters we have at any one position and it was more a function of that, than it was worrisome of one individual player. Just (us getting) the most quality depth that we can.

On why they didn’t re-sign Edwards earlier…

I think we wanted to take a good look at some younger guys during the offseason. We continue to do that. Like I said, we’re probably relatively heavy at the position in numbers and that’s kind of by design so we can take a look at them. Once again, Braylon, we looked at him as plug-and-play, that we would call him up the eve of training camp. We did keep in touch with him. He was keeping in great shape. You see him here. He’s in basically football ready shape. So we didn’t have any concerns that way. We felt that he was available for us.

On why he feels that Edwards can come in, learn and play in a new offense…

Braylon has played in a lot of different systems and he’s been successful in a lot of different systems. (It’s) not really a leap of faith because we’re at the forefront of training camp. We can install things. Braylon is a quick study. I can promise you that. He’s been around football. He’s been around the NFL long enough, where you put something in front of him, he’s going to digest it and he’ll be fine with it. Now applying it and applying it in this setting? I think it’s more important for him to be here in training camp. Are you questioning the guy’s conditioning? No, you wouldn’t question his conditioning or work ethic in the offseason. If he’s going to be a quick study, you can sign him on the eve of camp. Now you get the pads on, you see how he reacts then. I think really in that way, it’s an inappropriate time.

On if this season is a one year grace period for him…

No, I don’t think anyone looks at it as a grace period. Pressure is perceived, really. Our guys don’t feel pressure, Rex doesn’t feel pressure, and I don’t feel pressure. Our players, hopefully, we’re going to condition them that they don’t feel pressure. You can perform in whatever function you’re asked to do, whether it be the head coach, one of our players, or whether it be in my position. If you prepare well and you’re relaxed, you perform at your peak no matter what you’re doing. And I think that’s certainly an axiom that Rex lives by and an axiom that I live by. And you just let things roll and you go in confident and faithful that your preparation and your state of mind will allow you to perform well. That’s kind of where we are.

On Ryan joking that he won’t be here next year if the Jets draft Jadeveon Clowney…

Shoot, that draft is miles away. I’m focused right here in 2013. That’s pretty funny though.

On if Edwards and Kellen Winslow look different this year compared to when they were in Seattle together…

Well, actually it worked out for Braylon. We had a number of veteran receivers in for training camp and he basically beat them out, that old notion of competition. He did well and Kellen did as well. But if you noticed that roster, we had some pretty good tight ends. We’re happy to have both of them here, we really are. They’re vets, they were prepared. I think it shows, I think you’ve seen already in two short days on the field that they’ve made an impact, so we’re extremely pleased to have both of them on the Jets.

On whether Edwards was brought in to mentor the younger receivers…

That’s definitely a factor, whenever you can get a veteran presence in a room. Santonio is that veteran presence, despite the fact that he doesn’t have a jersey on running around with a helmet. He’s been a great mentor. Both Braylon and Santonio will certainly add that element, especially when you have a relatively young bunch of receivers.

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

 

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The Jets will have a private workout with University of North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky on Thursday, according to a report from the NY Post.

One day after signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown last week, the Jets' search for their quarterback of the future continued in Chapel Hill, N.C., when they attended North Carolina's Pro Day to watch Trubisky. A group of scouts and coaches -- reportedly including new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates -- were in attendance.

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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PHOENIX - The Jets shed a group of veteran players this offseason, didn't make any big splashes in free agency, and the quarterback they brought in is a 37-year-old journeyman. Not surprisingly, the expectations for them this season couldn't be much lower.

Just don't try telling that to Todd Bowles.

Despite the look of his roster to outsiders, and the general perception that the Jets are beginning a total rebuilding job, the Jets head coach refused to downplay his team's chances heading into the 2017 season. He looks at the moves the Jets have made this offseason and believes they have given his team a chance to be competitive -- now.

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PHOENIX - The Jets' new offensive coordinator, John Morton, has never run an NFL offense before, never called plays in the league, and he hasn't revealed yet what kind of scheme he will run. But none of that should worry anyone, according to one of his former bosses.

Saints coach Sean Payton promised you'll be "impressed."

"Listen he's been around (Jon) Gruden, (Jim) Harbaugh, myself," Payton said on Wednesday morning during the NFC Coaches Breakfast at the NFL Owners Meetings. "He's very meticulous. I think he's going to be outstanding."

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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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Marc Malusis, Jon Hein and Willie Colon talk about whether Todd Bowles is the right man for the job.

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PHOENIX - The Jets weren't just bad last season, they were downright dysfunctional at times. Todd Bowles knows it. Everybody knows it. And the Jets coach expects that to change.

Just don't expect him to drop the hammer on his players, or tighten the rules on what at times appeared to be his loosely-run ship. Bowles, as a former player, understands that stuff happens. And he doesn't plan on taking control with some draconian approach.

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PHOENIX - Todd Bowles came to the Jets as a defensive guru, but he plans on making the struggling Jets offense his project this year.

The third-year Jets head head coach promised that he will be "heavily more involved" in all aspects of the offense this season during an hour-long interview at the annual AFC Coaches Breakfast on Tuesday. He didn't say his decision had anything to do with the fact the offense ranked 26th in the NFL last season, or that he'll be breaking in a new offensive coordinator in John Morton.

He said it's all just part of his "evolution" as a head coach...

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The Daily News Live crew discusses whether the Jets should settle for Christian Hackenberg as their starter or target a QB in the draft.

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PHOENIX - Todd Bowles has declared he will hold an "open competition" at quarterback this summer between the three quarterbacks on his roster, and maybe even a fourth one from the draft. He did not promise veteran Josh McCown the job when the Jets signed him, and he wouldn't say his experience gives him any edge.

All of them will have an equal shot to be the Jets' Opening Day starter. And that's the right approach. It's also the only thing the Jets coach could do.

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The Jets have signed OL Jonotthan Harrison to a one-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. 

Harrison, 25, played in 13 games for the Colts last season, including four starts.

He played 31 of 32 games for the Colts from 2014 to 2015, starting 19.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Jets owner Woody Johnson is in Arizona for the NFL owners meetings, along with his brother Christopher, according to Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday.

The Jets owner declined to talk to reporters on Sunday.

Woody Johnson has long been expected to be named the ambassador to the United Kingdom in President Donald Trump's administration, although the president has not yet formally announced the appointment.

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Josh McCown led the Browns down the field on their initial drive. The drive stalled after McCown's fumble in the end zone, and the quarterback suffered a concussion on the play and did not return. (AP)
Josh McCown led the Browns down the field on their initial drive. The drive stalled after McCown's fumble in the end zone, and the quarterback suffered a concussion on the play and did not return. (AP)

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Mike Maccagnan wouldn't say if Josh McCown will be the Jets' starting quarterback this season - that, he insisted, is a decision for coach Todd Bowles. But he did say that McCown can still be a good quarterback, even as he closes in on 38 years old.

"I know he's had some injuries this past season, but the season before he played and actually did some good things for Cleveland," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday. "I still think he has good football left in him. We do think he has the ability to play and perform if needed."

The Jets signed McCown to a one-year, $6 million contract last week, with another possible (but unlikely) $7 million in incentives. Maccagnan said that the 15-year vet - a journeyman now on his eighth NFL team - was under consideration from the start of free agency, even as the Jets sorted through all their other options.

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

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

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

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of former UNC quarterback and NFL Draft prospect Mitch Trubisky.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click below to listen!

 

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

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

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

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

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

He had visited with the team this past weekend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

Or so we all thought.

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

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

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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Smart or Disappointing 00:02:19
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing off season

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

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

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


 (Mark Hoffman)
(Mark Hoffman)

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

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

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

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(Brad Penner)

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

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

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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

Cadet was also weighing an offer from the Bills.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

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

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


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

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(Bill Streicher)

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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.

 

Tags: Darron Lee, David Harris, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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