Opening Statement…

Alright here we go. First off, before we get to the injuries, we have our team awards to announce. The team MVP award, it was close voting and things, but Antonio Cromartie received that award. The Dennis Byrd most inspirational player award went to David Harris. The Kyle Clifton Good Guy award we have so many good guys it went to two guys, Greg McElroy and Austin Howard won that. The Ed Block Courage Award went to Jeff Cumberland. That was a close vote also. The Marty Lyons Community Service award went to Mike DeVito. So, all those guys are deserving winners and great choices. The injuries and guys will be for the game, two guys that are doubtful, and we all know what doubtful means when I say it out there, Dustin Keller and Aaron Berry. Keller with the ankle (and) Aaron Berry with the hamstring. Both of them did not practice and they will both be doubtful for the game. This next group of players are all questionable for the game. They were all limited in practice, only Mardy Gilyard did not practice today with an illness and he is questionable. Sione Po’uha, low back, Braylon Edwards, hamstring, Bryan Thomas, chest, Ricky Sapp, ankle, Chaz Schilens, knee, calf. All those guys are questionable for the game. All of them were limited. All these players were full today in practice, and every one of them is probable. Kenrick Ellis, knee, Mark Sanchez, low back, Matt Slauson, knee, Jeff Cumberland, wrist, ankle, Calvin Pace, shoulder, Nick Mangold, shoulder, Bart Scott, toe, Joe McKnight, ankle, Tim Tebow, ribs, Bilal Powell, shoulder, toe, Garrett McIntyre, hamstring, Nick Folk, mid-back, there’s a new one, Brandon Moore, hip, foot and LaRon Landry, heel.

On Austin Howard…

I think he’s playing really well, I really do. I think, obviously, he’s a tremendous run blocker, and it’s almost like the old throwback right tackles. He kind of fits that mold. The power run blocker and then as a right tackle, (he is a) typical right tackle guy. Obviously, we have, in my opinion, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, had as good a year as any left tackle in this league but then you have another guy with, quite honestly he’s got that kind of ability, left tackle ability, but he’s a right tackle. He hasn’t been perfect, but I see him getting better and better and quite honestly, I think he’s done a tremendous job over there for us.

On report that Coach Pettine turned down a contract extension…

Again, we never discuss the contracts or any of that type of stuff until after the season. I think that’d be an appropriate time to comment on whatever it is regarding the staff.

On whether he thinks Coach Pettine could be an NFL head coach…

Oh yeah, I don’t think there’s any doubt. I don’t think there’s any doubt. I think you look at his pedigree and everything else. He comes from a coaching family. He’s a lifelong guy that’s been in this business and is he’s a tremendous coach. He’s got great knowledge of the game, very smart, and (a) creative guy, (a) tough guy. I think he’ll do an outstanding job as head coach.

On if he thinks Coach Pettine needs to separate from him to really showcase his abilities…

I think, when you look at it, I’ve been really fortunate to have a great coaching staff with me and on defense, (Coach) Bob Sutton has actually turned down several interview jobs to be a coordinator again in this league at other places. Obviously, Mike Pettine is a super talent, as is Dennis Thurman, he’s turned down opportunities as well. So, (I’ve) really been fortunate with those guys. There are some young coaches that I think have potential to be outstanding coaches as well. Jim O’Neil is one, you have Anthony Weaver and Mike Smith, so you have some really good coaches here. And I’m just focused on the defensive side of the ball, but like I say I’ve been really fortunate to have this group of coaches with me for four years now.

On if he thinks Coach Pettine needs to break off from him to show his defense elsewhere…

I think, Vic Fangio’s done pretty well at San Francisco running a system. It’s his system, but we’ve had time together. I think he’s done well. But again, I think part of it is, you have to understand it’s not just my defense, this is our defense, (the) New York Jet defense, and everybody contributes from Bob Sutton to Dennis Thurman. Dennis, you look at his resume, nine years as a player, a great player, done a tremendous job with us. But we’ve been fortunate, all three of us have been together for a long time. And then, obviously, adding Bob Sutton who’s a tremendous coach, an excellent coordinator in his own right. So it’s really a good staff, but we work and our staff works extremely well together.

On if there’s any part of him that feels for Tim Tebow because he didn’t get an opportunity this season…

I’ll say this, obviously, I think going in we thought the Wildcat would probably be a little more efficient than it has been. That was the area where we really, we had our starting quarterback, we’re bringing him in to do other things like the Wildcat, like be a personal protector on the punt team, different things. He’s done well at times. I just don’t know if it was, well it hasn’t been, in my opinion, where I thought it would be, running the Wildcat.

On who the number two quarterback is on Sunday…

Again, I’m not going to make that announcement now because quite honestly, it’s going to be a coach’s decision and I’ll go ahead and make that decision later. I’ve said there’s a possibility all three guys will be up, there’s a possibility two will be up and I’m not going to make that decision just yet.

On whether he’s not announcing the backup for competitive reasons…

I don’t know. There could be. And you know what? The beauty of it is I don’t have to make that decision, and I’m not going to.

On if he’s decided who will be the backup but is just not announcing it…

Maybe, I don’t know.

On if there’s a possibility he would have all the quarterbacks active and just not announce who is the backup…

That would be a possibility also. We could do that. I like that.

On what goes into selecting the backup quarterback…

Everything that goes into it is your decision on what you think gives your team the best chance to win, which you guys love that answer, but it’s the truth. Obviously, I know it can be thrown at me, but at 6-8, maybe it’s not the answer you guys want or somebody wants, but it’s my answer and that’s what I truly believe in.

On if he’ll still run the Wildcat on Sunday…

I guess we’ll find out.

On whether it’s difficult to keep the team motivated…

No, I think from the competitive standpoint and everything else, you have an opportunity, and so you’re excited to play. The fact that you don’t have a chance at the playoffs, yeah, that brings it down. There’s no question. That’s a major let down. Anybody who says it’s not, isn’t telling the true story because it is a letdown, a major letdown. But, these guys are excited to play, we’re all excited to play and I expect a great effort from all our guys. And I know we’ll get it. There’s absolutely no concern whatsoever there.

On challenging Jeremy Kerley earlier in the season…

I think, really at the time when I challenged him, it was more, it wasn’t the injury, injuries happen, he had a hamstring, so he was fighting that. But my thing was mentally. Like I thought I wanted to make sure that he was ready to go mentally and I think that was it. It seemed like he wasn’t putting everything he had into that and that’s why I challenged him. We all know what we expected from him as a player. We think he can be an excellent slot receiver. Well, obviously, he’s proved that. But the reason I challenged him the way I did was the fact that we expected him and wanted him to play at this level and certainly he took to that challenge and he’s played to that level and maybe even more.

On how difficult the season has been to end with two games that are virtually meaningless…

I don’t see them as meaningless because they’re opportunities to go out there and compete. Obviously, we’re not going to the playoffs, so I get what you’re saying. But it’s been disappointing, without question. I did have huge expectations and you go in and you think your team’s going to look a certain way and we had two huge losses early in the season, when you lose a (Darrelle) Revis, who was voted by his peers as the NFL’s best defensive player and then you lose a Santonio Holmes. Not that it’s an excuse, but it’s reality. Your team looks different than really from what you envisioned. But you have to re-focus and get lined up. At no point though in the season did I think that we couldn’t make a run at the playoffs. I believe we could’ve, it’s just unfortunate our season ended in Tennessee for that one.

On if he has regrets about the quarterback situation…

I think some of that has to do with really that we haven’t had a consistent group of receivers and that’s from Dustin Keller being hurt for several games. You’ve had, sometimes I look out there, I don’t even know who the kid is. ‘Who’s this? Okay, this is our new wideout. He’s starting by the way.’ There’s been some inconsistency with the personnel out there (and) I think that’s kind of stunted our development a little bit. Again, at the end of the season, I’ll focus on the what-ifs and all that. Right now, it’s just straight ahead, no fair dodging. We have two games left and just want to finish with two wins and I think that’s going to be tough. San Diego’s basically a team (that) had very similar expectations going into the season, and they’ve had a disappointing season as well. But that’s a very talented group that we’re getting ready to play.

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Jets' first round pick, S Jamal Adams, has already impressed his new teammates, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. 

The Jets were exuberant when Adams fell to their No. 6 slot in the 2017 NFL Draft as he was the player the wanted most. Participating at OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Adams has shown his teammates, like CB Morris Claiborne, why the front office was so high on him.

"The things he has done so far?" Claiborne said. "He's unbelievable...He's been out here playing lights out. Picking up the defense, checking to different things, knowing what he wants to check to. He's having fun doing it, too. His spirit is awesome. He's having fun doing what he knows how to do, and that's football." 

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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

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The Jets' new linebackers coach, Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, is looking to instill more aggression and power in his players, especially LB Lorenzo Mauldin.

The 25-year-old has shown spurts of potential in two seasons with the Jets, but his 2.5 sacks last season isn't the production they had expected. Greene intends to change that, and he told NJ.com's Darryl Slater why he uses this specific approach to his coaching. 

"Everybody at this level has skill, correct?" Greene said. "They'rea ll athletic, and agility and dexterity and all that stuff. Well, what separates people initially is their physical level of play. That's always our first step, is we have to play more physical than whoever is in front of us, because we're all athletic." 

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A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected starters: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson

Projected backups: Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Charone Peake, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Quincy Enunwa
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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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Preseason Stats: 17-for-47, 159 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, 1-15 rushing, one fumble

Regular Season Stats: Did Not Play

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Part 2 of Jets mini-camp 00:02:01
SNY delivers part 2 of an all-access behind-the-scenes recap of New York Jets minicamp, including the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jets' owner Woody Johnson as the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the team confirmed on Thursday.

In the case that Johnson is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate, he would hand over his duties as Chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, who will directly oversee the team's day-to-day operations.

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Jets DE Sheldon Richardson says head coach Todd Bowles has been more strict than in the past, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com. 

Bowles has been left with a young team following the Jets' roster purge that including veterans like C Nick Mangold and LB David Harris. With his job possibly in jeopardy, he has been putting emphasis on working harder.

"It's completely different from the last couple years," Richardson said at minicamp. "A lot more strict now. We weren't loose [in the past], but it's a lot more strict now. It's even more enforced than what it has been in the past."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, David Harris, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morning in Manhattan for his alleged role in a nightclub attack that took place on April 2, according to TMZ Sports.

Mauldin, who is also being sued in civil court, was not arrested or charged after the incident. The Jets said earlier this month that they're aware of the lawsuit but had no further comment.

An NFL spokesman told ESPN's Rich Cimini that the league is looking into the incident. 

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

Former Jets LB David Harris has agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots worth $6.75 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Patriots offered Harris more than the Jets offered him earlier this month prior to his release, reports Mike Florio of NBC Sports.

Harris visited with the Patriots on Wednesday after speaking with head coach Bill Belichick (and coaches from five other teams) earlier this week, notes Florio.

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Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)
Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)

The Jets were one of the worst pass-rushing teams in the NFL last year, finishing the season wtih just 27 sacks, and only 5.5 of them coming from the team's outside linebackers.

Todd Bowles brought in former NFL linebacker Kevin Greene as New York's new linebackers coach, and Greene has already expressed optimism towards his young group of players.

"The sky's the limit for all my kids," Greene told Daniel Popper of the Daily News. "I'm teaching my kids technique and fundamentals not based on athletic ability and skill. It's based on physicality. It's based on drive and desire and want-to and being a student of the game. ... All my kids can really be as good they want to be."

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(Mike Dinovo)

The Jets have signed former Bears WR Marquess Wilson, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Wilson only played in three games last season as he was on the IR with a broken foot. He is a big target, standing at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, and will add some competition before training camp begins.

In four seasons with the Bears, Wilson played in 31 games, hauling in 56 receptions for 777 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

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The Jets new running backs coach, Stump Mitchell, believes RB Bilal Powell has Pro Bowl ability, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

Mitchell has been impressed with Powell since joining the Jets this season, and he thinks if he didn't have to share time with another back, he has would attain Pro Bowl status. 

"Bilal is a Pro Bowl back if he was playing by himself, make no doubt about that," Mitchell said at minicamp.

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starters: Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin

Projected Backups: Dylan Donahue, Josh Martin

Tags: Deion Barnes, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Defensive Lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

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Former Jets LB Larry Grantham dies at age 78: Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets' only Super Bowl team in 1969, died on Tuesday at the age of 78. Apart from being a Super Bowl Champion, Grantham has been enshrined in the Jets Ring of Honor as well. 

Elsewhere in New York sports the Mets dropped a slugfest to the Dodgers, the Yankees lose their top prospect to injury, and the NBA draft is just two days away. 

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The Jets' roster purge and commitment to begin rebuilding this season earned them a "C+" offseason grade, per ESPN's Rich Cimini.

As the offseason is normally used to rebuild rosters, the Jets tore theirs down thanks to move made by owner Woody Johnson. Among the roster cuts were LB David Harris and WR Eric Decker, which saved the Jets almost $14 million in payroll alone. C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis were also part of the 11 veterans the Jets go rid of this offseason. 

Cimini said the grade should be worse considering the Jets now have one of the worst rosters in the NFL, but looking at the big picture, the Jets are acknowledging their rebuild and will have $80 million to work with next offseason.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starter: Matt Forte

Projected Backups: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire

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Michelle Yu reports on the passing of former Jets linebacker Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets Ring of Honor, who was 78 years old.

The Jets announced former LB Larry Grantham, a Ring of Honor member and Super Bowl III champion, has died at age 78.

Grantham opted to join the AFL's New York Titans despite being drafted in the NFL by the Baltimore Colts in 1960. The Titans became the Jets in 1963, and Grantham would stay with them until his retirement in 1972. 

He was the starting linebacker for the Jets' Super Bowl III championship team where he called all the plays on defense. Grantham played in 175 career games, and was a five-time AFL All-Star and a five-time all-NFL selection. 

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Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa to discuss his expectations for himself and the young receivers for the upcoming season.

SNY's Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa after the conclusion of Jets minicamp to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.

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Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.  (Bill Wippert/AP)
Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. (Bill Wippert/AP)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is now a Tennessee Titan after agreeing to a deal on Sunday. 

Elsewhere, Jacob deGrom homers, the Yankees drop their sixth straight, Bradley Wright-Phillips scores twice and the Rangers, Islanders and Devils announce their protected players list ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft. 

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Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker agreed to a contract with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Sunday.

Decker, 30, played 33 games with the Jets over the past three seasons, totaling 163 catches, 2,183 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

Decker had appeared healthy entering organized team activities in May after he missed 13 games last season due to rotator cuff and hip injuries.

New York released him last Monday when they were unable to find a trading partner. The Jets will face a $1.5 million cap hit this year and next after releasing Decker.

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(Ed Mulholland)

RB Matt Forte says the Jets aren't tanking the season, despite the fact that they've cut the majority of their veteran players this offseason.

"It's a good thing we don't operate off of what the fans think and what everybody on the outside thinks," Forte said, according to The Record. "What we think as a team, that's what's going to happen. And none of us on the team think that we're going to tank. So all I have to say about that is: Bring it."

The Jets, who went 5-11 last season, have cut Brandon MarshallEric DeckerDavid HarrisDarrelle RevisNick MangoldNick Folk, and Breno Giacomini since the season ended. They also declined their option on Ryan Clady.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's really quite an accomplishment for the Jets to come off a disappointing and perhaps disastrous 5-11 season and find a way to get worse. But they did it. They purged their roster of most of their veterans and replaced them with untested, unknown players. They're playing the long game, even though their short term looks rather bleak.

Who knows if they're "tanking" with their eyes on a top draft pick next season? Maybe they're just acknowledging the need to experience short-term pain for long-term gain. Whatever it is, there isn't a lot of hope for the 2017 season. Their eyes are on 2018, or perhaps beyond.

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SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

The Jets selected Maye in the second round of Apri's NFL Draft.

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Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)
Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Thursday there is no frontrunner for the srarting quarterback job. 

Elsewhere, the Yankees lose in extra innings, Juan Lagares is injurede in a Mets loss and the Giants ink their first-round pick. 

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Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.

Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.


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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson wants to stay with the team for the rest of his caeer, but is not open to giving a hometown discount. 

The Jets, who finished 5-11 last season, are entering a rebuilding phase. But Richardson wants to be a part of it.

"A lot of guys just want to go jump on a bandwagon," Richardson told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News earlier this week. "Older guys. Later in their career, it's easy to go jump into a good situation. It's a free market, so by all means, do your thing. But me personally, I like to make history, not be a part of it."

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles insinuated the team's starting QB is job still up for grabs, noting Thursday that there is currently no frontrunner.

The Jets, who are expected to turn to Josh McCown as their starter, have also been giving reps to Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.

McCown, 37, signed a one-year deal worth $6 million this offseason.

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