New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson & General Manager John Idzik, 1.24

 Opening Statement…

WOODY JOHNSON: This is a very important day for the New York Jets. We’ve just finished an exhaustive process. Maybe exhaustive is not the right word, but we finished the process where we interviewed a number of very qualified people to assume the job of general manager of the New York Jets. (With) that process, we wanted to be very thorough and careful because of the importance of this decision, so we hired Korn/Ferry. They led it and I think Jed Hughes was very helpful in establishing a process that really gave everyone a fair look and set out the criteria that we were looking for. We went through the process and after interviewing John Idzik, it became apparent to us that he was head and shoulders the best fit for the New York Jets. It’s not only his demeanor and the way he speaks, it’s also his experience. He’s a second-generation football guy. His father was here as an offensive coordinator in the 1970s, a successful one. His 20 years in every facet of the football business, from personnel to the (salary) cap to the weight room, he’s done it all. He’s been around some great coaches and great people and general managers. I think if you go back to Tampa, the Arizona Cardinals or anyone at the Seahawks, they will confirm the kind of person John is and that fact that he is the right person to do this job for the New York Jets in 2013. I think (he) will add so much to what we’re collectively trying to do, and that’s put a championship football team on the field. I think he’ll do a great job. I know I am very excited and I think the fans, as they get to know John, will be excited as well. With that, I would like to introduce the new general manager for the New York Jets, John Idzik. 

JOHN IDZIK: Thank you. Welcome, I appreciate your attendance and I appreciate your patience. (I’ve) been across the country a little bit, took a little detour to Mobile, Alabama and finally landed here in my new home in Florham Park. I’m happy to be here. It’s a very special day for me, my family and the New York Jets. I owe all of that to Woody Johnson. I’m very appreciative of the time we’ve spent together. We’ve had several talks over the last couple of weeks and you’ve made me feel right at home. I’m also very appreciative of Neil Glat, Ira Akselrad (and) Rex Ryan. Again, we’ve had several in-depth conversations and every step of the way I gravitated more towards the New York Jets, I felt like a member of the New York Jets. I’m very appreciative of that. The last three days I took a little hiatus down to Mobile and spent a little time with our personnel staff down there, Terry Bradway, Scott Cohen and company, and our pro and college guys and it was a great introduction. It’s challenging enough to go through the Senior Bowl dual day practices, so for them to make time in a very jam-packed schedule to let us get to know each other was very valuable to me, so we can hit the ground running when they come back. Once you start looking at players and start talking about players in that environment, it’s like riding a bike. We felt very comfortable together. It hasn’t taken me long to feel like a New York Jet. I’m certainly happy to be here. I share this day with four new Jets that have a temporary layover out in Seattle. My wife of 27 years, Carol - living in a football family, I’ve grown up in a football family as Woody said, it’s very rewarding and very unique and it has it’s challenges on family members. We spend a lot of time away from home. For me, to have the peace of mind that Carol has taken care of everything at home with our children and raised them to be fine individuals that we’re very proud of, means everything. She has responsibilities far greater than I will ever have and I’m very grateful for her. Our three kids, Bryant, your sense of adventure, your creativity, Bradley, your dedication, work ethic and desire on and off your fields and Holly, your compassion and quick wit, they all inspire me. We’re very proud and I welcome you to the Jets. As Woody mentioned, my dad was here. It took me a little time, but I made it back. I’m very happy to be back. Just like Carol, my mom was the bedrock for our football family growing up for my two sisters, Cindy and Joy. She has provided stability along the way. When my dad was away for long stretches of time, I was the lucky one out of the three because I got to spend a lot of time with my father going to camps and on the sidelines. I was in Hempstead and Shea (Stadium) as a skinny high school receiver. I treasure those times. Not only for observing my dad in different environments and how he worked, but more importantly he taught me life lessons that extend well beyond football. I think you get a sense from me that family, cohesion and teamwork are at my core. They’re at the core of the New York Jets. That’s been my experience in the league, too. Whenever you can build a cohesive unit, it’s trustworthy and they’re dedicated to a common cause, to each other and you can fight through difficult times and support each other and, more importantly, you know how to handle success. You know how to handle success over an extended period. The most recent example of that was in Seattle. We had a tremendous building led by Paul Allen, Peter McLoughlin, Pete Carroll and John Schneider. John is a special guy to me. We’ve known each other since I’ve been in the league for 20 years, first as divisional foes. We joke about that a little bit, but I really treasure our last three years getting to work alongside each other. There is a building there that is special and they are all in and I feel that here in New York. We’re going to be all in and work together and that’s how we’re going to develop a sustainable winner. It’s something that our fans and our community are going to be proud of. I would like to digress for just one second and say that it’s a special day for my mom and dad. I would like to wish them a happy 60th anniversary. Beyond Seattle, I had the good fortune to work alongside many people that had a profound influence on me both professionally and personally. Just to mention a few, Tony Dungy, Tod Leiweke, Rod Graves, all of these folks, I count as lifelong friends. We’ve been through a few battles together. We’ve built things together. It’s been very rewarding. In Tampa, Rich McKay, Jerry Angelo, Tim Ruskell, Ruston Webster, we went on quite a journey in Tampa. We saw it from the bottom to the top. It was very special. To me, all of those experiences have solidified the power of “we”, the power of “we” over “me”. That’s something that is going to be very strong here in New York. As it goes there, it goes here in New York too. It will be based on a collaborative effort. It will be inclusive, it will be well thought out and researched. It will be the power of “we”. Our immediate plans, I have criss-crossed the country and I don’t know what time or day it is, so Rex (Ryan), you are going to have to help me out that way. We’re going to continually develop, maintain and enhance a roster here that is grounded in competition. There will be a constant influx of competition. When you’re in football, you relish competition. It gets everybody better. By that, I mean we’ll explore every measure to bring in talent and continue to compete. The draft will be very important to us. That will be a lifeline for us, year-in and year-out. We will use free agency. Again we will be very thoughtful, do our research and be judicious in free agency. We will use trades. We will use waiver claims. We’ll work our practice roster. We’ll have numerous tryouts throughout the year in search for guys that “Play like a Jet.” That will be a constant hum in the background of what we do. The most immediate business item that we have to address is a thorough and comprehensive review of our current roster. I come from the outside as an opponent. Rex, you’ve lived with these players. Our pro and college department, they’ve lived with these players. They know them not only as players on game day, but they know how they eat, sleep, practice, they prepare. They know their families, so I want to get to know them in depth. We’re going to do a thorough review of our roster. From there, we will be able to develop short-term plans going into free agency. We’ll be able to develop our plans as far as the salary cap is concerned going into the 2013 league year. Of course, there will be countless hours spent in preparation for the 2013 draft. That’s it in a nutshell and I’m happy to be here. I’m elated and it’s a special day for me. I look forward to meeting and getting to know each one of you over the years. I’m proud to be a Jet.

On his level confidence in making the final personnel decisions…

When making the final personnel decisions, when I say a collaborative effort, that’s genuine. I think my role as a general manager is to provide some direction and develop a consensus in the building, so that when we make decisions, they’re Jet decisions. I may be that person that hands in the card, but what’s on that card is a Jet decision. That’s going to be genuine here in New York. As far as my background, I’ve been around NFL players since I was “young,” since I was six years old, in various capacities. As I started my professional career, I’ve had a myriad of different perspectives. So I think that’s something that I can lend to the New York Jets, various perspectives, and that’s inclusive of personnel. It’s inclusive of management, administration (and) operations. It’s inclusive of, obviously, contract and (salary) cap, so I think that will be a help for the New York Jets.

On there will be any initial changes in the personnel staff…

No, I can say that in my initial days I’ve realized this, I’ve only been on the job for three days, this is my fourth, (and) three of them have been out of state, I’ve been very impressed with my initial impressions. I had the opportunity to spend some time with (Head Coach) Rex (Ryan) down in Mobile, (AL). I had a chance to talk with and meet with all of our personnel staff down there: Scott (Cohen), (Senior Personnel Executive) Terry (Bradway), (Assistant Director, Player Personnel) JoJo (Wooden), (Director, College Scouting) Jeff (Bauer), (Assistant Director, College Scouting) Mike (Davis), (Director, Football Administration) Ari (Nissim), all those people. My initial expressions are we have a really strong group here and I look forward to working with them in these days and nights to come.

On Coach Ryan…

I look at Rex Ryan as a very accomplished coach. He’s very energetic. He’s optimistic. He’s engaging as we all know. He engages our players and he gets them to play hard. I can speak to that from the opponents’ side. I look forward to our time together. I really do. I’m excited about it, so that, to me, was a plus.

On if being the son of a former NFL coach gives him more credibility around the league…

I think your credibility really comes from within. I think, a lot of people, there (are) perceptions, or should I say misperceptions out there, and you are who you are. The people in the building are going to feel who you are. It’s more that than where your roots are from family-wise. That said, yes, I had a tremendous advantage. As I said, before grade school I was going to NFL training camps. I may be a little bit biased here, but my dad was a heck of a coach. To be able to sit in camps with him, sit alongside with him in the coach’s booth (and) grow up around that, (was) a tremendous advantage for me. But I think ultimately it’s how you handle yourself in your job (and) how you relate to your people in the building. That’s your credibility.

On how he plans to handle the current salary cap…

Every year, as you enter into a new league year, you’re always going to, much like you do in free agency with your own players, the draft, you’re going to develop a plan for the salary cap. We’re going to develop a plan in the days to come. I never saw the cap situation here as a hindrance or anything like that. It’s something that you research, you work through (and) you evaluate, just like we evaluate our roster. We make the moves we think are best for the Jets. I’m fully confident we’ll be able to do that and we’ll have a fruitful offseason.

On the thoroughness of the interview process…

I think the interview process was very thorough. I commend Woody (Johnson) and his team. Really, there’s a lot of pressure in the NFL to answer the question who, and when? The sense I got was we’re going to take a step back, we’re going to do this thing right and we’re going to talk to as many people as we have to. The same held through with our conversations. We had very open, candid (and) informative conversations. Through that, the more we talked, the better I felt, the more I felt that if I was given this opportunity, I would be happy to be a New York Jet.

On the challenge of getting back to the playoffs…

Every year is a challenge. Whether you’re in the playoffs or not, and we’ve experienced it here in New York. You can go as far as the conference championship game (or) you can go to the Super Bowl. We did it in Tampa (Bay). We went to the Super Bowl one year and the next year we weren’t as fortunate. So every year is a challenge and you really wipe the slate clean and see what you have as a base going in, and you build off that and try to improve daily. In that vein, it’s not different than years that will go by when we are a perennial playoff team. We’ll look at it the same way. How can we improve? It’s a challenge, yes, but it’s a challenge that we’re all up to.

On Mark Sanchez’s role going forward…

Obviously with Pete Carroll, we have a little bit of background there on (Sanchez) coming out of school. I can’t comment really. I’m literally hours into the building. Rex had to show me my office (laughter), so I don’t want to drill down too deep. That, we’re going to save for our evaluation process in the days and weeks to come, but in looking at Mark, even evaluating him as a draft prospect, he’s an athletic guy (and) he was accomplished at USC (Southern California). He’s done some nice things here, but I think we just need to take our time and evaluate Mark with everybody else on the roster and see how we can move forward and improve.

On if anything gave him pause about accepting the general manager job…

Really, nothing. I think as soon as I got to know the people better, you just get a sense. You get a sense they’re talking the same language as you (and) they have the same makeup. Again, when we talked about teamwork, togetherness, cohesiveness, there’s going to be integration within the building (and) we’re going to make collective decisions. When we talked those through, they made me feel very comfortable. We’re all in this together. I’m glad, I’m going to be grateful, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.

On the perception of that no one wanted the Jets general manager job…

Everyone is going to have their opinions and I don’t deal with much in perception to be honest. I deal with reality. The reality here is I think this is one of the most fabulous football infrastructures anyone can ask for. For one, we have some of the most fervent, passionate fans in the National Football League. I’ve experienced what an advantage that can be in Seattle, Tampa (Bay) and Arizona. I feel that here. We have a state-of-the-art stadium to play in. We have a state-of-the-art facility. The people in this building are tremendous. That’s reality to me. The more I got to know about the people here, the fans here, the environment here, the facilities, I think the football infrastructure is second to none. My personal opinion is, (it is) one of the best opportunities that you could have.

On whether he sees the Jets as a “win now” opportunity…

I don’t know that you can put a timetable (on it). Like I said, every year is different. I don’t know that you can put a timetable (on it, but) I can assure you of this, Rex, myself (and) everyone in the building, every single day we’re going to look to improve. We’re going to see improvement and we’ll work as hard as we can to do that. I don’t know that you can put a discrete timetable on it. We’re going to have a competitive team. That’s going to be the center of everything we do, competition, and that’s going to make us better. It’s going to make us a force in the league.

On whether he would be open to the possibility of trading Darrelle Revis…

I think it’s way premature to say anything specific. Again, I haven’t even had the chance to sit down and thoroughly vet through our roster with Rex, his staff (and) with our personnel staff. I think it would be presumptuous to say anything like that.

On the level of priority associated with addressing Revis…

Not that one specifically, but I’d say very important. One of our first steps is to go through our roster in detail. That includes (Darrelle), that includes everybody on the roster. Then develop a comprehensive plan off of that. But it’s still a little bit premature to say.

On reports that he asked the Seahawks to go on more scouting trips the last two years and how comfortable he is handling personnel…

Yes, I’m completely comfortable in that area. To address the first question, whatever I do in football, I do for our team. I don’t do it for personal gain or anything like that. I have a very broad background and a very extensive background in personnel and evaluation, so if my team needs me to go out on the road, I’ll go out on the road. If my team needs me to stay in house and do more pro, I’ll do that. If my team needs me to do cap management, that’s been kind of my general take over the years. Nothing is prefab or anything like that. Again, it’s in the vein of chipping in in a collective effort and what you can lend. I think I can lend a lot in various aspects of football operations.

On describing the draft as a “lifeline” and if he’d trade a prominent player for multiple picks…

First off all, when I say lifeline, no matter if we have all of our picks as we do this year, if we don’t have our full complement of picks, or we attain additional picks via trades, we’re going to place an emphasis on the draft from rounds one through seven and the (undrafted) college free agents. We will be well versed in who we think is going to help our squad through the draft. Then on an individual basis, once we evaluate our roster, the baseline will always be our current roster. Everything we do will be compared to what we have in the building. That will always be the baseline. We will charter our course based on all these evaluations. Some of it will be draft-oriented. Some of it will be free agent-oriented. Some of it will be trade-oriented. It’s a little bit premature to get specific about it, but I just think that to us, every draft choice that we turn in is going to be precious to us.

On his general philosophy for building a winning team…

Hopefully you got a sense of it from my comments before. It has to start from the people in the building, the players, coaches, scouts, football operations (and) business operations. We will develop a Jet profile and you develop that profile that they “Play like a Jet.” That’s first and foremost. And of course you start to evaluate their football acumen and everything else pieces together. In terms of a more specific football philosophy, that’s for Rex and I to sit down and (talk about). We’ve already begun that, but we will continue to do that in the days to come, to be very discrete in what we want to do to win games and mesh that up to the types of players that we want to bring in.

On this being a new beginning…

Of course, it’s a new beginning for me because this is my first day in Florham Park, but beyond that you can always look at it like every day is a new beginning, every month is a new beginning, every season that we go through, be it (the) offseason, draft, post-draft, mini-camp, training camp, we have new beginnings throughout the entire year. Yes, I look at this year as a burst of energy. It certainly is for me. I’m excited about it and from what I’ve heard, Rex is to. I’m very enthused about it.

On if there is a playoff mandate for the coaches…

No, I think what you do is you push the envelope, as far as competition, and you make sure you’re doing the best you can to improve every day. The byproduct of that is sustainable success. A byproduct of that is winning football games, going into the post season and eventually bringing championships back to New York.

On if he was aware of the negative perception and believes that he has to repair the organization…

No, I don’t think I ever got the perception. Again, there seems to be a lot of misperceptions. I had a brief breakfast with the entire building. The entire building showed up to shake my hand. That’s pretty impressive that people go out of their way to introduce themselves to me and make me feel at home. When I sense that, I don’t look at it as repair. I look at it as fostering what we have here. We have a good group of people here. They’re good at what they do and it’s up to me and everybody here to join together. That’s the sense I get. I don’t sense dysfunction or anything like that.

On his strength in player evaluations…

I know this is probably one of the most resourceful groups of journalists in the world, so if you want to answer perceptions, I would ask you just to go back to the numerous people that I’ve worked alongside in my NFL career. They can own up to that. As far as evaluations, football is at the root of who I am. I’ve been a football guy, so to speak. I don’t know exactly what that means, but (I’ve been in football) since I was a six-year-old. Once I got into the league, I got into the league purely as a scout. That’s always been in the background of what I do. Again, if there are any perceptions or any questions, there are plenty of resources out there to ask the people that I’ve worked with.

New York Jets Chairman & CEO Woody Johnson, 1.24

On trading Darrelle Revis…

I’m going to go right back to (what John Idzik said). I think he had the answer, the same answer that I would have. First of all, we don’t discuss contracts, but second of all, you have to give John (Idzik) a chance to really do what he talked about. He has to go through, evaluate what he has and how that plays into what he and Rex (Coach Ryan) talked about in terms of the strategy for the future.

On the report that he would be open to trading Revis…

I don’t know where that came from. But I have never, for the 10 years that I’ve been talking to you guys, I’ve never said anything about comments about contracts or anything like that.

On whether he would like to sign Revis long term…

I think that’s something that once again, I think we’re going to have to wait. Darrelle’s a great player, he’s very well known in the league and rightfully so. But I think we’re going to go through, just as John said in his press conference, we’re going to carefully go through the roster and evaluate it and look at it strategically as we move forward.

On if it’s fair to say they will explore all avenues pertaining to Revis’s future…

I think I’d just go back to what I just said. John, this is his first day in the building, he’s going to be in charge of making those decisions. Until he has a chance to go through and really evaluate, we’re not going to make any statements or comments.

On if the report on Revis is untrue…

I don’t know where it came from. I would never say anything about a contract or a trade or anything like that. That’s not what I normally do.

On his frustration level regarding sources from within the confines of the building…

First of all, I’m not frustrated. I’m a very optimistic person, so I’m not really frustrated. I just want what’s the best for the team and helping build the team going forward. And things that contribute to, like John was talking about, contribute to the “we” in the building, are what we’re looking for. And if we don’t have a lot of “I’s” in this building or “me’s” that’s simple and straightforward. But that’s really the heart of it.  How you do that and how you get that culture going was really important to me and it was an important factor in who I selected (as) general manager, somebody that understood that.

On what led him from interviewing general manager candidates with a personnel background to candidates with more of a contract and cap management background…

I know that question’s been asked a lot, but that’s actually not the case. I think that if you go back and you look at what John said, I think he does have the requisite, executive experience and football experience to make the important decisions on personnel or on any of the other myriads of questions and decisions he’s going to have to make. The interview process, you have to get permission, so a lot of it, the order and so on was determined by when we got the permissions rather than our ranking. We never did that. We had candidates that we thought could do the job. That’s why we brought them in and we just did it that way.

On if he expects the team to contend in 2013 or if he will allow Idzik time to rebuild the roster…

I think you build, as John said, the team is different every year. You can come off of a Super Bowl year and not make the playoffs the next year and vice versa. So I think you have to be, if everybody in the building is pulling toward putting a quality team on the field, a competitive team on the field. I think John was right on when he was talking about that. That’s the best way to do better. There’s no timeline saying that because I do these three things I’m going to be a championship team. I think you have to look, you have to have a really good vision of where you want to go and how you’re going to get there. Then, you use those resources, like the draft, free agency, college free agents, etc. And you have to be smart and lucky because you’re evaluating talent, but you don’t (know), they haven’t played in the NFL yet so everything is a projection somewhat.

On whether Idzik will have final say on the head coach after the 2013 season…

Well, that’s a collaborative decision between John and I. John will certainly have something to say. We’re going to be a collaborative. We are collaborative, but we will be even more collaborative as we go forward.

On why he believes Idzik will direct the Jets toward the “we” culture…

Based on interviews, we did an extensive (interview process), we talked to all those guys that he worked for. The organizations that have been successful that he’s worked for, and each one of them had been successful, they talked about that. So that’s just a part of who he is, his DNA.

On if he’s seen the “me” and “I” culture in the organization…

It’s not that we saw it a lot but I think part of the challenge of building a great organization is having a great culture. I think the culture comes from talking about what you believe in each and every day. You really have to talk about it and I think we have to do more of that and we are going to do more of it.

On if he feels the Tim Tebow trade was forced on him…

No. No, that was, when we make decisions and decisions are made, we’re all in. It’s a Jets decision. We don’t go back and say, ‘Well, this guy or this guy had more influence or less influence.’ We go by what we did and then it’s our decision.

On if there was something in the previous administration that didn’t sit well with him…

No, not really. I just think you always have to work for collaboration and make it part of your culture. You have to know what you believe in, the process you believe in, you have to reinforce that. That’s really all I meant by that.

On if Coach Ryan will have more say in decisions…

No. I think just collaboration means, when you’re making a player choice, I think you make sure you have a wide array of opinions that you’re looking at.

On if he would like to see more emphasis on the draft…

I think he emphasized the draft. That’s the way you build your team long term. The draft is a very important part of it.

On if it does not appear that there will be many front office changes…

I think John sounded like he’s been here how many hours? He’s talked to a lot of the guys that work in scouting pro (and) college. Terry (Bradway), who’s going to do our draft, so from what he said, from what he told me, he was confident, comfortable with him.

On whether the front office staff could change after the draft…

You evaluate every year. Of course things can change, but he sounded like he was pretty comfortable so far.

On if Revis’s injury complicates any financial commitment the team is willing to make to him…

I saw Darrelle the other day and if you looked at Darrelle, I think he’s going to come back and be 100 percent. I don’t think there’s any question.

On if he needs to see Revis on the field in a regular season game to know if he will be 100 percent…

That’s really up to our evaluators. But yeah, I’m confident he’ll be good. This is an injury you can come back from today that maybe 20 years ago you couldn’t, but now you can.

On if he will definitively say Revis will be a Jet in 2013…

You can’t say anything definitive about anybody really, until we make sure we go through our roster and do what John talked about. We have to evaluate it and look at it both now, medium and long return.

On when it became apparent that Idzik was his choice…

I’m not going to tell you exactly when, but he really did stand head and shoulders above. Not saying we didn’t have great candidates, we did. But in terms of this organization and what we were looking for, John was exceptional.

New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan, 1.24

On his initial impressions of John Idzik…

It was outstanding. I think having three days in Mobile, (Alabama), with John, was great. You realize how similar our backgrounds are (and) even with his dad being a former Jet, my dad being a former Jet. As John mentioned, being six years old and going to the practices and all those types of things and being around football his whole life, very similar to mine. But really, it was great. The fact, in Mobile, the way it was set up - I thought Phil Savage by the way, did an outstanding job leading the Senior Bowl- we actually had interviews with players we sat side by side, and (seeing) the way he would talk to the players, all those type of things. It was great for me to sit in there. After you listen to John and being around him, it’s exciting for me because you see the direction he wants this team to go to. Everything, as a coach, what you want to hear is this man’s goals are the exact same as my goals and Mr. Johnson’s. We want to build a championship-caliber team. John mentioned it several times about having a team that can be a perennial contender basically, perennial playoff team, that’s what you want. You want sustainable success and that’s really what John’s always talked about, the days that I was with him. That’s really what he’s looking to do and obviously, as a coach, that’s what certainly I’m looking to do.

On how working with Idzik will be different…

I’m not sure how different.

On whether it will be different working with Idzik and evaluating talent…

Well, I know it’s going to be a, as John mentioned, a collaborative effort I think. But he’s trying to involve really everybody, lean on everybody and I think that’s going to be great. Not just for me, but for a lot of people in this building. Obviously, he has the last say in this is who we take and all that and personnel decisions and probably many decisions. But I like the fact that he’s going to involve several people, including myself and our coaches as well, as scouts working together and building this team with those goals in mind.

On if it was a collaborative effort previously…

I guess to say well, how different it’s going to be? It’s probably a little too early to say that exactly but I just sense that he’s really going to take in the information, collect information, and then make the decision (based on) what’s best for this organization. Is it different? I’m sure it’s going to be a little different, I don’t think there’s any doubt it’ll be a little different.

On whether he foresees any possibility that Darrelle Revis may not be on the team in 2013…

Well, I’ll tell you what, on the way in today, I heard about all this and things and I just kind of laughed about it because I’m like, ‘It’s John’s first day.’ It’s his first day in the building and this is what comes up and things. But I will say this, I think he hit it right on the head, to say anything, he’s here, he’s not here, all that type of stuff, it is way to premature for that. Let’s give the man an opportunity to get with everybody and to go over our personnel. So again, you guys know how I feel about Darrelle and things. But again, as John mentioned, all decisions will be made in the best interest of our football team and trying to attain the goals that he talked about. The man hasn’t even been here (a day), he hasn’t opened up a tape yet, he hasn’t looked at any tape yet and things.

On if Idzik needs to watch tape on Revis…

Well, I think you have to look at your entire roster and things and certainly, we’re all looking forward to getting that process started.

On his opinion on trading Revis…

Again, I’m not going to get in to any of those specifics right now. I think let’s let the process run its course and I’m confident that any decision made, that this organization (makes) will be without question in the best interest of this football team with the goals that John had mentioned.

On if he was taken aback by hearing the report on Revis possibly being traded…

No, I just thought it was interesting that on the (day of Idzik’s) press conference, he waited all his life to get this opportunity and obviously deserved this opportunity. John’s really well thought of throughout this league and this is his day that he looked forward to and to put something out there like this when the man hasn’t even had a chance to evaluate a roster I thought was pretty interesting.

On if he’s worried about his long term future with the Jets due to having a new general manager…

I’m not. And the reason I say that, and I’ve said it before, I’m confident in myself but I’m confident in the direction that this football team’s taken. I think we have a lot of great people in this building, in this organization and I’m confident we can get things done. But as far as the long term deal, what I can affect is doing the best job I possibly can do and I’ve had success, maybe not to the extent that everybody looks at, like winning Super Bowls every single year. I haven’t had that success yet as a head coach but I have had some success throughout my career and the best thing I can do is focus on doing a tremendous job here and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’ll never forget when Mike Nolan took the defensive coordinator job over with the Ravens and I was passed over.  And Mike was the receiver coach at that time, even though he had an extensive background on defense, and I thought I was the right man for the job. And I sat there, and I told him, I said, ‘You know, it’s going to take me a day or two to get over this decision, that Brian (Bilick) made and Ozzie (Newsome) made, but I’m going to be the best coach you ever had.’ That’s how I approached it. And right now, I’m going to be the best coach that he’s seen and that’s the way I’m going to look at it and I’m excited about that because it energizes me. Some of the decisions that we’ve made on the coaching staff, I guess it wasn’t official that we hired Marty Mornhinweg, I think that’s just out now, I’m going to break that story to you guys that Marty Mornhinweg is our offensive coordinator. Dennis Thurman, which I held it and held it, but yes, we’ve decided to go with Dennis Thurman as the defensive coordinator. Tim McDonald will be our secondary coach. Brian Smith is being elevated to the assistant secondary position. We’ve hired David Lee as our quarterbacks coach. Obviously, and we’re still in the process of hiring a linebacker coach but that’s still going on. We have a couple guys, one guy scheduled Friday another one scheduled on Monday but that’s been something obviously each decision you make is important and that’s something that we’re looking at. But really, when you look at it, when I said that it’s kind of like hit the reset button, that I’m starting over, that’s how I look at it. The same kind of enthusiasm and energy and all that and I think a lot of that stems from, and not saying Mike (Tannenbaum) didn’t have it, but when John came in, it’s hard not to get excited when you listen to John talk about what he looks at as the future of the organization and things and the direction on how he’s going to build it, how he’s going to lean on the people here. I can’t wait to start really getting into the personnel part of it and everything else and working side by side with him.

On if having a family member in the NFL gives you an advantage…

That’s an interesting question. I think honestly at the end of the day, it’s going to be about you and what you’ve done. You’re going to have to stand on your own in what you’ve done and your own merits and things. I think it gives us a huge advantage. Part of that is that it’s different. The National Football League is a lot different than college football and anywhere else. I think the fact is that I know myself, I’m not intimidated by anything. I think part of that was that I grew up in NFL locker rooms from when I was this big. The same thing with John, I think it’s the same thing. For me, I hadn’t had experience as a head coach before and you think you’re ready. I’m a better head coach now, in my opinion, than when I first came in from those experiences. I think going into it, I was more prepared for it than others because I had been around this game all of my life. I’d been around Joe Namath when I was a young guy, some of the greats, (like) Walter Payton. I do think it’s a huge advantage.

On hiring Marty Mornhinweg…

It’s true and I think the ground and pound, as I’ve stated before, stuck with me forever. My goal was that I wanted that all weather offense, where you can win in any condition and be successful, but the ground and pound really fit our football team that first year. We might have been second in the history of the league in rushing attempts. We thought that was the best way to get it done. Now, when I look at it, and I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t want to be the guy that held us back but I thought it was important to get a guy with a proven track record as a quarterback developer, a proven track record statistically, a guy who has been there and done it, a proven track record of a play caller and we got all of those with Marty. I brought in several candidates, a lot of great coaches, but for us, I thought Marty was the guy that I thought was the best fit for us. I’m excited to see the quarterback and what happens here. You have Marty and David Lee, a guy who has an outstanding reputation. I recall Bill Parcells hired him in Miami before he hired the head coach. That’s what he thought of him. He has a background in Buffalo. He’s been around. He was a guy that is a frontrunner in the new style of offense as well as things you are seeing in the league with the pistol and those types of things, so I think that was a great hire. He’s a great fundamental coach. I can’t wait to get out there and see how our offense looks. Will it look different? Yes, it will.

On Mark Sanchez…

I just saw him in the hallway actually, but I said hello. I will see him. I know he is in town and I will talk to him. He has to be popping out of his skin. I think as any quarterback would. You have the combination of Marty Mornhinweg and David Lee as coaches. That’s a heck of a start. I believe Mark needs to erase his hard drive. I think it’s new. He has to be excited about it. The fact that he’s reaching out to Jeff Garcia to get an idea about all of it tells you how much he wants to (get better). Will there be competition?  There’s going to be as John mentioned, competition at every spot. He obviously is excited about this. He’s probably just trying to get a head start.

On evaluating Darrelle Revis…

I’ll stand by anything that I’ve ever said about Darrelle when I said that you guys know how I feel about Darrelle Revis.

On if Revis will be a Jet this season…

I think you have to understand that our situation is that it’s John’s first day on the job. He’s the general manager. There’s going to be a process where we’re going through Darrelle Revis, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold or whoever, we’re going through no matter the great players, maybe not as great players, everybody is going to be going through the same process. Anytime you’re a new general manager coming in, you obviously get everybody’s opinions and, at the end of the day, he will formulate his own opinions. That’s with everybody.

On how he feels about next season…

The gun has been taken away? I’m all for that. (joking) Again, as a coach, my job is to go out and we all are, with enthusiasm and everything else that hadn’t been matched. That’s how I’m going to approach it. My job ultimately is to win. That’s what we’ll plan on doing.

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Who will the Jets select #3? 00:05:13
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello discuss who the Jets will select third overall in the NFL Draft.

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In less than a week, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan will make the most important draft pick of his tenure with the team, the one that surely will define his legacy.

No pressure, right?

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Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the last few weeks, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. With the visits ending earlier this week, let's take a final look at a selection of the players New York brought in.

Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane

Nickerson is a four-year starter who was a constant standout on the Tulane defense. During his career, he recorded 16 interceptions, broke up another 31 passes and scored two defensive touchdowns. He turned heads at the scouting combine when he ran a 4.32 40-yard dash.

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are ready to open their present that is the #3 pick in the NFL Draft. The guys discuss the possibility of the Jets trading up, yet again, and the crazy idea of selecting a non-QB (can someone say Bradley Chubb) with the 3rd overall selection. Plus, former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky calls in to give his insight into the top four quarterbacks.

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The Jets will open the 2018 season in Detroit against the Lions on Monday night football, and finish things in Week 17 on the road against the Patriots.

Their entire 2018 schedule has been confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, and is below...

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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Former QB Dan Orlovsky thinks the Jets are targeting Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 3 pick in the Draft, and one of the reasons is very specific.

Orlovsky, who played under Kyle Shanahan, noted that Jets OC Jeremy Bates is from the Mike Shanahan coaching tree. And that one of the traits Shanahan loved about John Elway is that he would screw his back foot into the ground when he threw -- adding that Bates loves that trait in quarterbacks as well. 

"There's one guy in the Draft who has that trait," Orlovsky said earlier this week on SNY's Jet Stream podcast. "And it's Baker Mayfield. He does the same thing when he throws. And I just think that those coaches fall in love with traits of guys that remind them of players that they had success with in the past. I think that they're looking at Baker Mayfield and going 'that's our guy.'"

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Projecting trades in a Mock Draft is a futile effort. There are too many variables and rumors. It's mostly speculation. And really, it's just an exercise in fantasy football.

But … well, who doesn't love fantasy football?

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Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)
Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)

In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer has the Jets taking Sam Darnold as their quarterback of the future at No. 3. 

Many experts believe Darnold could be the first overall pick by the Browns, and if he doesn't land with Cleveland, then the Giants would scoop him up at No. 2. However, with Josh Allen as Breer's No. 1 pick and the Giants electing to go with Saquon Barkley over a quarterback, Darnold drops in the Jets' lap. 

So, there is no need for the Jets to choose between Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield...

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Dan Graca and Jon Hein debate over Nick Mangold's chances at making the Hall of Fame and the Devils' chances at beating the Lightning.

After a year out of football, No. 74 is officially hanging up the cleats. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: On the lists of favorite players and all-time greats, you'll rarely find a center. They're buried in the trenches, often noticed only when a bad snap happens or a defensive tackle breaks through.

The same was probably true for Nick Mangold during his 11 NFL seasons - rarely noticed from the outside and incredibly underappreciated game to game. Yet somehow he still emerged from his long career as a fan favorite. And he definitely emerged as one of the Jets' all-time greats.

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan made it clear he had no worries about the state of the Jets' defensive line heading into the offseason. Sure, they've lost a lot of talent in recent years, trading Sheldon Richardson, cutting Muhammad Wilkerson and not re-signing Damon Harrison.

But they still have Leonard Williams, the sixth pick of the 2015 draft, and despite a down season last year, the Jets have huge expectations for him.

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Los Angeles Chargers kicker Nick Rose attempts a field goal during an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Chargers kicker Nick Rose attempts a field goal during an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets were awarded kicker Nick Rose on Monday after the Los Angeles Chargers placed him on waivers, the team announced.

Rose made 11 of 14 field goals in 10 games with the Chargers and Washington Redskins last season and converted on 23 of 26 extra points. He went 1-for-3 as a member of the Chargers in Weeks 16 and 17, and 10-for-11 in eight games with Washington. His longest make last year was 55 yards.

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Brian Winters remembers everything about the moment his 2017 season went off the rails. He remembers the time, the place, the play, and without question, the pain.

"It was second quarter in Oakland (in Week 2) with five minutes to go before half when we were driving in to the north end zone. I still remember it like it was yesterday," said the 26-year-old guard. "It was an outside zone play and (running back) Bilal (Powell) was trying to stretch it outside of me, so I went to continue to push my guy through. And as soon as I pushed through I felt like a pop."

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Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

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Last week, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. More names have leaked out over the past seven days, so let's break down some of the more interesting ones in detail.

Jeff Badet, WR, Oklahoma

Badet spent most of his collegiate career at Kentucky, but saw some high profile action last year after transferring to Oklahoma. He wasn't invited to the scouting combine, but if he had been, his pro day numbers for the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump would all have ranked first or second at the receiver position.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It's not quite crunch time yet, but there are less than three weeks until the start of the first round of the NFL draft, which means draft boards are in their final stages all around the league. It also means that the truth about which players are being targeted by which teams is starting to leak out -- albeit slowly.

Still, there are a lot of variables, especially in the first two picks. But at the moment there aren't many changes to my latest Mini-Mock Draft. The Browns are still taking a quarterback at 1. The Jets are still definitely taking one at 3. And I still think the Giants will take one -- assuming the right one is available -- at 2.

Here's a full look at my new Top 10, with some updated inside information...

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Former Jets QB Mark Sanchez has been suspended four games after violating the performance-enhancing drug policy, the league announced Friday. 

Sanchez, who last played for the Jets in 2013, was the Bear's third-string quarterback last season. He claimed that "unknowing supplement contamination" was the reason for his drug test to turn up positive. 

The 31-year-old took to Instagram to explain the whole story...

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The Jets have already begun condensing their roster for next season as the team announced several cuts on Friday. 

Among them was former Bears RB Jeremy Langford, who signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets worth $630,000 this offseason. The 26-year-old spent time jumping through practice squads last season, and though he was promoted to the Ravens' 53-man roster, an injury pushed him to the IR the same week he joined the team. 

Langford was released following his IR placement, and the former fourth-round pick wouldn't see time for the rest of the season.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

WR Dez Bryant was released by the Cowboys on Friday afternoon, with Bryant reportedly hinting afterwards that he might be staying in the NFC East.

Bryant, 29, had a down year in 2017, with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games.

"I let a lot of things get in the way that bother me mentally," Bryant said late last season. "I feel like, if anything, I need to deal with in the offseason - is that. Like I said, there's only certain things I can control."

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

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The Jets are taking a quarterback with the third overall pick in the draft. They know it. Everyone knows it. And they know everyone knows it. "I mean, you'd have to be out of your mind to think otherwise," was how one team official said it. The only lingering question is: Which one?

The Jets have had or will have had private meetings and workouts with all of the top four, and GM Mike Maccagnan has made the rounds at their Pro Days. When they traded up to No. 3 they were convinced that they'd be happy with choosing from whichever two (or three) fell to them. And obviously at least two of the Big Four -- USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen -- will still be there...

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon take their deepest dive yet into the NFL Draft. They discuss the latest with the four quarterbacks, as well as look back at Willie's draft process with the Steelers in 2006. Later, Brian Costello of the New York Post joins the show to give his take on the draft and the possibility of Mike Maccagnan signing defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) gestures after thrown a touchdown pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) gestures after thrown a touchdown pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets' preseason schedule has been officially released for the 2018 season. 

The Falcons will be Gang Green's first opponent of the new year on their home turf. Then, they will hit the road to face the Redskins on Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.

The annual Snoopy Bowl at MetLife Stadium between the Jets and Giants will be the Week 3 matchup, with the Jets getting home field advantage.

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Top QB prospect Josh Rosen 00:01:13
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper sees the Jets grabbing UCLA QB Josh Rosen with their third overall pick -- as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano projects in his Mini Mock Draft 3.0. 

The Jets clearly traded up to the No. 3 slot to take one of the highly touted quarterbacks. With Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold going to the Browns and Giants respectively, Rosen appears the best option for the Jets in Kiper's mind. 

CLICK BELOW TO READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS

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Oct 22, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) hurdles Miami Dolphins strong safety Nate Allen (29) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 22, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) hurdles Miami Dolphins strong safety Nate Allen (29) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Having opted to let Austin Seferain-Jenkins leave in free agency, the Jets are relying on a group of young tight ends to replace his production, recently adding two more options to the mix.

It's possible the Jets could look to add to the group via the draft but, for now, let's consider what each of the tight ends currently on the roster brings to the table, and consider how they might be used in 2018...

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Top QB prospect Josh Rosen 00:01:13
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

With the NFL Draft a little over two weeks away, the Jets continue to get their last live look at the top prospects they could select with their third overall pick. 

After Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield wraps up his private workout with the Jets Tuesday, UCLA QB Josh Rosen will visit the team, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

After Rosen's visit, USC QB Sam Darnold is expected to be next on the list at some point later this week. Wyoming QB Josh Allen is also expected to visit at a later date.

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The Jets continue to bolster their defense with another addition at the second tier in vetearn LB Kevin Minter, the team announced Monday. 

Minter most recently played for the Bengals in 2017, where he tallied 32 tackles in nine games. 

He was a second round draft pick by the Cardinals back in 2013, and he would spend four seasons in Arizona before heading to Cincinnati. He totaled 175 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble, and six passes defended over 61 games (37 starts). 

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Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) runs after the catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) runs after the catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Jets continue to stack their wide receiving corps for next season as former Vikings WR Charles Johnson signed a deal with the team on Monday. 

Johnson, who was waived by the Panthers in July 2017, sat out all last season due to surgery on his right knee. He played for the Vikings from 2014-16, where he totaled 60 receptions for 834 yards and two touchdowns over 39 games. 

The Grand Valley State product was a Packers' seventh-rounder back in 2013, and after joinging the team's practice squad following camp that year, the Brown picked him up to join their 53-man squad. He dressed but never saw action with the Browns. 

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The Jets' free agency strategy 00:12:52
The Jets Nation panel analyzes the Jets' recent free-agent additions, including former Vikings franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

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Here is the most up-to-date information on whom the Jets have added and lost during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates.

JETS SALARY CAP SPACE

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Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) rushes against Boston College Eagles defensive tackle Noa Merritt (94) during the second half of the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) rushes against Boston College Eagles defensive tackle Noa Merritt (94) during the second half of the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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While the Jets are reportedly hosting Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen for official Draft visits this week, we've also been keeping an eye on who else is reportedly scheduled to attend. Last year, both Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye took official visits before being selected with the Jets' top two picks.

Aside from the quarterbacks, most of this year's names that have leaked so far would be players the Jets might be hoping will drop to day three of the draft or maybe even be available as a priority free agent if they go undrafted. Let's look at some of the more interesting prospects...

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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

With the NFL Draft just 17 days away, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is scheduled to meet with the Jets in Florham Park on Monday and Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The Jets have already met with Mayfield on multiple occasons -- including at the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine -- and the team held a private workout with him. 

The 22-year-old Mayfield, who is expected to be selected early in the first round, threw 119 touchdowns in three seasons with Oklahoma and capped it off by throwing 43 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2017 when he started a career-high 14 games...

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the retirement of Matt Forte, the Jets have bolstered their depth in the offensive backfield with a couple of veteran additions. Let's give consideration to what each back brings to the table and how they might find a niche in the Jets' offense this season.

Bilal Powell...

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Sep 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Al Woods (99) and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) wait to take the field before the Colts game with the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)
Sep 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Al Woods (99) and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) wait to take the field before the Colts game with the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

Free agent DT Johnathan Hankins visited the Jets on Thursday, reports Dan Graziano of ESPN. Hankins, who was cut by the Colts earlier this offseason, has also visited the Redskins.

After spending the first four seasons of his career with the Giants, Hankins agreed to a four-your deal with the Colts worth $30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets were obviously looking for an upgrade at defensive tackle when they made their brief -- and ill-advised -- pursuit of Ndamukong Suh. Thankfully, they pulled the plug on that before it happened. Johnathan Hankins could turn out to be a much better fit...

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

Former Jets WR/DB and Super Bowl champion, Bill Rademacher, has passed at the age of 75, the team confirmed on Tuesday. 

Rademacher came out of Northern Michigan undrafted, and ending up joining the Jets as a receiver in 1964. He would play in New York for five seasons that included a Super Bowl title in 1968. 

After getting released in 1969, he joined the Boston Patriots where he played just two seasons before retiring. Radebacher, then, became the head coach of Norther Michigan, where he owned a 37-16-1 career record. 

Overall, he played in 58 games totaling 24 receptions for 282 yards and three touchdowns.

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