Calvin Pace re-signs with the Jets

According to Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk, the Jets have re-signed veteran linebacker Calvin Pace to a two-year deal worth $5 million.

With Jets pass-rush specialist Antwan Barnes out for most of the season due to an injury, Calvin Pace saw more time as a pass-rusher and registered a career-high 10 sacks thanks to the Sons of Anarchy.  With the dominant youngsters, Pace was allowed to patiently work the edge and collect coverage and/or “hustle” sacks all season long.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

After Pace collecting 10 sacks for Jets in 2013, the team should be able to manufacture more sacks out of their veteran group again in 2014.  Pace will push for time on the edge along with Antwan Barnes, who will be back this year after a season-ending injury in 2013.  Even though the team has now re-signed Pace the talent at the edge is still thin, so look to see if the Jets don’t add linebacker / defensive ends in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft in May as longer-term and depth solutions.

While there were some tempting veteran edge players like DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers that were on the market shortly, none seemed interested in coming to New York.  After letting DRC and a number of players walk without contracts, it’s hard to not feel frustrated with John Idzik’s slow-playing of free agency.  So far the Jets have done more in re-signing or cutting their own players over to bringing new players into the organization.  

The problem with the 2013 team was that it needed more talent to compete for a playoff spot.  So far, the team doesn’t seem substantially better than it was after almost a week into free agency outside the Eric Decker signing.  95% of the top 50 free agents have signed with clubs.  Little top-tier talent remains, are the Jets going to make a few calculated risks?

No one is suggesting that the Jets should throw good money after bad contracts.  But comparing the amount of cap space the team has to the level of talent the team has imported thus far?  As best I can tell, the natives are getting restless …




827 comments
rrjm
rrjm

Any interest in Donald Penn? He's a big mauler maybe move him inside to guard?

privatejet
privatejet

Has someone checked in to see if Idzik is OK??? I think there's a pretty good chance he's been kidnapped by Belichick.

Zartan
Zartan

Bent ,Basset or TJB, if there's no news up by 3 pm that DRC is not signed by someone, i'm burning the site down.

levi
levi

who do you think Idzik is looking at in Louisville? I wouldnt think he'd be willing to pull the trigger on Bridgewater. Pryor?

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

The seahawks had an aging vet in Trufant a few late round picks named sherman Thurmond and maxwell and this guy from the cfl named Brandon browner. Obviously, they made out alright.

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

I know rex insulted him on hard knicks but deangelo hall is another solid corner that can be had for cheap. And like someone mentioned Asante Samuel.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Who knew that a Pace resigning would get 800 comments?   is that a record? 

 we need a new thread!


levi
levi

How upset is everyone gonna be when Idzik says "screw all you high priced CBs were gonna roll with Walls/ Lankster and milliner."?

SackDance99
SackDance99

@rrjm If Willie Colon doesn't come back, how about Jonathan Goodwin as a stop gap?  He knows the WCO, going from Center to RG would be like a vacation and he'd be another nice veteran presence.  Thoughts?

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se  Interesting stuff. Do you know where Attaochu is projected? I've seen "2-3" which makes me think the Jets' best hope is the 2nd round unless they trade to move up in the 3rd. I think I like him the most out of that 2nd grouping. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Zartan  It's 3pm now in the UK.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@a57se  These stats make me like ASJ even more in a traditional TE position,Amaro and Ebron line up unconventionally in a slot position too much which the also catch shorter passes and have to rely on more yac for the same yards. That yac is going to be much harder to get at the NFL level. We had our short TE that was supposed to be a nightmare mismatch in Keller it didn't work out to be all what we thought when it was at NFL level. Give me the more traditional  all around TE everyday.

tal8
tal8

@a57se  Actually this has confirmed my belief in Ebron but also made me realize he most definitely won't be there at 18. 

greggreen
greggreen

@levi  im sure that there are other players who were working out at the louisville proday

greggreen
greggreen

@Kyle Suta  samuel doesnt fit with our system. i think the last available fit if we dont get DRC is Greer  

a57se
a57se

@Kyle Suta  

If we don't sign DRC, we'll be hearing about how Rex Really wants these guys too.....

juunit
juunit

@levi  

I'd honestly rather see that than draft another CB early again. The team will never improve to the point it needs to if we spend all our time focused on a very limited number of positions. Guard and CB for example.

Hoz
Hoz

@levi  idzik have to kick the tires on a vet friendly deal Asante samuels type of player until our youngsters are ready.

Bernard Mclaughlin
Bernard Mclaughlin

@levi Not very we should improve over last year with Milner getting a full Preseason and a season under his belt, he should play better than Cro did last year.  Wals and Lankster can play as well as Milner did for most of the season and Wilson is a top slot CB. I would be fine with them  getting a low priced vet, maybe even bring Cro back

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99 @a57se 

Which is interesting because he kind of seems a little down on Sankey in the report but Sankey is getting a lot of love right now from the scouting world and is rising on everyones boards!

rrjm
rrjm

I think he's a 2nd rounder probably middle

a57se
a57se

@johnnyl65 @a57se 

Yeah but ASJ gets NO YAC and his lack of acceleration/speed is not gonna fly well in the NFL.

Cue Harold coming to his defense....1,2,3...:)

a57se
a57se

@tal8 @a57se 

11.43% Drop Rate isn't too exciting....the rest of Ebron's stats are pretty good.

a57se
a57se

@Marcus Armstrong @a57se 

I posted his Pass Rusher link as well.....he did metrics on CB's too. The links are on Rotoworlds NFL Draft page then go to Josh Norris' top 100 list. 

FWIW, Josh Norris has Beckham at no. 17........

levi
levi

@greggreen  I know. Thats why I asked who do you think he's eyeing? I mean the GM doesnt make a lot of pro days I dont think.

levi
levi

@Hoz Im not a big fan of Samuel. Even DRC who is the best CB left is very inconsistent.

levi
levi

@Bernard Mclaughlin  My fear with bringing Cro back is will they keep rolling him out there in a wheelchair if he is hurting again? He should of been benched last season I think. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@rrjm With Penn, I don't know him well enough to know whether he'd be mobile enough for RG.  Goodwin, as a center, could easily play guard and he knows the WCO.  And, yes, Penn is younger and more expensive.  I think a stopgap and development of a rookie/young guy (Campbell?) is the better long-term solution.  Goodwin would be cheaper, much cheaper.

rrjm
rrjm

Goodwin is 35. He was drafted by the jets in 2002. Penn is only 30

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se @SackDance99He doesn't really conclude whose the best and we know that Sankey wouldn't be the short-yardage back on the Jets...we have Boss Hogg!


I love Sankey's 7.37% of runs that are 20 or more yards downfield and that a majority of his runs are to the outside...that's what we need for the WCO and zone blocking.

a57se
a57se

@johnnyl65  

OK, Niklas is the same size as ASJ and spent 70% of his time inline...you sound like me in wanting a more traditional TE.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@a57se @johnnyl65  Size and percentages used off the line in slot and being spit wide. You kill the position in my view when a guy lies up like that. That's not a TE that's a WR. 

Ask J. Graham what he thinks he is?


We also don't have a Brees or Brady throwing them the precise lead passes put in the right spot at the right time that makes them succeed.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@a57se @johnnyl65  II'm looking for chunk yds.,first downs and a redzone targets out of my TE. He won't be good for yac but then a gain I don't think the others will be as effective with an NFL defense either. I want a TE not a WR if I want a WR then I'd pick a WR.

greggreen
greggreen

@Marcus Armstrong @levi @greggreen  i have no idea i dont really follow college football and only do due diligence on prospects that fit the jets or are connected to them in mocks and such