Free Agency Focus: The buzz is building

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Here’s some free agency news from around the web.

Eagles WRs Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper unlikely to hit free agency
Reports out of Philadelphia Thursday were that neither Eagles receiver will hit free agency.  Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin will be staying in Philly as Cooper is set to get a four year deal worth $3-4 million per season while Jeremy Maclin will receive a “show-me” one year deal.  Not a bad prospect for anyone who does so in a Chip Kelly system.
This then takes Rotoworld’s second and tenth best receivers out of the pool and will make competition for other young talented receivers set to hit free agency all the more costly.

DeMarcus Ware and Cowboys not talking
Ian Rapoport said that there has been “no communication” between the Cowboys and DeMarcus Ware.  The Combine is a chance for agents and teams to talk, so that there was no communication should tell us that Ware won’t likely be back in Dallas.
Could the Jets make a move for a veteran edge-rusher to plug into their system on the cheap?  They did it a few years ago with Jason Taylor, would they do it again with the oft-injured aging but talented Ware?

MJD set to hit free agency?
It seems very unlikely that Maurice Jones-Drew will be back with the Jaguars.  They won’t want to use the cap space for an aging name without the ability to provide the amount of production that they would need for him to carry this rebuilding offense.
We get the sense that the Jets are going to be active in free agency and/or the draft to find a dynamic playmaking running back who can catch the ball out of the backfield this year.  While MJD is not the same player he once was, he might be able to provide niche value to an offense in need of backfield help for a relative cheap price.




105 comments
jimjets
jimjets

maybe we should write a book or a movie and call it "nick mangold's head"

jimjets
jimjets

Brendan - I read all the time, and just started posting. You are awesome dude. And what could be better than Nick mangolds head as an avatar?

jimjets
jimjets

Roddy White? and 12 draft picks? We can dream right?

juunit
juunit

I've read it's possible the Falcons cut Roddy White if he doesn't agree to a pay cut. I would think he'd be the #1 target, even above Ware, if he really did hit the market.

jets4life
jets4life

Eagles just signed Cooper to 5 year 25 mil contract according to adam shefter.  He said Maclin and eagles still far from making a deal.  Hopefully we can get him. 

jimjets
jimjets

hey 57 - thanks!


Well, i think they should draft one. I want Cro back, and I thknk Milliner is going to be just fine going forward

jimjets
jimjets

First post here since the new system..happy to join the conversation with my people! Jets fans!


I think we should take vick or mccown AND draft a QB. Nothing wrong with 4 arms in camp, and may the best man win the job. I think Geno can actually do this, but I'd like to know if he regresses or gets hurt, we still have a chance.


MJD? YES! He'd be like LT was for us a few years back, if not better and he hates the Pats too. 


D Ware? YES! He'd be better than Jason Taylor used in the right situations with our d-line.


If we get that OLB, a safety, a receiver, running back and a guard in free agency we can do whatever we want in the draft...go up go down, take BPA. 


Excited as ever about our team, and have a ton of faith in Idzik.


go jets!  

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

5 years $25 mil with $10 mil guaranteed for Cooper. Would you be okay with that contract for Tate?

levi
levi

@jimjets  Youre going to swell his head to epic proportions.

Brendan
Brendan

@jimjets  Thanks, Jim! Welcome to the scrum on TJB. 



I changed the avatar to Idzik a while back, but everyone hated it. I'm just a Mangold kinda guy, I suppose. 

joemustgo
joemustgo

@jaygo  Simms absolutely loved Sanchez when we drafted him, so I'm not sure how much stock I would put into his opinion.

juunit
juunit

@jaygo  

Simms said in that article that his issue with Bridgewater is he doesn't think he has a really strong arm. That's the same thing he said about Andrew Luck. So frankly, Phil Simms should stick to the broadcast booth. 

levi
levi

@jaygo  Im not sure Id agree with that but I guess that also means Geno was the best QB drafted last year.

Joe Parisi
Joe Parisi

@a57se  if Evans and Ebron are gone we should trade back and pick up extra picks.  Possible people looking to move up are San Fran and Denver, both looking for a top tier CB and could get us to a spot were it would be great to take Jordan Matthews, WR out of Vanderbilt who the Jets are extremely high on.

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@a57se  CLE takes Manziel, not Mack. Where would they even play Mack? Sheard and Mingo are both playing well there. Also think Donald is a top 16 pick.


That being said, think my answer would be ODB or Ha Ha.

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit  Umm...it'd be close. He'd certainly be in that top echelon of FA's. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

Sign MJD at RB - I completely agree. He'd be great behind the Jets o-line and as a compliment to Ivory

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@jimjets  I was gonna make the same comparisons so obviously I agree.Probably wishful thinking but in a limited role we could keep them fresh and healthy and along with a strong draft we could become contenders in a big hurry!Welcome back and good job bro!

Joe/Orlando
Joe/Orlando

@jaygo  I like MJD as well and think he would be a great fit for us. He may appear to have lost a step but I bet behind our OL* it may only be a half a step. I think we could get a one or two good years out of him, similar to what we got from Tomlinson.


* - Assuming we sign/re-sign the players we need to maintain our above average OL.

idothis2
idothis2

@MarshRandy i wouldn't mind. with 10 mil guaranteed, the Jets would most likely be able to get out after 3 years. he's tough and would improve punt returns

Brendan
Brendan

@levi If you've ever met me, you wouldn't say that. My head is already gargantuan. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Marcus Armstrong I still think the Brownies draft a position player and go with Hoyer next year. He showed enough before getting hurt that I would be intrigued if I was running that team. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Now Rice is an injury waiting to happen. 

D
D

@a57se @MarshRandy I agree, its not that i dislike Tate but I want a grassroots team for the most part.   This draft has a lot of talented skilled position guys, and we can potentially come out with a couple starters from Day 1.  

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@a57se @MarshRandy  I'm no cap expert but if you make $5 of that $10 mil a signing bonus then it's not much guaranteed money per year. Plus it doesn't hurt having multiple options at WR

Brendan
Brendan

@levi I recently cut off the locks of hair, so I'm just rocking a beard/short haircut look right now. I feel naked. 

levi
levi

@Brendan haha you will always look like Mangold to me.

Bernard Mclaughlin
Bernard Mclaughlin

@a57se @jaygo@levi One of the few things we agree on, Geno so far to me has not shown much beyond what Sanchez did as a rookie. But I'm also old school, it used to be the rare QB that didn't take 3 yrs to develop , hoping that Geno with some weapons will make a big leap this year.


levi
levi

@a57se I know and you are getting better at them :)

levi
levi

@a57se I was very critical on him but I softened on him as he learned the game.

levi
levi

@a57se Mehh I stand by my assumption. I just dont think he would randomly  pick the 2nd or 3rd best QB to compare then to.

levi
levi

@a57se Yes. It was a calculated assumption on my part. As I said I knew you would point that out. Maybe it isnt fact but would you come to the same assumption that he wasnt talking about the second best QB in last years draft?

levi
levi

@a57se  I knew you were going to say that.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se  


".I don't think it is off limits for comments nor would I ever suggest that."


"Marcus, I am not looking for a debate on the picks...just setting up a scenario...... "


Do you see how the above two comments can come off as contradictory? That second line is what threw me. 


Nice fake apology, you're winning the hearts and minds of the masses (Marcus might be one of the nicest people that post here). 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se You're giving yourself too much credit. 



You post something here and someone answered. Your mock drafts aren't the only off-limit comments on the board. 


And you can post "Don't comment on my mock" all you want, people will still comment on it. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Well, I'm not sure what you meant by "expecting more" from Marcus, since his comment was as fair as a comment could be. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se You expect him not to post his fair and objective thoughts? 

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@a57se @Marcus Armstrong  Which will never happen, because Manziel is going top 10 to somebody. Meaning that one of the players you've got being taken will be available... So it's relevant.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se If you don't want something debated, you probably shouldn't post it on an internet message board. 

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@Brendan @Marcus Armstrong  Fair. I could see them grabbing Watkins at 4. Good complement to Gordon.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se  That's not what I said at all. 


It's a touching story about a guy on a human level, a non-football level. It's just a strange thing to crack a joke about. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se  You pick very odd times to try to be funny. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Consider me the Braylon Edwards of beer drinking. I no longer spill multiple times per game. It also may have to do with my transition to neat whiskey drinking in lieu of beer. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @Bent  Teams would be too concerned over your drop rate because of your beer spilling reputation.

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Should I be calling teams to tryout? At those rates, I'm at least a million dollar player. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Good, let people fight over them while the Jets sign James Jones. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Which is ludicrous, when you're also expecting Holmes to be cut. 


Kerley, Nelson and a bunch of question marks is not a recipe for success. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se 3 year younger, not a better receiver, a better physical specimen, always injured. 


You rail against every veteran with a sprained ankle in their history, but act like Sidney Rice is worth signing? Doesn't that strike you as a bit hypocritical? 

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Brendan @a57se  I like Jones reminds me of somewhere in between Cotchery and Boldin type player. A lot of power and a great after the catch player.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Why sign him over a guy like James Jones? 

harold
harold

I would give more in up front 1st year salary with a smaller bonus so he is easier to cut sooner if our young guys develop.

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@a57se I want WR to be a priority in the draft too. But it would be nice to have a vet to step in right away in Week 1 as the rookies get caught up to speed. Plus draft picks are no guarantees