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.




147 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?

a57se
a57se

OK, not that anyone really cares but here is my newest 7-round mock for the Jets. Criticize ALL YOU WANT!

I give the Jets three comp picks (Yes I know we might get four but I am being conservative and it is hard to make so many darn picks!)


Round 1. Beckham Jr. WR LSU

Round 2. Troy Niklas TE ND

Round 3. Bishop Sankey RB Wash.

Round 3. Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss

Round 4. Demarcus Lawrence DE/OLB Boise St.

Round 4S. Chris Davis CB Auburn

Round 5. Lamin Barrow ILB LSU

Round 6. Walt Aiken CB Liberty

Round 6S. Jalen Saunders OW Oklahoma

Round 7. Pat O'Donnel P Miami

Round 7S. Jeff Matthews QB Cornell

a57se
a57se

OK, Post Combine mock Draft Scenario time!


1. Houston Texans select Blake "Not the Snake" Bortles QB....or as Mike Tanier said: "The Pyrite Statue of Blaine Gabbert"!

2. St. Louis  Greg Robinson OT

3. Jacksonville  Teddy B. Good.............PLEASE!

4. Cleveland  Khalil Mack OLB

5. Oakland  Jadeveon Clowney DE as the ghost of Al Davis forces the choice.

6. Atlanta  Eric Ebron TE as they have to replace Tony G.

7. TB Bucs  Sammy "Bubble Screen" Watkins WR 

8. Minnesota  Derek "I don't want to Drive the" Carr QB

9. Buffalo  Jake Matthews OT

10. Detroit  Anthony Barr OLB

11. Tenn.  Mike Evans WR

12. NY Giants Taylor Lewan OT

13. St. Louis  Calvin Pryor FS

14. Chicago Ra'Shede Hageman DT

15. Pittsburgh Kelvin "Big Ben 2" Benjamin WR

16. Dallas Louis Nix NT

17. Baltimore CJ Mosley ILB

18. NY JETS ????


So who are YOU going to pick at 18?

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

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

a57se
a57se

@High$ocietyJet @a57se 

I would re-sign the following Jets FA:

Howard, Colon, Reed, Pace, Lankster, Berry, Douzable, Cumberland, Bellore and Folk. Colon, Reed and Pace on one year deals or deals where it would be easy to cut them next year.


I would work out a 5 year extension for Mo Wilkerson .

I would work out team friendly 3 year deals for Damon Harrison and Kenrick Ellis.

I would try and sign Sam Shields CB from GB if they don't tie him up before Free Agency. If they do, I would try to sign Vontae Davis or bring back Cro for another year if he is healthy.


I would sign Shelley Smith OG and let him battle it out with Colon and Winters and the rest of the O'linemen.


I would sign Andrew Quarless TE to compete with Cumby...


I would sign brandon Lafell WR to compete with Nelson.


That would probably do it though I might sign a vet. QB if the price was right.....

a57se
a57se

@levi @jaygo 

That would be faulty logic since Simms said nothing about EJ Manuel who was drafted before Geno.......

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

@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.

a57se
a57se

@jaygo @a57se@levi 

That is only YOUR perception and a few other Geno arse suckers.

To people who are OBJECTIVE about Geno, so am I.

a57se
a57se

@levi @a57se 

I wouldn't make any assumption about what he thinks of Geno in relation to last years draft class. He compared him to this years group......he is not saying anything about Geno's play as a rookie either as far as I can tell.

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?

a57se
a57se

@levi @a57se 

Do you actually understand why it would be faulty logic to guess that that meant Geno was the best QB last year?

levi
levi

@a57se  I knew you were going to say that.

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se 

Taken completely out of context they are contradictory......taken in context they are not.

Not a fake apology at all......i shouldn't have bristled at his authoritative dismissal of the possibility that Manziel could possibly fall out of the top ten.....it is just his opinion.

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). 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se 

Apparently I don't communicate very well to you....I don't think it is off limits for comments nor would I ever suggest that. The Mock itself is NOT meant to be an accurate portrayal of what might occur (I actually went through this last time I did this) nor is it a reflection of what I think will happen..it is a construct to produce a certain situation of choice for Jets fans at the 18th pick. In this one, I wanted Johnny Manziel to be an option at 18 to see if anyone would suggest taking him........is it highly unlikely Manziel is there at 18? As unlikely as Geno falling to 39 last year.


I apologize to Marcus as I should expect people to comment on every and any little part of anything that I ever post!

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. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se 

His comment about the Browns was fair but I have posted these scenarios before and I thought Marcus  should know by now what the purpose is.........maybe I am giving him too much credit. I will make it crystal clear next time I do this what the purpose is......

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? 

a57se
a57se

@Marcus Armstrong @a57se 

Then don't play the game...geez louise! Everyone is a friggin critic and expert and knows all the answers!

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. 

a57se
a57se

@Marcus Armstrong  

The whole point of this scenario was that IF Manziel falls to us at 18, would you take him. He has gotten a lot of negative press lately.......whether it is likely to happen or not, it IS a possibility.

Don't tell me you know it won't happen because last year you would have told me there was NO way Geno would be available at 39 for us.

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

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