Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comHere’s some interesting free agent news that might or might not impact the Jets from around the league…
Terrell Suggs and Ravens restructure: Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs had a rather large cap number for 2014 and at the end of the season, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome was candid about Suggs production versus pay. As was announced on Monday, both sides have worked out a new deal to lower Suggs’ cap figure for 2014 that will allow the Ravens the flexibility they need elsewhere.
DeMarcus Ware yet to open talks with Dallas: PFT
shills for an agent reports that DeMarcus Ware has yet to enter contract renegotiation talks with the Cowboys. Ware’s availability would be a major change to the free agent landscape, but this sounds like an agent trying to force talks at this week’s NFL Combine.
Rooney wants Troy Polamalu to retire a Steeler: Polamalu has been a name that has floated this offseason as a potential cap casualty. Polamalu has been the face for the Steelers defense for many years and it is noble that the owner wants to see the safety retire after playing his entire career with the Steelers. The Steelers are, of course, rebuilding. Polamalu seems the type of guy who might be willing to do so for less than the market would command … don’t expect to see him on the open market.
Jason Babin seems a likely release: When everything was falling apart in Philly two years ago, Babin was a name that was brought up in hopes that the Jets might sign him to help the outside. The former “Wide 9” was good for 7.5 sacks in Jacksonville this past year but could be cut for cheaper players Andre Branchand Ryan Davis. 7.5 sacks is attractive and Babin has some attributes to make him a potential fit in the Jets, but it wouldn’t be a three down role for the veteran.
Louis Delmas already has some suitors: Now that he’s cut, the former Lion is free and clear to talk with teams, knee condition or no. Delmas has been a solid coverage safety and will be looking for a new home now that the Lions have cut him. The Broncos and Falcons have expressed interest and the Steelers have already hosted the 27 year old. The Lions would like to sign Delmas back at a reduced rate, but that seems unlikely. The Vikings and Bears have been put forth as plausible teams The courting of Delmas shows that there is going to be quite a bit of interest this offseason in free agent coverage safeties thanks to the recent drought.
Is Alterraun Verner unlikely to be franchised?: At least that is what the lead guy on the Titans beat, Jim Wyatt, thinks about the Titans and Verner. Verner might not be physical enough to be a perfect match for the style of football the Jets play, but neither was Antonio Cromartie when the Jets traded for him in 2010.
Browns talking contract with TJ Ward: Now that Cleveland has taken care of the important business of firing their GM and President in February, they can get on with important business like trying to re-sign their top two free agents C Alex Mack and S TJ Ward. The Browns have a couple of weeks to get deals done with two good players at their respective positions … don’t plan on Ward making it to free agency whether that means a new deal or franchise tag.