Free Agency links: Sproles to be cut by Saints, Carlson signs in the desert, Verner hears nothing

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Here’s a few quick hits with the free agent negotiating period now just two hours away.

New Yorleans? — The Saints are expected to release Darren Sproles.  This on the heels of reports that the Saints were trying to trade him.  Cutting Sproles would save the Saints $3.5 million in cap space, but if the Saints do drop him, it adds another veteran change of pace running back to an already crowded field of running backs.  Would the Jets be interested?  Sproles would be a different type of back than either Ivory or Powell, adding an element of much needed pass catching that was lacking out of the Jets 2013 backfield.  Sproles isn’t the difference maker he once was and teams are figuring out ways to slow him down better than in the past, but given a narrowly defined role as a pass-catching back he might have use.

Care-less-on — John Carlson signed with the Cardinals today for a deal worth more than $4 million for two years.  There were reports among the Jets beat that the Jets were said to be interested in Carlson, mostly because of Carlson’s and Idzik’s ties to Seattle — but any real interest by the Jets seemed weak from the outset.  As a veteran with concussion problems, Carlson doesn’t offer the Jets much more than they already have on the roster … he neither excels as a blocker nor as a receiver.  Better (though riskier) options like Jermichael Finley and Brandon Pettigrew are available and the Jets were wise to pass on Carlson.

In the wind — Cornerback Alterraun Verner and the Titans don’t seem to be hammering out a last-minute contract as free agency approaches.  There’s been no chatter about the Jets apparent interest in the cornerback, but any dabbling with a player like him or Aqib Talib could tell us quite a bit about the trust the Jets are placing in last year’s ninth overall draft pick Dee Milliner.

Need a quick primer for free agency?  NFL.com’s Around The League had a number of great articles
Free Agency 101: Top 101 NFL free agents for 2014
Ten best free-agent bargains
Free agency overview: What positions are the deepest?




18 comments
Mike Milea
Mike Milea

"There’s been no chatter about the Jets apparent interest in the cornerback, but any dabbling with a player like him or Aqib Talib could tell us quite a bit about the trust the Jets are placing in last year’s ninth overall draft pick Dee Milliner."

Well if we get rid of Cromartie and pick up Verner, what are we really saying about Milliner? We're saying more about ACro than we are Milliner. I love ACro, and especially since hes taken up more of a leadership role as of late, but I dont know if I'd pay him as much as we are after the year he just had. To me Cro's best year with us was in 2012 when he stepped in for Revis and SHUTDOWN WR's just like Revis. But I don't think he is such an upgrade over a guy like Verner, or even Talib. He is most CERTAINLY an upgrade over any other DB as an all round football player, but as a DB specifically I think he's replaceable. To me its just such a tough decision since he's become such a leader in the locker room. I think that is what the driving force of bringing him back will be, over his skills at the DB position (which Im not knocking him, hes a starting DB in this league), i believe it will be the leadership he brings to the defense. 


And as for Sproles. Sure, why not? But there is Dri Archer and D'Anthony Thomas coming out of the draft this year who could offer just as similar of a role as Sproles. And i don't see why you cant throw Dexter McCluster into the mix here as well. So there is a pool of players here we can choose from.

buckner
buckner

Why would signing a top CB be any indication of how the JETS feel a/b Miliner? Signing Cromarte in 2010 didn't effect Revis.

jimjets
jimjets

Sproles really intrigues me Always liked him and on our offense he'd really help move the chains and we'd actually have a return game. Do it unless the money's crazy. Either way I have faith in idzik and ultimately well all see in May

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

The Jets are glad the Saints are in the NFL.

-Chris Ivory

marcus81
marcus81

if Jets where a play off team Sproles would be a good signing, it's best to stick to the youth movement, Jets could improve a lot with a good draft and key FA signings. 

Brendan
Brendan

Sproles and Marty are made for each other. 

jdb4
jdb4

Pass on Sproles bro, draft the younger version in Archer.

Brian_Bassett
Brian_Bassett

@kennel78 I think he's finally learning how to play physical football in the NFL, there's risk, but well calculated

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Brendan  


How much money would you pay Sproles who had his greatest career success in a DOME stadium on a fast carpet (turf) catching passes from an ELITE QB? This is the opposite of the conditions he'll face with the Jets because he'll be playing outdoors in cold weather with Geno.....


I'm not sure I see Sproles as that effective of a player in the Winter in NJ, Buffalo, New England etc......These are very conditions than he had playing in San Diego for the Chargers or indoors in New Orleans on that ultra fast turf

gbrownn
gbrownn

@Brendan Eh maybe 3 years ago, I wouldn't be too upset if we got him, but id rather have one of these younger gadget players

a57se
a57se

@Brian_Bassett @kennel78 

Verner and physical is an oxymoron....plus his bail technique doesn't suit Rex' d......

__fense
__fense

@bradysucks  Geno is more than capable of throwing screen passes and short throws to a running back. That was like 40% of what he did in college. Metlife also has turf, so that's exactly the same, so the only real difference in situations is the dome, but I'm not really sure why you think that's a problem. Since when does the cold effect RBs? Even pass-catching ones. 

Brendan
Brendan

@gbrownn If he's reasonably priced, I take Sproles over any of these unproven rookies. Marty would be FULLY BONED (this comment brought to you by whiskey). 

Brendan
Brendan

@gbrownn I think signing Sproles and drafting a guy late for a depth PS-stash move is a good idea. 

gbrownn
gbrownn

@namvetjet @Brendan@gbrownnWord, good point. Sign me up for Sproles. I still want a young guy though. I just don't know if we would have the room for 2 of those guys.