Jets talking to Austin Howard

The Jets have begun contract negotiations with Austin Howard (Mehta).

The team is looking to ink the 26-year-old Howard to a multi-year deal.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

I wrote the following back on January 22nd:

The Jets met with Howard at the combine last year to talk contracts with the then-restricted free agent, but we’re hopeful an extension for the 26-year old will be taken care of before then this time around.

With the combine set to get underway about this time next week, it sounds like everything is still right on schedule. By then, they’ll hopefully have reached a position where the parameters of the deal have been agreed in principle so it will just be a matter of finalizing the deal next week.

According to data from Pro Football Focus, there were 59 tackles in the NFL that played over 600 snaps last year and all of them either committed three penalties or surrendered three sacks, apart from Howard, who only had two of each.

As for his “left-hand man”, in case you missed it, Willie Colon said yesterday on Sirius radio that he hasn’t had “any dialogue” with the Jets yet. It’s possible he would have been the next priority after getting Howard locked up, but his injury in the last game of the season potentially throws a wrench in the works, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.




65 comments
John Ledo
John Ledo

Riley Cooper anyone? Big target, knows Martys system...shouldn't be too expensive.

Vinny Cammarato
Vinny Cammarato

The thing it about an O line is its only as strong as its weakest link. I know they have youngsters  but Winter was shakey., Ducase yuck . I dont need world beaters but at least one solid veteran please. If Cromartie is not coming back we need to spend there on a decent CB. I know Miller played better but he was horrible most of the season. I dont need an Eric Decker but a solid #2 WR would be nice. We can address WR, TE and OLB in the first three rounds. If we get a legit #1 WR in round one , a solid vet in FA along with Kerly, Nelson, hopefully Cumberland and TE adde din round 2 I wold feel very comfortable 

theguru
theguru

forget about these high priced free agents. build through the draft like bellickick does. every year he has the most draft picks from trading down and from compensatory picks. its not brain surgery.  every year he has the most picks and every year he competes for the super bowl. these high priced STARS crush the cap. its not about the individual its the team that matters. by bringing in a steady flow of youngsters he lets most of his draft picks go to free agency after he maximizes their utility and cost effectiveness and gets compensatory picks every year. year after he he stockpiles draft picks. its right there for everyone to see how he does it yet these fans want to sign these big names and trade up in the draft

bklyndude
bklyndude

to worried Jets fans:

"PLEASE STEP AWAY FROM THE WINDOW,  EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL NOW"

levi
levi

This guys a swinging gate they should let him walk.



I hate to see everyone getting along and in agreement.

Brian Miros
Brian Miros

This had to be the Jets first off season move, keep that our RT.  Love the move and Howard has proven himself.  I listened to Colon on Sirius NFL Network, dude should be resigned at the right price, still lives in Jersey and wants to remain a Jet.  Believes they are building something special.  GO JETS!

Ed Leach
Ed Leach

great news!!  i think this is something all jets fan can agree on.....except for hank

hazard2012
hazard2012

@Vinny Cammarato  


O Line needs some work, but not a major overhaul.   Vlad should be on same bus out of MetLife as Sanchez and Holmes.   Maybe Cro comes back for less $$$, but he's never been in same class as a Revis or Sherman, so Jets need a shutdown corner in FA regardless...thinking Grimes, Verner or Talib.     


They also need at least one top safety...maybe two...Byrd, Ward or Whitner possible fits.   The porous secondary is where Idzik needs to spend a lot of his cap money via FA.   The secondary is the weak link in the Jet D,   Sons of Anarchy won't be able to come out and play unless it's fixed.  

Brendan
Brendan

@theguru  How successful is he with those picks? 


Tom Brady covers up most of Belichick's terrible personnel moves. 

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@jaygo  Corey just said Golden Tate would be a 3rd receiver on the Jets. Pretty much all you need to know about this spreecast

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

What's this idzik character thinking!? We should fire him and hire Lombardi!

Brendan
Brendan

@Brian Miros  Colon would know, too. He won a Super Bowl with Pitt and played in another. 

John Ledo
John Ledo

He's a FA so he should be available

theguru
theguru

@Brendan @theguru  he must be pretty successful since he wins the division every year and gets to numerous super bowls duuuuh. every year he contends for the super bowl. i mean every year and when you have a bundle of draft picks every year you can miss on some of them but the odds are stacked in your favor with the more picks you have. you need a deep young team to succeed with injuries. teams that sign these big name free agents never win quat. what big names does seattle have? russell wilson?

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@Brendan @theguruTrue, but the only way to find a Brady-type QB is to keep on trying versos the Jets who immediately deceive themselves into thinking anyone they bring in is The Answer.

Longtime Jets fans will remember that when Mo Lewis knocked out Bledsoe, Brady was so impressive he started the rest of the season. The trouble with the Jets is they force the issue, project onto the player what they want to see and delude themselves into dedicating multiple years to their dream while not drafting other QB's for fear of offending their "future' star."

In other words, the Jets live in a fantasy world and repeat the same mistakes. I prefer reality and keep importing QB prospects until I knew I picked right before I stopped searching. It seems it would be easier to find what you're looking for if you don't quit before you're sure you've found it. - Confucius 101

harold
harold

@MarshRandy @jaygo


Corey goes too far to make a point.  Tate is a solid #2 in the NFL.  He is a poor man's Hines Ward.  I am on the record as saying no.  But that was more money driven.  If his price tag is on 5 million per season sign me up.

Brian Miros
Brian Miros

@Brendan @Brian Miros  Absolutely!  The reason I am very high on them trying to resign Howard is I don't want to relive a Kareem McKenzie type scenario.  Howard is the first guy that has solidified our RT position since McKenzie.

Brendan
Brendan

@theguru You should care, Belichick has only been in charge of the draft since 2009, before then it was Pioli running the show. Since Belichick took over (2009) he's close to batting at the mendoza line. You can't rate his '12 and '13 drafts yet, just like you can't for the Jet so you can only rate '09-'11 for Belichick. 


For someone so petulant and obnoxious, you're incredibly off-point. 


Oh, and for the record, here's the breakdown of players that have been drafted by the Pats and are still with the Pats: 


2/2 QB's, 2/5 RB's, 3/6 WR's, 1/3 TE's, 3/8 OL, 4/9 DL, 5/6 LB's, 6/11 DB's, 1/3 ST's. 


Thats 27 out of 53 players, or just over half of the roster. And some of them have been there forever, so they're not recent additions. The Pats have been filling their roster out with free agents for years, wake up. 

harold
harold

We won 11 games in 2010 for the record if you count the playoffs in 09 as well.

a57se
a57se

@theguru @a57se@idothis2A one off year doesn't prove ANYTHING. 

Your logic is "Belichick Colored"......:)

Go back to the Pats Blog where you belong.

theguru
theguru

@a57se @theguru @idothis2 they won 11 games with most of those losses came early in the year. the bottom line was that at the end of the year they were playing as well as anyone as kassel was putting up great numbers. that disproves your theory that they can't win with brady who is over rated in my opinion. 11-5 scoreboard period end of story.is that winning? luck plays a part in if you make the playoffs sometimes how many 11-5 teams don't make the playoffs?

a57se
a57se

@theguru @idothis2 

They didn't win the division the year Cassel played QB, they didn't even make the playoffs....

theguru
theguru

@Brendan @theguru  how many players on his roster right now come from the draft? the draft period. i don't care about 2 draft years I'm talking about overall. what difference does it make what year these players came from the bottom line is that about 90% of his players come from the draft. comprende? understand ?  did you pass grade school? there is a relationship between the players on his team where he got them and his tremendous success. if you think you can build great teams with just a QB than you are a bigger idiot than i think you are.

idothis2
idothis2

@theguru @idothis2 let me ask you this. for a defensive "genius", how come BB can't draft a quality cb or dominate passrusher? if it weren't for the 2012 saints, BB would be known for having one of the historically bad defenses. brady similar to manning covers up a lot of warts on their coaches.

theguru
theguru

@idothis2  they win every year. how many years how they won the division in the last decade? and you are trying to tell me one or two players is why they win? as i just said ear lie they won 11 games with kassel as QB when he had never played before the year brady was out. and most of those losses came early in the year. when was the last time the jets won 11 games? are you going to tell me kassel is a great QB?

Brendan
Brendan

@theguru  Are you dense? I said 2009 and 2010, right? Moss and Welker were both traded for in 2007, not 2009/2010. That move was done when Pioli was still in charge of personnel, so you might want to not bring that up when discussing this with people who know what they're talking about. 


How hard is it to understand that Belichick benefits immensely from having one of the two best QB's of all time as his starter for a decade? 


His success is not attributable to the draft, and that's what you're ignoring. It's attributable to Tom Brady. QUANTITY OF PICKS DOES NOT BUILD THE TEAM. OUT OF 24 PICKS FROM '09/'10 HE CURRENTLY HAS 5 ON HIS TEAM. Half of those guys didn't even make it a full year. 

a57se
a57se

@theguru @a57se 

He won 11 games with Cleveland as well.....so he had 2 whole winning seasons without Tom Brady as his QB....BIG FRICKIN DEAL. He would not have done that with Mark Sanchez as his QB, I guarantee you that!

theguru
theguru

@a57se @theguru  your comments have been disproved period. he won 11 games with kassel at QB when kassel had never taken a meaningful snap before. end of story unless you want to claim that kassel is a great QB and the only reason he won was because of him?

a57se
a57se

@theguru @a57se 

I stand by my comment, Belichick is a loser without Brady and only made the playoffs 1 time in 7 chances.....If Rex had that record he'd never get another HC job.

I will also say that I bet Belichick retires when Brady does because he is SMART enough to know where his bread is buttered.

idothis2
idothis2

@theguru to reiterate, Brady, BB's fleecing teams in trades, and Brady are the reasons they win the division every year and contend for the championship. His drafts are whatever level is below poor. without the trade for talib the Pats secondary would be atrocious as they continually demonstrate when he is out of the lineup.

theguru
theguru

@Brendan  the rest? do you know all the players he drafted those years and what they contributed? you didn't even know that they traded for welker and moss. look at the record it speaks for itself. how hard is that to understand? most of the players he has on the team come from the draft. and he wins the division every year. how dense are you not to understand that his success is attributable to the draft, quantity of picks that build the team do you get it now?

theguru
theguru

@a57se @theguru  you are so far off you are in fantasy land. you are talking about his record with clevland. this is irrelevant because he wasn't the gm with cleveland. also his record with bledsoe as a qb and the first year he took over with ne doesn't matter because it takes a little time to rebuild a team.you can't win without the players. what part do you not understand? they won 11 games with kassel at QB the year brady got hurt AFTER he rebuilt the team when he was the GM. not talking about when he was a coach only in cleveland. do i need to repeat that? yes i do. he won 11 games with kassel at QB when kassel had never played a down in the NFL. do you understand? comprende? is kassel a great QB? 

Brendan
Brendan

@theguru Is the attitude necessary? 


How about this: in 2009 and 2010 Belichick had 24 draft picks. Of those 24 draft picks, he drafted McCourty, Gronk, Vollmer, Edelman and Spikes. The rest? For the 2009 draft, only two of those 12 player are on the team (Vollmer & Edelman). 2010? Only three players (McCourty/Gronk/Spikees) are on the team from the 2010 draft. That's about a 21% success rate. That's awful. 

a57se
a57se

@theguru

you are missing the most important point......Bill Belichick is 52 - 57 in 7 seasons as a HC WITHOUT Tom Brady as his starting QB and made the playoffs only once and was 1-1.

HE IS A LOSING COACH without Brady!

That is where his success STARTS and ENDS.

He has developed a nice system to deal with paying a 1st ballot HOF QB and remaining competitive but that is ALL he has done.

theguru
theguru

@Will von Meister @theguru  you can't win with one player football is the ultimate team game. if you don't have an offensive line it doesn't matter how great you throw the ball you will be on your back most of the game. a lot of teams have great qb's and do nothing. they won 11 games with kassel at qb and most of those losses were at the beginning of the season because he had never played in the nfl before and it took him a few games to get it together. how great is kassel? 

Will von Meister
Will von Meister

@theguru Let's flip your argument for a second. If the Jets changed nothing about their draft strategy or team make up, but had Tom Brady under center do you think we'd be competing for championships every year? I'm pretty sure in 2009 and 2010 we'd have won the Super Bowl. Would that make Trader Mike's draft strategy the best way to run a franchise?

theguru
theguru

@Brendan @theguru  you are missing the point true he doesn't draft better than any other personal man but he has so many draft picks every year that he brings in the talent every year to compete for the super bowl. comprende? or in other words can you understand that? or is that too difficult for you?

Brendan
Brendan

@theguru  Dude, he drafts mediocre-at-best. He has a few hits, but for every hit he has multiple misses. He's no better than any other personnel man at picking talent. He's a great coach, a middling personnel guy. 


Tom Brady is the reason his misses don't sting like they do elsewhere. 

theguru
theguru

@idothis2  he couldn't have drafted that badly since almost all of his players came from the draft and they win the division every year and contend for the championship every year. the point is when you have a ton of draft picks to choose from every year you can afford to make a lot more misses

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99  

I wouldn't use the Saints as a model of how to build a franchise.....

idothis2
idothis2

@theguru @SackDance99 the Pats dont draft that well.  Brady does cover up for BB's many draft failings, especially wr and cb. BB has been abysmal drafting wrs and cbs. I will give BB credit for fleecing teams via the trade tho.

theguru
theguru

@SackDance99  they signed thomas and he didn't work out and that was like 8 years ago. they havnt signed a big money FA since. wrong and wrong again they traded for welker and moss then traded moss to mini for a higher pick than what they acquired him for after he was used up

theguru
theguru

@SackDance99  they sign ufa's but not big name ufa's. the common denominator that they employ is to stockpile draft picks. its a very simple and basic model. and these are hungry players with something to prove. then after 4 years when these players want decent money he lets them go and collects more draft picks and hungry players and knocks on the Super Bowl door every year.its not rocket science. you can mortgage your house on the fact that they will trade down in the draft every year and get even more compensatory draft picks. one strategy and simple. they employ the same strategy every year and win every year. you would think the jets would notice how this team keeps beating their butt year in year out and employ the same strategy 

SackDance99
SackDance99

You have BB all wrong. The Pats sign UFAs all the time. Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Adalius Thomas and many others. Yes, the Pats do get rid of vets with tread left on their tires and do stockpile picks, but they also go into the UFA markets to address team weaknesses, especially for WRs and that's because the Pats have utterly failed in their WR draft picks. The flaw in your comment is that there is no one way to acquire talent to win in the NFL. The UFA market can be a very successful way to build a team, look at the Saints.

SackDance99
SackDance99

This comment appears to just concern Sanchez and implies that Geno is being treated like Sanchez. Geno was benched, twice, in his rookie season, has an eager back up in Simms and will likely face competition from a viable veteran. I don't see anything similar between the coddled and entitled Sanchez situation and Geno's.

And, in the past, the Jets did things like sign the UFA QB of the moment, like Boomer, O'Donnell or Favre or drafted the QB of the future, sometimes rushing him in, like Namath, Sanchez or Todd. Or, they let the young QB sit, like Nagle, O'Brien, Foley, or Chad.

Or, they had a vet compete with a young incumbent and the vet won the job, like Vinny. In short, there is no pattern to how the Jets have treated their QBs. The only constant is that it hasn't worked enough for a Lombardi Trophy.