Johnson: Win now attitude has Jets ‘looking at a number’ of players

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson confirmed Sunday that his team is interested in Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson.  Jackson has been widely reported to be available for trade to NFL teams and is even rumored to be a potential cut for the Eagles.

While in Orlando for the NFL Annual Meeting, Johnson told reporters that the Jets are “looking at a number of players, including DeSean.”

“[Jackson is] a very good player, but we’re looking at a number of them,” he said. “A trade is not our primary operating motif right now. We’re trying to build through the draft. Building through the draft is something that I think is the way to build a successful team long term.”

Unlike last year, when the Jets owner asked fans to give their new GM time, Johnson won’t have the same request in 2014.

“I’m not going to use the word ‘patient’ anymore,” Johnson stated. “We want to do it now. Our job is to perform for our audience and that’s what we want to do.”

When asked, Johnson did concede that bringing on a player like Jackson would come under the current “win now” mindframe.  Johnson added “we’re always interested in talent.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

This is good to hear that Johnson is expecting his front office and coaching staff to field a winning team in 2014.  While we didn’t expect them to say much else, signing players like Eric Decker and Mike Vick underscore that idea.  Looking at a talented receiver like DeSean Jackson would be another, though such a move might come with problems all their own.

For more on DeSean Jackson, read a tl;dr post I made earlier today here.




120 comments
metjetnet
metjetnet

Idzik can't be happy with this. Reports & analysis today all pointed at Rex being in the cross-hairs after The Woodthing's comments. But a) Woody loves Rex; and b) Idzik's whole thing was looking long-term to create a dynasty-level organization. 

Fat chance, John. Idzik is now the one with the target between the shoulder blades.


Welcome to the NFL fast lane John. Owners promise you whatever you want, and then shift with the breeze, leaving you hanging out to dry.


See, John, it's what rich, bored guys do.

bob
bob

I would  like to say... Dis one.....And don't you guys forget it. I say it again ......Dis one.

supert
supert

Some of you complaining about the owner of the Jets having a "win now attitude" try being a Mets fan.  Five straight losing seasons.

bob
bob

Vlad to the Vickings.

bob
bob

DeSean will be a nice fit in Marty's offense. At the same time Idzik has Woody Johnsons ear as a voice of reason, If DeSean wants to much money. I'm sure cooler heads will prevail. All though would like Desean on the Jets. To me Desean is a #1a receiver and not a #1 receiver.


kniff
kniff

Somehow it feels like something is brewing...

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

If they sign DJax and then draft BPA that is what Woody means by being able to win now while building through the draft for long term. 


Signing DJax helps every piece of our offense. I think they are going to add a WR before the draft. 

a57se
a57se

Could Woody's comments be construed as tampering?

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@jake100  if you aren't trying to make the playoffs the year after going 8-8 you shouldn't be owning an NFL franchise 

levi
levi

@jake100  This post needs 30% more panic. What about the tampering?

levi
levi

@bob  You are gonna completely ignore dat one?

MeAtBaLLPaRmX
MeAtBaLLPaRmX

Ugh, the Mets. The misery starts in 7 days. Thank god for fantasy baseball.

lindro88
lindro88

Yea, a lost draft pick for tampering. What a glorious off season it has been.

bob
bob

@a57se Hasn't the story all ready been out there. Didn't Phili  reporters and web sight discuss this openly.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@a57se   Woody's comments tampering? 

I consider it "whattya expect" comments.

Warmed over soup.  

We want to build through the draft, we want to build for the long term, we want to build for now.


Wondering if Jackie Mason is his writer?

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@a57se  i dont know the exact rules but i cant see woody being that dumb...i think it would be tampering if he said we like djax and throw in something about paying him more than the eagles 

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se  I think so. But I wonder if he is provided cover by the fact they've been talking to the Eagles of DJax. 

Brendan
Brendan

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX  They'll be better than the past couple of years, I just want them to give the 5th job to Mejia and see what the kid's got. I do not need to see Dice-K throw 140 pitches in 4 2/3 innings of 3-5 run ball. 

__fense
__fense

@williamg1 @a57se  They shouldn't be. You're allowed to express interest in trading for a player, and you're allowed to give the same "We look at all the options and are interested in all talented players" talk that we've heard before from every owner. This is just beat writers fabricating a story because they don't have any real stories to write. You can contort his meaning so it sounds like tampering, but it's the same non-answer he practices in front of a mirror every day, and we shouldn't assume it means anything different now. If he had never said anything like this before, then maybe, but it's pre-written language designed to not say anything.


Also you have no idea how pissed I'd be if The Jets get penalized for this when the Bucs Told a newspaper that if Revis could force his way off the Jets than they would give him $16mil a year and everyone said that it was okay.

bob
bob

@Bent @boose2

So you guys think that Ed Kranepool will make the Kranepool hall of fame?

Bernard Mclaughlin
Bernard Mclaughlin

@Brendan @MeAtBaLLPaRmX  I have been a jets fan since 1965, A Knicks fan since around 1959 and a Mets fan, switching from the Dodgers, since they day hey were formed. Somewhere around 1990, getting older and starting to feel the burden of crushing disappointment from these teams I stopped following the Mets. After the Ewing era, I sadly gave up on the Knicks, figuring the Jets were enough dashed hopes for any 50 yr old man. Now that I,m in my sixties, I feel drawn back to caring about the Mets and Knicks again, but  quite frankly, how much can one sport fan bear in a lifetime, ....AHH BUT 1968-69

JETS, METS AND KNICKS--WORLD CHAMPIONS


Bent
Bent moderator

@juunit @Brendan @MeAtBaLLPaRmX  I read this comment in isolation without context, thought you were talking about the Jets and worried for your sanity.


Mentioning "Colon" and "Dekker" didn't help.

juunit
juunit

@Brendan @MeAtBaLLPaRmX 

IMO, Colon was the terrible signing. Dude is old and fat and sucked for years then suddenly got better at about the age of 40. So they gave him two years. That'll end in disaster. At least when Young sucks they'll eventually be able to call Puello up. Or even give den Dekker a shot. Stuck with Colon though. 

MeAtBaLLPaRmX
MeAtBaLLPaRmX

I want him up now. Innings limits are such garbage. They will not be there for the wildcard. Their lineup is still horrendous. D'Arnaud is unproven, Ike and Duda suck, Murphy is good, not great, Tejada sucks, Wright is Wright, Lagares is great defensively, Young and Grandy are strike-out machines.

Brendan
Brendan

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX  He will be, but he's going to be limited to like 150 innings. 2015 is the "jump" year, but this year they should be at least competitive for the #2 WC spot.


Also, if Chris Young decides not to suck balls I will happily eat my words about him being the biggest waste of a signing ever. 

MeAtBaLLPaRmX
MeAtBaLLPaRmX

Better than the last couple of years still sucks. I want to see Noah up more than anybody.

Marty Luc
Marty Luc

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX  but why trade picks to hopefully get a 1st round talent that slips to the 2nd or 3rd round? 


why not just use the 1st, 2nd and 3rd round picks we already have and get 1st round talent with all 3. without the trades we have a better chance of getting the player/s we want. 

bob
bob

@Pat d

That would be good. I wouldn't complain with that at all.

Pat d
Pat d

DeSean then Evans or Lee

bob
bob

@Marty Luc @MeAtBaLLPaRmX@bob


Yes good point however  after the 5th pic may need some luck after that. I assuming that the practice squad will be full this year with later round draft pic.'s  This year draft is loaded with really good player. unlike ant other draft in recent years.

bob
bob

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX

Two 2nd rounder's two 3rd rounder's and two 4th rounder's would be getting into the good beef part of the draft. that would be so cool.

MeAtBaLLPaRmX
MeAtBaLLPaRmX

@Marty Luc @MeAtBaLLPaRmX @bob Yes, but in a draft that is supposed to be the deepest in 30 years, why not get an extra pick? There will first round talent into the third round. Let's get as many as possible.

Marty Luc
Marty Luc

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX @bob  the jets already have a dozen draft picks, why trade down to acquire more? they have enough holes so that if one player/position they covet is already taken, they can take another player/position to fill a different hole. 


TE, safety, wr, o-line, olb, cb… are all areas that need upgrades. surely one of those areas can be addressed at 18. 

bob
bob

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX @bob


I like Zack Martin that would be my choice. I wouldn't mind trading down. The Jets could have a trade maybe with dolphins for Martin because Arizona also may want martin at the Jets spot. there are 11 potential good wide receivers in the draft and 8 potential CB that mirrors the wide receivers also.  I agree Drafting O-line would be really good.


MeAtBaLLPaRmX
MeAtBaLLPaRmX

@bob @MeAtBaLLPaRmX Ebron probably won't be there at 18. I'm hoping they trade down, pick up an extra pick, and draft OL and TE/WR in the second. Then again, i've played out like 20 scenarios in my head what we can do. It changes constantly, haha.

bob
bob

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX @bob


Ah ha I love it...


Jets really need to get that DeSean Jackson on the team.That would be great. Imagine Jackson and then Ebron.



bob
bob

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX @bob


Ok then if its ok with you can I get a piece of that meatball sandwich. I like meatball sandwich.

MeAtBaLLPaRmX
MeAtBaLLPaRmX

@bob @MeAtBaLLPaRmX Haha, i was being sarcastic. Who cares about Vlad?

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @bklyndude      

How exactly can D-Jax force the Eagles to release him,  the Eagles have pretty much confirmed they don't want him.   No team is willing to give up a draft pick for his current contract,  otherwise a trade would be done.   

Unless D-Jax is willing to restructure his contract,  and he has said he won't,  the Eagles will release him and take the 6m dead cap hit. 

MeAtBaLLPaRmX
MeAtBaLLPaRmX

@a57se @bklyndude Per Cimini:

"While it is rare for a team official, especially a team owner, to publicly comment on a player who is currently under contract with another team, Johnson made his comments at the site of the league meetings, which formally open Monday morning."

"Technically, by the letter of the rule, Johnson's comments could be considered tampering."

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude  

I guess the part that I question is naming Jacksin and saying we would not trade for him. That MIGHT be construed to be encouraging Jackson to force the Eagles to release him....

bklyndude
bklyndude

@rstysanchz @a57se  

Never a good thing to comment on a player that's under contract to another team,   but.......The Eagles have contacted a number of teams and initiated trade talks that have become public knowledge.   

Confirming they are "looking at" a trade proposal would be a stretch in terms of tampering,  especially in light of the fact the Eagles are also considering releasing D-Jax if he doesn't restructure his contract as a precursor to any trade.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@a57se  i dont know it seems close but maybe by just saying "looking at" instead of "interested in" can mean 2 different things

Bernard Mclaughlin
Bernard Mclaughlin

@a57se @williamg1 But all that goes away once the team owning the player gives opposing teams rights to talk to the player, which they have as evidenced by the reports of D-Jax's rejecting the Jets and other teams about renegotiating his contract. I also think the papers or news source would have jumped all over and owner "tampering" and blown that uop as a huge story, especially the "circus' jets. oh well we'll see soon enough


a57se
a57se

@williamg1 @a57se 

You would think after owning this team as long as he has, he would know better.