Link: Jets’ unrestricted free agent status update

Over at ESPN New York, Rich Cimini ranks the Jets’ free agents. However, this is more than just a list because it includes speculation – some informed, some assumed – about where they are with each of these guys.

Among the things Cimini notes are the following:

  • Adam Caplan tweeted that Austin Howard could get $7m per year on the open market as the Jets try to finalize his deal
  • The Jets would like Leger Douzable and Ellis Lankster back
  • Willie Colon and Ed Reed are respectively classified as looking like “a fallback” and a potential “emergency pickup down the road”
  • There’s “a chance” Josh Mauga and/or Lex Hilliard could be back and Aaron Berry “could be a post-draft option”
  • He suggests five other free agents (Josh Cribbs, Darius Reynaud, David Garrard, Vladimir Ducasse and Kellen Winslow) are unlikely to be back
  • He reiterates previous reports that there is interest in bringing back Calvin Pace and Jeff Cumberland

Read the whole article to see his full thoughts on each of these.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

In a video blog the other day Cimini predicted that Cumberland, Folk and Howard would all be re-signed before March 11th. However, in this article, he correctly notes that Folk (and Pace) cannot sign with the team until the free agency signing period begins because each qualified for the vested veterans exception last year. That exception means that the cap hit for a player earning the minimum with more than four credited season will be limited to the equivalent of a minimum salary for a player with just two credited seasons. Essentially, this reduced the cap hit for each of them to $620K last year, even though their actual salary was higher than that. Sometimes teams will forego this cap reduction in order to retain the option to negotiate before the following league year by paying $1 over the minimum. Folk was of course franchised instead, although that could in theory just be a placeholder for a longer term deal.

Following the combine, the Jets are in negotiations with a few players and have will obviously met with representatives for some of the others at the combine where they would have discussed where talks will pick up down the road. At some point, they may make offers, which the player concerned will either sign or reconsider once they have had a chance to test the market.

Many of these free agents won’t receive deals much bigger than the minimum, so it won’t cost much in terms of cap space to keep some of these guys on the team.

Clearly Folk and Howard are the top priorities for the Jets, but in terms of free agents I’d like to see return, Reed, Colon and Douzable are high on my list. Douzable already suggested he is going to test the market, whereas Reed and Colon expressed a desire to return at the end of last season. I’d also stress the importance of bringing back Lankster (and restricted free agent Nick Bellore) for a special teams unit that struggled last year and can’t afford to lose their tremendous under-the-radar contributions.




108 comments
jdb4
jdb4

Well in news that will excite many Jets fans.  WGR Buffalo beleives the Bills will not re-sign or use the franchise tag on Jarius Byrd.


I don't believe he will follow to Cleveland because secondary isn't really an issue with the Browns.


So will the Jets open the bank for him or would the money be better spent on a Worilds or Orakpo?

bonozoffa
bonozoffa

Stopped reading after "Rich Cimini". The man (if you call him that) is a waste of a press pass.

levi
levi

Douzable played good and I hope he comes back. I think this Jets line thats loaded with talent makes his job easier though. Some team will probably over pay him thinking he is really good but when put on an average line I dont think he will play as well.

kniff
kniff

I'm ok with giving Austin Howard a 7 million, one year deal, but that's top of the mark... not a penny more.

He deserves a payday, he's in house, knows the system, and we have so many other pressing needs right now bros...


I think we all need a boost.... like signing Orakpo at OLB!!

Brendan
Brendan

@jdb4  Wow, that's a big change from last week, where people thought it was definitely happening (the franchise tag, that is). Byrd hitting the open market? Interesting. 

a57se
a57se

@jdb4  

I'd rather spend it on Orakpo.......good pass rusher and can play well vs. the run. With our D'line, Orakpo and Coples.....the sky is the limit for our D.

Orakpo would have a much bigger impact IMHO.

williamg1
williamg1

@bonozoffa  I actually think he's a good writer. The problem is, he's a terrible human being and a worse journalist/reporter. 

williamg1
williamg1

@levi  Except he always seemed to have some sort of offsides penalty. 

Brendan
Brendan

@levi  The Dooze is going to test the market, which I'd expect. He's 27/28 and needs to try and lock down a solid contract for himself. I like him, but I'm fine if another team gives him quasi-starter money and the Jets let him walk. They can find more DL production from guys off the street than any other team in the NFL, I feel like. Between Rex & Dunbar, they can find that "best 12th man in the league" every year. 

Brendan
Brendan

@kniff  I would be fine giving him $7m in Year 1, with future years not guaranteed, and possibly with some lesser cap hits as well. 


Gives Howard some up-front money and gives the Jets the option of holding onto Howard through his prime years. 

jdb4
jdb4

@a57se @jdb4 

I agree.  I would imagine he wants out of Washington and would be very happy to play with the Sons of Anarchy

bonozoffa
bonozoffa

How is he a good writer and a bad journalist? Because he can use words well and string nouns, verbs, and adjectives together? And how is any of that good for Jets fans, the fan base he reports for?

Cimini is a disgrace, a horribly biased reporter, and in general a schmuck of a person and does not belong on the Jets beat.

levi
levi

@Brendan I didnt realize Berry was a FA. I was pretty high on him before the injury.

a57se
a57se

@williamg1 @a57se 

Another reason for signing Mo Wilkerson to an extension NOW instead of milking the system for every penny.

JJ Watt and Ndamkung Suh are both up for big contracts as well and they WILL push the market for  Wilkshake.

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se @williamg1  I don't think he'd be too expensive. Although, I think that would make negotiations with Mo, and eventually Coples, more difficult. 


But it would be worth it. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jdb4 I wouldn't necessarily say that. Snyder has a lot of cap space to use, his best defensive player is a FA and he desperately wants RGIII to succeed. I think he offers Orakpo a top-5 contract at his position and keeps him. 

gjet93
gjet93

@Brendan @johnnyl65  Not when it's entertainment, not news. It's also profitable, that's what counts. Ask Roger Ailes.

gjet93
gjet93

@Brendan @bonozoffa  "Winning changes the narrative" is one of the best lines. It can be repeated on a regular basis. Thank you, Brendan.

bonozoffa
bonozoffa

Right. Lemmings, such as a couple of guys on this thread who think Cimini is a good writer and great at what he does. They are clearly missing the point.

a57se
a57se

@bonozoffa  

I appreciate that you are willing to make a stand and actually try and do something about it....unfortunately, there are too many lemmings masquerading around as people.

bonozoffa
bonozoffa

And hence the reason I have not read a Cimini article since last summer and constantly call out TJB for promoting his trash journalism. I've even gone further and have written emails to their pub's, and in the case of Cimini and ESPN, canceled my paid Insider account and cited Cimini as the reason. They're atrocious and if they feel the need to be d-bags to generate interest in order to be successful, then how come others who aren't atrocious and are real reporters are successful? That is why I read them and weigh their opinions more, because they are legitimate.

williamg1
williamg1

@johnnyl65 @Brendan  It's basically sponsored-content where the sponsor is a national audience looking for a Jets controversy. 

williamg1
williamg1

@bonozoffa  In my opinion, Cimini is the most talented of the writers. But talent doesn't mean his end product is good. His end-product tends to be horrible because of bias and because of his penchant to go for the cheapshot story. And that's a big reason why he hasn't had a real promotion in 20 years (unlike a quality reporter like Vrentas). 

a57se
a57se

@johnnyl65 @Brendan 

Nice response johnny...I think you are correct. The best way to protest the Cimidiot and Manish are to ignore them but that won't work because there are a lot of people who follow them that don't know any better.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Brendan @johnnyl65  No it's not,maybe in principal but big business loses principal to create profit. You first have to understand the game before knowing the roles of the players.

Brendan
Brendan

@johnnyl65 It's still the job of a reporter to not present opinion as fact, though. 

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Brendan @bonozoffa  Guys like Manish and Cimini are great at their jobs they get paid to generate interest and that's what they do. I read Jet fans on this site promoting them constantly as a matter of fact that's what you're doing right now. You just got them another raise. Cimini is an admitted Giant fan who followed Jumbo Elliot from Sachem high school to the Giants to the Jets and Manish is an admitted Eagles fan. If you wan't to be mad at someone you're anger is misdirected,their jobs depend on interest negative or positive. 

Brendan
Brendan

@bonozoffa  I don't think the players, fans or team will forget the sludge he dragged them through. I hope when the team is good they open up to the national media and NJ.com and Dyer and people who were fair and objective, like their job requires. 


I think people are tired of the circus narrative because the reality is so clearly the opposite, so hopefully these guys continue getting the mushroom treatment while the national media (and Steiny) get the stories. 

bonozoffa
bonozoffa

We seems to be on the same page here.

But If Cimini is such a good writer, then he should do us a favor and take his "talent to South Beach", or someplace other than Florham Park and East Rutherford.

And god help him, Manish, and others like him when the Jets get good and he starts getting all chummy with the players, organization, and the fans. F--- him.

Brendan
Brendan

@bonozoffa  I hear ya, I think Cimini is a d-bag like you, but I just agree with william that he's a good writer who is a poor journalist. It's like a mutant using his powers for evil, instead of good. He could use his talents and sway the public opinion in the opposite direction, but he refuses to. Winning changes that narrative, it's really the only thing that will. 

a57se
a57se

@bonozoffa  

That is the biggest negative to the Cimidiot, his influence on the National Media's view of the Jets.

bonozoffa
bonozoffa

Manish is without a doubt, the "moron king". But Cimini is national, and that makes him dangerous, as he has the vehicle via ESPN to spread his slanted, biased, and more often than not incorrect views on the Jets to NFL fans across the US. Every time I hear an ESPN anchor or someone like Mike Greenberg refer to him as "ESPNs Jets Expert" or "Jets Insider", I heave a little in my mouth.

Brendan
Brendan

@bonozoffa  Manish is worse in that regard, imo. Even Cimini has a line. 

bonozoffa
bonozoffa

It's one thing to relish dysfunctionality. It's another thing to manufacture it. And that's Cimini's M.O.: When in doubt, report the negative. And in an absence of negative news, create it.

a57se
a57se

@Disgruntled Jets Fan @bonozoffa 

The Cimidiot does inject Bias and opinion all the time but it it usually an anti-Jets bias and that is what irks Jets fans more than anything. The local beat reporter actually seems to relish whenever something doesn't work out for the team.

Brendan
Brendan

@levi  Walls is a RFA, so he will probably be back. Wilson/Milliner/Walls with Cro likely to be cut (I'm hoping for a re-worked deal, personally), Lankster, Berry and Trufant question marks. 


Ideally, they sign another #1 CB (or restructure Cro), have a top-4 of #1 CB/Milliner/Wilson/Walls with Berry and Lankster to round out the position. I'd be more than comfortable with that depth. 

levi
levi

@Disgruntled Jets Fan But seriously I hope Berry comes back. I like his physical style.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@Brendan @a57se I wasn't sure of Berry's status either, though I recall we had like no CBs under contract beyond Dee, Kyle and Cro (for now), and some scrubs.

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 He played really well in 2012, imo. I think we were all surprised at how he was used this past season. 

levi
levi

@williamg1 Agreed. I wanted to see him get more reps on D.

Brendan
Brendan

@levi Well, my concern with Lankster is that another team will actually tell him he'll play CB and that will lure him away. If he feels going from part-time CB and STs guy to strictly STs ace is a demotion, he could be looking elsewhere to get a bigger role on defense. 

levi
levi

@Brendan Im pretty sure Lankster will be back. Hes low cost and actually important to us on ST's.

Brendan
Brendan

@levi I wouldn't mind seeing Berry back, but Lankster is the priority for me. Maybe they'll even let him play CB this year!

Brendan
Brendan

@jaygo But that means Asamoah will probably be available, and he's a nice player. Asamoah as the primary with Colon as a fallback is a pretty nice plan at G, imo. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jaygo He's started two years, though, not one. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jaygo Hm. That's tough. Albert is pretty much solidified his status as a good pass blocker/average-at-best run blocker. 


I guess the question is if that is the type of guy you want on the right side?