Link: Upcoming priorities for Idzik, Jets

Over at ESPN New York Rich Cimini runs down the top priorities for the Jets and general manager John Idzik over the next couple of months. Tucked neatly between the top priority (getting rid of some of their bigger contracts) and their plans for the draft is the question of how Idzik will elect to spend their considerable cap space:

First, he should re-sign right tackle Austin Howard and kicker Nick Folk, both of whom will be unrestricted free agents. After that, he needs to find a wide receiver, a tight end and a safety. Names on the radar will be Eric Decker, Brandon Pettigrew and Jairus Byrd, respectively.

It’s not made clear whether Cimini has specifically heard that the Jets have been linked with those players or is just anticipating that they’ll be considering the top talent at each of those positions, but they are some interesting names.

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. As for Folk, he got the chance to test the market before returning last year, so it will be interesting if he gets than opportunity again.




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J. Smooth
J. Smooth

Ideal scenario:

Cut Cro, Sanchez, Holmes

solidify secondary with Verner/Byrd, approx $8M for Verner $10 for Byrd are the highest i'd go.

sign Ted Ginn as WR3/KR (no more than $4)

sign one of James Jones, Emmanuel Sanders, or Doug Baldwin. Cheap (Jones cheap-ish) but very solid second receiving options.

if we don't want to draft a tier one TE, I'd like to sign Pettigrew or Pitta (Prefer Pettigrew)

if we want to take a TE in first 2 rounds, I'd like Ed Dickson or Anthony McCoy

sign Chris Williams (G) as a cheaper guard, or Jon Asamoah is we want to pay up.

re-sign Douzable

sign Jason Worilds or O'Brien Schofield as cheaper OLB to rotate with Barnes

if no Verner, resign Lankster, Berry, and sign maybe Tarell Brown

sign ZOLTAN because his name is freaking ZOLTAN.


then draft wr, te, g. = Profit.

McGeorge
McGeorge

Bent,

Any chance the Jets can trade Sanchez for a low pick, like a 5th or 6th rounder?

Assuming they don't want to keep him.

braziljets
braziljets

Can anyone tell me when the FA is open so we can go shopping? lol

kniff
kniff

I'm down for TE Pettigrew... as long as he blocks like a champ. It might be smart to wait for a higher rated guy to come along because we have Sudfeld and Cumby already....


Or just draft Amaro....depth and competition are good.

marcus81
marcus81

Decker would be too expensive and not be that good for the Jets, he's good because he plays with other good receivers that have to accounted for. Austin and Folk should be resigned but not for top money.

Stanley Bostitch
Stanley Bostitch

Bent, or someone like Bent - what are our options w/Sanchez, if we indeed want to get value in return for him? Can we restructure his deal to facilitate a trade? Would be great to see another pick coming our way (4th, 5th?). 

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Dont care much for Semenini

Tooned In
Tooned In

Would completely suck if we over payed on some FA's after we got rid of those three bad contracts. Don't like Decker, Nicks (injuries)  or Pettigrew, so don't want to overpay for their services. Like Verner, Byrd, Pitta and Boldin. Draft offense WR, TE, G, 3rd down RB (Sankey?). Make those late round picks devoted specifically for special teams. Sign Folk, Austin. 


Most importantly, lock up the Wilkshake....

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

Cut Mark, Tone, Cro, see if we can get Harris to rework deal, resign folk/howard/colon, sign walter thrumond III, Pitta, Boldin, and possibly Malcom Jenkins, draft Lee, use extra 3rd to move up in 2nd and draft Tre, TE in the 3rd, then a cb, and some lb depth

djf1
djf1

@jake100 Ferocious is a bit of an exaggeration. 

djf1
djf1

@McGeorge scroll down for that discussion.

 spoiler: no


bradysucks
bradysucks

@marcus81 


Decker is a very good  WR - period. He is underrated just like Brian Hartline is in Miami. While I don't see Decker as a true #1 WR he is without question an extremely solid # 2 NFL wide receiver, He is 6 foot 3 and he gets open and can he catch the football as well as block. At the right price he would be a great great addition to the NY Jets.......All the more so if we can get a #1 WR in the draft and also upgrade the TE position.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Stanley Bostitch Unlike last year, there is no financial advantage to be achieved by facilitating a trade.  If he was to be traded, a renegotiation would probably take place at the same time.


Despite the report that leaked out today, I don't buy that there is so much interest in him that teams wouldn't just wait until after he was cut and then pick him up.

funkymonk
funkymonk

@Stanley Bostitch I'd love to get SOMETHING out of Sanchez, but my understanding of the situation is that it's Not Gonna Happen. He's set to make $14 mil in 2014. If we cut him, we recover $8 mil of that, and still pay him $6 mil. So the only way a restructure-and-trade makes sense is if the new deal satisfies all of the following:


1. Sanchez ends up making > $6 mil (or Sanchez has no incentive to agree)

2. The team ends up paying < $6 mil (or we might as well cut him)

3. The team that wants him ends up paying < $4 mil (what I think is the upper limit for backup QB salary)


It's very very hard to see a contract that would satisfy all 3. If Sanchez knows there's a market for him, why would he restructure, when he could instead negotiate with whoever he wants? In theory he could pick the team where he thinks he has the best chance of becoming starter, even if they can't pay the most, because he'll still be getting paid by the Jets.

marcus81
marcus81

@Stanley Bostitch we have to cut Sanchez to save money on the cap and get nothing back, we have to bite the bullet if he goes somewhere and sets the world on fire.

juunit
juunit

@Stanley Bostitch 

I'm not sure that Sanchez with a multi-year deal is more attractive to other teams. Especially coming off an injury. 

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@Tooned InI like Ka'deem Karey more so than Sankey, but wouldnt mind that pick

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

@Tooned In Pitta and Boldin just think about it the two guys who made Flaco a 100 mil

Pat d
Pat d

Actually it's both. What GM doesn't want to pick his guy at head coach. Especially after the last year in Miami.

juunit
juunit

@djf1@jake100 

Should be interesting if he does get the job though. Based on what I've read, the Browns fired Chudzinski because he doesn't like Manziel, but they love him. Since they've had a hard time finding a HC, I think most of them said no to Manziel also.


It would be so like the Browns to trade their two 1st rounders to move up to #1 and take Manziel, then watch as he crashes and burns. 


Good luck Mike, you snitch.

braziljets
braziljets

@Bent @braziljets Thanks, Bent! Can't wait to see our GM in action!

BTW, I usually read all posts on daily basis... just not posting too much before.

For me it is the best source to keep in touch with the team! Thanks for that, too!

a57se
a57se

@Bent

That report was all speculation.......nothing more.

Bent
Bent moderator

@funkymonk @Stanley Bostitch 


Unfortunately, your understanding is flawed.


The Jets can cut him and not owe him a dime.  However, they will have some dead money in respect of money they previously paid him which has not yet counted against the cap (this amounts to $4.8m, not $6m FWIW).


The deal would likely be renegotiated AFTER the trade (or essentially agreed to at the same time) because there would be nothing to be gained for the Jets, they are locked into that dead money no matter what.


Once traded, the team could bring his salary down to pretty much wherever they wanted to and it wouldn't impact upon the Jets.



a57se
a57se

@jake100@a57se 

I was being conservative so $18M is a possibility but we are just guessing what it will take to sign certain guys......

a57se
a57se

@jake100 

Don't forget rookies and money for the season......I would think $10 million would cover that. Your starting point is ~ $46 million.- $10 million = $36 Million. 

When I did my long write-up, I used approx. $23 million of the $36 to resign UFA's and get Wilk and Ellis locked up.

That left only ~ $13 million for Free Agents.


a57se
a57se

@jake100 

Try putting realistic values on the guys you said we should get and see what you come up with....

supert
supert

@jake100 @supert @jaygo Weather ain't going to matter.  Bet the 49ers put up a tougher challenge than Denver does.

djf1
djf1

@juunit@djf1@jake100 no one gets fired over their opinion of a potential pick that is far from guaranteed of being an option at draft time.

 Edit:  well, it *is* the Browns


Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent I was specifically referring to Brian Costello's report that there is interest in Sanchez.  It was in the daily links and Cosentino referred to it in his article.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Was there another report 'leaked out' that hasn't been linked up to TJB?

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se No I did read it, just wasn't talking about that, even though you were, hence the misunderstanding.

a57se
a57se

@Bent@a57se 

Maybe you didn't read that report but the link that was posted here presented  the comments from the Source about Sanchez actually having some value, then the rest of the piece was speculation about how the Jets should try and trade Sanchez since he has such value. I believ the article was by Cosentino...

I thought it would be obvious that I was referring to that part of the article.....but if you haven't read it and didn't realize the way it was presented, I could see you misunderstanding my comment.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent You responded to my post that referenced "the report that leaked today" by saying "that report".


I was talking about the report that some people are interested in Sanchez, you obviously assumed I was talking about speculation over whether he could be traded, but I'm sure you can forgive me for misunderstanding your reference to "that report".

a57se
a57se

@Bent@a57se 

Let me clarify, the part about the Jets taking advantage of all this interest and actually attempting to trade Sanchez was pure speculation....I thought that was obvious but I guess not.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent A direct quote from an AFC coach is not really speculation.  It might be a lie, a smokescreen or otherwise inaccurate, but they literally quoted someone as saying they'd make him the starter tomorrow.


But, yeah, expanding that to read into it that there's significant interest in him is speculative and that's why I didn't buy into the quote mentioned in the report.

Bent
Bent moderator

@funkymonk @Bent @Stanley Bostitch There's no reason why they couldn't trade for him and then negotiate downwards.  All his salary is non-guaranteed before and after any hypothetical trade.

funkymonk
funkymonk

@Bent @funkymonk @Stanley Bostitch Ah, thanks, I indeed misunderstood, I thought there was still some guaranteed money left, not just pro-rated signing bonus money. Right, so really unless a team is willing to pay him the actual salaried amount left on his current contract, AND is willing to give up a player or a pick just to keep Sanchez from negotiating with other teams, Jets can't get anything out of a trade.

Tooned In
Tooned In

@Daniel @Tooned In Just saw some of his highlights, looks like dude can play the screen game very nicely. Too bad Sparano isn't our OC anymore to properly utilize his abilities ;)


Thanks for the heads up!

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@Tooned In@DanielI had the luxury of watching a lot of Pac 12 this year and saw both play a lot.   I guess its my personal preference