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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UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Here is my plan: FA , grab either Schwartz or Asamoah for OG. At wr, Boldin or Tate. QB- McCown, TE- Pitta,  3rd down rb-Donald Brown ,olb- Spencer or Worilds, CB- Shields. Draft wr and te early, another wr, then a CB, safety, Oline, OLB.  Depending what we do in FAcy will dictate the draft.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Mystery solved about the Schiano interview with Cleveland. A new addendum to the Rooney rule says every team has to interview at least one doosh, lol

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Holy crap, Schiano also being interviewed by the Browns, lol They say his chance is slim to none though.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Pettine's interview process is longer than Chudzinski's entire tenure, lol

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Looks like Pettine will have the job in Cleveland, he is being called back for a 3rd interview tomorrow. That is good, he is best out of the afce. He was building a ferocious defense.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

It must be real slow, this Sanchez topic is all over the blogs.

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?). 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@jaygo 

I think it is more about the dysfunction down there. The South beach city circus, lol

djf1
djf1

@jake100 Ferocious is a bit of an exaggeration. 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Johnsbodybyvi Ledo 

I agree with your post for the most part, but no to Byrd, too expensive. Allen is coming on strong and Landry is a solid vet who can hold the fort until we address the safety position in the draft. I would also go after an olb like spencer or worilds. Your offensive picks are reasonable. I would also go after Donald Brown for a cheap versatile 3rd down rb also.

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.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@marcus81  Not for top money but can you imagine if they don't resign Howard, with the questions with Winters and Colon and no depth, OY!

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. 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@a57se @jake100  With my check book, lol The Jets will have 40m in cap space and I did not choose any even close to elite players. If worse comes to worse, I would omit the olb and rb, but the other pieces seems very doable. A 3rd down rb can be had in the draft along with an olb. 

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.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@djf1 @jake100  Maybe, but it was Petine's first season and he really came on as the season went on. After the first 8 games the Bills were ranked #19 in total defense and finished #10. Also their pass rush after 8 games was slightly better than mid pack and they ended up #2. God only knows what another year with Pettine and some more key pieces will do. He clearly starting geling the defense. I would not shed a tear if he went to Cleveland.

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......

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@a57se @jake100 

I stand corrected, I just looked at the ufas and you are right.  Thanks for bursting my bubble, lol I do think Idzik can rework some contracts though and skimp a little. I would not be surprised if your 13m got pushed up to about 18m or so, but anyway, good job!

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@a57se @jake100 


This would be a good question for Jason at OTC. I come up with 25m to freely spend, but I would not bet the farm on it. Knowing Idzik, he will make it work.

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.


UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

If the Jets cut cro, holmes and Sanchez they will have close to 40m , but they have to re- sign some of their own, and Mos contract, but they can also rework some other contracts. I think they will be left with around 25m to freely spend when it is all said and done. If worse comes to worse, they can omit the olb and 3rd down RB. The rest looks doable. 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@a57se 


Boldin 7m, Pitta 4m, Schwartz 3 m  McCown 3m, worilds 3.5m, Shields 4m , Brown 3.5 =  28m


I am guessing here, but it seems in the ball park, no?

a57se
a57se

@jake100 

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

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@supert 


Manning is a master at deciphering defenses at the line. He will use a high tempo offense and spread the ball all over the field. The hawks rely on substitution for their defense. The Broncos will exploit the intermediate zone and mix in the run to keep the hawks pass rush off balance. Peyton gets rid of the ball faster than any qb and he has weapons all over the field. Moreno is also no slouch running the ball. The hawks defense will tire. The Broncos D is very underrated especially stopping the run. I expect a good fight but the potent Manning offense will be too much for the Hawks to overcome.  The hawks only hope, a snowy nasty day.

supert
supert

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

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@djf1  The Browns are a mess, lol  They do have a solid foundation on defense though. If they can just get a good QB they could contend.

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.