News & notes from 2014 NFL Annual Meeting

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

With so many bits of news in conjunction with the NFL Annual Meeting, here’s some reactions to the ongoing churn from Orlando.

Mending Fences — DeSean Jackson has been in regular touch with Eagles coach Chip Kelly over the last week and Jax posted this on Instagram in what seems a statement of solidarity standing by his coach and team.  Is it just papering over the problems or will Jackson be back as is now expected?  There have been many rumors about DeSean Jackson in the last week but the Eagles outright cutting him seems a long shot.  Howie Roseman was open about most of his roster, but very tight-lipped yesterday.  Unable to secure a draft pick, the tide might be turning for Jackson and Philly to remain together.

Double Move — The Jets were covered widely in their signing of Eric Decker a few weeks ago, but are there more moves in store at the receiver position?  When asked about it, Rex Ryan was coy. ““I’m not going to say we’re done,” Rex told reporters in Orlando.  “Might be a sixth-round pick and not the move you want, but we’re not done.”  The group is much better off now with Decker, Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson than it was a month ago, but adding a WR2 would round out this group perfectly and for the Jets the best two remaining ways to do that would be through a trade (like say for DeSean Jackson) or via the NFL Draft in May.

NFL: New England Patriots at New York JetsReed/Allen — While Ed Reed was a help to the Jets in the meeting and locker room last year, he struggled in the role the Jets thrust upon him on the field until the last few games.  On the whole, while Reed graded out well, the notable gaffes are going to be hard for many to publicly sell bringing him back.  Ryan was asked about Reed’s status with the team and didn’t rule anything out, but didn’t sound convincing that Reed would be back with the Jets in 2014 either.  Our opinion?  Dawan Landry is the “problem” here offering little more than Allen can from a skill standpoint.  We think the best solution would be to move Landry to the sideline while letting Allen play to his strength as a run stuffer and put Reed in coverage where he is less a liability than Landry or Allen.

Fair Compensation –The Jets were among the NFL’s top teams (along with the Ravens) with four added draft picks via the compensatory pick process.  While the highest pick is a fourth rounder and compensatory picks cannot be traded, having the extra draft picks might make the Jets more comfortable in dealing their original picks for a player through trade or to add flexibility to move around in the NFL Draft.

Sanchez’s second act — Chip Kelly has made many comments about the importance of having two quarterbacks and signing Sanchez would signal that the team doesn’t think Matt Barkley is up for the challenge. Surrounded by talented players in Philadelphia, Sanchez could land on his feet and get a chance to stabilize his plummeting career in which he posted 56 turnovers during his final two years as the Jets starter.

Austin Howard to guard – Austin Howard got paid very well by the Raiders, but it seems Oakland is not paying him as a tackle, but as a Guard making his deal that much more lucrative.  Coach Dennis Allen said that he expects Austin Howard to play right guard with his team.  It’s an interesting note because we noted Howard’s play as a tackle drop off at the end of the 2013 season.  It might have been that Howard was struggling to stay healthy at the end of the 2013 season and moving to guard will suit Howard more over the long-run, something we thought would eventually happen sooner or later if he stayed with the Jets.

Backs to the wall — Sunday night Woody Johnson made it clear that he expects good things from his 2014 Jets team and that he won’t ask fans to be patient any more.  Never one to back down from a challenge, Rex Ryan welcomed high expectations, something he always has.  Ryan also sounded smugly confident about his team … is this actual news anymore?

Add your news bites and impressions on the comments!




67 comments
maxjet
maxjet

The Jets will be drafting a cb again with their first pick. So, all those fans who thought they were going offense with their first pick are going to be very disappointed. The Jets kinda have adopted the Detroit Lions with Matt Millen drafting method. The Lions always picked a wide receiver with their first pick and now the Jets always pick a cornerback with their first pick. Oh, well Matt Millen will be smling.

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

How was Antonio Allen rated in coverage. I thought he did a phenomenal job against Gronk and a damn good job against Jimmy Graham. Just curious how he rated out. I like him a lot and I think he needs a little more experience in the backfield and he can be a long time starter for us. I hope Josh Bush gets around too, who I think was picked right after or before Antonio.

metsfan130
metsfan130

Just give up a damn 3 or 4 for Jackson.. We need this guy and none of the money in his contract is guaranteed. We also have 12 picks, so losing this one won't hurt.

nyj_scott
nyj_scott

I think we are going to pick up a #1 level vet CB before the season begins. While Milliner shows promise I don't think we can call him a #1 until at least half way through the season if he continues to prove himself. We have fairly young, fairly cheap, fairly avg CB's otherwise. I also think that supports the release of Cro. (I have no comments on Dowling)

Then regarding secondary balance we will have 2 vets and 1 young at Safety if we resign Reed (which I support). This core is aging. I think we are much for likely to hang onto Reed and draft at the S position than CB. Reed and Landry can buy us at least a year for that S to develop and learn the system.

tish
tish

Since myopia apparently rules, I will not raise my assertion that the bold, brilliant move is to give an offer sheet to Graham. My other issue is who plays CB. I don't like mediocrity and I'm afraid of 2 kids starting (a high pick and Mill). If you are in love with Gilbert or Dennard, you need to move up and I hate giving up a #2 (especially when we could have kept Cro for a reasonable price). Maybe they can get lucky and get 1 of the 2 or perhaps they do love a third CB, but good luck and the Jets seem to be mutually exclusive.

__fense
__fense

I don't know, a few days ago, we heard Jackson say some thing to the effect of 'I want to know what's up with me and the team, but I haven't been returning Kelly's calls,' but now they've been in contact the whole time, and are all buddy buddy? Sounds like damage control to regain some leverage with the trade. If I was Idzik, I'd lower my offer to just the 4th.

dabronx
dabronx

DJAX MIGHT be a jet if he is cut, I can't see Izdick trading for him with that contract - one that he has said he was unwilling to renegotiate. Reed was a liability, I'm kinda surprised anyone here wants him for anything else than a situational player / leadership.

lucas
lucas

I'm not buying this "all-is-well" act being put on by Djax and Chip. If this is true, do we see how Sidney Rice fits into the picture? Im a little hesitant to say that, but who else is out there? That's why I'm all in on Djax.

Bent
Bent moderator

I think Bassett is unduly harsh on Dawan here.  He's a solid hand at safety.


Even if Reed returns, I'd be all for a three man rotation.

Pat d
Pat d

So the Jets and Eagles traded QBs. Who do you think is a better evaluator of QBs. Chip Kelly or Rex. Just saying.

Brian
Brian

Rex says "watch out for Jets" this year. Maybe he will guarantee another Superbowl?

Marty Luc
Marty Luc

@maxjet  if the jets bring in a vet #1 wr like jackson, then the next biggest glaring weakness is cornerback. 


if they do that, then why not draft another one and have bookend cb's for the next 5-10 years?

tish
tish

@Lloyd Jay Reife Although not a direct answer, we have all seen #1 players play like #2.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Mike Milea  He did not grade out particularly well because both players did do some damage against him.  That's just how the system works.  If you give up a catch 60% of the time, you'll end up negatively graded.  Obviously they put him on an island against those guys and he did great on balance.


Overall he had a -7.0 coverage grade.


As I've said before, safety coverage grades are very misleading because the guys who can cover get tough assignments in direct coverage whereas the ones who can't are just in coverage support and rarely directly targeted, which means they grade out neutral most weeks.

jma020
jma020

@tish  Could have kept Cro for almost half the price of Vick.  I dont get it.

levi
levi

@Bent  I'd like to see them start working someone into a deep safety role that Reed plays be it Bush or someone via draft/ trade. Its one thing this team has lacked. I know you dont necessarily agree but you saw the results when they had Reed back there.

greggreen
greggreen

@Bent  similar to what they did at the end of the season right? seemed to work for them

dabronx
dabronx

@Pat d True, but he is not going to be paid 13+ million in 2014 and will be the backup. Sanchez was cut due to money and the Jets desire to turn over a new page. If the Eagles signed him for 13+ million, I would see your point. But your comparing apples and oranges here.

nyj_scott
nyj_scott

@a57se @nyj_scottThat I don't know as I'm sure what new options will become available after the draft and closer to the season's start. I'm not very intrigued by who is currently a FA.

MPTG_Frank
MPTG_Frank

LOL how are these things even remotely related?

Brendan
Brendan

@jma020 One has literally nothing to do with the other. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@levi @Bent  Yeah, Bush...or maybe Miles.  I wonder if Bush stayed with Reed this offseason (or will do) as was suggested would happen in January.

__fense
__fense

@dabronx @Pat d  Neither is Vick. My guess is Sanchez gets a similar deal as Vick and Fitzpatrick.

a57se
a57se

@nyj_scott  

Yes, all of the Free Agent CB's that are left leave much to be desired. 

I find it difficult to believe that a quality starting CB is going to be released by another club sometime between now and the beginning of the season....an old guy on the decline may become available at the end of the summer!

maynard
maynard

And that fact alone, that the team who saw him every day, knows his medical condition better than everyone, needs a CB, yet didn't even offer him a contract should stop anyone from ever saying"we should have kept Cro".

jdawggg
jdawggg

@tish @Brendan @jma020  Agree.  The No. 2 CB is more important than the #2 CB, because the #2 CB plays about 99% of defensive snap, while the #2 QB plays hopefully 0 snaps.  Cro is not perfect, but he is better than any other CB on the roster and would have come cheap.  

Idzik's failure to get any CB capable of starting  - didnt need to be DRC, Cro, Vontae, or Revis, Tarrell Brown would've been and cheap too - is a glaring blemish on this offseason, and may force us to draft for need rather than BPA early.

tish
tish

@Brendan @jma020 You're avoidng the issue. Regardless of what was paid to Vick, they certainly have alloted far more money then they are presently spending at CB at the moment. They have money to spend and the real question is: who can they spend it on that can adequately (or even better) play the position? As 57 asked, who are you thinking of? Cro didn't play like a star last year, but he certainly provides better play than who is presently on the roster or some unknown kid from the draft who may take 14 games to show he can play like Milliner (worth the wait, but it could kill the season).

a57se
a57se

@williamg1 @a57se 

Geno is the starter, even Vick said so.

McCown was named the Bucs starter as soon as he signed. Cassel is the default starter for Minnesota and so is Henne since Jacksonville traded Gabbert.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se  To stop-gap starters, guys who will probably not be starting full seasons. 


@jma020 I think last year is his floor as well, but the question is how far has his ceiling dropped? Can he recapture that 2012 play and health? 


And if your assumption is 2014 Cro is somewhere between 2012 and 2013 Cro, you'd be right, since that's a cavernous gap (just kidding, I know what you meant). Is it good value? Probably. But I think the second "source" rumors came out in favor of camp Cro/DR-Cro, he was a goner. 

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se  And Vick could be the starter with the Jets, right? 

jma020
jma020

@williamg1  I never said Vick was making an unreasonable amount.  I just would have liked them to prioritize Cro over Vick.

a57se
a57se

@williamg1  

Cassel is currently the starter in Minnesota as is Josh McCown in TB and Henne in Jacksonville.

Fitzpatrick would also be the starter in Houston right now....you are comparing Vick's contract to starters.

jma020
jma020

@Brendan @jma020  I gotta believe that last year's play is his floor level.  He was one of the top CBs in the game the year before.  And while he may not be as good a play as he was in 2012-2013 I don't think he's as bad as he was in 2013-2014.  Somewhere in between.  3 Mill for a year of Cro somewhere between those two years is good value to me. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jma020 Cro didn't play well last year and became a mouthpiece for his cousin and himself for people like Manish this offseason. 


Replacing Cro's play from last year won't be difficult, at all. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jma020 Well, for starters it's $4 million for Vick, he has some escalators that basically only come into play if he starts 8 or more games. 


Ryan Fitzpatrick is costing his team $3.375 million this year and even if they cut him before next season he'll have cost the Texans $4 million, same as Vick. 

williamg1
williamg1

@jma020 @Brendan  Vick will be making less than McCown and Cassel, will be making the SAME amount as Chad Henne, and will be making just a little more than Fitz. 

jma020
jma020

@Brendan @jma020  Based on the fact that Idzik looks primarily for value.  Just seems like having a #2 (at least) CB for 3 mill is > 5 mill on a (hopefully) back up QB.  

Secondly I doubt Fitz, Campbell or whoever else was going to cost as much as vick.  

Brendan
Brendan

@jma020 No, they're really not. 


Whether it was Vick, Fitz, Hill, Campbell or whoever else...the Jets were spending that money on a veteran backup CB. 


The team has anywhere from $26 to over $30 million in cap space right now (depending if you factor in rookie deals etc.) Signing Cro would've cost them little, the team (or Idzik) clearly just didn't want him back. 

levi
levi

@Bent  That would be great for him if he does. Plus he could pick up all the cash Reed leaves laying around to supplement his income.

dabronx
dabronx

@__fense @dabronx@Pat dSanchez is guaranteed backup. Vick may start and will challenge Geno. We did not bring in Vick as a long term solution. Not even a short term solution. Vick was brought in to challenge Geno to see if he man's up and becomes our franchise QB. If he doesn't, the search for a QB will continue.