Pettigrew declines Jets offer and signs back with Detroit

Last night it looked as if Brandon Pettigrew signing with the Jets an NFL team* was a done deal, and so it was.  Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports this morning that Pettigrew has agreed to terms with his old team, the Lions, over the Jets and a few others.

Pettigrew agreed to a four-year, $16-million deal with the Lions on Thursday that includes $8 million guaranteed. He’s en route to Detroit this morning to take a physical and sign his contract.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Adding Pettigrew would have added a versatile piece for a Jets offense looking for upgrades all over, but I don’t think that losing out on the tight end makes or breaks this offense.  Pettigrew is a try-hard blocker and a red zone threat but not a playmaker.

While Pettigrew is known for his pass-blocking, Cumberland came a long way in that regard this past year and the Jets still have the draft to look forward to, which might be a more sensible way to add tight ends considering the class of players outside of Jermichael Finley, the best at the position and who is returning from a serious spinal injury.  Will the Jets now begin to court Finley more seriously?

If I had one criticism so far of John Idzik’s first serious shot at free agency?  It is that the GM seems to be losing out on players the team is rather interested in signing for what appear small incremental amounts in order to beat opposing teams.

While it is hard to say just how much interest there were in certain players that the Jets were connected with, but Verner went for what seemed an amount the Jets could easily beat and feel comfortable about.  So too did Pettigrew here.  Eric Decker signed for a smaller amount than I would have imagined.  There is a theme.

I don’t want John Idzik to turn this team into the Redskins, but I also don’t want him to turn it into the Cardinals either, a team that believes collecting salary cap space is a contest.  How much more would it take to have secured Pettigrew or any of the other players that the Jets were tied to?  Likely just small incremental amounts and it is fair to say that it is starting to get a little frustrating with as much money as the team has.

* Note: I misinterpreted the intent of the tweet last night saying that Pettigrew would have a deal in place.  On little sleep last night I understood that to mean the Jets were that single team, but that was not the case.  

Still, the point here is that the Jets seem to be watching most players get picked off the top of the pile when there’s plenty of space for them to get better.




352 comments
Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

Just a hunch, but I bet Rex will give Idzik an A++ so far..."and there is NO Doubt about it"   LOL

marcus81
marcus81

good he was old and on the decline

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

Brian, you might have a point wrt Idzik loosing FA's they really wanted to other teams for a few bucks, but I think there are two possible reasons for this. 1) Idzik is taking a long-term view on rebuilding - a lot longer than most fans and he really doesn't want to acquire / import much talent from other teams and 2) it's just the way Idzik works - very slow, methodical and resistant to pressure related time constraints. 

Idzik did say that he believes in building via the draft and even of you "hit" on most of your picks it can take a good 3 years before they all "arrive." In this scenario, the good news is that once the majority  of draftees develop as a team, the young and deep talent will keep them on top for years.

Note: I'm not saying that this is what Idzik is doing, but it is a possibility for his actions.

Harrison Shapiro
Harrison Shapiro

Owen Daniels anyone?  Draft Ebron or another TE early to learn from him and eventually take over


Isaac Miller
Isaac Miller

man I'm happy Pettigrew didn't sign with us. I really want eric ebron. all the teams in front of our #18 pick have good tight ends now except the giants. but the giants have bigger needs like o line. therefore I rlly think he will fall to us and if he is available we better grab him instead of lee or odb or cooks. also pick up sanders and were set.

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

Not agreeing with your premise, Bassett. Tanny threw money and picks around because he HAD to have his guy. 


Idzik seems to have a set idea of what he thinks someone is worth and if they don't accept, so be it. I'll take that any day of the way.


This kind of prudency leads to more cap space and picks down the road.


Also, you don't know if Verner didn't sign because the Jets were incrementally lower than anyone else or if it would've taken significantly more coin to sway him. Maybe he simply preferred to play elsewhere for a myriad of reasons (scheme, familial ties, friends on the other team, etc). 


We don't know the inside story - if you do, and can't share it, then I can only go on what's out there.

lagoo
lagoo

Wish we would have gotten scott chandler instead of wasting our time on trying to get pettigrew. No thanks on Finley.

marcus81
marcus81

@Isaac Miller Giants need the best O lineman they can get so Eli doesn't get killed, but they probably want Ebron too

Bent
Bent moderator

@NYCPEinGermany  


No state tax in Florida, so if the offers were even and money was his primary motivator...



Bent
Bent moderator

@privatejet  Because nothing surprising has happened here?

Brendan
Brendan

@privatejet  Yeah! Idzik should've overpaid for the 55th rated PFF TE last year! *shakes first*

bobbyj
bobbyj

Your not wrong. This is all Woody Johnson cut my nose off to spite my face stuff, see Matt Slason & our play at guard. Want to know why real GM's won't work for Woody. I took so much heat for saying Rex should have been fired. I tried to tell people that the GM should hire his guy as a manager, so that they work in TANDEM, not that Rex wants a player ( see Revis ) the GM ( who is not a personel guy to begin with, rather a puppet for Woody ) doesn't even bother to contact Revis's agent, then let's Revis walk to a division rival. It makes me sick.

dapoktan
dapoktan

@Hanknaples  yea... Revis wanting to come to the Jets is all PR bs from the Revis camp.. he signed extremely quickly w/ the Pats to what most of the experts are calling a team friendly deal..


So i think we can put all this Revis to Jets talk to rest.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@Hanknaples  I wouldn't want Revis for the same contract the Pats signed.  I don't want to have the Annual Revis Contract Drama.

a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples  

Woody and Iddy didn't want Mevis back despite the Head Coaches wishes.....

lagoo
lagoo

I take that back didn't know Finley was only 26 I want him but we're not getting him over Seattle

a57se
a57se

@Bent @NYCPEinGermany 

Interesting, when I brought that up last year you were quick to point out that NFL players pay states taxes on their income when they play a road game in a state where their is income tax....

jma020
jma020

@Brendan @privatejet  Brendan, how do you feel about Milliner and Wilson being our top two corners this year?  I could live with it if we get a strong CB3 and improve at safety and O-line.  

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Disgruntled Jets Fan @HanknaplesAlso, Revis wanted to screw Woody and go to the Pats.  He knows how Woody feels about BB and the Pats and he was dying to stick the knife in.  His contract makes no sense.  He gets injured and he left millions on the table.  I wanted Revis back, but Revis didn't want to come back.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent @NYCPEinGermany  I don't recall that conversation, but I believe that's the case yes.  Still makes a difference though when you're talking about a gross of multi-millions.

Brendan
Brendan

@jma020 I'm not a fan of that idea. I want them to bring someone else in and keep Wilson in the slot. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples  


"@Hanknaples Can you confidently say where he is playing until he is 34? Because I think you have a better shot at picking lotto numbers. "

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Can you confidently say where he is playing until he is 34? Because I think you have a better shot at picking lotto numbers. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Revis is not the best defensive player in the league "right now in history," either. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Revis is not the best defensive player in history and no one says that he is. 

Rich
Rich

@Hanknaples Are youPFTCommenter?

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Hanknaples @SackDance99Yeah, Revis wanted to play for the Jets, so that's why he was a UFA for less than 24 hours and signed a terrible 1-year deal (from a player's perspective) with the 1 team that Woody absolutely despises.  Hank, you're a hoot!!!!!!!

Bent
Bent moderator

That's from the horse's mouth, not "made up".

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@Hanknaples  Again, his terms were not acceptable for this team's plan.  Since he was set on his terms, there was no reason to sign him.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Hanknaples Hank, I have title to a lovely stone bridge built in the 19th century that connects lower Manhattan to Brooklyn.  It's been in my family for generations and I'd really hate to sell it, but it's yours for $12 million.  Want it???????

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples  They're rebuilding the team while also competing. You can do both in the NFL. 

idothis2
idothis2

@Hanknaples nothing wrong with chasing the $, but something tells me revis was being a spiteful ex girlfriend by signing with the Pats. that i can not forgive

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples How is signing a 29 year old CB to a 1-year deal way above market value a good move for a team trying to rebuild itself? 

idothis2
idothis2

@Hanknaples @a57sei wanted revis back bad. that contract he signed makes it sting more, but i understand if there was a line in the sand that the owner didnt want to cross even though i dont agree with it