Roster Update: Exclusive Rights Free Agents

Exclusive rights free agents (ERFAs) are players who are not under contract but only have two years of NFL experience and were on an NFL roster (or reserve list) at the end of their second season. This will either be an undrafted free agent or a draft pick who has been cut at least once. In practice, the team has to tender a one year minimum salary contract before the first day of the league year following the expiration of their contract, which doesn’t always get signed by the player immediately. If the tender is not made, or later withdrawn, the player becomes an unrestricted free agent, but the player cannot sign with another team while the tender is in place.

The Jets had three ERFAs listed for 2015:

TE Konrad Reuland – who was the third tight end most of the year and contributed on special teams. He caught one pass and ended up on injured reserve with a knee injury.

WR Vidal Hazelton – who was making a push for a roster spot in training camp, only to suffer a torn ACL in camp.

RB John Griffin – who was also making a push for a roster spot having been active for the last game of the 2012 season, but suffered a season ending foot/ankle injury in the first preseason game.

It’s doesn’t appear to have been reported anywhere yet, but the Jets did not extend an ERFA tender to any of these three players so they are all now free to talk to other teams.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

It’s not certain that none of these three will be back, but it does seem unlikely because the Jets controlled their rights and had the opportunity to retain any of them for a minimum salary. For Reuland, this is perhaps not surprising because there was some talk he was about to be released anyway before suffering his injury. However, with Hazelton and Griffin flashing last year in camp, it’s perhaps mildly surprising that they wouldn’t take the opportunity to retain either of these guys at the minimum and throw them into the mix again.

Last year, the Jets brought back three of their four ERFAs with the only one not extended a tender offer being tight end Derrick Epps – who, like Reuland, was reportedly about to be cut anyway when he suffered his season ending injury. Two of the three others (cornerbacks Darrin Walls and Isaiah Trufant) made contributions during the regular season, but the third (wide receiver Jordan White) was an early camp cut.




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marcus81
marcus81

I was concerned about that list, but when I saw the names I felt relieved

Brad Jerris
Brad Jerris

As a pretty level headed fan, I am starting to get concerned. I was not panicking after the first couple of days of not signing the biggest names out there, but now its been a full week and the Jets did not do many upgrades. The key positions that need upgrading are 2 WR's, 1 TE, CB, S, OLB, 1-2 OL. The Jets had a ton of cap space and I was expecting about 3 nice upgrades in FA and another 3 upgrades through the draft. Right now, we got one clear upgrade in Decker. Our best bet at CB right now seems to be Cromartie or Draft and I would be very concerned with going into the season with 2 very young CB's in Millner and the Draftee. You expect in the draft that the first 2 picks should be starting capable and possibly the 3rd and 4th rd picks too. Its still early in putting the team together but right now I dont know what significant upgrades we will be getting in FA. 

Maybe a trade for Desean Jackson would cheer me up, but not seeing many other moves that will get me excited til the draft. In the draft, hoping for WR, CB, OLB, TE, OL, S

levi
levi

57 I gotta say it was good chatting with you today. I feel like weve made some progress.I know you probably dont care but Im being genuine. Im out for the day I expect tomorrow when I check TJB there will not be much new. So be patient folks you may get pleasantly surprised.

gbrownn
gbrownn

So Mike Tannenbaum sucked for letting agents get the better of him.

Now John Idzik sucks for not letting agents get the better of him.

tobyshasta
tobyshasta

Holy hell boys, the season hasn't even started and you all are losing your minds. Let's wait and see how the draft plays out and then assess where we are from there. I don't know if you all were expecting a super bowl berth next season, but I know I wasn't. Idzik doesn't want to handicap future teams by signing veterans who at best could take us to the wild card round.

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

Eric Decker and Jessica James had a baby girl this morning... Is that an omen of good things to come???

benmoz
benmoz

And trust me all of those needs are going to be filled in the draft.

Idk why everyone wanted IDzik to overpay for cromartie, LOOK at what happened last time we gave a Cromartie 8 mill a year how'd that work out.

IDzik is waiting to spend like the broncos and Seahawks do... To actually get to a Super Bowl or be in legit contention for one.

Not like the stupid giants who are trying to save their fans after a horrible season. That's why they had to overpay for DRC.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Brad Jerris Remember, we came out of camp with the worst team in the NFL last year and finished 8-8.  Let's hope the predictions are just as bad this year.

williamg1
williamg1

@gbrownn  Mike Tannenbaum sucked because he brought in Tebow. 


If you were against the Tebow move, you were shouted-down just like any criticism of Idzik is shouted-down. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@gbrownn Yeah, and folks used to blame Woody for every shiny UFA out there that Tanny brought in...now we know who liked the back pages more.

Brad Jerris
Brad Jerris

@benmoz  

In recent years, the Jets haven't had great success in the draft, but I guess they have done OK. 1st - 3rd rd picks over the last few years: Richardson (Hit), Millner (?), Geno (?), Winters (?), Coples (OK), Hill (Bust),Davis (OK), Wilkerson (Hit), Ellis (Ok), Wilson (Bust/OK), Ducasse (Bust). 


Not hopeful about them being able to fill all there holes through the draft to get starting quality talent to play this year for them to upgrade the weak areas on the team.- That's my concern!

marcus81
marcus81

@williamg1 @gbrownn can't argue with that, but Woody may have been behind the Tebow signing and Tanny was the fall guy

gbrownn
gbrownn

I like to think that the "best" free agent signings come in the 2nd and 3rd wave. No need to get into an auction on a player right out the gates. I agree, Tanny always wanted to be first it seemed. Tanny way of buillding a contender was a sprint. While Idziks way is a marathon.

tobyshasta
tobyshasta

@jake100 @tobyshastaWe have already done that. Our receiving corps are going to better. We are loaded with draft picks and future cap space, how is that not progress? We do have a hole at CB but let's see how that plays out before we come to any brash conclusions.

Monty Granito
Monty Granito

@Mike Milea @jake100  cro is not coming back,Personally  I think they would rather see what the younger guys have..Were obviously not going all in this year so lets see what someone younger than cro has

SackDance99
SackDance99

@levi @SackDance99The only place where Vick could start is Oakland and they, allegedly, will go all out for Schaub or Sanchez.  Once that domino falls, isn't the Jets job the best for Vick?  He knows MM's offense and he can hope he completely outshines Geno, like he did with Foles last year only to get named the starter and injured.

levi
levi

@SackDance99  I wouldnt mind Vick but he has starting in his head and I believe Geno is getting plenty of rope this year.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@levi @SackDance99I really want Vick to sign.  With him, then I start feeling a lot better about the offense because I think the rest of the offense can be built out through the draft and the UFA discard pile (vet OG, maybe TE or WR...all signed for little more than the vet minimum).

levi
levi

@SackDance99  I think you must be winning the TJB FA contest too SD99.

tobyshasta
tobyshasta

@SackDance99 @jake100@tobyshastaAnother good point. Kinda hard to try and build an immediate contender when your most important position is still up in the air...

Monty Granito
Monty Granito

@Mike Milea @Monty Granito  Look I would rather have gotten a good corner... I would have taken any of the good corners. verner wasnt a "scheme" fit..but honestly .. how long will we have this scheme.? 


but cro stunk last year. They didnt offer him a cheaper deal..hes not coming back..Him and santonio are never coming back. ..even for vet minimum

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se @SackDance99@jake100I agree, but my theory all along is that Idzik only wants vet UFAs at bargain prices and he's right.  Guys like that are just stopgaps...guys you hope are beaten out in camp.

levi
levi

@a57se @SackDance99 @jake100  We dont need Cro. He should of set last season actually. Not saying Walls/ Lankster are world beaters but I dont think they would got burned deep constantly. Rex also shouldnt have been so stubborn about leaving him alone with no safety help.

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99 @jake100 

But he still won't be playing the position the way he is being coached....I really think rex was done with him.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@jake100 He relies on his speed and the hip problem hurt his hip rotation, not his straight line speed.  If his hip is any better, he should be a lot more effective.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Brendan @a57se  Cro would not calm me at all, he played terrible last season and has a huge question mark with his hip and is getting up there in age. It is all down hill now for him. He relies on being physical not technique and with the hip and age, I see problems.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se No he isn't, because that's a broad stroke statement and this is far too detailed to speak on it like that. 


People would defend or rail against a move depending on that move, not who made it. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se 

the man was right when he said the sane guy defending Idzik and his low ball approach would have been cheering him if he had signed all these guys....

levi
levi

@Brendan @a57se  I think I was the only one who wanted Byrd. haha you damn fools he would of been huuuuge!!!

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Reed and Allen and the rest of the S depth chart, yes. I was also under the assumption they'd improve the CB spot, or at least not get worse at it. Re-signing Cro would calm my nerves about the CB spot. 

Monty Granito
Monty Granito

@a57se @Brendan  I might believe all this if he didnt try to get Cro at the last minute in desperation. If the man thinks this is the way to go I can respect that and disagree. 


if he desperately threw an insufficient contract at ro cro in the 11th hour.. no respect. 




a57se
a57se

@brendan @a57se 

Oh, That's right! you wanted Jimmy Graham instead of a Safety...you were content with Ed Reed.....!