After visiting with Jets, Rice re-signs with Seahawks

UPDATE 8:03pm ET: Sidney Rice will return to the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year deal (Schefter, April 16).


On this morning’s Boomer and Carton show, Craig Carton revealed that a “very reliable person” has informed him that the Jets intend to bring in wide receiver Sidney Rice for a sit-down and that they are likely to sign him if everything works out.

Watch this clip to hear their discussion of the potential move and how it would impact upon the Jets’ offseason so far.

The 27-year old Rice tore his ACL last October and was released by the Seahawks in February. The former second round draft pick was a pro bowler in 2009 and caught 50 passes in his last full season (2012).

We wrote about reports of the Jets being interested in Rice last month. Since then, the Jets have added free agent Jacoby Ford to their receiving corps.

UPDATE 6:40pm ET:

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

One of the stats that will be thrown around in relation to Rice is the fact that he had the most targets and catches without a drop last season. However, despite this, he still had a disappointing catch rate of below 50%. I’m not sure that’s a big deal, anyway. The tight end with the most targets and catches and no drops was Kellen Winslow and nobody’s lining up to sign him right now.

Rice never really lived up to the five year, $41m deal he signed with the Seahawks a couple of seasons ago. However, if he can get healthy, he’s a potential upgrade over some of the players the Jets used at wide receiver over the past couple of seasons. The Jets have already upgraded the depth of their receiving corps though and figure to add at least one more receiver in the draft, so I don’t know if Rice would be a lock to make the team if he signed here.

Rice ran a 4.51 forty yard dash at the 2007 combine, but seven years and a serious knee injury later it’s highly unlikely he still possesses the athleticism he entered the league with. Nevertheless, he’s still capable of being productive as he showed against Jacksonville last September when he had five catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

Chris Johnson leaves Jets without a deal

Chris Johnson left the Jets facility on Tuesday without a deal, he told reporters at the Knicks/Nets game in Brooklyn.

“I’m just taking it one day at a time, taking my time, and whatever decision I make, it will be the best decision,” Johnson said (Cimini, April 16).

Johnson was released by the Titans two weeks ago. The Jets were the first team he has visited.


For Corey Griffin’s thoughts on Johnson, click here.

Opinion: No need to rush signing Chris Johnson

Corey Griffin, TheJetsBlog.com

Chris Johnson remains a free agent, and that’s OK.

That isn’t what some of you want to hear. You’re tired of waiting. I can understand that. Patience is a virtue, particularly in today’s round-the-clock-and-calendar NFL. Not every is willing to wait for Week 1. They want it in April.

But John Idzik rushes for no man, and while we can certainly debate whether that was wise two or three weeks ago, there is no doubt it is the wise course of action now.

Teams are closer to the draft and further from the start of free agency, meaning most have filled already multiple holes on their roster, some with high-salary additions. The Jets are not in this class, but its existence benefits them. To read more of this story, click here

Critiquing the B/R NFL 1000 Project: Outside Linebackers

Bloggers, media and sport fans used to heap scorn on Bleacher Report, mainly due to some questionable user-generated content that damaged the site’s reputation in its infancy. However, since their big money deal with Turner 18 months ago, they’ve added some talented and respected names as featured writers and a great deal of their content is now well worth checking out.

One of the featured writers they added to their roster was draft scouting guru and former TJB Podcast guest Matt Miller, who – along with several other film junkies – is spearheading the B/R NFL 1000 project, where they attempt to rank the NFL’s top 1,000 players. The project is now into its third year and they’ve just started releasing this year’s results. For more on how the project works go here.

In our penultimate installment, we look at their rankings for outside linebackers. To look back at the previous updates go here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

In their top 35 3-4 outside linebackers list, Miller and his colleagues rank Quinton Coples 29th. Calvin Pace was not ranked.

Here’s what they said about Coples:

One of our lowest-rated pass-rushing outside linebackers, Quinton Coples (6’6”, 290 lbs, two seasons) just didn’t provide the pass-rushing threat many were expecting would come in 2013. He looks to be moving in slow motion a lot of times, at least comparatively speaking to other outside linebackers.

Read Bent’s thoughts after the jump.

To read more of this story, click here

DB Kurt Coleman signs with Vikings

Former Eagles safety Kurt Coleman, who had a visit with the Jets some weeks ago, signed yesterday with the Minnesota Vikings. (NFP, April 14)

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

While I’ve been a little down on the Jets lack of additions in free agency, this is one non-acquisition that I 100 percent support.

Coleman offered nothing different to the Jets that they didn’t already have with Dawan Landry and Jaiquawn Jarrett. While Landry can call the defense, he’s better in support around the line of scrimmage and while we saw some flashes from Antonio Allen in 2013, there’s still question marks about the safeties in coverage.

Chris Johnson

Buzz: Chris Johnson visiting Jets facility, taking physical

Free agent running back Chris Johnson is visiting the Jets facility on Tuesday. It is his first visit with a team since being released by the Titans.


Update – 11:48 a.m.: Johnson will take a physical with the Jets on Tuesday (Mehta, April 15).


Update – 9:56 a.m.: “I would be very surprised if New York Jets don’t sign Chris Johnson,” Manish Mehta said (April 15).


Update – 9:12 a.m.: Multiple reports confirm that Johnson is at the facility today in Florham Park. (ESPN, April 15)


Update – 9:01 a.m.: Johnson was spotted last night in the Morristown.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Johnson might be signing with the Jets today, but then again the cagey John Idzik might just be feeling him out for a signing closer to the NFL Draft.  Either way, the Jets could stand to benefit from adding a durable player like Johnson into a contributing, not fulltime role.

Teaming up the more dynamic Johnson with Chris Ivory would give the team some excellent versatility.  Ivory would be the harder-nosed between the tackles player while Johnson could give the team more of a “home run” threat outside the tackles and in the passing game.

Johnson has been one of the most durable running backs in the league for years, but periodically spelling him won’t be a bad thing for his longevity and it adds an upgrade to the team if/when Chris Ivory gets injured.

Daily Links: Draft Time

  • New York Jets could trade up for Anthony Barr? [SI]
  • Mel Kiper Jr. makes Jets’ first three picks [NJ]
  • Jets passed on chance to be in “Draft Day” movie [PFT]
  • Daily draft dish: A sleeper at linebacker [ESPN NY]
  • Mixed results for Jets when sending more than four pass rushers [PFF]
  • Keller to be ready for 2014, Pats an option? [Comcast SportsNet New England]

Link: Klecko’s “best chance yet” to become Hall of Famer?

From the Jets’ official site, Randy Lange writes about Joe Klecko, who is now eligible to be recommended for enshrinement by the Seniors Committee:

[The] folks who matter most this year are the media members who comprise the 46-member Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Nine of those members are on the Seniors Committee and in June they will reduce this year’s seniors ballot to 15 names. Then five of those nine members will convene in Canton in late August to select this year’s two Seniors Committee candidates … If Klecko, in his first year on the Seniors ballot, is one of those two, he stands an excellent shot at finally being inducted.

In a separate link, Lange lays out the timeline for Klecko’s candidacy, also revealing that 86.4% of the Seniors Committee nominees over the last 11 years have been voted into the Hall of Fame.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Having been eligible for 20 years and never reached the finalist stage, nomination by the Seniors Committee could offer an ideal opportunity for a player like Klecko to get the recognition he deserves. Some Jets fans believe the system is flawed and that inferior candidates are enshrined every year while Klecko barely receives any consideration. The 46 writers who make up the Selection Committee include one representative from each team and 14 “at-large” representatives. The Jets’ representative is Gary Myers of the New York Daily News while Bob Glauber of Newsday is also on the committee, as the representative for the Giants.

Klecko played 11 of his 12 seasons as a Jet and was a four-time pro bowler and two time all-pro. He was a pro bowler at three different positions and led the league with 20.5 sacks in 1981, as he was named the defensive player of the year by the Pro Football Writers Association.

Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman has been one of the most outspoken proponents for Klecko’s enshrinement, but he sadly had to step down from the Selection Committee following a stroke in 2008. As Lange notes, Klecko’s peers also spoke very highly of him with the likes of Dwight Stephenson, Joe DeLamielleure and Anthony Munoz speaking out on his behalf.

You can read Bassett’s TJB Hall of Fame tribute to Klecko here.

Link: AFC roster reset

Our friends over at NFL.com’s Around the League page have updated the AFC East in their “roster reset” series and while Dan Hanzus says the Patriots were the team who still stands at the top, he did offer some suggestions about how the Jets can continue to improve their roster this offseason.

What’s next

» Calling all corners: Dee Milliner made strides late in his rookie season, but making him the No. 1 guy now is asking for trouble. Dimitri Patterson has some upside if he can stay on the field, but the Jets could be compelled to use a first-round pick on a cornerback for the third time in five years.

» CJNY: The Jets are in the mix for the services of Chris Johnson. They should do it. Johnson isn’t CJ2K anymore, but he’s a durable option who can slide into a three-down role if the injury-prone Chris Ivory were to miss time.

» More playmakers: If the Jets don’t take another cornerback in the first round, expect them to go wide receiver. This is a loaded draft class, and Idzik would be wise to pair a legit playmaker alongside Decker, who’s closer to a top-notch No. 2 than a true No. 1.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

As Hanzus points out, the Jets have a real need to make upgrades in both the secondary and at the offensive skill position. Adding Chris Johnson to this team makes sense because it lessens the needs of the team prior the the end of the fourth round.  Signing Johnson to a short-term, short-money deal offers virtually no downside if the Jets end up investing in the draft and letting players compete in camp.

Adding a player early for the draft at wide receiver makes a lot of sense and I could envision them using a pick to find receiver that would be considered a complementary piece to Eric Decker. Decker is 6’3″ and while he can get behind a defense some time, he’s more suited to a more physical role.  Because they have Decker in-house, the Jets might look hard at a player like Brandin Cooks.

I fully expect the Jets to draft a cornerback before the draft is over, but unless Justin Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard fall to them at 18, they might wait until day three to take a cornerback.