Jets file tampering charges against Patriots

The Jets have filed tampering charges against the Patriots based New England owner Robert Kraft’s comments about cornerback Darrelle Revis Monday (Pro Football Talk, March 24).

Monday, Kraft told reporters the Pats had made a “very competitive offer” to Revis, who decided to return to the Jets. He signed a five-year, $70 million deal, with $39 million guaranteed (ESPN, March 23).

Last fall, the Patriots filed tampering charges against the Jets after New York owner Woody Johnson said he’d “love” for Revis to return to the Jets. The NFL has yet to rule on that complaint (Cimini, March 22).


Jets sign DE Stephen Bowen

The Jets have signed defensive end Stephen Bowen, the team announced.

“As a kid you always dream of playing for the home team. Feels good to be a NY Jet. #GangGreen,” Bowen wrote on his Instagram.

Bowen has played for the Redskins and Cowboys and has 98 tackles, 12.5 sacks and one forced fumble over his career.

Bowen tore his PCL in 2013, which held him out for the start of the 2014 season, as he spent the first few weeks of the season on the Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) list. He played in eight games last year, starting three games. He had 10 tackles and one pass defended for Washington in 2014.

Bowen is from Dix Hills, New York and attended Hofstra University.


DE Kevin Vickerson signs with Jets

The Jets have signed defensive end Kevin Vickerson, the team announced.

Vickerson (6’4″, 295) has played in 86 games (44 starts) and has amassed 6.5 sacks, one fumble recovery (vs. the Jets in 2008), one interception and 165 tackles (120 solo), including 17.5 for loss.

Most of his starts, 41, came with the Broncos, the first 12 at DE in 2010, the last 29 at DT.

Vickerson joined the leage in 2007 with the Titans and was later traded to Seattle, but was released before playing for the Seahawks. He signed with Denver, where he spent the next four years. Last season, he played for Kansas City.

Bowles: Geno will take reps with first team, Fitzpatrick with second team

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said Geno Smith will take the first-team reps.

Newly acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick will take reps with the second team.

“I would be sitting there lying if I said they’re going to get equal reps,” Bowles said (Mehta, March 24).

The Jets sent a late-round conditional draft pick to Houston for Fitzpatrick. It will be a 2016 seventh-round conditional pick that can become a sixth-round pick depending on his playing time with the Jets (Mehta & McClain, March 11).


Jets sign T Corey Hilliard

The Jets have signed tackle Corey Hilliard, the team announced.

Hilliard has played in 47 games over his eight-year career, with 12 starts.

Hilliard (6’6″, 300) entered the NFL out of Oklahoma State as a sixth-round selection (209th overall) by New England in the 2007 draft.

His 2014 season ended when he sustained a Lisfranc foot injury and torn ligaments in the Lions’ Monday night season opener against the Giants.

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Woody Johnson says Smith is way ahead of Mariota

Speaking on Monday at the NFL meetings, Jets owner Woody Johnson wouldn’t say that Geno Smith is the quarterback for the Jets in 2015, but he did say that Smith is ‘way ahead’ of 21-year-old Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota (Mehta, March 23).

“Geno’s probably way ahead of him at this point, believe it or not,” said Johnson. “Whether you guys have skepticism or not… but certainly his college career was good.”

Johnson later said the Jets are “in the process of going through all the candidates and tape and interviews and doing our research. I don’t know who it is at this point, whether it’s Mariota or anybody else.”

Smith, 24, has thrown nine more interceptions than touchdown passes in his two years as the Jets starter.

It’s expected that Mariota will be a top-ten pick in the upcoming draft, and many mocks have him landing with the Jets, who pick sixth.

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Mariota has yet to take an NFL snap, but with draft fever in full swing and Mariota having nothing but upside potential regarding his NFL career in comparison to Geno Smith, these might be words that some in the media relishes repeatedly feeding back to Johnson for years to come.

Owners are rarely great eyes for talent and Johnson is no iconoclast in this respect.  We get what Johnson is trying to do here, but he probably should have avoided addressing the matter.  Logically, it makes sense that Geno Smith would be further along because he’s spent two years in the league, but the results haven’t been a rousing success and so comparing Smith to a player likely to be taken in the top ten of the NFL Draft, from a PR perspective, seems unwise.