killiansjmd wrote:I just don't see the Jets paying the price to get Turner. If he was a restricted free agent then I think he would be a Jet but the cost of draft picks is to high IMO. Unless we move up in the draft there is no way Peterson or Lynch will be around when we pick.
I personally don't think potential free agents Duckett or J.Lewis are the answer unless Lewis came cheap on a one year deal.
I guess the Jets could look at RB in the second round since they have two picks. A guy like Tony Hunt from Penn State or Michael Bush from Louisville are potential picks.
I read in a mock draft (forgot where), they said we could get Kenny Irons with our 2nd, second round pick at like 2.25, I think.
JETS GRABBING PATS AIDE By MARK CANNIZZARO Eric ManginiFebruary 15, 2007 -- The Jets are raiding Bill Belichick's New England coaching staff, according to multiple NFL sources.
The Jets are set to hire Brian Daboll, who has coached the Patriots' receivers for the past five seasons after spending the previous two as a defensive assistant under Belichick.
It's uncertain what Daboll's title will be, however, since Noel Mazzone is the Jets' receivers coach.
It's possible, though, that Daboll will be used in an offensive-assistant-head-coach role of some sort, since that would be a title upgrade to his position in New England, something that would be required unless Belichick simply didn't want him back.
Jets officials did not return phone calls last night seeking comment.
Eric Mangini, who coached with Daboll from 2000 to 2005 as an assistant in New England, is high on him, as evidenced by an unsolicited compliment he made earlier this past season.
"I think that Brian does an outstanding job with receivers," Mangini said prior to the first Jets-Patriots meeting in 2006. "Brian has always done an outstanding job with receivers and it's a very good staff and it's a very good group of players."
Those players Mangini referred to included New England WRs Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney, both of whom hurt the Jets and developed into solid receivers under Daboll's watch.
Daboll was originally recommended to Belichick by Nick Saban, for whom he worked as a graduate assistant at Michigan State.
Always nice to take away from our favorite division rival. Hopefully A.Samuel will be the next Pat to join the Jets!
While some Tennessee Titans players are torn between testing the market and trying to strike a deal to stay in Nashville, one Titans free agent has had his bags packed for a while.
Unrestricted free agency can’t come soon enough for running back Chris Brown, who fell out of favor with the Titans and to third on the depth chart behind Travis Henry and LenDale White last season.
Brown, a two-year starter and former 1,000-yard rusher in 2004, is about to gain his freedom, and his agent says Brown is excited.
“We’re preparing Chris for free agency, and we’re looking forward to it,” Ryan Morgan said.
Brown had requested a trade through his agents, Morgan and Wynn Silberman, during training camp last season, but those pleas fell on deaf ears as the Titans were still trying to sort out how they were going to handle their running back situation.
At the time, there was speculation that the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and Denver Broncos might possibly be good fits for Brown.
“Those were some of the teams that we felt might be a good fit at the time, but we’ll reassess the situation and we’re exploring what our best options might be once free agency begins,” Morgan said.
Brown was the first-team running back for three of the Titans’ first four games. However, he lost out to Henry and White and played in just two of Tennessee’s final 12 games. He finished the season with just 156 yards rushing on 41 attempts.
Morgan said the lack of use in 2006 should mean that Brown has plenty of tread left as he readies to begin his NFL life anew once free agency begins March 2.
“We feel like Chris has a lot left for whichever team he winds up fitting with,” Morgan said.
Morgan said the Titans have not contacted him at all, meaning what most already believed, that they will cut ties with Brown and allow him to move on
Brown has plenty of talent but he seems to always get hurt. If they could get him on a one year deal for low money with incentives, I think he could be a good addition.
Slow offseason in regards to rumors coming out of Jets camp. Mr. T and Mangini are pretty tight lipped. I'm sure they weren't happy about Ashante Samuels being franchised by the Pats. He was probably going to be their number one target this offseason. I think they will contact Clements but in the long run he will cost to much money and will not sign with the JETS. I can see the Jets signing the Patriots LB Banta-Cain once free agency starts.
Yup. Samuels was definately going to be the #1 target for the Jets. I hope they do get a CB though. We can't expect to go anywhere in the playoffs if we get picked apart from our CBs. Dyson is a good #2 corner, I can't see him being any more than that, but Barrett and Miller aren't #2 corners. If Dyson is our #1 CB were going to get burned by the #2 WR, just like we did against the Pats (Jabor Gafney).
The Jets made two long-anticipated cuts yesterday, releasing running back Kevan Barlow and offensive lineman Trey Teague. The real story is what comes next.
With their roster set for now - no further cuts are expected before the start of free agency in eight days - the Jets will be keeping a close eye on Adalius Thomas' negotiations with the Ravens. If Baltimore allows the All-Pro linebacker to reach the open market, the Jets will be among several interested suitors.
The Jets' current regime isn't known for chasing the big names, but it evidently believes Thomas is worth a look-see. Thomas (11 sacks), arguably the best player on the league's top-ranked defense, plays multiple positions and would fit nicely into Eric Mangini's system.
It's not clear whether the Jets would get into a bidding war for Thomas, who may command $7 million a year, but they have more than $20 million in salary-cap room if they decide to get involved. Baltimore could use the franchise tag on Thomas; today is the deadline.
The Jets realized a net savings of about $3.1 million by releasing Barlow and Teague. Barlow, who was due $3.25 million in 2007, rejected a proposed pay cut. The Jets haven't shut the door on re-signing Barlow at a later date.
Barlow, obtained for a fourth-round pick last August, was supposed to help fill the void created by Curtis Martin's career-threatening knee injury, but he rushed for only 370 yards on 131 carries. The 2.8 average was the lowest in the NFL (minimum 100 attempts), and the worst by any Jets back in 43 years. But he did lead the Jets with six rushing touchdowns.
Meanwhile, recently hired Brian Daboll, formerly the Patriots' receivers coach, will coach the Jets' quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer handled that duty last season.
Barlow and Teague were expected cuts IMO. Stinks that we lost a 4th rounder for Barlow. Teague initially was a good signing but then broke his ankle and never played a down because Mangold stepped in and played great.
Thomas would be a nice addition to our LB core. Barton is getting old and Vilma, Hobson and Thomas are all enetering their prime.
We spent some quality time with Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum at the Combine in Indy, discussing the types of players who can help the Jets and how New York plans on building a winner. Let's examine how the Jets have improved significantly under Tannenbaum and Eric Mangini, and the thought process in building upon their impressive 2006 season.
Free agency game plan We expect the Jets to be significant players this off-season with about $25 million in cap room.
Tannenbaum couldn't comment on Michael Turner, but the Chargers running back, who is a restricted free agent, is a perfect fit. It was legal for the general manager to smile when we mentioned his name.
Turner knows offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer well from their days together in San Diego. And the Jets have four Day 1 picks, including Washington's second rounder, after Tannenbaum fleeced the Skins with a draft day deal last year (authorities in D.C. are still looking for him after this robbery). That extra second-round pick would help work a transaction with San Diego.
The Jets really need a carry-the-mail runner and LaDainian Tomlinson's backup could fit the bill, with Leon Washington being the third-down back.
And yes, Tannenbaum gave me the credit and needled me for first-guessing the Kevan Barlow deal, his only blemish during his fantastic first season as general manager. Barlow was a major disappointment and was recently released.
Adalius Thomas would be an ideal fit in Mangini's 3-4 defense, helping disrupt the quarterback. Thomas is one of the most versatile and effective defensive players. He gets to the quarterback, can stop the run and also drop back in coverage. Signing him would be a major upgrade for a defense that occasionally lacked a pass rush. Thomas has all the characteristics Mangini looks for in players and fits his defense perfectly. Baltimore will try to re-sign Thomas, but he'll be highly coveted, with San Francisco and maybe New England and Green Bay also getting involved.
Receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who is a free agent after the 2007 season and emerged this past year as a major weapon with his great hands and hard work, is likely also in the cards.
An addition at cornerback could also be on the agenda.
Emphasis on character
Last year, in Tannenbaum's first season as general manager and Mangini's initial run as a head coach, the Jets placed a premium on character and hard work.
It became the blueprint for a "Mangini player."
The Jets use the combines to conduct extensive interviews. New York stresses and emphasizes this element of the Combine more than most teams. The brass and coaches look for players who have leadership skills and especially at players who were a captain on the collegiate level.
New York also looks for guys who can handle the pressures of New York. Being versatile is an attribute the Jets value as well.
Tannenbaum explains, "I think the whole philosophy for us is we want to take players that can be successful in our environment in the northeast, playing in New York and everything that goes along with it. We play tough, outdoor, northeast football. You need guys ready to go up to Buffalo every year, to go to New England every year."
Tannenbaum and Mangini's vision produced D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Leon Washington and Brad Smith, who all made instant contributions. And Tannenbaum likely plucked the Jets quarterback of the future when he tabbed Kellen Clemens as his second-round pick. Clemens' work ethic and practice sessions lifted him to No. 2 status as the season moved along.
Tannenbaum added, "There were a lot of our guys who got better as the year went on. Be it a Brad Smith or a Leon Washington. We want to take that and improve on that in 2007. Brad's character is second to none. His work ethic is tremendous. There was even one game when he was our leading tackler on special teams. So here's a guy playing quarterback and starring as a leader on special teams. He's earned the right to have the ball in his hands more and make more plays for us."
Look for more of the same out of the Jets' 2007 draft.
Quarterback talk Chad Pennington finally played in all 16 games last year, ably guiding the Jets to the postseason.
But Pennington was too interception-prone.
Tannenbaum gave his thoughts on Pennington's 2006 campaign and what lies ahead for 2007.
"We have a body of work on Chad's career. When he plays, we are successful. He wins a lot more of the games when he starts than he loses. That's an objective body of work and we won 10 games with him last year. There are some things that I know he wishes he could've done better and there's room for improvement. He now has the full season under his belt so he has answered that question. Now we are going to try to build on that and get better."
Tannenbaum also added the team expects Clemens to show improvement in his first full off-season as a professional player. He gushed about Clemens' work in practice during his rookie year.
On that note, expect to see Patrick Ramsey cut sooner rather than later.