After a couple of rather hectic weeks of free agency, the Jets find themselves in a bit of trouble at one position where they were among the strongest in the NFL last season - wide receiver. Only one member of last season's "Flight Boys" is still with the Jets, Santonio Holmes. The other two, Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery, are gone and replaced with big question marks or not replaced at all.
All six draft picks are now under contract and will be in camp, as the New York Jets agreed on a deal with NT Kenrick Ellis. Ellis, 6'5", 345 lbs, was drafted to eventually replace retired NT Kris Jenkins. Many expected him to be drafted earlier but Ellis' legal problems put some teams off. The Gang Green, as it's been the case lately, took a chance and grabbed Ellis in the 3rd round (#94 overall).
According to several reports, S Eric Smith has agreed to terms on a 3-year deal with the New York Jets. Keeping Smith was very important for the Jets who already failed to secure the services of CB Nnamdi Asomugha and lost WR/KR Brad Smith, a very important special team player for the Gang Green. Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff reached out to Eric Smith several times since the free-agency negotiating period opened.
According to a report on the NFL Network, the New York Jets are out of the race to sign CB Nnamdi Asomugha. So, it looks like the 3-day saga is finally over and the Gang Green can move on to address their other needs. There's still an unresolved situation with the other starting wide receiver. The Jets could also upgrade their linebackers and defensive line. One player, especially a cornerback, no matter how good he is, will not win a championship. It would also be pretty stupid to have 20% of the entire salary cap space tied up to two cornerbacks.
According to the latest reports, the Jets have restructured the contracts of LB Calvin Pace, OG Brandon Moore, LB Bart Scott and RB LaDainian Tomlinson. We don't know the numbers yet, but the main purpose of these moves is definitely to create more salary cap room to sign CB Nnamdi Asomugha. It also seems like the Dallas Cowboys have emerged as the new contestant for Asomugha's services.
The New York Jets released two quarterbacks earlier this morning - QB Mark Brunell and QB Kevin O'Connell. O'Connell was scheduled to make $480K this year. Brunell was due to make $1.25M this season. Brunell is expected to be signed back once the situation with CB Nnamdi Asomugha is resolved. By cutting Brunell now the Gang Green will save about $250K.
Another day of free agency is almost over but there's still no decision from CB Nnamdi Asomugha whom the New York Jets are desperately trying to sign. Their patience seems to be getting pretty thin though. According to SNY, the Gang Green asked Asomugha to make his decision tonight.
According to various sources, WR/KR Brad Smith, who played an essential role in the Jets' wildcat offense, is going to sign a contract with the Buffalo Bills. The Jets did make a late offer to Smith, but the Bills reportedly offered more in guaranteed money.
It looks like it's the Jets vs. the Texans in the battle to sign CB Nnamdi Asomugha. There are several reports that Houston is going all-out to land the top prize of this year's free agency. They are offering Asomugha a contract with an average of $12-14M a year, which is more than the Jets are paying CB Darrelle Revis. The Gang Green are about $10M under the salary cap and it might be problematic to match or beat Houston's offer.
According to PK Nick Folk's agents, the kicker is coming back to the New York Jets. Folk, 26, signed with the Jets prior to the 2010 season after spending the previous three seasons in Dallas. He converted 30 of 39 field goal attempts (76.9%) and all 37 extra points. Last year Folk also scored the longest field goal of his career - a 56-yarder against the Broncos.
Earlier today we reported that the Jets made an offer to OT Damien Woody to come back for at least one more season. According to later reports, however, Woody decided to retire from the NFL, prompting the Gang Green to quickly re-sign OT Wayne Hunter. Hunter, 30, started at right tackle in the playoffs after Woody went down with an injury and performed admirably.