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Posted 6 Apr 2016The inevitable now appears to be official: The Jets have asked D'Brickashaw Ferguson to take a pay cut.
The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that the Jets have asked their three-time Pro Bowl left tackle to take a "significant" pay cut as part of the team's ongoing effort to re-sign quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The News reported the Jets approached Ferguson last week at the team facility. According to sources, "there is a sense" Ferguson would be open to playing at reduced salary -- within reason, of course.
The Jets and Fitzpatrick are currently in a contract stalemate with reports indicating the two sides are as much as $8 million apart in negotiations on an annual salary. Ferguson, who has been a rock on the team's offensive line for 10 seasons, is set to count $14.1 million against the cap in 2016.
The Jets may view that cost as untenable, and it's possible Ferguson could be released if a compromise cannot be worked out. This wouldn't be an optimal solution for several reasons, including the fact the Jets have no realistic alternative to plug in at left tackle. Cutting Ferguson would save $9 million in cap space.
Another factor? The 32-year-old Ferguson's play slipped in 2015. Jets coach Todd Bowles gave a far from glowing endorsement at the NFL Annual Meeting, saying: "He did some good things and he did some not-so-good things."
Ferguson has two years left on his 8-year, $73.6 million contract signed in 2010. He has never missed a snap due to injury in his entire career, one of the game's most remarkable stats.
Posted 20 Mar 2016A look at what's going on around the New York Jets:
1. Setting the table: If you're frustrated by the team's methodical approach in free agency, hang tight. The Jets have the resources to be major players next offseason. They will have plenty of cap space, extra draft picks and only one key player heading to free agency -- Muhammad Wilkerson, assuming he doesn't get a long-term contract. (Sheldon Richardson's contract will expire, but his fifth-year option will be exercised.) General manager Mike Maccagnan set it up this way, managing contracts and the cap to create the flexibility. Every decision now is made with an eye on the future.
Only two non-rookie contracts next year contain significant guaranteed money -- Darrelle Revis ($6 million) and Matt Forte ($4 million). Revis' contract includes an offset, meaning they won't get stuck with the entire $6 million cap hit if they release him (assuming he plays elsewhere). Teams are expecting the cap to spike in 2017, providing additional room. In theory, the Jets could have enough space to carry Wilkerson again on the franchise tag ($18.8 million), although that wouldn't make much cap sense.
The Jets also could receive at least three compensatory draft picks, the result of losing Damon Harrison, Chris Ivory and Demario Davis. Compensatory picks will increase in value next year because, for the first time, they can be traded.
Yes, the Jets are being squeezed now, but the future looks bright.
2. A defensive switch? We all know coach Todd Bowles prefers a 3-4 front, but based on the current personnel, it makes sense to consider a 4-3. Look at it from a numbers standpoint: With the additions of Steve McLendon and Jarvis Jenkins (their deals still haven't been made official by the team), the Jets have five starting-caliber defensive linemen. We're including the Big Three, of course -- Wilkerson, Richardson and Leonard Williams. At linebacker, the only experienced starter is David Harris, a classic "Mike" 'backer.
Bowles has a versatile group of linemen, all of whom are capable of playing multiple positions in a 4-3 front. What they don't have is a proven, speed-rushing end, which may explain why they flirted with free agent Olivier Vernon, who signed with the New York Giants. They could use second-year linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in that role or draft somebody. The decision-makers at One Jets Drive recognize that Wilkerson, Richardson and Williams are their best front-seven players, and they've discussed ways to get all three on the field -- i.e. a 4-3 front.
Bowles isn't married to a traditional 3-4 -- he uses hybrid fronts as well -- but his preference was clear late last season, when he turned the 295-pound Richardson into an outside linebacker for the sake of running a 3-4. Look, it's early in the offseason and the roster is evolving. The draft could have an impact on which direction they choose, but know this: Good coaches adapt to their personnel.
3. Big Mac: The Jets lost a terrific run stuffer in nose tackle Damon Harrison, but McLendon isn't a shabby replacement. Consider: The Pittsburgh Steelers yielded 3.62 yards per carry without McLendon on the field, but only 2.31 yards with him, according to NFL stats. The +1.31 differential was the highest in the NFL last season among defensive linemen who played at least 300 snaps. In case you're wondering, Harrison's differential was +0.23.
4. Fitz soap opera: It's starting to look as if the Ryan Fitzpatrick situation won't be resolved until the No. 1 domino in the quarterback market falls -- Colin Kaepernick. That could go all the way to the draft, but the first pressure point is April 1. If he's still on the San Francisco 49ers' roster, his $11.9 million salary becomes guaranteed, although that wouldn't preclude them from trying to trade him.
If Kaepernick is traded to the Denver Broncos, it crushes what little leverage Fitzpatrick has. The Broncos are thought to be the only team not named the Jets that has a level of interest in him. If Kaepernick lands somewhere else, perhaps the Cleveland Browns, it improves Fitzpatrick's bargaining position. No matter what happens, I still think he ends up with the Jets.
5. Ryan's hope: Fitzpatrick wants to cash in on his career season, and you can't blame him, especially with some of the crazy money being thrown around for mediocre quarterbacks. I mean, $18 million-a-year for Brock Osweiler? That's a bit rich for a quarterback with seven starts. At the same time, Osweiler is an outlier. Under the current collective bargaining agreement, in place since 2011, only four quarterbacks have changed teams and received more than $10 million guaranteed, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They are Osweiler ($37 million), Peyton Manning ($18 million), Chase Daniel ($12 million) and Matt Flynn ($10 million).
6. Prepared to splurge: With serious cap restraints, the Jets have been signing moderately priced free agents. In fact, their four top additions -- Forte, McLendon, Jenkins and Bilal Powell -- are all making in the $3.5 million to $4 million-a-year range. Some people might be surprised to learn they were involved with two of the big-money free agents, Vernon and guard Kelechi Osemele. There are conflicting signals on their interest in Vernon, but they were definitely hot for Osemele, who landed a five-year, $59 million contract from the Oakland Raiders.
How could the cap-strapped Jets afford a big contract like that? It's certainly fair to wonder, but it shows teams are willing to spend if they identify a must-have player. The Jets felt Osemele was one of the best players on the open market and they made a run at him. It's a good approach; it shows they're not operating with blinders on.
7. Love for Geno: You remember Geno Smith, don't you? He could be a factor if Fitzpatrick leaves, according to Maccagnan. The GM said Smith "could definitely be a possibility in that [starting] role," although he tempered that statement by saying Smith is "a bit of an unknown" because he rode the bench last season. Guard Willie Colon, for one, still believes in Smith.
"I think Geno has been humbled," Colon said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "I think he's been at the bottom; he's taken on everything. I think he's ready to rise. I still have confidence in him. ...If Fitz doesn't come back, I'd like to see Geno get another shot."
8. Go South, men: The owners meetings begin Sunday evening in Boca Raton, Florida. The Jets' top decision-makers will be there -- Maccagnan, Bowles and owner Woody Johnson. Bowles is scheduled to address the media Tuesday morning at the AFC coaches' breakfast.
Posted 19 Mar 2016Since nothing is rally going on right I thought we could just see who everyone wants to be our QB.
I want Fitzpatrick back!! The guy set a team record for TDs in a season last year also the guy plays to win. However I don't want the jets to break the bank for him and it looks like they wont. The thing about Fitz is was this a 1 year wonder kind of thing? I hope we resign him asap so we can start on worrying about the draft,
Now if we lose Fitz I would like to see Kaepernick here but only if we sign him as a FA. No way in hell we should trade for him and take on the big deal he has. The thing I like about Kaepernick is he has a Cannon for a arm and can really stretch a Defense. Fitz don't really have a big arm to throw the ball 50 yards downfield.I would also like to see what Kaep could do with Gailey as a OC and Marshall/Decker/Forte/Amaro/Powell. I still want Fitz as my QB tho
If we don't get those 2 I would go with Petty. I really like this guy a lot!! but we might as well see what we have with this guy before we just dump him or draft a QB this year.
No to RG3
And HELL NO with Geno!! I would rather lose with a guy who wants to play before we lose with a guy who doesn't care about this team. And to top all of that off he sucks!!
Posted 3 Jan 2016Ok now that the year is over lets see how we did.
Bowels- Yes we missed the playoffs after controlling our fate but still we went from 4-12 to 10-6. plus the team lost 5 games by 7 points or less. and it seems that the whole team was just better coached.
Fitzpatrick- 3900 yards and 31 Passing TDs. by far the best QB play we have had since 2002. also played awesome down the stretch till the last game
Marshall- Had the best WR season in Jets history!
Decker- 80 Recs 1027 yards and 12 TDs and he missed a game! Awesome year for a #2 WR
Wilkerson-- 12 sack season
Pryor-- Vey nice 2nd season
Skrine- had a really good year in the slot
Offense- 3900 yard QB[Would have been 4000 if Fitz don't get hurt against Oak on the 1st drive] 1000 yard rusher and 2 1000 yard 10 TDs WR. and the most yards gained in Jets history in a season
Defense- Awful in the last game of the year. but kept us in and won a bunch of games this year. 30 Takeaways this year
Revis-- This one was kinda tuff because he didn't do well the last few weeks but the guy had 8 Takeaways this season
Mangold- The key to our O-line we saw how bad we were when he was out.
Marcus Williams- Guy did a good job when we needed him.
Special teams- AWFUL almost all year. gave up 2 punt return TDs and were awful covering punts all season. Plus 0 run backs for TDs and nothing really at all on returns.
Kerley- Fell out of the 3rd WR spot and was just bad at PR all year
Cromartie- Normally in the past he would make a bad play and make up with a good play not this year tho. Got burnt a lot and missed a lot of key tackles.
TEs-- All of them sucked in the passing game.
Devin Smith--- Learn how to Catch the ball in the offseason
Dee Milliner- I was hoping this guy would work his way up to #2 over Cro but got hurt in camp and just never moved up the dept chart.
Pass Rush-- Now I thought after the Draft our D-line was going to be a beast pass rush but it just never really came to life the way I dreamed.
Quigley-- way to up and down and most of the time down
Overall it was good to see us go from 4-12 doormat the 10-6 in the playoff hunt. it just stings that we stood in our own way this year of the playoffs by beating ourselves 3 maybe 4 times.
Lets hope this is the start of good things to come I think we have the right guys calling the shots now.
Posted 3 Jan 2016Since the season is over I guess its time to look what in store for us this offseason. The NFL cap will be around 147-154 Million next season, As we stand today we are at 136 mil putting us at 11 mil under the cap.
Possible Key cuts
Cromartie- 8 mil-0 dead money
Brick-14 million cap number 9 mil- 5 mil in dead money
Brick has had a bad season and I don't see us paying him 14 mil. Maybe he signs a new deal for us. Cro is gone no way we pay him 8 mil next season. If both get cut that puts us 28 mil under the cap.
Now the Question is what do we do about our FAs.
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