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Posted 18 Feb 2015
QuoteJets starting contract talks with Muhammad Wilkerson
While the ostensible purpose of the NFL Scouting Combine is to research and identify college prospects, the bigger business happening in hallways and steakhouses in Indianapolis is for proven players.
Along those lines, Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan is meeting with the agent for defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson this week about a contract extension, according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.
Wilkerson is entering the final year of his rookie deal, but doing something now makes sense for the Jets, since they have a pile of salary cap room (which Maccagnan is thanking John Idzik for not using) and can make Wilkerson a centerpiece player in new coach Todd Bowles’ defense.
About damn time.
Posted 12 Feb 2015
QuoteBrandon Marshall understands Bears may decide to move on without him
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall feels like he and the Bears are on the same page when it comes to wanting to win in 2015 and he “definitely” loves playing for the team, but that’s not enough for him to feel assured of a spot on Chicago’s roster in 2015.
Marshall is coming off an injury-plagued year that saw him catch 61 passes for 721 yards for his lowest production since his rookie season in Denver and stands to make $7.5 million next season under his current contract. That combination along with the regime change in Chicago has led to speculation that the Bears might decide to move in a different direction and Marshall didn’t receive any guarantees in either direction during a conversation with coach John Fox and General Manager Ryan Pace.
I don’t think anybody would be [comfortable] sitting in the gray, but this is the National Football League,” Marshall said, via the Chicago Tribune. “This is our business. It’s not a unique situation. It happens every single year. Like I said in the middle of the season, some players think that when you lose, oh, the coach is going to be gone. No, they move players, too. I get that and understand that.”
Marshall said he’s excited about the prospect of working with offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who was his position coach in Denver before Marshall was traded to the Bears, and chances are that a healthy Marshall will be a more productive one. As of now, though, that’s not enough for Marshall or the Bears to make any promises about his return to the team.
Posted 11 Feb 2015
QuoteJets will likely cut Harvin
The Jets will likely cut Percy Harvin before March 19, according to reporter Rich Cimini (ESPN, Feb. 11).
Harvin has four years and $41 million remaining on his contract, and if he’s still with the Jets after March 19, New York owes Seattle a fourth-round pick. If he’s cut before then, it’s a sixth-round pick.
Can't blame them if they cut him. He's not worth the cap hit but I do hope they can resign him at a more appropriate cost.
Posted 6 Feb 2015
Quote2015 NFL Offseason Schedule: Combine, Free Agency, NFL Draft, Key Dates, and More
Although we won't see any actual football for a while, the NFL never stops. There are key dates throughout the calender that we need to consider, including events like the combine, free agency, the draft and some contract dates for Jets players.
Here are the days to pop in your diary:
The national combine is the big event, but there are plenty of talented football players who didn't receive an invitation. So they will take part in regional combines, showcasing their skills for team scouts:
February 7: South Regional Combine, Davie, Florida
February 14: Southwest Regional Combine, Houston, Texas
February 21: West Coast Regional Combine, Dove Valley, Colorado
February 28: East Coast Regional Combine, Owings Mills, Maryland
March 7: Midwest Regional Combine, Lake Forest, Illinois
March 21-22: Super Regional Combine, Phoenix, Arizona (last chance combine, invite only)
Chris Johnson's Contract: February 16th
On the 16th of February the Jets are scheduled to pay a $500,000 option bonus to Chris Johnson, if they pay that, it stands to reason they'll also pay his base salary of $3.5 million and he'll be a Jet in 2015. I fully expect the Jets to cut Johnson before the 16th of February saving some money, replacing him with a younger back with more potential.
NFL Combine - February 17-23
This is the big one, where the elite college players in the country will come together in Indianapolis to work-out, run drills, get measured and interviewed by scouts, coaches and general managers.
Franchise/Transition Tag Deadline - March 2nd
From February 16th through to March 2nd, teams will have the opportunity to franchise their best players if they are unable to work out a long term deal. We don't really have any player that warrants the franchise tag, however we'll be keeping an eye on others as it will almost certainly affect our free agency strategy. Dez Bryant will almost certainly be tagged if no contract can be worked out and a number of other free agents will also receive the tag. One interesting tag I'll be watching, New England and Devin McCourty, it's not unbelievable to expect them to place the tag on him.
Negotiation With Unrestricted Free Agents - March 7th-10th
The NFL give teams a head-start with their own unrestricted free agents as well as the option to talk to the agents of other UFA's. Teams can talk to agents to try and get a deal hashed out before players can visit other teams starting on the 10th of March. For us, this means we get a chance to sign David Harris before Rex Ryan and Buffalo have a shot. We can also talk to other UFA's but no visits can be scheduled and no contracts can be signed.
Free Agency - March 10th
March 10: Prior to 4 PM EST, Teams must exercise their 2015 options, as well as provide offers to Restriced Free Agents (RFAs) and Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFAs); All franchises must be under the 2015 Salary Cap at this point
March 10: After 4 PM EST, the 2015 League Year begins and free agents and start to sign contracts
April 24: RFAs offer and signing deadline
April 29: Teams must decide whether or not they'll match offers for RFAs
Muhammad WIlkerson Contract Guaranteed - March 10th
The salary for the 2015 option year in Wilkerson's contract becomes fully guaranteed ($6.969 million)
Percy Harvin Contract Option - March 19th
This is a big one. Do the Jets want to pay $10.5 million and give Seattle a 4th round draft pick for Percy Harvin? It's very unlikely they will. Which means he'll be cut before this date and the Jets will be forced to give the Seahawks a 6th round selection. The Jets can obviously explore free agent options before deciding what to do with Percy. His contract is not guaranteed after the 19th, so the Jets could cut him in April, however even if cut at a later date, they'd still owe the Seattle Seahawks a 4th round selection.
NFL League Meeting - March 22-25
Coaches, owners get together, talk about football, rules and what needs changing.
Jets Offseason Workouts - April 6th
With a new coaching staff in place, the Jets get a little head-start on the competition in regards to their off-season program. All teams with new coaches can get together 2 weeks before teams with returning coaches. We'll be focusing on how our injured players are looking, will Dexter McDougle be ready, will Shaq Evans be good to go etc etc.
The NFL Draft - April 30th-May 2nd
We all know what this is about!
Posted 5 Feb 2015Everyone here has an opinion on who to cut, who to sign, and what they would do if they were the Jets GM. Use fanspeak.com and let's see what your ideal offseason is. Post the breakdown they give once you simulate your cuts, restructures, and free agent signings!
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