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Posted 21 Sep 2016Rich Cimini - ESPN Staff Writer
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week (374 yards vs Buffalo). He has won it three times in 18 games as a Jet.
Posted 30 Mar 2016Exactly three weeks after free agency began on March 9,Ryan Fitzpatrick remains a free agent & the Jets' quarterback situation remains unresolved.The Jets are investigating fallback options, in case Fitzpatrick happens to sign elsewhere, though he doesn't exactly have a lot of options right now.
Could one of the Jets' backup plans be Brian Hoyer, whom they considered signing in free agency last offseason before they traded for Fitzpatrick ?
Well, the Jets currently have former starter Geno Smith and second-year pro Bryce Petty in their quarterback room. And if Fitzpatrick bolts, it might not be a bad idea to bring in another veteran who can compete with Smith for the startingjob.But back to Hoyer, 30. He signed a two-year contract with Houston last offseason. The Texans replaced him as their starting quarterback when they signed Brock Osweiler earlier this month. And now comes an unsurprising report from NFL Media's Ian Rapoport that the Texans and Hoyer are heading for a split.
Ian Rapoport ✔@RapSheet
Note from @NFLTotalAccess: #Texans and QB Brian Hoyer appear headed for a divorce and both sides sound OK with a fresh start. He's available
7:07 PM - 29 Mar 2016
Hoyer is under contract through 2016, but would anybody trade for him? Houston ideally would like to get something, anything back for Hoyer. But if the Texans can't trade him, they could release him, and he'd be available to sign as a free agent. For the Jets, that would be a more attractive scenario than trading for Hoyer, because they have just six picks in this year's draft. Remember, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan, entering his second year on the job, used to work for GM Rick Smith in Houston. Maccagnan got the better of Smith in that Fitzpatrick trade last offseason.
Hoyer had a solid 2015 season in Houston (19 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 91.4 rating), but he threw four picks in a wildcard round playoff loss to the Chiefs.Also remember, the Broncos also have an unsettled quarterback situation, so Hoyer might want to go there and compete with former Jet Mark Sanchez.Browns quarterback Josh McCown could soon join Fitzpatrick (and Hoyer?) in the mostly lackluster group of free agent quarterbacks, since Cleveland has signedRobert Griffin III. At the very least, McCown now could be traded.
At this point, all indications/reports point toward Colin Kaepernick remaining with the 49ers, so it appears he's out of the equation for the Jets and Broncos.
Posted 7 Jan 2016WILLIAMS IS KIPER'S TOP DEFENSIVE ROOKIE
Leonard Williams was the top player on Mel Kiper's Big Board last year, and he's lived up to that billing. Kudos to the Jets for passing on need for value. Kiper's all-rookie team (Insider)
Posted 21 Dec 2015Reaching into the Week 15 mailbag for a question on the New York Jets :
Patrick Wilson @Wilmonger
@RichCimini Demarco Murray an option at RB next season? Seems like a buy low option like the Marshall trade #jetsmail
@RichCimini: It's a very interesting thought, one worth exploring. Ultimately, I think the Jets would find it cost-prohibitive, but let's take a look at it anyway.
This, of course, is based on the assumption the Philadelphia Eagles would be willing to sell low. Obviously, it hasn't worked out with DeMarco Murray, so, yeah, I could see Chip Kelly -- if he's still in charge -- putting him on the trading block. We also know the Jets will be looking for a running back (probably two) because Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Stevan Ridley will be free agents.The Eagles could trade Murray without wrecking their cap. Right now, his cap number for 2016 is $8 million, but they'd cut that in half by dealing him, according to Overthecap.com. They'd get stuck with $4 million in dead money, which is manageable.
Now look at it from the Jets' perspective. Murray has four years, $29.5 million remaining on his contract, including a $7 million guarantee in 2016 and a $2 million guarantee in 2017. The guaranteed money isn't ridiculous; they absorbed roughly the same amount when they traded for Brandon Marshall. The problem is the total compensation in 2016 and 2017 -- $14.5 million.The Jets probably could re-sign Ivory and Powell for that price. Looking at recent running-back contracts, Ivory figures to land something in the $3-million to $4-million-a-year range. Case in point: Ryan Mathews, whose career numbers are close to those of Ivory, signed a three-year, $11-million contract last offseason with the Eagles. Remember, the free-agent market isn't what it used to be for backs, with a few exceptions.
With cap issues looming, I don't think the Jets would be willing to pay $7 million a year to one back. Ivory might not be on Murray's level, but he's pretty close and they're the same age, 27. Me? I'd re-sign Ivory, draft a back in the third or fourth round and use the leftover money at another position.
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