Player News - Jets

Date: Team: Pos:

ESPN New York considers LG James Carpenter a candidate for release.

Carpenter had a down 2017, grading near the bottom of PFF's ratings. The Jets have $15 million tied up in LT Kelvin Beachum and RG Brian Winters but aren't as committed to Carpenter, who's owed $6.8 million in the final year of his deal. Releasing Carpenter would save $4.7 million versus the cap. Carpenter is still just 29 (next month) and hasn't missed a start in three years with New York.
Feb 23 - 6:22 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports the Jets view Bilal Powell as a "complementary back."

Cimini went on to say he believes that Powell will continue to share the workload with either Elijah McGuire or someone else they bring in. Despite Matt Forte likely to be cut, it doesn't look like Powell's workload will increase much if at all. His receiving upside leaves him in play as a late pick in 2018 fantasy drafts.
Feb 18 - 5:24 PM

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, free agent TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins recently turned down a two-year, $8 million offer from the Jets.

Per Vacchiano, the offer was "short on guarantees." Despite this, Vacchiano expects the two sides to eventually "talk again and work something out." Seferian-Jenkins set career-highs in catches (50) and receiving yards (357) this past season and is still just 25. A reunion makes sense for both sides.
Source: SNY
Feb 18 - 12:43 PM

Jets hired Rick Dennison as their run-game coordinator/OL coach

This was fully expected. Buffalo give up on Dennison after one season, but he has one of the better run schemes in the league. Jeremy Bates is replacing John Morton as the Jets' offensive coordinator.
Feb 14 - 4:49 PM

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano fully expects Jets to release DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

Vacchiano believes the "only question" is if Wilkerson is designated a pre- or post-June 1 cut. Making Wilkerson a post-June 1 release would up the savings from $11 million to $17 million, but create less space for 2018. That's probably not a major concern for a team already pushing $70 million in cap room. Wilkerson has worn out his welcome in New York with a variety of locker room issues and declining performance.
Source: SNY
Feb 13 - 7:13 PM

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta writes the Jets "aren't ready to give up on" Robby Anderson.

Anderson was arrested for the second time in as many offseasons in January, this time for several traffic violations and allegedly threatening the arresting officer's wife. The incident should lead to a suspension, but the Jets look likely to keep the young receiver around, an unsurprising decision considering how well he played in 2017. A restricted free agent in 2019, the Jets can retain Anderson at a relatively cheap cost for the next two seasons.
Feb 8 - 9:01 AM

The Jets have opened talks with free agent CB Morris Claiborne.

Claiborne managed to stay healthy last season, playing in 15 games for the first time since his rookie year. Easily the Jets’ best corner, Claiborne should be a priority re-sign. New York has also shown interest in bringing back free agent LB Demario Davis.
Feb 6 - 10:22 AM

ESPN New York confirms the Jets are working to re-sign free agent TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Seferian-Jenkins recently changed agents, so there hasn't been much progress in contract talks. After a strong start, ASJ faded down the stretch last year but 2017 was still a step forward for him. The Jets should try to keep Seferian-Jenkins on a short-term deal.
Feb 6 - 10:11 AM

Matt Forte plans to continue playing next season.

Forte has been set back with knee injuries the last two years. He was effective in the pass game when on the field in 2017, but the Jets aren't expected to keep him at his $4 million cap number. Forte should draw committee interest if he's released this offseason.
Feb 3 - 4:41 PM

Josh McCown said he's "fine" with returning to the Jets in 2018.

McCown knows the Jets are in play to draft a quarterback with the sixth overall pick in the 2018 draft and seems willing to be a bridge quarterback if that ends up being the case. Coming off the best season of his career in 2017, McCown is likely a contingency plan for the Jets if they miss out on Kirk Cousins in free agency.
Feb 3 - 10:34 AM

Robby Anderson pleaded not guilty on nine charges from his January 19 arrest.

The Jets are letting the legal matters play out and do not need to make any decisions on Anderson with it being the offseason. Coming off a productive 2017 where Anderson led the team in yards and touchdowns, the Jets need Anderson to grow up off the field. His arrests haven't been major incidents, relatively speaking, and are more a show of immaturity on Anderson's part.
Jan 29 - 6:56 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Jets are expected to hire former Bills OC Rick Dennison as their run-game coordinator/OL coach.

Dennison was let go shortly after Buffalo was ousted from the postseason. The Bills ran well under Dennison in 2017, finishing sixth in the league in rushing yards per game (126.1). Of course, he won't have LeSean McCoy at his disposal in East Rutherford.
Jan 26 - 3:32 PM

Impending free agent Josh McCown said he plans to continue playing in 2018.

"I enjoyed my season [with the Jets]," McCown said. "It's a special place from the ownership down. I enjoyed my time with Coach [Todd] Bowles. A lot of decisions have to be made within the next few months, but I loved being there, and we'll see how it plays out." McCown will turn 39 in the summer, but everyone involved with the Jets' decision-making has said they'd like for McCown to return. He'll likely be a fallback plan to the Kirk Cousins types in free agency, but McCown would be a perfect bridge quarterback and mentor for an incoming rookie.
Jan 23 - 8:14 PM

Jets promoted QBs coach Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports they are "expected" to promote Bates, which means it is going to happen. It is a quick turnaround for Bates, who spent several years out of the league after a rocky one-year stint as Seattle's coordinator in 2010. He clearly made an impression in his first year with the Jets, however, and reportedly "had a significant role" in game-planning under ex-OC John Morton. No matter how good of a coach he is, Bates' success will hinge on the Jets' ability to find a quarterback.
Jan 22 - 10:38 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini said he'd be "surprised" if the Jets cut Robby Anderson following his arrest Friday morning in Florida.

It's Anderson's second arrest since joining the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2016. The Temple alum was highly productive in 2017, leading the team in both receiving yards (941) and touchdowns (seven). The details from Anderson's latest arrest are deeply troubling—he threatened a police officer's wife after being stopped for driving 60 mph over the speed limit—but Cimini believes he'll get another chance if he shows contrition. However, a third strike would likely be it for Anderson, who is due a reasonable $630,000 in 2018. Clearly the 24-year-old has some growing up to do.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 21 - 8:18 AM


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