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  1. In a little over a year on the job, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has been willing to share some of his big picture ideas for building a roster. One of them is a belief in frequently drafting outside linebackers. Dom Cosentino wrote about it last April. "A lot of teams who've had success with 3-4 outside linebackers, you'll go back and look at the ones they've taken shots on, and there's a good number of misses," Maccagnan said. "But I think the constant thing is they're constantly sort of stocking that pool." ......... "In fact, we really tried to study their success," Maccagnan said of the Steelers. "Pittsburgh always seems to have guys in the pipeline. They had a long period of time where one would be productive, and then as soon as they' would maybe lose him in free agency, they'd have another step up right behind him. It's sort of the lifeblood of your 3-4." .......... "From my standpoint, I'm not going to guarantee I'm going to draft one every year," Maccagnan said. "I think you really go into the draft every year, if you're a 3-4 team, and you'd like to have a young one every year because they take time to develop." Maccagnan expressed it again last month in an interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN. "Certain positions get out there in free agency. Some don't. From a pass rusher standpoint, they're a commodity in our league. We're going to look hard into that to see whether we can add somebody through free agency....but Pittsburgh always seemed to have a pipeline of 3-4 outside linebackers, and a lot of them were very good pass rushers. They did that by drafting and developing them...In a perfect world we'll try to solve it through free agency, but it might be a position where we have to build it through the Draft." You saw it on Sunday. Edge rushers are premium players on defense. It's great to have interior guys like Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson who can get after the quarterback. The great pass rushing defenses have guys coming off the edge, though. It is where the top sack artists have room to operate.Think about where the Jets are on the defensive line. They have built a pipeline of talent. In an ideal world, they would be able to keep both Muhammad Wilkerson and Damon Harrison. Even if they do not, they have developed enough talent to still have a top young defensive line. It has been a product of the extent to which the Jets have focused on drafting and developing interior players. While it certainly helps to have this type of interior line talent, it would benefit the team much more to have this type of pipeline at edge rusher. As Maccagnan notes, it is probably the most important position on the defense. Drafting Lorenzo Mauldin a year ago was a first step in bringing youth to the edge. It certainly was not a strength this season, and that is due to years of neglect. It wasn't that the Jets were too reluctant to invest. It is that they spent years not investing at all. Incredibly, the team went five straight Drafts from 2009 through 2013 without taking a single edge rusher. They didn't even invest in a late round project in that time. IK Enemkpali and Trevor Reilly finally broke the streak in the late rounds of the 2014 Draft. Mauldin came aboard last season.Was it that they got gunshy after the failure of Vernon Gholston? Did Rex Ryan not believe it was a premium position because he believed his blitzing scheme could cover for it? Was this a product of Mike Tannenbaum's propensity to trade away picks limiting the team's opportunities to take edge rushers? Was it some combination of these and more? We will never know. What we do know is it left the Jets lacking at the spot. In recent years they have stuck with veterans for years after their expiration dates, first Bryan Thomas and more recently Calvin Pace. They tried and fail to covert interior rushers. Quinton Coples comes to mind. Sheldon Richardson was used this way a bit this season, and the results were not great. Mauldin finally provided a sorely needed infusion of youth, but Maccagnan's talk indicates he might not be done. Why would he be.I have heard a few people ask why the Jets would take a rusher when they have Mauldin. It isn't like Mauldin is going to be off the team if the Jets take another one.The Jets don't know what they have in Mauldin. Is he going to play the run well enough to be more than a situational pass rusher? Even if he is a situational guy, he will have value. The Jets surely will need players to take starter level snaps, though. Is Mauldin going to be more of a versatile guy who drops into coverage as frequently as he rushes the passer? If that is the case then the Jets need a primary edge rusher to get after the quarterback when Mauldin drops into coverage.What if Mauldin breaks out as an elite pass rusher? Can the Jets afford to invest in another? Will they be blocking his development and showing a lack of faith? Heck no! What's wrong with adding a second great pass rusher off the edge. Ever hear of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware? The Jets should be so lucky to have a great rusher coming off each edge. Maccagnan also referenced the Steelers. Again, the current defensive line situation for the Jets is a parallel. Even if they get great edge rushers, they cannot stop drafting and developing. They might end up in a spot where they cannot afford to keep everybody. The position is so important that it will be essential to have a young guy waiting in the wings. Chad Brown picked up the slack when Kevin Greene left in free agency. Jason Gildon picked up the slack when Brown left. Joey Porter was there when Gildon left. James Harrison (undrafted) was there when Porter left. Lamarr Woodley was there after Harrison left. The defensive line is important, but it's time for the Jets to focus the same attention on getting edge rushers. >
  2. Odds on where Matt Forte will move after leaving Chicago Bears The Chicago Bears told Matt Forte they will be moving on from the eight-year veteran who is set to hit free agency next month. He may be 30 with more than 2,500 touches on his tires - both bright red flags for running backs - but Forte will have plenty of suitors for his versatile skill-set, and Bears fans may cringe watching him suit up for one of several potential contenders who could see him as a missing piece of their contender. The top 11 contenders to add Forte to their 2016 backfield  :   ~ ~  3. New York Jets: On the outside looking in at the playoffs at 10-6 last season, the Jets are a run-first team that may lose bruising back Chris Ivory to free agency. Bilal Powell and Stevan Ridley are also free agents. A playoff-caliber team with a journeyman quarterback who could use a versatile veteran in the backfield? Checks off a lot of boxes. Odds of signing: 4-1 rest of above article :  >
  3. Re-Up... Fitz ? ? ?

    why jets should stick with Fitz.. >
  4. Running back Matt Forte announced Friday what many forecasted:2015 was his last season in a Chicago Bears uniform, as the team informed him it would not attempt to re-sign him as a free agent this offseason. The recently-turned 30-year-old is certain to generate interest on the open market, and his future may be dictated by what he wants: an opportunity to play for an immediate contender (he's been to the postseason just once in his career) or to maximize the financial value of what could well be his last chance at a long-term contract.That's Forte's call, and he's earned the right to choose his path. If thinking strictly from a system fit, a team that comes to mind is theNew England Patriots. The team will be looking to pad its depth at the position this offseason (Dion Lewis continues to recover from a torn ACL and LeGarrette Blount and Steven Jackson are free agents to be) and covet what Forte offers: dependability. Since entering the league in 2008, Forte has played 594 more snaps than any other running back in football. During three separate seasons, he played more offensive snaps than any other running back. He's durable, dependable and widely regarded as a quality teammate.He's averaged fewer than four yards per carry in three of his eight pro seasons, but while he is not a consistent home run hitter, he's among the league's most adept pass-catching backs (he had 102 receptions in 2014, the most by a running back in a single season in NFL history) and can play on all three downs. Forte-to-New England is a sensible marriage. The financial side is tougher to predict this early in the offseason, but from a football fit, it's easy to see how such an arrangement would work. Several NFL Nation writers offered a few other landing spots for Forte :  ~ ~  New York Jets Forte could make sense for the Jets as a complementary back simply because there's so much uncertainty in the backfield. The Jets' top three backs -- Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Stevan Ridley -- are pending free agents. At 30, Forte no longer is a No. 1 back, but he could be a fit in the third-down role if they can't re-sign Powell. The Jets would like to retain Powell and Ivory, but they have cap issues. -- Rich Cimini rest of above article :  >
  5. oh ,..he'll most probably be with us for at least one more season    
  6. OFF - Season PLAN ~ ~ ~

    On Friday morning, Bears running back Matt Forte tweeted that he's about to become former Bears running back Matt Forte.  To nobody's surprise, the Bears have told Forte that they won't re-sign him this offseason. He will now become a free agent in March, as scheduled. Which is what everybody expected to happen all along. Should the Jets be interested in Forte, who is entering Year 9 in the NFL ?  Well, Forte is 30 and has a lot of mileage on his body — 2,077 career carries, all with the Bears, including the regular season and playoffs.And he hasn't done a lot on the ground over the past two seasons. In 2014, he ran for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns, but gained just 3.9 yards per carry. In 2015, he accumulated 898 yards and four touchdowns, but managed just 4 yards per carry. But in 2014, Forte did have 102 catches for 808 receiving yards.  Pro Football Focus rated Forte the fourth-best free agent running back available this year. (The Jets' Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell are Nos. 3 and 6 on that list.) Over the past two seasons, PFF rated Forte 40th and 19th at his position. Clearly, he is no longer an elite running back. (Remember, too, that a prominent member of the Jets' front office used to work for the Bears. Rex Hogan is the Jets' senior director of college scouting. He was previously a Bears scout for 12 years.)  Presuming the Jets lose Ivory in free agency, but are able to re-sign Powell, would they pursue Forte for a short-term, relatively low-value contract? Forte isn't getting any younger — or more productive, it seems — so it would be a risk, even if the Jets don't pay him a lot of money (and they wouldn't). The Jets have been projected, by some mock drafts, to select Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott 20th overall this spring. Elliott is considered the best running back available this year, so he might not fall to No. 20. From 2010-13, Forte was a very productive player. He made two Pro Bowls and racked up these yardage totals — 1,069, 997, 1,094, and 1,339. During those four seasons combined, he gained 4.6 yards per carry.  Plus, there is this stat, courtesy of the Bears' radio sideline reporter  :   Zach Zaidman    ✔@ZachZaidman Since entering the NFL in 2008, Matt Forte's 12,718 scrimmage yards (8,602 rushing and 4,116 receiving) are the most in the league   But when you sign a player in free agency — or decide whether or not to re-sign one of your own pending free agents — you must look toward the future.And the Bears decided, after assessing Forte, that they didn't want him as part of their future.  Here is his farewell message  :   Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end. I was informed earlier this week from the GM that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency. I will remain forever grateful for my time spent in Chicago and being able to play for an organization with such a rich history. My only regret is not being able to win a Lombardi trophy for the best fans in all of sports. I'm excited about the next chapter of my NFL career. But, Chicago will always be home. God Bless and Bear Down! >
  7. In all likelihood, Ryan Fitzpatrick will re-sign with the Jets. After some time spent negotiating, both Fitzpatrick’s representatives, and Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, will agree on a two- or three-year deal that works for both sides.And when Fitzpatrick makes it back to Florham Park, he’ll be the Jets starter. His backup will be Geno Smith.It will be that way during the offseason, training camp and the regular season, too. Why ? Because it really doesn’t make much sense for the Jets to get rid of Smith.Think of it this way– What exactly is wrong with having Smith on the Jets roster? Is he flawed? Sure. Absolutely. His career statistics (no matter who his surrounding talent was) indicate that. In 31 games played, Smith has thrown 35 interceptions. He has a career completion percentage of 57.9, and a career quarterback rating of 72.3. That’s not good. It also doesn’t matter. Now, Smith’s placement on the Jets roster has nothing to do with the fact he could, maybe, someday develop into a solid, competent starting quarterback. It has nothing to do with the fact that, if he gets his head on straight, he could maybe even be a franchise quarterback.The reason the Jets should keep Smith on the roster is simply because he’s, if nothing else, a pretty good backup.Think about it for a second– Fitzpatrick, while the Jets unquestioned starting quarterback if he resigns, is also a bit of a daredevil. He still hasn’t learned how to slide, and, throughout his career, has gotten in trouble because of it. It led to him suffering a season-ending injury with the Texans in 2014, and it nearly led to him missing extend time with the Jets this past year due to a thumb ailment.If the Jets make the decision–which it appears as if they have— that Fitzpatrick will be the team’s signal caller next year, they have to prepare themselves for the situation that Fitzpatrick gets injured. A competent, reliable backup needs to be situated on the depth chart just behind Fitzpatrick. Smith, again, at the very least, is that. If New York were to release or cut Smith (a transaction that would free a little over $1 million), they’d have to go out and find another backup. The issue ? It’s hard to find a backup of Smith’s skill level or talent for what Smith is presently making.If  on the Jets roster next year, Smith will have a base salary of  $675,000 and a cap hit of $1.597. When looking around the league, that’s not exactly high when talking about backups. Here’s a look at some of the highest-paid backup quarterbacks (per their cap hit) of 2015.While not on the above list, Fitzpatrick, who was brought in initially to backup up Smith, had a cap hit of $3.5 million in 2015. Unlike last year, money is tight for the Jets. Even if the team were to make a few transactions (see here) to free some additional spending money, New York will still only have around $20-$25 million in available funds. When taking into consideration the fact the team needs help on the offensive line, and a star-studded list of their own unrestricted free agents (see here) that need new deals, that’s not a lot.As a result, the team needs to be smart with their money. And the smart move is keeping Smith right where he is, paying him $1.5 million, and not having to worry about the backup quarterback spot for the rest of the year.Could a better option be found on the open market? Maybe, but certainly not at Smith’s price. So while many would like nothing more than to part ways with the former second-round pick this year, it just doesn’t make sense to do so. >
  8. The NFL's offseason has arrived, hopefully sparing us from overwrought takes on Cam Newton'snews conference behavior and Beyonce's halftime song selection.Tuesday marks the first day that teams can place the franchise or transition tag on prospective free agents. March 1 is the deadline for clubs to designate franchise or transition players. With the recent salary-cap bumps, the number of tags has decreased from a high of 21 in 2012. Just six players have drawn the franchise or transition tags in each of the past two years. With help from NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, our annual franchise tag predictions are below.   No-brainers   1. Von Miller, Denver Broncos pass rusher: Coming off one of the best two-game stretches in postseason history, Miller is poised to become the highest-paid defensive player in football. The Broncos' preference, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, is to apply the franchise tag, then try to work out a long-term deal.One twist for Denver is the impact that Miller's tag could have on the future of Brock Osweiler, who is also scheduled to reach free agency. It's better for Osweiler's future to remain on a Super Bowl contender with a coaching staff he knows, but will the two sides find common ground on his price tag as Peyton Manning's successor? 2. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskinsquarterback: General manager Scot McCloughan said last month that he would rather work out a long-term contract, but acknowledged the franchise tag is an option at a projected $19.6 million. Cousins will be McCloughan's top priority of the offseason after settingRedskins single-season records for passing yards (4,166) and total touchdowns (34), while leading the NFL in completion percentage (69.8) and finishing fifth in passer rating (101.6). 3. Josh Norman, Carolina Panthers cornerback:General manager Dave Gettleman isn't tipping his hand on plans for Norman, but did say he isn't shy about using the franchise tag if necessary. He made a similar move two years ago, slapping Greg Hardy with the franchise tag in what ultimately became the pass rusher's final season in Charlotte. According to projections from NFL Media's Albert Breer, tagging Norman would cost the Panthers roughly $13.7 million. It's not a bad idea for a 28-year-old cornerback coming off an All-Pro campaign. 4. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears wide receiver: The Bears were frustrated by Jeffery's 2015 injuries, but they also understand he's one of the most productive receivers in the league when healthy. General manager Ryan Pace hasn't  ruled out the franchise tag and might decide that's the best approach, buying time for a longer contract.   Voting yes     5. Muhammed Wilkerson, New York Jets defensive end: The Jets are prepared for his departure after drafting Leonard Williams in the first round last year, but NFL teams don't often let difference-makers of Wilkerson's caliber walk out of the building without compensation. Defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison also is poised to reach free agency.On the heels of his best season, Wilkerson would collect a projected $15.4 million in 2016 if tagged by the Jets. Would a sign-and-trade be an option? The last time we saw a trade of that nature theChiefs sent an early second-round pick to the Patriots for Matt Cassel.The Jets are more likely to reach agreement with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who understands his best opportunity for sustained success is throwing to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker in an offense that plays to his strengths under coordinator Chan Gailey. 6. Cordy Glenn, Buffalo Bills tackle:Glenn might not be a household name, but he has been one of the best, young blindside protectors in the NFL over the past three seasons. General manager Doug Whaley has stated that it's "imperative" to keep Buffalo's offensive line intact for a team that relies on a strong rushing attack. 7. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back: The Bucs have already begun contract talks with Martin, but the 2015 All-Pro remains unsigned. Although Martin has professed his love for Tampa, he also realizes he holds some leverage coming off a career year. The franchise tag for running backs is expected to be a $11.5 million, a figure the Buccaneers can afford with plenty of salary-cap space available. 8. Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs safety: The Comeback Player of the Year recaptured pre-cancer form, earning his fourth career Pro Bowl selection on a Chiefs team that closed out the season with 10 consecutive wins. The roster is built to win now, which makes it a priority to keep a player of Berry's caliber. The Chiefs already have ramped up contract talks with Berry, which could free up the franchise tag for Pro Bowl inside linebacker Derrick Johnson, who will turn 34 years old during the 2016 season. 9. Olivier Vernon, Miami Dolphins defensive end: Prior to midseason of 2015, the franchise tag might have seemed like a stretch for Vernon. The 26-year-old pass rusher closed out the season with a torrid two months, though, racking up an astounding 24 QB hits over the final eight games. Vernon finished with the highest grade among 4-3 defense ends in Pro Football Focus' 2015 ratings, edging out Cameron Jordan and Michael Bennett. If the Dolphins let him reach the open market, he's going to break the bank.   Questionable     10. Keleche Osemele, Baltimore Ravens guard:In Osemele and perennial Pro Bowler Marshal Yanda, the Ravens have boasted the NFL's most dominant guard tandem the past two seasons. Osemele, 26, is a massive run blocker with the versatility to kick outside to tackle and hold his own in a pinch. Would Baltimore be willing to pay him left tackle money at $13.5 million for one season? If not, general manager Ozzie Newsome could opt to use the franchise tag on kicker extraordinaireJustin Tucker. 11. Reggie Nelson, Cincinnati Bengals safety: Strong safety George Iloka is also scheduled for free agency, leaving the Bengals in a bind. Nelson is coming off his first Pro Bowl selection after tying for a league-high eight interceptions. Because he turns 33 early in the 2016 season, Cincinnati could reason that he's worth the relatively reasonable $10.6-million franchise tag to keep the secondary intact for one more season.   Unlikely   12. Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks tackle: Seattle's offensive line is in such dire straits that Okung could end up getting overpaid as an inconsistent pass protector. The franchise tag seemed a more viable route before Okung dislocated his shoulder in the season-ending loss to the Panthers. Okung has emailed all 32 clubs to inform them of his impending surgery, which requires a five-month recovery period.   Kickers   Justin Tucker, Greg Zuerlein, Mason Crosby, Phil Dawson, Adam Vinatieri, Josh Brown Kickers are always decent bets for the franchise tag because the price is so reasonable. Zuerlein has one of the biggest legs in the game. Tucker is money with the game on the line. Crosby has bounced back with three excellent seasons in a row after a shaky 2012 campaign. Dawson and Vinatieri are pictures of reliability. Brown is coming off the best three-year stretch by a kicker in Giants history.   Punters   Marquette King, Bryan Anger, Jon Ryan, Shane Lechler King led the league in punts down and finished second in punts inside the 20-yard line. He and Anger are two of the NFL's best young punters while Ryan and Lechler are veteran stalwarts. >  
  9. February is cut month in the NFL, as teams position themselves (and their salary caps) for free agency.  The NFL's new league year begins March 9 — less than a month from now. At some point between now and then, will the Jets cut cornerback Antonio Cromartie ? They need to create significant salary cap space, as they attempt to re-sign their own top pending free agents: quarterbackRyan Fitzpatrick, defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (who could receive a franchise tag of about $16 million), nose tackle Damon Harrison, and running backChris Ivory. It's safe to assume the Jets will cut wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and tight end Jeff Cumberland. Those moves would save $3.2 million combined against the cap. Cutting Cromartie would save a whopping $8 million in cap space, since he has no more guaranteed money remaining in his contract.  But should the Jets do it ?  Yes, there is a chance the Jets could get Cromartie to agree to a pay cut. But for the purposes of this exercise, we'll debate the merits of a straight-up cut. If the Jets got rid of him, they'd obviously need to find another starting cornerback to play opposite Darrelle Revis. Is Marcus Williams ready to assume that role? He was an undrafted rookie in 2014, but blossomed last year, with six interceptions. And what about Dee Milliner, the Jets' oft-injured top draft pick in 2013? If he's able to stay on the field, will he prove capable of starting?  There's always the possibility the Jets use the 20th overall pick in this spring's draft on a cornerback. Florida State's Jalen Ramsey is not expected to fall that far. He is considered the top corner available this year. But the Jets could find Florida's Vernon Hargreaves III, Clemson's Mackensie Alexander, and/or Ohio State's Eli Apple still available at No. 20. They're regarded as the next-best corners in this draft.The issue with retaining Cromartie isn't just salary cap related. He turns 32 in April and is entering his 11th season. He's not the player he once was. Far from it. Though he steadied himself after some brutal struggles midway through last season, he wasn't rated among the NFL's top corners by Pro Football Focus.  Consider Cromartie's recent PFF ratings :  2015 (with Jets): 103rd overall (of 118), 97th in coverage  2014 (with Arizona): 41st overall (of 108), 40th in coverage  2013 (with Jets): 104th overall (of 110), 109th in coverage  In 2012 with the Jets, Cromartie ranked 18th overall and 13th in coverage. He made the Pro Bowl and had three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.But then nagging hip issues cropped up for Cromartie in 2013, when he had three picks, the same number he accumulated in 2014. (Cromartie had no picks in 2015.) In Arizona, Cromartie got past his hip problems, and played better.  For the most part, Cromartie stayed healthy in 2015. His hip did not appear to be a significant issue for him. His struggles were simply a matter of production problems — technique lapses, and perhaps physical deterioration. (Could he have looked any worse in the Jets' loss at Oakland last season?) Cromartie is technically under contract through 2018, but that fact is trivial and meaningless, because the Jets can now go year to year with him, since all of his guaranteed money was front-loaded in 2015. You have to think that if the Jets do retain Cromartie for 2016, it'll probably be his final season. But should the Jets even opt for another go-around with Cromartie? Or is it time for them to give a young corner a chance to start opposite Revis?  What do you folks think ? Sound off down in the comments.  >
  10. The NFL's free agency period is less than a month away. It begins at 4 p.m. on March 9, the first day of the new league year. From March 7 until 4 p.m. on March 9, teams can negotiate with the agents of pending free agents, though no contract can officially be signed.The Jets have several key pending free agents, with defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson chief among them, but they can apply the franchise tag (about $16 million) to him, in order to essentially extend their negotiating period.  Pro Football Focus has ranked pending free agents from across the NFL. Here's where the Jets' guys ranked :  DE Muhammad Wilkerson PFF free agent ranking: 1st among interior defenders 2015 salary cap figure: $6.969 million (fifth-year option figure)  PFF's 2015 position ranking: 5th among 3-4 defensive ends  PFF's analysis: Just 10 players on the defensive interior finished 2015 with a higher rating than Wilkerson's 89.2, and with how well he's played in the past four years, it seems crazy to think that the Jets might let him go. With Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams on board, the Jets got creative last year and we even saw him play a little bit of outside linebacker. If they do opt to spend their money elsewhere, Wilkerson becomes one of the top free agents available. Outstanding against the run, and as a pass rusher, he registered 12 sacks, 23 hits and 45 hurries in 2015.   NT Damon Harrison PFF free agent ranking: 3rd among interior defenders  2015 salary cap figure: $2.356 million (restricted free agent tender) PFF's 2015 position ranking: 6th among defensive tackles/nose tackles PFF's analysis: At 91.9, Harrison actually has the highest rating of any impending free agent on the defensive interior, with [Malik] Jackson and Wilkerson more attractive options purely because of their ability as pass rushers. Harrison is one of the best run defenders in the NFL and has been an absolute rock in the middle of the New York Jets defensive line since entering the league. Once an undrafted free agent, he racked up an incredibly 51 defensive stops, including a rare sack for the run stuffing superstar.   RB Chris Ivory PFF free agent ranking: 3rd among running backs  2015 salary cap figure: $2.75 million  PFF's 2015 position ranking: 11th   PFF's analysis: At 81.2, Ivory was our 11th-ranked running back, and while he might lack the upside of [Doug] Martin and [Lamar] Miller, he does come with dependable stability, with a positive rushing grade in all six of the seasons he's played since entering the league. He'll be 28 when the 2016 season begins, but 2015 was the first season of his career where he saw more than 200 carries. Tough to bring down, he forced 47 missed tackles and averaged 2.6 yards after contact per carry. If the past is anything to go by, he's unlikely to be viewed as a long-term option by anyone, but based on what we've seen, a team would be wise to lock him up for two to three years, where he can be a stable force at the position.   RB Bilal Powell PFF free agent ranking: 6th among running backs  2015 salary cap figure: $2 million  PFF's 2015 position ranking: 24th PFF's analysis: Powell is unlikely to be someone signed as a lead back, but what we saw from him in 2015 was a player who can definitely fill the role as part of a committee backfield. Forcing 10 missed tackles and averaging 2.7 yards after contact on 70 carries this year, he has totaled just 402 carries since entering the league in 2011. A cost-effective option, he can add something to an offensive somewhere in the league if the Jets don't bring him back.   RB Stevan Ridley PFF free agent ranking: 8th among running backs  2015 salary cap figure: $1.096 million  PFF's 2015 position ranking: Not ranked  PFF's analysis: At just 27, he still has youth on his side, but Ridley needs to prove that he isn't just the type of player who could find success in the New England scheme. Injuries have limited him to just 275 snaps in the past two seasons, but he did really impress in the second half of the 2013 season. Another candidate for a "prove it" deal, we have at least seen flashes from him in the past.   QB Ryan Fitzpatrick PFF free agent ranking: 3rd among quarterbacks  2015 salary cap figure: $3.25 million PFF's 2015 position ranking: 27th PFF's analysis: Always one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the league,Fitzpatrick had his ups and downs as a passer in 2015, but he made a number of big throws as the signal caller for the New York Jets. While he got away with risky throws throughout the year, he brought out the best in wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker on the outside, allowing them to make plays in the passing game. Fitzpatrick also proved to be an efficient and timely scrambler, finishing with a run grade of 92.6 that ranked fourth among quarterbacks. There's always been some risk/reward to Fitzpatrick's game, but he's not afraid to take chances down the field (fifth-highest percentage of deep pass attempts, at 15.3 percent) and that fearlessness proved valuable for the Jets in 2015. Fitzpatrick will rightfully be a starting quarterback in the league in 2016. >
  11. OFF - Season PLAN ~ ~ ~

    CAN THE JETS RE-SIGN DAMON HARRISON? Most nose tackles don't command hefty deals in free agency, but most can't rack up 72 tackles in a season, either. That production may make it tough for the Jets to keep "Snacks" in the fold. NFL rumors roundup   >
  12. ..can he play  QB  ?   
  13. Who has the best profile pic on JN

      so.. i win !   ;+)