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  2. The NFL's free-agent signing period is open, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates on what the Jets are doing with their own free agents and with free agents from other teams, and for updates on their available salary cap space and contract numbers. JETS SALARY CAP SPACE (As of Friday, March 24): $12,253,754 That is the official number released by the NFL Players Association, but it does not include the deal for T Ben Ijalana and WR Quincy Patton. UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (13) S Antonio Allen LB Bruce Carter LB Mike Catapano T Ryan Clady - Jets declined to pick up his 2017 option, making him an unrestricted free agent TE Kellen Davis QB Ryan Fitzpatrick LB Erin Henderson - Jets declined to pick up his 2017 option, making him an unrestricted free agent. T Ben Ijalana - Re-signed with the Jets for two years, $11 million. LB Corey Lemonier - Signed a one-year, $775,000 contract with the Jets. … Roster bonuses: $80,000. … 2017 CAP HIT: $855,000. LB Josh Martin -- Signed a two-year, $4.3 million contract with the Jets with $850,000 guaranteed, including a $450,000 signing bonus. … Salaries: $1.55 million (2017), $1.65 million (2018). … 2018 Option bonus (team): $150,000. … 2017 CAP HIT: $1.775 million. LS Tanner Purdum - Signed a one-year, $980,000 contract with the Jets, including and $80,000 signing bonus and $320,000 in guaranteed money. … 2017 CAP HIT: $695,000. QB Geno Smith - Signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Giants. G Brian Winters - Signed a four-year, $29 million contract with the Jets with $15 million guaranteed and a $7 million roster bonus in 2017. … Salaries: $1 million (2017), $7 million (2018), $6 million (2019), $7 million (2020). … Bonuses of $31,250 per game in 2019-20 ($500,000 per season). … 2017 CAP HIT: $8 million. RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (4) TE Brandon Bostick - Non-tendered. Now an unrestricted free agent C Wes Johnson - The Jets gave him a "second-round tender" worth $2.746 million for one year. DT Mike Pennel - Non-tendered by the Jets, but then agreed to sign with the Jets on a one-year deal. Salary: $690,000 (2017). CB Marcus Williams - The Jets gave him a "second-round tender" worth $2.746 million for one year. EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS (0) None. ROSTER CUTS (5) K Nick Folk - Signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. T Breno Giacomini C Nick Mangold WR Brandon Marshall - Signed a two-year deal with the Giants worth approximately $12 million. CB Darrelle Revis FREE AGENTS SIGNED FROM OTHER TEAMS (6) T Jeff Adams (from Houston) - Signed a one-year, $540,000 contract. 2017 salary: $540,000. 2017 CAP HIT: $540,000. LT Kelvin Beachum (from Jacksonville) - Signed a three-year, $24 million contract. $12 million guaranteed, including a $4.5 million signing bonus. … 2017 Roster bonus: $2 million. … Salaries: $1.5 million (2017), $8 million (2018), $8 million (2019). … 2017 CAP HIT: $5 million. K Chandler Catanzaro (from Arizona) - Signed a one-year deal with the Jets. … Salary: $900,000 (2017). CB Morris Claiborne (from Dallas) - Signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Jets that includes a $2 million guaranteed signing bonus. … Roster bonus: $31,250 per game on the active roster (Total: $500,000). … Salary: $2.5 million (2017) … 2017 CAP HIT: $4.5 million. QB Josh McCown (from Cleveland) - Signed a one-year deal with the Jets that could be worth as much as $13 million. … Includes $6 million in guaranteed money. … Receives a $125,000 bonus for every game in which he takes 50 percent of the snaps ($2 million total). … Receives $2 million if the Jets make the playoffs, $1.5 million more if they reach the Super Bowl, and $1.5 million more if they win the Super Bowl (as long as he has played 65 percent of the team's snaps). …. Signing bonus: $3 million … Salary: $3 million (2017). … 2017 CAP HIT: $6 million. WR Quincy Patton - Signed with the Jets. Terms undisclosed. RESTRUCTURED CONTRACTS (0) None so far. >
  3. Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer The Jets are showing interest in the draft's top quarterback prospects -- hardly a surprise. They've already held a private workout with Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, a source confirmed, and they're planning a workout with North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky. No word yet on Clemson's DeShaun Watson and Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes. >
  4. Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer Jets coach Todd Bowles, continuing his scouting tour of the Big Ten Conference, is attending the Michigan pro day on Friday. Talent evaluators say the Wolverines could have as many as 12 players drafted, including DE Taco Charlton and S Jabrill Peppers -- potential first rounders. Yesterday, Bowles scouted Ohio State, another school loaded with defensive talent. Detect a trend? >
  5. The Jets added fifth-year WR Quinton Patton to their receiving corps Thursday. Here are six nuggets to know about Patton now that he’s rejoined his former position coach, offensive coordinator John Morton.Eager to Start Working In Patton’s rookie season with the 49ers, he flew from his home state of Tennessee to San Francisco on his own dime to workout with the team prior to rookie minicamps. However, the fourth-round pick never made it to the facility. He had to turn around because he would’ve been ineligible to participate in rookie camp the following week.However, his actions caught the eye of his head coach, Jim Harbaugh, who said Patton reminded him of himself.Pie Face Patton’s father is known as “The Pie Man” in his neighborhood. The 6’0”, 204-pounder was once expecting to receive a pie in the mail, but it never quite made it to his house despite what the UPS tracker read. “Somebody had a sweet tooth,” he told Niners Nation.Fun fact : Patton’s favorite pie is apple. Big Fish in a Small PondPatton was very productive for Louisiana Tech after spending a year at Coffeyville Community College. In two seasons for the Bulldogs, he registered 183 receptions for 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns, earning first-team all-conference honors both years. He had 11 games with at least 100 receiving yards and two over 200, one of which came against Texas A&M (233 yards). He had his most productive collegiate outing against the Aggies in a 59-57 shootout loss, tying school records for receptions and touchdowns in a single game with 21 and four, respectively.Culinary Quinton Patton has a passion for cuisine, stemming from his childhood when his father was a chef in the Nashville area. During his time in San Francisco, Patton wanted to open up a Pappadeaux, a seafood chain, in San Jose. In an interview with, Patton said his dream is to open a restaurant named Uncle Phil’s, after former teammate Phil Dawson. Real Recognizes RealFormer Mississippi State CB Jonathan Banks, a second-round selection by the Bears in 2013, gave props to Patton during his draft process."I feel like [Patton] from Louisiana Tech is the best receiver I've played against since I've been here,” Banks said in an interview with “I've gone against some good ones in the SEC, too, but he's probably the most complete."Just for the record, SEC receivers that overlap with Banks’ college tenure include A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Donte Moncrief and Jordan Matthews.Involved in the Community Patton was active off the field while playing for the Bulldogs. Prior to their bowl game in 2011, the Louisiana Tech players participated in the Poinsettia Bowl’s Make-A-Wish-Foundation event. However, Patton and fellow teammate Adrien Cole went a step further and donated their bowl gifts, which included a $300 Best Buy gift card. >
  6. Why not Colin Kaepernick? The question has gained momentum on a national scale, and locally, there probably are some New York Jets fans wondering why their team felt compelled to pounce on 37-year-old journeyman Josh McCown without so much as a phone call to Kaepernick. Spike Lee thinks it's "fishy" and "stinks to the high heavens." Sorry, Spike, it's just football. And business. Kaepernick wasn't right for the Jets' quarterback vacancy, and it had nothing to do with whether he kneels, stands or does jumping jacks during the national anthem. Well, yes, that was part of it, but the overriding reason was based on scheme fit and what-have-you-done-for-me-lately.Truth be told, Kaepernick hasn't been a good quarterback in a few years. He lost 16 of his last 19 starts for the San Francisco 49ers and his Total QBR over the last two seasons (52.0) ranked 30th out of 32 qualifying quarterbacks, according to ESPN Stats & Information.Kaepernick was an effective quarterback when operating the 49ers' read-option under Jim Harbaugh (2013) and did some decent things last year in Chip Kelly's gadget offense. But Kaepernick hasn't proved himself as a pocket passer. When throwing from inside the pocket in 2015 and 2016, Kaepernick's QBR was only 39.8 -- 32nd out of 32 quarterbacks. He's also the only quarterback in each of the last two seasons to complete fewer than 60 percent of his passes while averaging fewer than 7 yards per attempt (minimum: 200 attempts).The Jets are starting over on offense with new coordinator John Morton, who will install a conventional system, probably a form of the West Coast offense. The idea is to build a foundation. With Kaepernick, he would have had to alter the system, and that would've made no sense for a player who probably would've been one-and-done. It would have had a negative effect on the development of QB Christian Hackenberg, who is learning his fourth offense in the last five years, counting Penn State. So why McCown ? McCown is a football vagabond with an 18-42 record as a starter, but he's like a La-Z-Boy chair -- he makes people feel comfortable. He can adapt to different schemes and different coaches, and he's a good teammate. Clearly, the Jets wanted the noncontroversial, inexpensive route, avoiding a player whose politics might have divided the fan base. If you're choosing between stopgap quarterbacks, the tie should go to the player who won't be a distraction. Kaepernick's polarizing actions and beliefs would have created a firestorm in New York, and let's be honest: The last thing owner Woody Johnson needed was a divisive influence in his stadium and, perhaps, his locker room. It'll be hard enough to keep the customers happy, considering the current state of the product. Sports is a business, and every NFL owner has the right to decide which players are good and bad for business. Let's not be naive and say the other stuff didn't matter. Kaepernick and Johnson are at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Johnson has raised millions for the GOP and served as a major fundraiser for Donald Trump during his presidential campaign -- the same Trump who publicly criticized Kaepernick last fall for his national-anthem protests and continues to tweak the quarterback. And, by the way, Johnson soon could be working for Trump as his ambassador to the United Kingdom.Perhaps trying to send a message to potential employers, Kaepernick reportedly has reversed his stance, indicating he has no plans to continue his anthem protests during the 2017 season. Too late -- he's "that guy." He's also the guy who last summer donned socks depicting cartoon pigs wearing police hats. How do you think that would've been received among the law-enforcement types who buy tickets and work at MetLife Stadium on game days? In the end, it was about risk/reward. Kaepernick wasn't going to lead the rebuilding Jets to a championship, but he could have held them back in terms of the overall development of the offense. Easy decision, not fishy at all. >
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  9. Jets' signing of WR Quinton Patton all about familiarity, depth Continuing to shop in the bargain aisle, the New York Jets have signed free-agent wide receiver Quinton Patton, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers. This is a "connection" signing, and the connection is offensive coordinator John Morton. He was Patton's first position coach with the 49ers in 2013. Terms: Not immediately available, but it's likely a one-year contract with a small amount of guaranteed money. ESPN 150 ranking: Not ranked. Quinton Patton set career highs with 37 receptions and 408 yards last season for San Francisco. Jason O. Watson/Getty Images Grade -- C: Patton is the first wide-receiver add since they released Brandon Marshall, but he's not expected to replace Marshall. No, no, no. But let's say this for Patton: Unlike the Jets' first four free-agent signings -- Kelvin Beachum, Chandler Catanzaro, Morris Claiborne and Josh McCown -- Patton isn't coming off a down or injury-plagued season. He set career highs with 37 receptions and 408 yards, as he played 68 percent of the offensive snaps for the 49ers. What it means: Patton, 26, will add veteran depth at receiver. His background with Morton should give him a jump on the others in terms of learning the new system. The former fourth-round pick has 73 career receptions, which puts him third on the team, behind Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa. The 6-foot Patton can play outside and in the slot, where he made 16 of his 37 catches last season, per ESPN Stats & Information. He was an afterthought in his first two seasons, playing behind Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, but his role expanded in 2015. The new regime in San Francisco made him expendable, as they re-signed Jeremy Kerley and added Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin. He's not an explosive player (only one career touchdown), but rather a possession receiver. He dropped six passes over the past two years, a bit much for 120 targets. What's the risk: There really is no risk, financial or otherwise. Patton will battle the likes of Robby Anderson, Charone Peake, Jalin Marshall (four-game suspension) and Devin Smith for a reserve role. It could be anywhere from No. 3 to No. 5/6 on the receiver depth chart. Things will change if Decker gets released at some point, which is a possibility. If Patton sticks, the Jets will have two receivers whose first names start with Q. How many teams can say that ? >
  10. Mel, Mel, Mel, Mel, Mel. In his updated mock draft, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. predicts the New York Jets will pick Alabama's O.J. Howard at No. 6 overall. He's a very good tight end, but it's highly unusual to take one that high. For historical context, consider: The last tight end to go as high as No. 6 was Vernon Davis in 2006. (A side note: Then-coach Eric Mangini once told me they strongly considered Davis with the fourth pick, opting instead for left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson).It would be quite a rags-to-riches story if the Jets were to select Howard. They ignored the tight-end position the last two years, fielding a patchwork group that produced only 26 catches in 2015 and 2016 -- 71 fewer than the next-closest team. Howard would be a tremendous upgrade, and we can't forget that new offensive coordinator John Morton -- unlike his predecessor -- is planning to integrate the tight end into his West Coast-style passing offense.But the Jets are a team with many needs, and tight end would be a luxury pick at No. 6. They need a cornerback. A safety. An edge rusher. And, of course, a quarterback. The tight end can wait. >
  11. DL Mike Pennel Signs with Jets Ethan Contributor 2014 UDFA Racked Up 39 tackles in Three Seasons for GB The Jets have signed DL Mike Pennel.The team originally claimed Pennel off waivers from Green Bay on Feb. 7, but didn't make the four-year veteran an RFA tender, thus making him a free agent. Pennel signed with the Packers after going undrafted in 2014 and appeared in 13 games his rookie season, registering eight tackles. In 2015, the 6’4”, 332-pounder started five games and appeared in all 16 contests. He played eight games in 2016, compiling 24 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. The Aurora, CO native played collegiate ball at Scottsdale Community College, Arizona State University and Colorado State-Pueblo. >
  12. Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Responding to a recent newspaper story that described him as grossly overweight, New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson posted a video Wednesday on his Instagram account in which he mocks the notion that he has a weight problem. "They say I'm fat and out of shape? Haha," Wilkerson says on the video, laughing. "Keep sleeping on me. I'm telling you. I love it."Wilkerson's face is seen on the video, but not his body. He's sweating as he appears to be walking or running on a treadmill in a gym. Quoting unnamed scouts, the New York Daily News reported Wilkerson looked "sloppy" and "absolutely terrible" while attending the Temple pro day as a spectator. (Wilkerson played football at Temple.) The newspaper didn't cite his current weight or provide any photographic evidence.Wilkerson was listed on the Jets' roster last season at 315 pounds. It was a disappointing year for the former Pro Bowl player, who amassed only 4.5 sacks after signing a five-year, $86 million contract before training camp. The offseason program, which is voluntary, begins April 17. Wilkerson has been working out at a facility in Orlando, Florida, and in New Jersey. >
  13. The Jets website has not caught up yet. The team’s online shop had no Josh McCown jerseys as of Tuesday afternoon. You could get yourself a Ryan Fitzpatrick jersey, a Geno Smith No. 7, even a Joe Namath No. 12, but no McCowns.The fervor created by McCown’s signing with Jets fans is at the level of a party at a retirement home. New York has not exactly become “McCown Town” yet. Most Jets fans know what the deal is — the team is rebuilding. Still, it is painful for most to accept the best their team could do was a 37-year-old journeyman. Here are some thoughts on the Jets signing McCown to a one-year, $6 million deal : 1. While McCown is not going to ignite the fan base, who did you want the Jets to sign? The free-agent quarterback pool was very shallow this year, like it is every year. Unless you catch Drew Brees or Peyton Manning coming off a major injury, it is hard to land a good quarterback on the free-agent market.Signing Jay Cutler made no sense for several reasons. The most telling thing, though, is the Jets have two people in their organization who worked with both Cutler and McCown in Chicago. Both director of scouting Rex Hogan and quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates know the two men and how they are in the locker room. The Jets brought McCown in first and signed him before even visiting with Cutler. That says a lot. 2. You would have to assume that McCown is going to enter the offseason program atop the depth chart. The Jets gave him just $6 million guaranteed, and the fact that they were searching for a veteran tells you they are not confident in rolling with Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty.Jets coach Todd Bowles will speak to the media next week at the owners’ meetings in Arizona. That will be our first chance to ask Bowles about McCown. It will be interesting to hear how Bowles frames the quarterback pecking order. A few weeks ago at the Scouting Combine, Bowles said Petty and Hackenberg would get a chance to compete to be the starter. Will he say this is an open competition? That is not usually Bowles’ way. During his first two years, he has liked to have a defined starter. Remember, Geno Smith was the starter in Year 1 until his jaw was broken. There was no competition with Fitzpatrick. Last year, Bowles made it clear the job was Fitzpatrick’s as soon as he signed his contract despite the lengthy contract standoff. My guess is Bowles says McCown is No. 1 on the depth chart because of his experience, but the other guys will have a chance to win the job. 3. There had been some speculation that the team had given up on Hackenberg already, but that is not correct. The Jets are not really sure what they have in Hackenberg yet, but that is not uncommon for second-year players. McCown has never played 16 games in a season. Chances are he won’t in 2017. Even if McCown stays healthy, once the Jets feel Hackenberg is ready, he could take over the starting job. 4. Petty might not be as lucky. It feels like Petty is destined to be the odd man out in the Jets’ quarterback room. If the Jets draft a quarterback, Petty could be cut. It is possible he would ask for his release if he thinks he won’t get a chance to play. 5. The signing of McCown basically leaves all options on the table for the Jets when it comes to the draft next month. If they believe there is a franchise quarterback in this draft, they can take him with the sixth pick and throw him into the mix.The Jets had a contingent at North Carolina on Tuesday for Mitchell Trubisky’s pro day. General manager Mike Maccagnan and Bowles were not there, but Trubisky told reporters he has a private visit scheduled with the Jets. So, Trubisky jerseys might hit the racks just after the McCown ones. >
  14. One day after signing free-agent quarterback Josh McCown, the New York Jets were back on the quarterback trail. They were well-represented Tuesday at Mitchell Trubisky's pro day at North Carolina, another step in the evaluation process. Because this is the silly season in the NFL, some will read too much into it. It doesn't mean they envision Trubisky as their quarterback of the future; it's just due diligence on the path to the draft. Truth be told, some teams believe these made-for-TV pro days are becoming less and less helpful, finding that private workouts are more beneficial. Perhaps that explains why general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles weren't in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to observe Trubisky.But, as Trubisky mentioned to reporters after the workout, the Jets are among several teams that have scheduled private workouts. They're also expected to bring him to their facility for a pre-draft visit. He named the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs as other teams that will conduct private workouts. As for his pro day, Trubisky completed 54 of 63 passes, including four drops, per USA Today. Watching on TV, hardly the ideal vantage point, he demonstrated quick feet and excellent footwork, especially on rollout-type throws. His throwing was solid, not spectacular. He displayed very good arm strength, especially on deep balls, but his ball placement was off the mark on a handful of short and intermediate throws. But, again, don't read too much into a scripted workout with no pass rush and no defense. The tape matters most, and I can tell you the Jets are very intrigued by what they saw from Trubisky in his 13 starts last season. Enough to pick him sixth overall? I'd be surprised if that happens, but you never know.A year ago, Maccagnan traveled to Penn State and fell in love with Christian Hackenberg in a private workout, eventually picking him in the second round. Despite a non-descript rookie year, Hackenberg remains in the team's plans. They certainly won't bail on a second-round pick this soon, but there's a reasonably good chance they will draft a quarterback at some point. That wouldn't bode well for Bryce Petty. Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer will have his pro day on Thursday. And, yes, the Jets will be there. >