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  1. Bishop Impressed Jets in First Season Posted 21 hours ago Ethan Contributor First-Year Player Adapted to NFL, Wants to Increase Speed for ‘17 Eleven months ago, Jets OLB Freddie Bishop was happy to get the opportunity to play football back on American soil. And after spending the first 13 weeks of the 2016 season on the Green & White’s practice squad, the former CFL standout received his chance to make an impact on Sundays. “I felt like I readjusted pretty well,” Bishop said of his four-game stint down the stretch. “There are things I can work on in the offseason like affecting the quarterback more rapidly. As far as coming in from Canada and adjusting to the game, I felt like I did pretty well. The coaches continue to have confidence in me and give me good feedback. All I can do is go hard in the offseason and try to work on some things I need to get better at.” The Western Michigan product racked up 17 tackles, two TFL and one QBH while making three starts. Even with the small sample size, Bishop’s play caught the eye of the coaches.“I felt Bishop came in and did a nice job, coming up from the practice squad,” head coach Todd Bowles said in his season-ending press conference. “He showed some toughness there.” Despite a favorable first impression, the 6’3”, 255-pounder wants to become a better all-around player. After taking some time to travel, he said he would return to his native Michigan for offseason training. “I want to become more rangy,” said Bishop when the Jets cleared out their lockers in early January. “Drop a little weight and get better in my coverage drops, do different things that make myself more versatile, especially on special teams. Then just get a little extra speed for the edge and affect the quarterback.”Bishop, who had never been asked to drop in coverage before this season, made steady progress in his pass defense and registered a PD in the season finale against the Bills.“I just have to continue to get better at it,” he said. “It’s all going to come with repetition, so I’m going to get better at it. That’s what I’m going to work on in the offseason and hopefully I’ll come back next year with a better grasp of it.” In addition to his work on the outside, Bishop is also adapting to another new facet of his game — special teams.“I never did a whole lot of special teams, but I had the opportunity to do it this year,” he said. “I feel like I did okay, but there are definitely some things I can improve.”Before leaving One Jets Drive for the final time this season, Bishop reflected on his year that started in Calgary and ended as the starting outside linebacker for the New York Jets. “It’s been a constant journey,” he said. “Me just being on the practice squad, putting the work in every day even though you’re not playing, taking the time to study film and watching to see how the other guys were playing things. So when my time came, I was ready for it. I didn’t have to get ready, I was able to go out there and not miss a beat.” >
  2. " Could the Jets cut Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall ? ".. >
  3. Could quarterback-needy Jets take a flyer on Johnny Manziel? 7:00 AM ET Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The New York Jets are looking for a quarterback and there could be a new name on the market. You may have heard of him. Our question of the week: @RichCimini: Mike, I understand why you asked the question. Johnny Manziel made news Friday, telling ESPN's Ed Werder in a text message that he's sober and wants to resume his football career. Good for Johnny; we should all hope he can get his life straightened out. But does that make him a good candidate to play quarterback for the Jets? I can answer that in five words: No. No. No. No. No. I'd be beyond stunned if the Jets showed any interest in Manziel. Signing Johnny Football would dwarf the Tim Tebow trade in terms of the most calamitous personnel moves in Jets history. Under Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan, the Jets have tried to remove the "circus" perception that dogged the franchise during the Rex Ryan years. Manziel would bring the Jets right back to that phase. Full disclosure: A few years back, I wrote the Jets should consider drafting him, but that was before his life spiraled out of control. If the locker room had issues last season, imagine what it would be like with Manziel in it. They have two young, impressionable quarterbacks, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, and they need to be developed in a stable environment. Imagine Manziel in the No. 1 media market. Oh, my. TMZ would hire a correspondent to cover the Jets' beat. In his final season with the Browns, 2015, Manziel demonstrated a modest level of competence, completing 58 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He has talent, but this isn't a talent issue. It's a life issue. He needs to get his together, and it takes time. One text message to a reporter doesn't mean he's equipped to return to the crucible of the NFL. He should play in the CFL or in the new spring league that is forming. Baby steps. Yeah, the Jets are desperate for a quarterback. But not that desperate. >
  4. O-Line Had Its Share of Bumps & Bruises Posted 20 hours ago Randy LangeSenior Reporter, Despite Fielding 11 Different Starters, Unit Held Together as Young Players Got Experience Last Season Review In 2008, '09 and '12, the same five Jets offensive linemen started all 16 regular-season games. This past season was nothing like those seasons. As has been well documented, only one of the projected '16 starters, LG James Carpenter, started all 16 games. LT Ryan Clady (who arrived after D'Brickashaw Ferguson's offseason retirement) went on Injured Reserve after Game 9, followed by C Nick Mangold, RT Breno Giacomini and RG Brian Winters.As a result, 11 different players got at least two starts on the O-line, and 10 different lineups were used, with no one lineup working together for more than three games. "You think back to 2015 and we had a lot of success and we were fortunate," GM Mike Maccagnan said recently about his entire roster. "This season, it was like every week you turned around and somebody else was getting injured."Yet despite the almost weekly turnover, the line actually held up fairly well. The Jets were 12th in the NFL in rush yards/game and 14th in rush yards/attempt as Matt Forté early and Bilal Powell late often found some nice holes. In the pass game, the line was 21st in sacks/pass attempt and tied for 15th in total sacks allowed. And the team's 20 offensive holding penalties, 15 against O-linemen, were sixth-fewest in the league. VIEW GALLERY | 33 Photos 2016 Position Review: Offensive Line Looking Ahead C Nick Mangold has said he plans to return from his foot injury that cost him eight games in all, wants to return to the Jets, and thinks he can still play at his Pro Bowl level — "I have no qualms about that." Head coach Todd Bowles concurred: "If he's healthy, yes."A healthy Mangold flanked by Carpenter and Winters — who signed a contract extension after the final game vs. Buffalo — makes for a solid interior of the line. As head coach Todd Bowles said about the injuries, "We have to see how bad the injuries are going forward and how nagging they are. But the big thing is the young guys had a chance to play and establish themselves, so, there is hope there." One of those young guys was rookie Brandon Shell, who was throw into the fray with RT starts over the last three games, acquitted himself well, and Bowles said, "I'm encouraged by him going forward."Shell could compete with Breno Giacomini, another health question who, before undergoing surgery for a herniated disc in his back shortly after the season, told reporters, "I'll be back." Brent Qvale is another who drew experience with five starts, three at RT. The big question is left tackle. Clady, who started the first eight games before a shoulder injury sent him to IR, is under contract. Ben Ijalana, who started the last eight games at LT after getting five starts at RT, is the line's only unrestricted free agent, while Johnson, who filled in ably for Mangold except for a few mistimed snaps, is the only restricted FA. >
  5. Lachlan Edwards' Offseason Focus: Leg Strength Posted Jan 18, 2017 Randy LangeSenior Reporter, Jets' Rookie Punter Had 'Bumps in the Road' but Also Built a Foundation for a Greener Future Lachlan Edwards has heard that the offseason after one's NFL rookie season is huge, and the Jets' first-year punter is taking that bit of hearsay to heart. "The emphasis will be leg strength. It'll help me get through the year with the volume of kicks and how long the season is," Edwards told me at the end of the season before heading for points west (Texas and California) to train. "That's one thing I probably didn't have a great base on coming in was just the leg strength that will help me get through the year. "Other than that, just working on every facet of the game, getting reps, volume of kicks, and, really, fundamentals to get into good habits so that when I come back the next year, it's going to be automatic, I'm not falling into bad habits halfway through the year like I did this year. That's really the main focus."Edwards, the Australian by way of Sam Houston State, was a seventh-round pick in last year's draft who replaced Ryan Quigley, the Jets' three-year punter. An Associated Press observer late in the year cracked that we could refer to Edwards as "Quigley Down Under," and in fact the similarities between Q's 2015 numbers and Edwards' 2016 are uncanny: Total Punts: Quigley 75, Edwards 75. Gross Average: Quigley 43.8, Edwards 43.1. Net Average: Quigley 36.5, Edwards 37.3 Touchbacks: Quigley 4, Edwards 4. Inside-the-20 Punts: Quigley 27, Edwards 24. Fair Catches: Quigley 14, Edwards 22. Punts Blocked: Quigley 1, Edwards 1. Unofficial Average Hang Time: Quigley 4.41 seconds, Edwards 4.37. VIEW GALLERY | 60 Photos 2016 Spotlight: Rookies Special teams coordinator Brant Boyer reminded before the season finale against the Bills that Edwards has a sizable upside since he's played football stateside for only four seasons. "I think Lachlan has done some good things," Boyer said. "Has he had some bumps in the road? Sure, he has. Any rookie has in this league, and there’s a lot of things that you have to learn in your first couple of years, especially guys as raw as he is."Has he gotten better? Hell, yeah, he's gotten better. He didn’t know how to hold when he got here, his times were way up there — we’ve brought all that down. I think he’s a little more consistent than he was earlier in the year. I think he’s done a pretty nice job. Are there areas of improvement he needs to make in the offseason? Sure there are, just like us all." Boyer mentioned his own connection with Pro Bowl punter Pat McAfee, whom he worked with the previous four seasons on the Colts. McAfee has posted 40-plus net averages four of the last five years, but his nets his first two NFL seasons were 37.8 as a rookie and then 35.4.One thing Edwards had on Quigley was a slightly better net average and field position, based on him and his cover team not yielding a TD return (the '15 Jets gave up two) and forcing more fair catches. That's a fair foundation for the honest, earnest young man who was brought up on Australian rules football, rugby and cricket. "I thought I started well, fell off in the middle, and then sort of finished well," he said in assessing '16 and looking ahead to '17. "I've just got to fix, though, that one punt each game that sort of let me down. I think if I do that, I'll be one of the guys that's here for a while." >
  6. When ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. assesses the New York Jets' possible strategy with the sixth overall pick, he sees two dynamics in play: He believes the organization should remain patient with second-year quarterback Christian Hackenberg. At the same time, Kiper thinks coach Todd Bowles will show signs of impatience because of the pressure he might feel to win. 2017 NFL DRAFT Round 1: April 27, 8 p.m. ETRds. 2-3: April 28, 7 p.m. ETRds. 4-7: April 29, noon ETWhere: Philadelphia NFL draft home page » • 2017 NFL draft order » • Mel Kiper Jr.: Mock 1.0 » • Todd McShay: Mock 1.0 » • Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board » • Mel Kiper Jr.: Top 10 by position » • Todd McShay's Top 32 • McShay: Top prospects by position • Underclassmen who have declared » • NFL draft player rankings » When Kiper combines those two factors, he doesn't envision the Jets drafting a quarterback at No. 6. "You have a coach who has to win," Kiper said Thursday on a conference call with reporters. "You already drafted Hackenberg in the second round. You could say, 'Well, he didn't show anything,' but who does when you don't play? "So, all of a sudden, do you give up on a quarterback you drafted just because, as a rookie, he didn't play? I don't believe that." Based on Kiper's first mock draft the Jets wouldn't have a shot at North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky because he's off the board at No. 2 to the 49ers. Clemson's Deshaun Watson and Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer would be available to the Jets. They have so many needs, but they also need a quarterback. "I don't believe Trubisky will be there at six," Kiper said. "I think Watson certainly could. If he is, sure, it would be under consideration, but when you need to win, you have to get a player who can be a hole-filler. ... I think there will be too many players that fill holes that are impact players, hopefully as rookies, over a quarterback, especially when you drafted one in the second round this year." He mentioned Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore and Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams as solid choices for the Jets. In his mock, Kiper tabs Lattimore to the Jets. >
  7. if Deshaun Watson is still on the board when our turn comes around.. we're gonna pick him cheers ~ ~
  8. Jets Will Carry Over Almost No Extra Salary Cap Space into 2017 91 TWEET SHARE PIN REC Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports In the NFL, teams are allowed to carry over unused salary cap space into the next season. The average team will carry over $9 million extra into 2017 to add to their cap space.Unfortunately, the Jets are at the very low end. The NFLPA notes the Jets will only carry $371,487 of unused 2016 cap space into 2017. Only the Chargers and the Rams will carry less money over. View image on Twitter It is a rough season when you only win 5 games, and you have spent to the cap. Lots of big money players did not perform.This isn’t to say the Jets will lack cap space. Cutting some of the big money underperforming players will open up room to operate, but they will need to spread that money around to fill a ton of holes. One subtle criticism I might have of Mike Maccagnan is how he has spent right up to the salary cap. I understand he took over a depleted roster that was going to require a robust infusion of free agent talent two years ago, but he didn’t have to spend to the cap. It is a good idea to have some extra money in reserve so you don’t find your team caught in a dicey cap situation and/or have money available when an important player needs to be signed. I think back to 2014, and one of my frustrations is I feel like people learned the wrong lessons in some cases. We remember some of the mistakes when it comes to players who were and weren’t signed, but the excess cap space the Jets had was used as an example of a poorly run team. There might have been problems with some of the moves the team made, but having some money is reserve was not in itself a terrible idea. I am hoping the powers in charge of the team adjust their strategy a bit going forward and consider leaving some extra cap space around. Part of the decision might come down to whether they feel like their jobs are on the line or whether they feel empowered to take a long-term view. I appreciate what a difficult balance this is. We are in year three of this rebuild, and there should be substantial signs of progress. At this point, it does seem like this thing is a bit behind schedule. This is also a team that has missed the Playoffs for six straight years. One thing I do know about the NFL, however, is few things damage a franchise like when the best interests of the people in charge do not match up with the franchise’s long-term best interests. When people feel like their jobs are on the line, they sacrifice a long-term building philosophy and focus on short-term gains to save those jobs, frequently at the expense of the future. As much as I want to see success next season, I think the worst thing that could happen to the Jets is a view that 2017 is Playoffs or bust. There needs to be a vision beyond one year, and leaving some extra money in the piggy bank might be one way this could manifest itself. >
  9. Time for Jets to put on thinking cap because space in short supply 8:00 AM ET Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Say this for the New York Jets: They spent to the salary-cap limit last season. On Wednesday, the NFL Players' Association released its figures on unused cap space for 2016, and the Jets were close to the bottom -- only $371,487, to be exact. So much for saving for a rainy day. In case you're wondering, the two Los Angeles teams finished with less unused space -- $113,693 for the Chargers, $304,311 for the Rams. Not surprisingly, the Browns were at the opposite end of the scale -- $50.1 million. What does it mean? Teams are permitted to apply their unused cap space to the following year's cap -- a carryover. In the Jets' case, it's the equivalent of breaking a 2-year-old's piggy bank and depositing the amount into a bank.Right now, the Jets face serious cap issues. The cap is projected at $168 million for the 2017 league year -- some experts say $170 million -- and the Jets are at $168.4 million, according to In other words, they have some cutting to do before March 9, when the league year begins. The Jets have until Feb. 15 to exercise the options for Ryan Clady and Erin Henderson. If they decline, they'd save $10 million and $2.75 million, respectively. That would at least give them some breathing room before they have to make the tough decisions -- i.e. David Harris, Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Marshall. >
  10. soooo.. Mel Kiper's first mock draft: Jets pass on QB Deshaun Watson play 0:43 / 2:08 1:13 12:15 PM ET Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The mock draft season is upon us, with ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr. releasing his first version on Thursday. First, let's say this: Any mock draft before the scouting combine, pro days and free agency is strictly guesswork. At this point, no one knows what teams are thinking. Things will crystallize (hopefully) once we get into late March and early April. Enough of the disclaimers; Let's get to Kiper's mock. Kiper has the New York Jets selecting Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore with the sixth pick. Well, the Jets need a cornerback -- a new Darrelle Revis, if you will -- and Lattimore is generally regarded as the top cornerback prospect in the draft. He's described as a more talented version of former Ohio State teammate Eli Apple, who went 10th last year to the Giants. I'm not going to critique Lattimore this early in the process, although it should be noted he started only one season. It's hard to evaluate a corner off TV, but he certainly didn't stand out to me against Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals. What's intriguing about Kiper's mock is the player the Jets don't pick -- quarterback Deshaun Watson, who goes 10th to the Bills. If he's still on the board for the quarterback-needy Jets ... well, that would be a dramatic moment. Could they afford to pass on one of the most accomplished college quarterbacks in recent memory? It'll be a talking point over the next three months. How they address the position in free agency will impact that debate. >
  11. How much unused salary cap space will Jets carry over for 2017 free agency? New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan answers a question as he addresses the media at the team's training facility (AP Photo | Mel Evans) PrintEmail By Connor Hughes | NJ Advance Media for Email the author | Follow on Twitter on January 19, 2017 at 7:30 AM, updated January 19, 2017 at 7:44 AM The Jets are right up against the salary cap. And reinforcements aren't on the way. The Jets are carrying over just $371,487 in unused cap dollars for the 2017 season, per the NFLPA. In total, NFL teams carried over $293,767,117. The average carry over per team is just over $9 million. Here's the NFLPA's definition of club spending carryover: Every year, NFL clubs can elect to carry over unused cap dollars into the following league year. Think of it like rollover minutes. This chart (pictured below) reflects each teams' elected carryover amount, which would be added to the salary cap amount at the start of the league year. We'll update you on the financial flexibility each team will have in March. View image on Twitter The minuscule carry over isn't much of a help for the Jets. According to OTC, they're projected to be $471,263 over the predicted team salary cap of $168 million. The team does, though, have several ways to free additional funds. By cutting left tackle Ryan Clady, center Nick Mangold, cornerback Darrelle Revis and linebacker David Harris, the Jets can free nearly $33 million in cap space. Keep or dump: Jets' UFAs Which of these players should the Jets bring back? The Jets can also restructure the contract of Brandon Marshall, who is set to have a $7.5 million cap hit. The entire hit is alleviated if released. on Wednesday, Marshall didn't seem open to redoing his deal. "People need to get away from me due $7.5," Marshall said on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show. "Get away from my salary. That's underpaid. Any team should be happy to have me for $7.5 million." >
  12. No ex-Jets left in playoffs, and there's a sobering reason for that 8:00 AM ET Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Even though the New York Jets haven't made the playoffs since 2010, some of their former players have gone on to postseason success with other teams. A year ago, Jerricho Cotchery made a Super Bowl run with the Panthers. Two years ago, Darrelle Revis won a ring with the Patriots. This year ? There's no one, only ghosts. Charges S Dwight Lowery was one of only a handful of former Jets to start in the league in 2016. Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images You won't find a single ex-Jet remaining in the playoffs, at least not on a 53-man roster. Packers punter Jacob Schum was on the Jets' preseason roster in 2014 and 2015, but he never actually played in a regular-season game. Is there an anti-Jets bias out there ? Not at all. There's an element of coincidence, but the main reason why there are no former Jets playing for a championship is the same reason why the 2016 Jets won only five games. Poor drafting by the previous regimes. Quite simply, there aren't many quality ex-Jets floating around the league. Only five former Jets, drafted from 2006 to 2016, were full-time starters in 2016: guard Matt Slauson (Chargers), safety Dwight Lowery (Chargers), wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (49ers), linebacker Demario Davis (Browns) and guard Vladimir Ducasse (Ravens). Not one of them played for a winning team. By comparison, the Dolphins had 10 former draft picks starting elsewhere. If you ranked Jets-drafted players across the NFL based on the amount of their playing time in 2016, the list would look like this: 1. Slauson, 970 snaps. 2. Lowery, 961. 3. Revis, 889. 4. David Harris, 872. If this isn't a stinging indictment of the Jets' drafting record, what is? All four players came from the 2007, 2008 and 2009 drafts, which is close to ancient history. Some might say the Jets have done a poor job of retaining their best players, but that doesn't fly. They just haven't had many worth keeping. Since 2010, only three Jets draft picks on the current roster received a second contract from the team -- Muhammad Wilkerson, Bilal Powell and Brian Winters. It all comes back to scouting and drafting. So there you have it: The Jets will be watching the conference championships this weekend and so will their former players. Misery loves company. >
  13. more re powell.. Powell Proved a Lasting Point Posted Jan 16, 2017 Eric AllenSr. Reporter/Director, Internet ProgrammingEmail @eallenjets On the Inside Todd Bowles Impressed with Veteran Back’s Toughness, Quickness and Resiliency Even on the darkest of nights, one can find a radiant star. With a strong finishing kick, Jets RB Bilal Powell rushed for a career-high 722 yards and his 58 receptions was the sixth-most by a RB in team history. “I knew he was tough and a good complementary back,” said head coach Todd Bowles. “He showed me that he could be the guy.” Through the Jets’ first 12 games, Powell had 86 touches from scrimmage while sharing the backfield with veteran Matt Forté. He was productive when called upon, averaging 6.3 yards on his 49 carries and 6.7 yards on his 37 receptions. But with Forté slowed by a knee injury in December, Powell became the team’s No.1 option out of the backfield. Over the final four games, the 5”10, 204-pound Powell put the battered and bruised Jets on his back and he charged ahead. He averaged 5.0 yards on his 82 carries and 6.7 yards on his 21 receptions. Powell eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground in Week 14 wins over San Francisco (145) and Buffalo (122), doing his damage behind a shuffled offensive line that lost four starters during the regular season. “He showed me a lot running the ball from a toughness standpoint and making the team and the offense tougher,” Bowles said. “Especially running with four offensive linemen hurt, he showed his toughness, his quickness and his resiliency, which showed me a lot about him.” View image on Twitter Powell, who set a personnel best with 1,100 yards from scrimmage, and Forté (1,076) became the only pair of RBs this season to each record 1,000 scrimmage yards. The 28-year-old Powell reaped the benefits from working on his explosiveness and adding hills to his routine in the offseason. “This time I worked on a lot of change of direction stuff, in and out of cuts and I did a lot of hills,” he said back in August. “I did a bunch of band resistant workouts, I tried to stay away from the weights and do more lean stuff to help build muscle endurance.”That endurance was seen in a dazzling December display from the soft-spoken young man from Lakeland, FL. One of the most versatile backs in the league considering his blocking prowess, Powell is a difference maker who will remain ready when his number is called. View image on Twitter
  14. An inside look at how the Jets negotiated an early Winters 11:36 AM ET Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Still seven weeks away from free agency, the New York Jets made a pre-emptive strike by locking up their No. 1 priority, guard Brian Winters, who signed a four-year contract extension on Monday. The knee-jerk reaction : Wow, the Jets mean business. They're ticked off by the 5-11 season, and they can't wait to start fixing things.There might be some of that sentiment at One Jets Drive, but there were other factors in play. For one, the two sides actually began negotiating late last season -- before Winters suffered a rotator cuff tear in Week 15. Secondly, this was a business opportunity for the Jets. And for Winters. Brian Winters' rotator cuff surgery likely played a role in his signing an extension with the Jets rather than testing the free-agent market. Wesley Hitt/Getty Images If healthy, Winters would have been one of the most coveted guards on the free-agent market, but he underwent rotator cuff surgery at the end of the season. Even though he should be fine for the 2017 season, he evidently felt that the injury would have affected his value on the open market.That factored into his decision to sign in January. The Jets pounced on the early-bird special, probably saving some money. The deal averages about $7 million per year, according to sources. The amount of fully guaranteed money wasn't immediately available -- that's the most important detail when evaluating a contract -- but it's thought to be about $12 million. A year ago, Texans guard Jeff Allen received a $12 million guarantee on a four-year, $28 million contract. Winters gets a lot of money for a solid, if not Pro Bowl-level guard, but it falls in line with the market set last year by Allen and J.R. Sweezy (five years, $32.5 million). The two sides worked off those contracts in the negotiations. From the Jets' perspective, the deal carries risk. They've committed a boatload of money to a player only one month removed from a significant shoulder operation -- a player who had major knee surgery in 2014 and never has started for a full season. But they felt it was a worthwhile gamble because he's still young (he'll be 26 in July), he played well last season before the injury and he still hasn't reached his ceiling. They know the player and they know the injury, and they felt comfortable with the situation. If they had lost him in free agency, it would've cost at least $8 million per year to replace him with a top guard, i.e., Kevin Zeitler (Bengals) or T.J. Lang (Packers). Winters, too, took a chance because he surrendered the opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent. Evidently, he didn't think he'd have much bargaining power because of the injury, so he took what he could get while the getting was good. The best deals usually involve risk from both sides. From a personnel standpoint, this means two-fifths of the offensive line is secure -- right and left guard (James Carpenter). Now all the Jets have to do is figure out what to do with center Nick Mangold and both tackle spots. They have a lot of work left, but they cleared a big item off the to-do list by securing Winters. >