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~ ~  As expected, the restructuring of Santonio Holmes' contract
was made official today, according to league records. Holmes' base
salary was reduced to $7.5 million, or the amount of guaranteed money he
is owed in 2013.

The Jets also restructured the deal of Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie

was owed a $7 million base in 2013 and will now earn a base salary of
$840,000, league records show. The difference will likely be recouped in
bonuses and/or pushed into 2014.

Some other quick changes :

David Garrard is officially on a 1-year deal with a $1 million base
salary. According to Yahoo!, Garrard was also given a $100,000 signing

Josh Mauga, who also signed a 1-year deal on Friday, is slated to make

$630,000 in base salary.

According to NYJetscap, a site that tracks changes in the team's
salary cap, the Jets are roughly $15.5 million under the cap for 2013.
The alteration to Cromartie saved $4.23 million in cap space and the
Holmes move saved roughly $3.5 million.




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A week ago, Darrelle Revis was supposedly a goner. Now there are reports

that the Bucs' interest in him is cooling. So which is it ?

The word I'm getting from the NFL meetings in Phoenix is that Jets
GM John Idzik is in no rush to make a trade and that he's willing to let
it play out until after the draft. Why wait?

The Jets are on a long-term rebuilding plan, and Idzik apparently
isn't married to the idea of having immediate draft-pick compensation --
if he decides to move his best player, which is what many expect to
happen. He's telling people he'd be content to wait for 2014
compensation, when he could use an extra No. 1 pick (and maybe other
picks) to maneuver for a quarterback.

Of course, if the Bucs make him an offer he can't refuse, Idzik
would pull the trigger now. The sense, though, is that he'll let it play
out, waiting for Revis' surgically repaired knee to heal and perhaps
hoping another team enters the fray to create a bidding war.

The risk is that the Bucs will bow out and no other serious suitors will

step up. Broncos exec John Elway said Tuesday he has no interest in

trading for Revis, and the 49ers reportedly feel the same way -- two

teams linked to a potential trade.

Right now, it's all about the Bucs. Now, this twist: There are
rumblings the Bucs are frustrated by the slow-moving Jets and losing
interest, and that they're prepared to shift their focus to free-agent
CB Brent Grimes.

Brent Grimes ? Does anybody really believe the Bucs expect Grimes to
save their league-worst pass defense? He's not even close to a healthy
Revis. The way the cornerback market has plunged, the Bucs could sign
Grimes and trade for Revis. The Grimes stuff is just a well-placed leak in

an attempt to rattle the Jets.

League sources believe the Revis camp wants to get this done ASAP.
Revis knows the Bucs are willing to pay what he wants on a new contract
(or in the neighborhood) and he sees them as a team with potential. He'd
also be only a few hours from his home in South Florida. But, really,
it's about the money. If the Bucs pull out, will anybody else step up to
satisfy Revis ?

That's the fear for Revis. And, to a lesser extent, the Jets, too.




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Jets coach Rex Ryan had some news Tuesday: He said the team isn't
actively shopping cornerback Darrelle Revis, this after months of
speculation that the Jets could enter a full rebuild mode and ship their
star out of town.But something else shocking happened here, too.

Ryan completed his transformation into the new, humble Ryan.

Ryan is a changed man at this year's NFL owners meetings in Arizona.
He is thinner, quieter and, most shockingly, subdued. He isn't spending
his time poolside telling anyone who will listen that his team is Super

In fact, Ryan hasn't offered any hyperbole all week here. Listening
to him now, he sounds nothing like the brash guy he used to be.

To illustrate just how remarkable this change has been, here is a

guide to Ryan's newfound humility and change in tone.


Ryan has flip-flopped on few players more than Revis. There is good
reason for that, since Revis bounces between unbeatable on the field to a
guy who complains about his contract a lot, and Ryan adjusts

But New Rex has relaxed the idea of trading Revis over the last month.

Feb 21: "I would say, could there be a trade? Yeah. Anybody could be
traded. But do I expect there to be a trade for Darrelle Revis? No. But
something could come up."


Will Rex Ryan (background) get to keep Darrelle Revis (right)?

Tuesday: "I know for a fact that we are not actively trying to trade Darrelle Revis."

Mark Sanchez

Ryan usually has reserved his most over-the-top praise for Sanchez,
the quarterback who started his career with two straight AFC title-game
appearances but is known more now for entering the term "buttfumble"
into America's lexicon.

Ryan's tune on Sanchez has changed dramatically. He went from tales
of high-fiving in the draft room after taking him to decidedly less bold

2011: "When you talk about elite quarterbacks, I think he's an elite quarterback

because he wins the big games."

2012: "I think Mark's going to succeed. He'll find a way one way or the other."

Tuesday: Ryan said Sanchez will take the first snap of the team's minicamp

because "Yeah, whatever, somebody's got to take it."

The Super Bowl

Ryan fell into a habit of saying his team would win it all. Those
predictions—a spring tradition—fell flat. This week, Ryan is only
predicting the Jets will do the best they can.

2010: "We believe we're going to win, so why wouldn't we say it?"

2011: "I guarantee we'll win it this year."

2012: We want what the Giants got. We want to win a Super Bowl."

Tuesday: "Guaranteeing that Super Bowl is always going to haunt me.

If I could ever have a do-over, that would be it."

Tim Tebow

When the Jets acquired quarterback Tebow last year, Ryan, not
surprisingly, talked big about the possibilities. On Tuesday the new
Ryan spoke vaguely about how he was still on the roster.

2012: "He's a football player and that's what I keep wanting to put
out there. Let's not just look at him as a quarterback…he's smart,
athletic, tough, a great competitor."

Tuesday: "We'll see how the off-season plays out, but right now

Tim is on our roster."


Historically, Ryan has loved telling everyone how much he loves
himself, his coaching abilities and his family's success. On Tuesday he
was a little less effusive in his self-praise, mostly because he was
fielding questions about his lame-duck status.

Since the Jets brought in a new general manager (John Idzik) this
year, there has been speculation that Ryan could be out if he doesn't
perform. Given a chance to defend himself on Tuesday, Ryan didn't really
take the bait and certainly didn't rekindle the cockiness of the old

2010: "I don't care if people don't like it or whatever (and say),
'Just shut up and win something.' I've won a lot more than that person
writing it. I can promise you that. I've been there."

2011: "I came here to win, to be looked at that way and to take over
not just this city, even though it's the city to take over, but also
this league."

Tuesday: "I never said it was going to be easy, but I'm excited about the challenges."




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Ryan's bravado doused with reality
Instead of making guarantees, Jets coach just trying to save once-promising job


It's not the tattoo, or the foot fetish video, or the flipping off of
fans at a sporting event. No, Rex Ryan's biggest regret, the singular
moment he would like to have back, is promising after consecutive trips
to the AFC title game that the New York Jets would win the Super Bowl in 2011.

"Guaranteeing that Super Bowl is always going to haunt me," Ryan said on
Tuesday. "If I could ever have a do-over, that would be it."

Boy, have there been things to do over, and given Ryan's brash past and
the perilous position he finds himself in, with a new general manager
and a team that lacks talent on both sides of the ball, there
undoubtedly will be more. Last season was bad. This season could be
worse, much worse. While Ryan put on a happy face Tuesday, he certainly
seems well aware of the position he is in as one of the most scrutinized
coaches in the biggest media market in the NFL, with a team that lacks a
legitimate starter at the most crucial position on the field.

    "I'm not afraid of my situation," Ryan said on Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to my situation."

    At least there is that.

    For Ryan, guaranteeing a Super Bowl is deservedly up there on his
regrets list. Drawing unnecessary attention to a task that is already
unbelievably stressful and hard does not qualify as the smartest
decision Ryan ever made. Doing it in a year where there was no
offseason, an NFL-imposed lockout, an abbreviated free-agent period and a
shortened training camp was even dumber, even if Ryan actually believed
it, which, knowing him, he did.

Rex Ryan's days of making guarantees are over, especially with Mark Sanchez still at QB.

    But dumber still was the decision to entrust the franchise -- and thus
Ryan's own job security and future -- to a quarterback who has such
obvious flaws. Ryan excelled his first two seasons by surrounding Mark Sanchez
with a better-than-average running game, playmakers at receiver and,
most importantly, the best defense in the league. The Jets won despite
Sanchez because they were fully committed to ground and pound and
because the defense was unbelievably talented.

    Now, they must win because of Sanchez with a defense that might be losing its best player -- Darrelle Revis.
Now, Ryan is in the precarious position of needing a middle-of-the-road
quarterback to succeed so that he can hang onto his job. Given
Sanchez's body of work through four seasons, it is impossible to see a
scenario in which he can lead the Jets out of the mess they find
themselves in.

    Sanchez as the hero? That's as likely as Ryan actually keeping his job beyond this season.

    Ryan certainly seems to recognize that.

    At the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Ryan was uncharacteristically
subdued. Sitting at a media breakfast with his coaching brethren from
the AFC, Ryan could plainly see three men who have achieved what he has
not. Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin, New England's Bill Belichick and
Baltimore's John Harbaugh never guaranteed a Super Bowl victory. They
never promised anything other than their teams would put forth effort
and be prepared. They never looked beyond the moment, because to do so
in this league is pure folly. Each day is too crucial. Steps cannot be

     During an hour-long session, Ryan fielded question
after question about his future with the Jets, his quarterback, his new
general manager, John Idzik, and the fate of his team's best player.
Ryan seemed almost resigned to the outcome that befell Lovie Smith, who
went 10-6 in Chicago last season and still got fired by a general
manager who had only one season under his belt.

     General managers
typically like to hire their own guys. That's what Phil Emery did after
taking a year to evaluate Smith. He looked for any reason to fire Smith
-- and the fact the Bears did not make the playoffs gave him one -- and
then hired Marc Trestman as his head coach.

    Idzik certainly could do the same thing.

    "I really don't feel different this year than I do any year," Ryan
said. "I've approached this like it's a brand new beginning, because I
believe it is."

    Maybe so, but for the first time since drafting
Sanchez with the fifth overall pick in 2009, Ryan has brought in
competition for Sanchez. Ryan said that Sanchez will take the first snap
of the Jets' first minicamp practice, but beyond that, it will be an
open competition at the position. That 35-year-old David Garrard,
who hasn't thrown a pass in an NFL game in more than two years, is part
of the open competition tells you everything you need to know about how
the organization views Sanchez.

    He is not the answer.

Ryan likely isn't, either. It is a shame, because Ryan is a likeable
guy. He is a colorful personality in a sport that often lacks them. He
is brash and funny, entertaining and confident.

    Or at least he used to be.

    On Tuesday, someone asked Ryan if he thought the Jets had to make the
playoffs this season for him to retain his job. The question was
unthinkable two years ago, but this is where Ryan is now.

    "I'm not the guy to ask that question," Ryan said. "I know one thing: My goal
is always the same, and we know what that goal is. That's what I want
to do. I don't want to be average. I don't want to be whatever. I want
to be a champion. Whenever that time comes, that's what drives me."

    That was a statement, not a guarantee. No regrets, at least not anymore.





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Revis trade : A balancing act for Idzik


New Jets GM John Idzik wouldn't trade Darrelle Revis for nothing in

return in 2013, would he ? Remember the old marketing slogan for

Fram Oil Filters ? It went like this: "You can pay me now or you can

pay me later." It applies to the current impasse between the Jets and

Bucs in the Darrelle Revis trade talks.

The Bucs would likely deal their first- and second-round picks in

2014 for the star cornerback, but the Jets want this year's first-round

pick (13th overall), according to Peter King of Therein lies

the stalemate.

So if you're the Jets, do you want to be paid now or later ?

The idea of having two first-round picks in 2014 is intriguing for a

few reasons. It's supposed to be a good quarterback draft, and the

extra pick would give them the ability to maneuver for a top

quarterback. New GM John Idzik has time on his side, and he can afford

to be patient with regard to the rebuilding of the Jets. He'd have four

picks in the top 64 -- his two, plus two from the Bucs. Problem is,

there's no certainty as to where those picks will be.

If the Bucs make the playoffs, the '14 picks will be in the bottom

portion of the round. How would you feel if the Jets traded their best

player for the 25th and 57th picks in the draft? Sure, it could go the

other way, too, but the chances of the Bucs stinking would be a lot less

with Revis in the lineup.

You can bet that's a concern for Idzik. The bigger concern should be

this: What kind of message does it send the fan base if the team gets

NOTHING for Revis in 2013? Take an elite cornerback (if healthy) out of

the lineup and replace him with ...

Sorry, folks, wait 'till next year.

The fans already are disgruntled after a 6-10 season. You give them

no hope for 2013 if the Revis picks are on a layaway plan. Chances are,

the Jets are looking at a long year anyway, but this is the NFL --

parity, baby -- and no team should kiss off an entire year. It's bad for

business and bad for morale. When the Jets traded Keyshawn Johnson

to the Bucs in 2000, they used the first-round picks on John Abraham

and Anthony Becht, both of whom contributed as rookies.

Imagine how Rex Ryan would feel if they get no '13 return for Revis.

Heck, he might not be around in 2014 to enjoy the fruits of the trade.

He's probably already depressed, knowing his beloved corner is headed

out of town. If he doesn't get a rookie pass rusher or a receiver out of

the deal, he might go apoplectic.

Clearly, the best solution is a compromise: Get some now, get some

later. Idzik should be in no rush to make a deal. The Bucs still will

have a gaping hole in their secondary a month from now, and their

bargaining position will be weaker than now.






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Past draft misses at cornerback make Revis sensible for Bucs


In 2008, the Vikings justified sending a first-round and third-round

pick to Kansas City for defensive end Jared Allen by looking at Allen

as the first-round pick, and the third-round pick as insurance against

the first-round pick being a bust.


That same reasoning could be driving the Buccaneers’ interest in

cornerback Darrelle Revis. Regardless of the extra pick(s) needed to

get the deal done with theJets, Revis essentially would become Tampa’s

first-round pick, and theadditional picks would be the insurance against

Revis being a bust.

A couple of different dynamics apply in this case.  Revis has some

bust potential, via his surgically-repaired ACL.  And with the

implementation of a rookie wage scale that greatly reduces the money

paid to rookies, the money it will take to make Revis happy becomes

glaring (especially with the veteran market tanking recently, too).

But it still makes sense, given the team’s failed efforts in recent

years to find cornerbacks in the draft.  As Stephen F. Holder of the

Tampa Bay Times points out, 2008 first-rounder Aqib Talib and 2010

third-rounder Myron Lewis would have been the starting cornerbacks

this year.  Neither worked out.

Revis, given his knee, may not work out.  But his potential upside

coupled with the inherent downside of a draft pick makes a decision to

essentially make Revis the Bucs’ first-round pick a good idea.




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Losing Darrelle Revis hasn't made Rex Ryan any less confident in his defense.

Just hours after trading the All-Pro cornerback to the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers, the New York Jets coach once again vowed the Jets will be
stout defensively in 2013.

"We will play great defense to the New York Jets'
standard. That is how I've approached it from the day I took this job, I
knew it would happen and I'm telling you it will happen again, we will
play great defense and continue to play great defense," Ryan said on a
conference call Sunday night.


ny_u_rexrts_200.jpgJets coach Rex Ryan says Sunday's trade will benefit both teams involved.


"That's not a slight to Darrelle Revis whatsoever. Darrelle Revis is a
tremendous player, he's been a tremendous player, and I think he'll
continue to be one as well."

Jets GM John Idzik said that Ryan was heavily involved in the
discussion about trading Revis, although Ryan added that he never
directly had a conversation with another team about Revis.

Ryan, who has coached Revis since 2009, has always been one of the
cornerback's biggest advocates, as Revis allowed Ryan to utilize his
blitz-heavy scheme.

In the three full seasons Ryan had Revis, as Revis missed most of
last year due to a torn ACL, the Jets defense ranked first, third and
fifth in yards allowed per game. Last season, the Jets finished eighth.

The coach didn't answer whether he believes this trade makes the
Jets better, saying how it's difficult to prognosticate and the Jets
don't even know what players they will get with the two draft picks they
receive in the deal. Ryan did say, though, he believes it helps both

"I think this, as in all good trades,will benefit both teams," Ryan
said. "I don't take back one word that I've ever said about Darrelle
Revis. I believe he is the best corner in football without question. But
make no mistake, as I mentioned the day I took the job five years ago,
we will play great defense and the standard we've set as the New York
Jets will not diminish."

If losing Revis isn't a hard enough challenge for Ryan to overcome,
the team also lost several other defensive starters and key players this
offseason. Safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, and defensive end

Mike DeVito left in free agency, while defensive tackle Sione Pouha,

linebacker Bart Scott and safety Eric Smith were all cut.

With two years left on his deal, and constant questions about his
job security, Ryan's perhaps going to have to do his best coaching job
yet to get this roster to outperform expectations. Owner Woody Johnson
has confidence in Ryan and expects the defense won't miss a beat without

"I have a lot of confidence he's going to do what he says he's going
to do on defense for sure because he's done it every year he's been
here. I think he's a very, very good coach," Johnson said. "Also, he's
going to be given a lot of young players. We are going to pick up some
very, very good talent, I hope, in the draft. I think he'll make the
best use of it."




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