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Rich Cimini   ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets have claimed WR/PR Quadree Henderson off waivers from the Giants. When coach Adam Gase was asked at the owners' meetings to name his return specialist, he said, "Good question." Well, Henderson is a candidate to replace All-Pro returner Andre Roberts, whom the Jets declined to re-sign as a free agent. (Bad move.) In five games with the Giants, the 5-9 Henderson returned nine punts (7.6 average) and five kickoffs (22.4).

>   http://www.espn.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyj/new-york-jets

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Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan told reporters he’s open to re-signing free agent cornerback Morris Claiborne after the NFL draft, but he will have to act fast if he wishes to act on those words.

If New York does not re-sign Claiborne by May 7, the risk he signs elsewhere increases. Beginning on the seventh, teams can sign free agents without having them count toward the compensatory pick formula.Without a compensatory pick attached to him, Claiborne’s market will certainly heat up. The seven-year pro is currently rehabbing an undisclosed injury, but that shouldn’t keep teams away come May 7.

Even though the Jets claim they’re comfortable rolling with Darryl Roberts as their No. 2 corner, they still need depth at the position. Re-signing Claiborne would give New York a reliable, familiar face to help solidify the secondary.Maccagnan not taking a cornerback until the sixth round of the draft may indicate he is leaning toward bringing back Claiborne for his third season with the Jets. Rutgers product Blessuan Austin has potential, but is rehabbing a second torn ACL and will likely open 2019 on the PUP list.

Either way, it would behoove New York to bring back Claiborne. With the team primed to take the next step in 2019, solid cornerback play is imperative. 2018 was an up and down season for Claiborne, but he proved what he’s capable of throughout 2017.

>   https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2019/05/01/new-york-jets-mike-maccagnan-re-sign-morris-claiborne/

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It’s been almost two months since NFL free agency started in mid-March, and prominent veterans like defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Ezekiel Ansah are still available.But that could change this week for Suh, Ansah, and some of the best remaining 2019 free agents.That’s because after Tuesday, signing free agents no longer factors into the compensatory pick formula. That’s the simplest way of understanding why guys like Suh and Ansah and ex-Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne — all good to serviceable veterans — are still available.

As for a more involved explanation ...

Let’s start with compensatory picks, those 32 draft selections that are tacked on to the end of Rounds 3-7.

Teams acquire them via a complex formula that, in short, balances out lost and signed free agents, particularly high-dollar ones. If you lose a lot of valuable free agents and don’t sign that many, you’re likely to get more (and higher) compensatory picks. And if you spend big in free agency and don’t lose many players who get big deals, you probably won’t get any comp picks.Plus, starting with the 2017 NFL Draft, compensatory picks can now be traded. So it makes sense to try to accumulate them, since they’re the same as regular picks now.But this is important: The compensatory pick formula matters only for players whose contracts expired, like Suh, Ansah, and Claiborne. A veteran who was released, like safety Eric Berry, does not factor into the compensatory pick formula, for either his former or new team.

So while Tuesday (the May 7 comp pick formula cutoff) doesn’t matter for Berry (who is still a free agent), it does matter for Suh, Ansah, Claiborne, and others.It wouldn’t be a surprise to see all three of those players scooped up on Wednesday or Thursday, though Claiborne is rehabbing an undisclosed injury that could complicate his situation (which might include a return to the cornerback-needy Jets).Teams get credit for losing valuable, high-priced free agents — like the Patriots’ Trent Brown and Trey Flowers this offseason — but no such credit is given when a team cuts a player and he signs elsewhere.

On the flip side, teams like the Raiders and Lions will absorb a hit in the comp pick formula for signing Brown and Flowers, respectively, but they wouldn’t have to worry about absorbing that hit for signing a cut player like Berry.That explains why Suh’s 2019 free agency is so different from his 2018 free agency. Remember, the Dolphins released Suh early in the 2018 offseason — thus freeing him from any association with the comp pick formula — and he landed with the Rams about two weeks later, in late March, on a one-year contract.But this time around, in 2019, Suh’s contract simply expired. So he is now part of the comp pick formula for any team that signs him prior to that post-May 7 cutoff. And he especially would be part of that formula if he signs a high-value contract (which he surely wants), because those deals are weighted more heavily, generally speaking, in the comp pick formula.

Overthecap.com has a good breakdown of how the 2020 comp picks figure to work out, and which teams likely will get the most. (The NFL caps the yearly comp pick total at 32.)The Patriots are set to get a pair of third-round comp picks, due to the departures of Brown and Flowers. The Giants are in line for a third rounder, due to Landon Collins’ departure. (Overthecap.com projects two total 2020 comp picks for both the Giants and Eagles.)All told, the Patriots are projected to get four comp picks in 2020, tied with Seattle for most in the league. Meanwhile, the Jets are projected to get zero, after spending big in free agency (to patch roster holes caused by poor drafting) and not losing any high-dollar free agents.

> https://www.nj.com/jets/2019/05/nfl-rumors-why-notable-free-agents-like-ndamukong-suh-ezekiel-ansah-jets-morris-claiborne-could-find-landing-spots-this-week.html

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Why It’s a Very Important Day for the Remaining NFL Free Agents

May 7 doesn’t sound like it would be an important date on the NFL calendar, but it is! Or at least it is for the some teams. Starting today at 4 p.m. ET, teams can sign unrestricted free agents without hurting their standing in the league’s compensatory-pick formula for 2020. And while most of you may not be paying attention, some of the NFL’s best teams have been.

How does this all work? Here are a few things for you to file away …

The formula is based on net gain: That is to say, simply losing a big-time free agent doesn’t mean your team is getting a pick commensurate to his value. If you sign a free agent of equal value, in fact, you could wind up empty handed. Take the Ravens—they lost C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith. But they signed Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram. So, Baltimore may wind up with just one pick, or a combination of two lower-end picks, as a result. Same goes for Washington, which lost Preston Smith and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix but signed Landon Collins.

The formula is kept under lock and key: Not sure why, but it is. Smarter teams have a good handle on it. What we do know, per the NFL’s Management Council, is that it’s based on a combination of salary, playing time and postseason honors. And I know teams operate as if that formula is weighted toward the money players get.

Street free agents don’t count: To use the Ravens as an example again, they don’t get credit for Eric Weddle’s deal with the Rams, nor are the Rams hurt in the formula by signing Weddle. Likewise, the Jaguars don’t get credit for losing Malik Jackson, and the Eagles don’t dinged for signing him.

Teams don’t get credit/penalized after today, either: So if Ndamukong Suh signs somewhere later today it won’t benefit the Rams like it would’ve yesterday. Nor, for example, will the Eagles get credit for Jay Ajayi getting a deal somewhere.

Cap space is much shorter across the NFL right now: The league had a combined total of $623.98 million in cap room ($19.50 million per team) coming into today, and there were still rookie classes to be signed and space to be socked away for in-season churning, injury emergencies and trade possibilities. By comparison, the 32 teams carried a combined $1.124 billion in cap space into the week that free agency started.

Some veterans have been waiting for this: You’ll see most of the guys on the list are either past their second contracts or have significant injury history. Generally, rebuilding teams don’t take swings on guys like that. And a lot of the teams deep in the comp-pick game are contenders. Players who may not get what they were looking for in March often wait for this point, when better teams might jump in.

And which teams had reason to wait for today ?  Among the teams that lost significant free agents without huge gains back: the Patriots (Trent Brown, Trey Flowers), Steelers (Le’Veon Bell), Texans (lost Tyrann Mathieu, Kareem Jackson, added Bradley Roby), Seahawks (Earl Thomas, Justin Coleman), Bears (lost Adrian Amos, Bryce Callahan, added Ha Ha Clinton-Dix), Dolphins (Ja’Wuan James, Cam Wake), Eagles (Nick Foles, Golden Tate, Jordan Hicks), Chargers (Tyrell Williams), and Rams (Rodger Saffold, Lamarcus Joyner).

And seven of those nine teams (the Rams and Steelers being the exceptions) have more than $14 million in cap space. Who could they spend it on? Here’s the list …

Ndamukong Suh, DT: He was still a damn good player last year, and his disruption numbers have been pretty consistent the last four years. The question with him relates to money—I mentioned in yesterday’s Monday Afternoon Quarterback that teams believe his price remains very high.

Allen Bailey, DL: Bailey’s had some chances to sign, and is still a good player, raising some questions about his motivation to continue his career at age 30. (I’m told he’s not planning to retire now.)

Ziggy Ansah, DE: We all know how much potential Ansah—the fifth pick in the 2013 draft—has. He’s delivered on it in spots, with seasons of 12 and 14.5 sacks. But he’s turning 30 this month, and a bad shoulder turned some teams away.

Mo Claiborne, CB: Claiborne has ability, but has been wildly inconsistent over the course of his career and has extensive injury history. That said, he started 30 games the last two years for the Jets. He’s the type of player who, at this point, you’d love to have as a starter in a pinch, but maybe not so much as your full-time guy.

Mo Wilkerson, DL: A clearly declining player who can come in and play a role, just so long as that role isn’t full-time.

Pierre Garcon, WR: He’s clearly not the guy he once was, which is why the Niners tried to trade him ahead of the deadline last year. And he finished both his seasons in San Francisco on injured reserve. That said, he could be worth a flier for a needy team.

Brock Osweiler, QB: He’s now at the point where he’s settled into being a good backup option for some team. He played relatively well in five starts for the Dolphins last year.

Jay Ajayi, RB: The belief out there is that he can still play, and he’s only 25. But he has a mountain of injury issues, and the arthritic condition in his knee isn’t going away. Someone may see him as a one-year fix.

Bennie Logan, DT: He could be a good run-stuffing piece for your defensive front.

Jordan Mills, OT: Starting offensive linemen are hard to come by. And while he’s not a great option, Mills did start 48 consecutive games in Buffalo the last three years.

>    https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/05/07/comp-picks-may-7-deadline-free-agents-suh-ansah-ajayi

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The Jets signed the following 16 undrafted free agents to go along with their six-man 2019 draft class :

DEFENSE

Incarnate World DL Justin Alexandre

Fresno State LB Jeff Allison

LSU S John Battle

Akron CB Kyron Brown

Florida State DL Fred Jones

Alabama LB Jamey Mosley

Tennessee DL Kyle Phillips

Arkansas S Santos Ramirez

Troy DT Trevon Sanders

Appalachian St DL MyQuon Stout

OFFENSE

Wake Forest WR/Returner Greg Dortch

NC State G Tyler Jones

USC OL Toa Lobendahn

Central Florida OL Wyatt Miller

Appalachian St RB Jalin Moore

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The NFL’s free-agent market has started to heat back up.

The Eagles had their turn to get back in the game on Monday, as they re-signed Stefen Wisniewski.The veteran center/guard had visited with the Jets earlier in the offseason and could have been a potential option for general manager Mike Maccagnan, as he looks to upgrade – or at least add competition – to the team’s center position.Now that Wisniewski is off the board, who else could Maccagnan target to fill that spot on the depth chart?

Here’s a look at the three best options left for the Jets :

C John Sullivan, Rams

Sullivan is the oldest option of the bunch, easily. He’s 33. The Rams declined his option in March. He received a 51.7 overall grade (out of 100) from ProFootballFocus.com, which ranked 34th among centers – just marginally above Spencer Long, who the Jets let walk after his disappointing 2018. But he’s still a proven every-game starter, which Harrison is not, so there would be some value in adding him.

C Travis Swanson, Dolphins

Swanson actually battled with Harrison for the backup center job during training camp last season and lost out. Then he went to the Dolphins, where he played under Adam Gase. Perhaps his familiarity with both Gase and the Jets’ front office could make Swanson an option for this offense once again. Even if he were to lose a battle to Harrison again, the Jets could keep Swanson around as the backup, unlike last year.

C Jonotthan Harrison, Jets

Harrison is currently penciled into the starting job as the clear-cut best center on the roster. That would have been unthinkable at the start of the offseason, but at this point it seems very likely that he’ll be the team’s starter come September. That’s especially true after Gase’s comments last week, when he noted the chemistry that Harrison has with quarterback Sam Darnold – then explained just how vital a good relationship between a center and quarterback is to a healthy, efficient offense. It sure sounded like a vote of confidence for Harrison, who keeps inching closer to owning the job.

>    https://www.nj.com/jets/2019/05/nfl-free-agents-2019-what-are-jets-remaining-options-at-center-after-eagles-re-signed-stefen-wisniewski-3-best-choices-left.html

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Several talented players remain on the open market with organized team activities (OTAs) kicking off around the NFL.Teams with needs at defensive end, defensive tackle, safety and running back still have plenty of options in free agency. Players like Ndamukong Suh, Tre Boston, Derrick Morgan and Jay Ajayi are still looking for new homes.

Here is a list of the top remaining free agents at each position :

QUARTERBACK

- Josh McCown

- Matt Cassel

- Mark Sanchez

- Brock Osweiler

- David Fales

- Luis Perez

RUNNING BACK

- Jay Ajayi

- Marshawn Lynch

- Bilal Powell

- Corey Grant

- Chris Ivory

WIDE RECEIVER

- Pierre Garcon

Michael Crabtree

- Jermaine Kearse

- Terrance Williams

TIGHT END

- Jermaine Gresham

- Dion Sims

- Lance Kendricks

OFFENSIVE LINE

- Jermey Parnell

- Garry Gilliam

- Chance Warmack

- Byron Bell

- Ben Ijalana

DEFENSIVE LINE

- Ndamukong Suh

- Andre Branch

- Allen Bailey

- Corey Liuget

- Muhammad Wilkerson

- Benny Logan

- Danny Shelton

LINEBACKER

- Nick Perry

- Derrick Morgan

- Sam Acho

- Josh Bynes

- Connor Barwin

- Manti Te’o

- Stephone Anthony

- Shane Ray

CORNERBACK

- Morris Claiborne

- Brent Grimes

- Captain Munnerlyn

- Sam Shields

- Orlando Scandrick

- Davon House

- Shareece Wright

SAFETY

- Eric Berry

- Darian Stewart

- Mike Mitchell

- Tre Boston

- Ron Parker

- Kendrick Lewis

SPECIAL TEAMS

- Carson Tinker (LS)

- Garrison Sanborn (LS)

- Bryan Anger (P)

- Donnie Jones (P)

 Mike Nugent (K)

- Kai Forbath (K)

>    https://www.nj.com/eagles/2019/05/nfl-free-agency-who-are-best-remaining-players-on-open-market-eric-berry-ndamukong-suh-tre-boston-more.html

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Several notable free agents remain on the open market with organized team activities (OTAs) under way around the NFL.Teams with needs at defensive end, defensive tackle, safety and running back still have plenty of options in free agency. Players like Gerald McCoy, Tre Boston, Derrick Morgan and Jay Ajayi are still looking for new homes.

Here is a list of the top remaining free agents at each position:

QUARTERBACK

- Josh McCown

- Matt Cassel

- Mark Sanchez

- Brock Osweiler

- David Fales

RUNNING BACK

- Jay Ajayi

- Marshawn Lynch

- Bilal Powell

- Corey Grant

- Chris Ivory

WIDE RECEIVER

- Pierre Garcon

- Michael Crabtree

- Jermaine Kearse

- Terrance Williams

- Justin Hunter

- Kelvin Benjamin

TIGHT END

- Jermaine Gresham

- Dion Sims

- Lance Kendricks

- Ryan Griffin

- John Phillips

OFFENSIVE LINE

- Jermey Parnell

- Garry Gilliam

- Chance Warmack

- Byron Bell

- Ben Ijalana

DEFENSIVE LINE

- Gerald McCoy

- Andre Branch

- Allen Bailey

- Corey Liuget

- Muhammad Wilkerson

- Benny Logan

LINEBACKER

- Nick Perry

- Derrick Morgan

- Sam Acho

- Josh Bynes

- Connor Barwin

- Manti Te’o

- Stephone Anthony

CORNERBACK

- Morris Claiborne

- Brent Grimes

- Captain Munnerlyn

- Sam Shields

- Orlando Scandrick

- Davon House

- Shareece Wright

SAFETY

- Eric Berry

- Darian Stewart

- Mike Mitchell

- Tre Boston

- Ron Parker

- Kendrick Lewis

SPECIAL TEAMS

- Carson Tinker (LS)

- Garrison Sanborn (LS)

- Bryan Anger (P)

- Donnie Jones (P)

- Mike Nugent (K)

 Kai Forbath (K)

>     https://www.nj.com/giants/2019/06/nfl-free-agency-who-are-best-remaining-players-on-open-market-jay-ajayi-gerald-mccoy-bilal-powell-more.html

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We don’t know a ton about how Joe Douglas will operate as the Jets’ new general manager just yet. But for now, the safe assumption is that he’ll model himself after some of the Eagles’ tendencies the past few years, while he was with the organization.If Douglas does follow that mold, that means he’ll likely start looking to lock up some talent before it gets the chance to hit free agency; that has been the Eagles’ M.O. for a while now.

But which of the Jets that are set to hit unrestricted free agency next spring warrant an extension?

Here’s a look at all of the Jets’ soon-to-be UFAs and whether or not Douglas should consider sitting down at the negotiating table right now or not:

LT Kelvin Beachum

Analysis: Beachum is far from an elite left tackle at this point in his career and he’s now on the wrong side of 30. The Jets should be looking to move on and find young talent once his contract expires. Douglas has already made it clear he believes football teams should be built with the offensive and defensive lines as the top priority. Beachum just isn’t a long-term fit with that philosophy.

Verdict: No

DE Leonard Williams

Analysis: From a statistical standpoint, Williams has inarguably fallen short of expectations over the past few seasons. But he’s still been a solid, above-average player at his position. And that was before the Jets added Quinnen Williams to help free him up and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to allow him to be more aggressive. If the Jets really believe that Leonard Williams is now in a position to succeed because of those two pieces, then it’s worth locking him up now, before he can prove it and leverage more money off his 2019 stats. It would be a gamble, for sure, but it could be one that saves the team money in the long run, if it works out.

Verdict: Yes

WR Robby Anderson

Analysis: Is Anderson a true No. 1 receiver? Probably not. At least not based on what he’s shown so far in his career. But that doesn’t mean he’s not a valuable asset on the perimeter. He has the ability to take the top off of a defense and can be an impact player on this offense. Those don’t grow on trees. The fact that Sam Darnold has shown some comfort with him makes him even more valuable.

Verdict: Yes

OLB Brandon Copeland

Analysis: Copeland is a fine player, but not one a starter in an ideal scenario. The Jets need to upgrade at outside linebacker after this season – or even before, if Jachai Polite can flourish and become an impact rookie. Maybe the Jets can bring Copeland back in a reserve/rotational role after this season, but a contract extension is not warranted or needed for that level of player.

Verdict: No

OLB Jordan Jenkins

Analysis: Jenkins is a step above Copeland, but still isn’t exactly a star. If he can replicate his seven-sack season from 2018 this year, then the Jets should certainly consider bringing him back and complimenting him with a big-time pass rusher on the other side. But it’s still too early to tell whether or not 2018 was a sign of things to come or a blip on the radar for Jenkins.

Verdict: No

RT Brandon Shell

Analysis: Shell performed a tick below Beachum last season; Beachum was the 40th-rated tackle according to ProFootballFocus.com, while Shell was No. 48. Neither one of those grades is particularly strong. And though there’s some temptation to believe that Shell is still young, considering he’s playing on his rookie contract, he’s already 27. Maybe he can have a breakout year in 2019, but for now, he’s a prime-aged player who isn’t an elite performer. No sense throwing money his way unless he makes a big leap forward.

Verdict: No

Other pending UFAs: CB Brian Poole, DT Steve McLendon, K Chandler Catanzaro, QB Trevor Siemian, S Rontez Miles, OG Tom Compton, LB Neville Hewitt, OT Brent Qvale, TE Eric Tomlinson, WR Deonte Thompson, RB/WR Ty Montgomery, TE Daniel Brown, P Matt Darr, P Lachlan Edwards, WR Charone Peake, RB Bilal Powell

Analysis: It’s not really worth locking in any of these players, considering they’re basically all backups, with the exception of Poole – who is the top-choice slot corner – Catanzaro and whichever punter wins that battle. Perhaps the Jets will retain some of these players for next season and beyond, but they haven’t earned a long-term commitment yet, by any means.

>     https://www.nj.com/jets/2019/06/which-jets-should-new-gm-joe-douglas-extend-analyzing-2020-free-agent-class-leonard-williams-robby-anderson-jordan-jenkins-more.html

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Several notable free agents remain on the open market with training camps set to begin later this month.Teams with needs at defensive end, defensive tackle, safety and running back still have plenty of options in free agency. Players like Andre Branch, Tre Boston, Derrick Morgan and Jay Ajayi are still looking for new homes.

Here is a list of the top remaining free agents at each position:

QUARTERBACK

- Matt Cassel

- Mark Sanchez

- Brock Osweiler

- David Fales

- Luis Perez

RUNNING BACK

- Jay Ajayi

- Marshawn Lynch

- Corey Grant

- Chris Ivory

- Darren Sproles

WIDE RECEIVER

- Pierre Garcon

- Michael Crabtree

- Terrance Williams

- Justin Hunter

- Kelvin Benjamin

TIGHT END

- Jermaine Gresham

- Dion Sims

- Lance Kendricks

- Ryan Griffin

- John Phillips

OFFENSIVE LINE

- Jermey Parnell

- Garry Gilliam

- Chance Warmack

- Byron Bell

- Ben Ijalana

DEFENSIVE LINE

- Andre Branch

- Allen Bailey

- Corey Liuget

- Muhammad Wilkerson

- Bennie Logan

LINEBACKER

- Nick Perry

- Derrick Morgan

- Sam Acho

- Josh Bynes

- Connor Barwin

- Manti Te’o

- Stephone Anthony

CORNERBACK

- Morris Claiborne

- Brent Grimes

- Captain Munnerlyn

- Sam Shields

- Orlando Scandrick

- Davon House

- Shareece Wright

SAFETY

- Eric Berry

- Johnathan Cyprien

- Darian Stewart

- Mike Mitchell

- Tre Boston

- Ron Parker

- Kendrick Lewis

SPECIAL TEAMS

- Carson Tinker (LS)

- Garrison Sanborn (LS)

- Bryan Anger (P)

- Donnie Jones (P)

- Mike Nugent (K)

- Kai Forbath (K)

>    https://www.nj.com/giants/2019/07/nfl-free-agency-who-remains-on-open-market-derrick-morgan-morris-claiborne-johnathan-cyprien-more.html

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From day one, Joe Douglas promised to use every avenue possible to upgrade the Jets’ roster.

Even though the Jets’ new general manager missed the NFL’s big free agency bonanza because of his late hire, there are still players on the open market who could potentially supplement the current squad.

So, with training camp just around the corner, here are five current free agents who could be useful for Douglas and the Jets:

TE Ryan Griffin

The Jets could use some help at tight end for a couple different reasons. For starters, the group is currently thin on bona fide pass catchers – Chris Herndon is the only player who really meets that description. But Herndon is also likely to be suspended for at least two games at the start of the season, thanks to his DWI guilty plea. That means the Jets’ tight end group is about to get even thinner, at least in the short term. Griffin could help patch that hole, then provide some secondary pass catching. Of course, that all assumes he isn’t also suspended after an offseason in which he was arrested for public intoxication and vandalism. The charges were later dismissed, so maybe he’ll escape league discipline, too.

OL Ben Ijalana

Some might argue that the Jets’ starting offensive line has been upgraded with the addition of Kelechi Osemele. But depth remains an issue. Right now, third-round pick Chuma Edoga is likely the Jets’ No. 3 tackle option. But if they don’t feel he’s ready for that role, then Ijalana could be of some use. He’s been with the Jets since 2013, though he spent all of 2018 on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury. If he’s healthy now, maybe the veteran can provide some backup insurance.

DE Andre Branch

The Jets’ starting defensive end spots are secured by Leonard Williams and Henry Anderson. But the next man up after those two is a big question mark. Can Nathan Shepherd or anyone else on this roster really fill in admirably, should something happen to the starters? Branch, 29, has slowed down a bit, but at least he has legitimate experience. He would be a useful rotational piece when the starters are healthy and would provide cover for injuries. He also spent the last three years playing for head coach Adam Gase in Miami, so there’s some familiarity there.

CB Morris Claiborne

This seems like the most obvious free-agent move the Jets could possibly make. This roster is woefully thin at cornerback, with far too much weight currently on Darryl Roberts’ shoulders. Assuming Claiborne is back to full health, he’d undoubtedly be an upgrade in the starting lineup. The ripple effect would help the rest of the group, too; Roberts isn’t a legitimate starter, but he’s a solid No. 3 outside cornerback. Having him ready to go in case of injury – instead of leaning on the likes of Derrick Jones or Jeremy Clark – would be a plus.

CB Orlando Scandrick

Scandrick would be a decent fallback option if the Jets can’t land Claiborne for whatever reason. The 32-year-old may not be a surefire starter anymore – he only started seven games in the Chiefs’ woeful secondary last year – but he could at least push Roberts in a competition. One way or another, his addition would add some depth and experience to a position group that doesn’t have much of it at the moment.

>    https://www.nj.com/jets/2019/07/nfl-free-agents-5-available-players-who-would-best-fit-jets-needs.html

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Muhammad Wilkerson is taking his chances.

The former Jets defensive lineman was arrested last month for driving while intoxicated. But when presented with a plea deal in court on Monday, Wilkerson turned it down, opting to move forward with his trial instead. That is set to begin on Sept. 3, just before the NFL season begins.The plea deal would have require Wilkerson to pay a $500 fine on Wilkerson, attend an impaired driver program and receive to a 90-day suspension of his driver’s license.Wilkerson allegedly failed to heed a stop sign near 168th Street and Riverside Drive in Washington Heights around 4 a.m. on June 1. After he was pulled over for that violation, cops noticed his bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol. His blood alcohol level was .09, the report said. The legal limit is .08.

“I had one shot and two beers,” Wilkerson allegedly told cops, according to the police report.

He was charged and later released.The 29-year-old played for the Jets from 2011-17, then spent last season with the Packers. He is now a free agent and searching for a new team.Wilkerson and the Packers were reportedly both interested in a 2019 reunion back in March, but that has not materialized. Clearly, this arrest and legal proceeding could further complicate Wilkerson’s job hunt.

Wilkerson had a disappointing 2018 season, playing just three games in Green Bay before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. That came on the heels of two underwhelming seasons to finish his stint in New York; he tallied a combined eight sacks in 2016-17 for the Jets.Prior to that clunker of a finish, however, Wilkerson was among the Jets’ star defensive players. He recorded 28.5 sacks between 2013-15. He also tallied 37 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles.

>     https://www.nj.com/jets/2019/07/ex-jet-muhammad-wilkerson-rejects-plea-deal-for-dwi-how-will-it-affect-his-free-agency.html

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Rolando McClain wants to return to the NFL.

The former Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders linebacker hasn’t played a snap since the 2015 season. While McClain was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in 2016 for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, he told AL.com that he has been in contact with the league about a possible return.The 29-year-old underwent hip surgery during the first season of his suspension to fix an issue that plagued him since birth. Healthy and excited to return to the league, McClain is looking to sign with a team before training camps start later this month.

"Every time I got in my linebacker position, it was bone on bone grind,” McClain told AL.com. “Not only do I feel good, I’m recovered and I’m rested. I feel better now because I know I’ll be playing with two legs.”McClain, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, produced 407 tackles, 9.5 sacks, four interceptions and two forced fumbles during his initial six-year stint in the league.

He went back to school to finish his degree at the University of Alabama in 2017, according to AL.com. He has been training for his return on campus.

“I’m nowhere near satisfied with how my professional career has gone," McClain said. "That’s for myself. That’s me looking in the mirror and talking to my boys. Nah, that’s not the taste I want to leave in my mouth.”

>    https://www.nj.com/eagles/2019/07/nfl-rumors-former-top-10-pick-looking-to-make-comeback-after-missing-last-3-seasons.html

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Several notable free agents remain on the open market with the preseason underway.

Teams with needs at linebacker, cornerback, and running back still have some options in free agency. Players like Mason Foster, Nick Perry and Jay Ajayi are still looking for new homes.

QUARTERBACK

- Colin Kaepernick

- Matt Cassel

- Brock Osweiler

- David Fales

- Luis Perez

RUNNING BACK

- Jay Ajayi

- Jeremy Hill

- Marshawn Lynch

- Chris Ivory

WIDE RECEIVER

- Pierre Garcon

- Michael Crabtree

- Terrance Williams

- Kelvin Benjamin

- Mike Wallace

- Brandon LaFell

- Andre Holmes

TIGHT END

- Jermaine Gresham

- Dion Sims

- John Phillips

- Neal Sterling

OFFENSIVE LINE

- Jermey Parnell

- Garry Gilliam

- Chance Warmack

- Byron Bell

- Ben Ijalana

DEFENSIVE LINE

- Corey Liuget

- Muhammad Wilkerson

- Bennie Logan

- Matt Longacre

LINEBACKER

- Mason Foster

- Nick Perry

- Sam Acho

- Josh Bynes

- Connor Barwin

- Manti Te’o

CORNERBACK

- Brent Grimes

- Captain Munnerlyn

- Sam Shields

- Davon House

- Shareece Wright

SAFETY

- Eric Berry

- Darian Stewart

- Mike Mitchell

- Ron Parker

- Kendrick Lewis

SPECIAL TEAMS

- Carson Tinker (LS)

- Garrison Sanborn (LS)

- Donnie Jones (P)

- Mike Nugent (K)

- Kai Forbath (K)

>      https://www.nj.com/eagles/2019/08/nfl-free-agents-who-remains-on-open-market-jay-ajayi-mason-foster-more.html

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Fresh off his release from the New England Patriots, Dontrelle Inman is taking free agent visits.Inman, who was granted his release following Josh Gordon’s reinstatement, is meeting with the Jets, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Inman visited the Lions on Monday and was expected to sign with Detroit, given that they had just seen him first-hand in joint-practices last week. However, the Lions opted to sign second-year wideout Jordan Lasley Tuesday morning.

Since being traded to the Bears in 2017, Inman has been a bit of a journeyman. He found his niche with Phillip Rivers and the Chargers but has bounced around since then. For his career, Inman has 140 receptions for 1,890 yards and 11 touchdowns.He is three years removed from the best season of his career when he caught 58 passes for 810 yards and four touchdowns with the Chargers.

While the Jets have three wide receiver positions already set, there are three up for grabs. Deontay Burnett, Josh Bellamy and Greg Dortch look like locks to make the roster, but Inman could certainly beat out Deonte Thompson, Charone Peake and Tim White.At 6-foot-3, Inman would provide size the Jets are lacking. He also has extensive reps working out of the slot, giving New York some much-needed versatility in its wide receiver room.Inman has three catches for 40 yards over the course of two preseason games.

>      https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2019/08/20/dontrelle-inman-new-york-jets/?utm_source=smg&utm_medium=wasabi&utm_content=home-latest-news

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With Week 1 in the books, the NFL’s regular-season free agency should begin to pick up.

Teams can now sign vested veterans (experience of four seasons or more) to non-guaranteed contracts.There’s minimal risk involved, so teams can now take chances on veteran players like running back Jay Ajayi, cornerback Orlando Scandrick, wide receiver Michael Floyd and tight end Luke Willson.

Below are the top free agents at each position following Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season:

QUARTERBACK

- Matt Cassel

- Kevin Hogan

- Taylor Heinicke

- David Fales

- Tyree Jackson

- Paxton Lynch

- Cody Kessler

RUNNING BACK

- Kenneth Dixon

- Alfred Morris

- Zach Zenner

- D’Onta Freeman

- Thomas Rawls

- Jeremy Hill

- Jay Ajayi

- Doug Martin

WIDE RECEIVER

- Michael Floyd

- Aldrick Robinson

- Torrey Smith

- Terrance Williams

- Terrelle Pryor

- Tre McBride

- Brice Butler

- Laquon Treadwell

- Eli Rogers

- Jordan Matthews

TIGHT END

- Jermaine Gresham

- Dion Sims

- Jerome Cunningham

- Erik Swoope

- Ben Koyack

- Neal Sterling

- Clive Walford

- Lance Kendricks

- Luke Willson

OFFENSIVE LINE

- Antonio Garcia

- Leonard Wester

- Matt Kalil

- Josh Walker

- Brandon Hitner

- Jermon Bushrod

- Christian Westerman

- Bryan Witzmann

- Chance Warmack

- Will Holden

- Parker Collins

- Luke Bowanko

DEFENSIVE LINE

- Muhammad Wilkerson

- Zach Kerr

- Sterling Bailey

- Derrick Shelby

- Ziggy Hood

- Eli Harold

- Kevin Wilkins

- Kasim Edebali

- Stefan Charles

- Anthony Zettel

- Gerald Willis

- Ethan Westbrooks

 Bennie Logan

- Elijah Qualls

- Andre Branch

- Noah Spence

- Nick Perry

LINEBACKER

- Shane Ray

- B.J. Bello

- Paul Worrilow

- Jeremiah Attaochu

- Terrance Smith

- Hayes Pullard

- Josh Bynes

- Ramik Wilson

- Tre Watson

- Malcolm Smith

- Brandon Marshall

- Jayrone Elliott

- Dekoda Watson

- Aaron Wallace

- Connor Barwin

CORNERBACK

- Aaron Colvin

- Orlando Scandrick

- David Amerson

- Captain Munnerlyn

- Lafayette Pitts

- Teez Tabor

- Briean Boddy-Calhoun

- Quenton Meeks

- Jeremiah McKinnon

- Quinten Rollins

- Michael Jordan

SAFETY

- Eric Berry

- Chris Banjo

- Josh Jones

- Blake Countess

- Deiondre’ Hall

- Chris Conte

- Obi Melifonwu

- Mike Adams

- George Iloka

- Su’a Cravens

- C.J. Reavis

SPECIAL TEAMS

- Blair Walsh (K)

- Cody Parkey (K)

- Greg Joseph (K)

- Kai Forbath (K)

- Kasey Redfern (P)

- Donnie Jones (P)

- Bryan Anger (P)

- Ryan Allen (P)

- Carson Tinker (LS)

- Matt Overton (LS)

- John Denney (LS)

- Garrison Sanborn (LS)

- Andrew East (LS)

https://www.nj.com/eagles/2019/09/nfl-free-agency-who-remains-on-open-market-orlando-scandrick-jay-ajayi-jordan-matthews-more.html

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The Texans have cut cornerback Aaron Colvin after his rough start to the 2019 season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. They signed Phillip Gaines to a one-year deal to replace Colvin on the roster.He allowed two touchdowns in the loss to the Saints and was the cornerback who gave Ted Ginn Jr. an 8-yard cushion on the Saints’ final offensive play that set up Wil Lutz‘s game-winning field goal.

Colvin signed a four-year $34 million deal,with $18 million guaranteed, during the 2018 offseason.He still has $7.5 million guaranteed for this year.The Texans made him a healthy scratch in the postseason in January and then signed cornerback Bradley Roby and drafted cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. in the second round.

Gaines spent four years in Kansas City before playing seven games for the Bills and four for the Browns last season. He has played 52 games with 22 starts since entering the league as a third-round choice of the Chiefs in 2014.

>    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/09/10/texans-release-aaron-colvin-sign-phillip-gaines/

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47 minutes ago, kelly said:

WIDE RECEIVER

- Michael Floyd

- Aldrick Robinson

- Torrey Smith

- Terrance Williams

- Terrelle Pryor

- Tre McBride

- Brice Butler

- Laquon Treadwell

- Eli Rogers

- Jordan Matthews

 

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RUNNING BACK

- Kenneth Dixon

- Alfred Morris

- Zach Zenner

- D’Onta Freeman

- Thomas Rawls

- Jeremy Hill

- Jay Ajayi

- Doug Martin

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The Best Free-Agent Option for Every NFL Team After Week 1

KRISTOPHER KNOXSEPTEMBER 11, 2019

 

New York Jets: CB E.J. Gaines

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The New York Jets potentially filled a few needs Tuesday, as they signedkicker Sam Ficken and traded for Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas

That leaves cornerback as the biggest glaring need for New York.

Bills receiver John Brown torched the Jets for 123 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, and similar performances could be on the horizon if they don't improve their secondary.

One interesting option is E.J. Gaines. Though he likely isn't 100 percent healthy yet—the Bills placed him on injured reserve with a hip injury before releasing him in mid-August—he is only 27 years old and has experience in the AFC East.

Gaines also has experience in defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' system, having played in it last season with the Browns.

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-- The Dallas Cowboys have released former first-round pick Taco Charlton.

With the roster exemption for Robert Quinn's return expiring Wednesday, the Cowboys opted to cut ties with Charlton despite being on the hook for more than $1.8 million in guaranteed base salary over the next two years.On Monday, Charlton posted -- and then deleted -- "Free me" on Twitter. He then tweeted, "Trust me the last thing I want to do is have to go to social media to get what I want so I can play football again."The Cowboys had trade discussions with teams for Charlton, but nothing that prompted them to make a deal. Charlton was not on the field during the open portion of practice to the media Wednesday.

Charlton is one of the rare failed first-round picks the Cowboys have made in the past decade. In 2012, the Cowboys moved up to the sixth pick in the draft to select cornerback Morris Claiborne, and he never had more than one interception in his five seasons.Charlton, the 28th overall pick in 2017, had four sacks in 27 games (seven starts) but was inactive for the first two games of this season. He had been a healthy scratch in four of the past six games, dating to the end of the 2018 regular season.He was not able to find a consistent role in the rotation used by defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. Last year, Charlton missed three games because of a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery. He also had ankle surgery.

After a slow start to camp, he had two sacks this preseason but faced a numbers crunch with the Cowboys liking the work of last year's fourth-round pick, Dorance Armstrong, and this year's fifth-round pick, Joe Jackson, because of their versatility.If Charlton is claimed by another team, the Cowboys would not owe him the guaranteed money. If he goes unclaimed and signs with another team at a lower salary, the Cowboys would be on the hook for the difference in the guaranteed money.Quinn practiced for the first time Wednesday since returning from his two-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He suffered a broken hand in training camp, but that has healed and the expectation is he will play Sunday against his former team, the Miami Dolphins.

He said he worked out for four hours a day during his suspension, not far from the Cowboys' headquarters. Quinn added that his surgically repaired hand has healed well enough to where he hopes not to need extra padding."If you ask a man what he can and cannot do, I'm sure he's going to tell you he can do everything," Quinn said. "If they need me to play 50, 60 snaps, that's what I have to do. You look at our D-line, we've got depth. We've got people who can play every position. At the end of the day, I'm just looking to help this team win. If it takes 10 plays or 50 plays, I just want to win."

That his return is coming against the team that traded him to Dallas in the offseason does not matter, according to Quinn.

"A lot of the guys are gone," Quinn said when asked whether he has contacted any of his former teammates. "It's kind of crazy what's going on. I kind of broke it down like this way: I think Coach [Brian] Flores is doing his thing, same thing [Jon] Gruden's doing. He's putting his team together. However you want go about it, that's how he's going about it."... I'm not in the building, so who cares? Again, he's the head coach. He can do what he wants. At the end of the day, like I said, you've seen one coach do it, don't knock another coach for doing the same thing. That's what it is."The Cowboys could be without defensive end Tyrone Crawford on Sunday because of recurring hip issues that limited his work over the summer. Crawford did not practice Wednesday.

>     https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/27645896/free-taco-cowboys-cut-former-first-rounder

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In need of pass-rushing help, the Jets worked out six free-agents during the bye week.

According to the Houston Chronicle‘s Aaron Wilson, former 2015 first-round pick Shane Ray and 2015 second-round pick Nate Orchard were among the six to work out for the Jets on Wednesday. The four others were defensive ends Kasim Edebali, Markus Jones and Chuck Harris, as well as outside linebacker Jamal Davis.Ray is the most intriguing name on the list given his pedigree and pass-rushing prowess. In 49 games, Ray has 16 sacks, 94 combined tackles and two forced fumbles. After the Broncos drafted him 23rd overall in 2015, Ray tallied 12 sacks in his first two seasons, including eight in 2016. A nagging wrist injury that required four surgeries forced him to the sidelines for the next two seasons.He only recorded two sacks in 19 games from 2017-18 and the Broncos declined his fifth-year option. Ray signed with the Ravens this offseason but didn’t make the roster after cuts.

Orchard had an exciting rookie campaign after the Browns drafted him in the second round of the 2015 draft – 28 picks after Ray. Orchard finished the 2015 season with three sacks in 15 games – 11 as a starter – and had two sacks in 2017 following an injury-plagued 2016 season. The Browns cut Orchard before the 2018 season; he then bounced around between the Bills and Chiefs and finished with only four tackles in four games. He spent time with the Seahawks and Dolphins this offseason before being cut on Sept. 3.Edebali is the oldest of the six, having recently turned 30. He originally landed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2014, where Edebali tallied eight sacks in three seasons, including a career-high five sacks in 2015. Since his time with the Saints, Edebali played for the Broncos and Lions in 2017 and one game for the Bengals in 2018. Edebali signed with the Eagles this offseason but failed to make the roster.

Harris, Jones and Davis are all 2019 undrafted free agents who failed to make final rosters before the season. Harris originally signed with the Bears after four years at Buffalo where he tallied 12 sacks. Jones played with the Ravens and Packers this offseason after earning Defensive Player of the Year in Division II during his senior year at Angelo State with 17.5 sacks. Davis spent time on the Colts practice squad after playing for the Texans during the offseason.

While these players may not be the immediate answer, they could provide a different spark on the practice field as the Jets continue to search for pass-rushing help. With the injury to Jordan Jenkins and Brandon Copeland still suspended, the Jets are severely thin at edge rusher, especially since the team ranks 28th in total sacks with only five through three games.Ray and Orchard provide the most promise of the six, but there’s a chance the Jets don’t sign any as they continue to work with who they already have in-house. Currently, the Jets are looking at a lineup combination of Tarell Basham, Harvey Langi, Frankie Luvu and John Franklin-Myers, who have only eight sacks combined.

>    https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2019/09/26/jets-work-out-6-pass-rushers-including-former-1st-round-pick-shane-ray/

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