The Nick Foles situation in Los Angeles bears watching for the Jets, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com writes. If the Rams release Foles (as is expected), he would wind up as the most attractive free agent QB afterRyan Fitzpatrick. If the Jets view Foles as a viable veteran option, it could prompt them to force the issue with the Harvard product.
Cimini goes on to opine that the Jets’ current offer is too low as the total guarantee of $15MM would place him just 27th among quarterbacks. However, after finding only mild interest elsewhere on the open market, Fitzpatrick has limited leverage.
Here’s more from the AFC East:
- Fitzpatrick isn’t the Jets player who most deserves a payday, Brian Costello of the New York Post opines. Muhammad Wilkerson and the Jets have until July 15th to work out a deal but all indications are that they will not agree to an extension. Costello argues that Wilkerson is the Jets’ best defensive player and that signing him to a new deal will actually give the team additional cap room for the coming year. Whether Fitzpatrick is deserving of a sizable multi-year deal is debatable, he writes, but Wilkerson has clearly earned his payday.
- The Dolphins‘ kicking job is a toss-up between last year’s starter Andrew Franks and Iowa product Marshall Koehn, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes. Franks nailed 13 of 16 field goals last season, with all three misses over 40 yards and one from 63. At the same time, he missed three of his 36 extra point attempts. There’s also a competition brewing at long snapper where San Jose State UDFA Ryan DiSalvo has been brought in to challenge John Denney. Denney, 37, has been Miami’s long-snapper since 2005, but he would be pricier ($1.2MM cap hit) than DiSalvo ($450K). If the Dolphins drop Denney, they’d only be on the hook for $100K in dead money.
- Earlier today, we ran down eight teams that would be logical landing spots for Arian Foster, including the Patriots and Dolphins.
- This week, the Bills learned that right tackle Seantrel Henderson is returning to the team now that he has his Crohn’s disease-related complications under control. It remains to be seen how he will fit into the team’s plans, however.