AFC East Notes: Jets, Foles, Dolphins

The Nick Foles situation in Los Angeles bears watching for the Jets, Rich Cimini of 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.
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10 comments on “AFC East Notes: Jets, Foles, Dolphins

  1. adshadbolt

    LA bears?

  2. JayJayXV

    $15MM is too low?! What has he fucking proven to earn more? He had ONE GOOD YEAR for us (Jets) that’s it! $15MM should be OVER the amount he deserves. He hasn’t been playing good and he had ONE GOOD COMEBACK YEAR, I wouldn’t wanna risk that much money on a QB who’s inconsistent. Don’t get me wrong I want Fitz back in the Green and White but let’s be realistic with these contracts talks.

    • TDKnies

      It’s $15mil guaranteed over three years; which is an important detail that didn’t get added this time (it’s been in past articles on the subject). I thought the first year at $12 mil guaranteed sounded very fair, but it’s the next two years where here’s guaranteed much less that are the problem.

      • Agreed. A huge part of NFL contracts is how much they are guaranteed since it is the only major sport where contracts are non-guaranteed. Yeah Fitzpatrick doesn’t have a long track record but he is the best option (outside of a trade) for the Jets if they want to contend this year. Fitz doesn’t hold enough leverage to get that $16 million AAV he originally wanted, but he holds enough leverage (considering the other options for the Jets are two guys who probably need another year and Geno Smith who has been laughable thus far in his career) to get at least $20-$25 million guaranteed.

      • It’s actually 40+ mil over 3 years. He’s looking for 16 mil a year for 3 years

        • Peter Lisecki

          Where is your source? You are grossly wrong.

    • bigjonliljon

      I agree. Only change I would make is he’s had one good year ever. Period. Not just 1 good year for Jets. 1 good year in entire career. Go Geno!!

      • Pateyman

        The Jets played a weak schedule last year and couldn’t make the playoffs primarily because the lack of a deep passing game hampered the running game forcing Ivory to constantly face eight man boxes. Who expects the Jets to make the playoffs this year with a harder schedule if noodles is still the QB.

  3. yaniv shayo

    I really enjoyed watching Fitz have the best year of his with the J-E-T-S and I am not a believer of Geno starting and taking us to the playoffs, but lets be realistic here. Fitz is not worth crippling the team in the long run for an average QB. I would rather they start Petty and see if he can be the QB of the future. I have lost a lot of respect for Fitz and even though I understand that this is a business, there is a fine line between negotiating and being greedy. your team is in need of leadership and you are refusing to sign even though you have no other options available. Fitz is a good QB and a smart one but he did not take us to a SB. He has not even made it to a playoff game. why pay him that much money for that when you can pay players that have earned it. The Jets are offering an extremely fair offer. more than I would like to see him have but the ball is in Fitz’s hands.

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