The Jets don’t have much in the way of team-friendly contracts, Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap opines, but Brandon Marshall‘s deal is the de facto best of the bunch. Marshall came to the Jets via trade with the Bears, but the wide receiver and Gang Green hashed out a new deal as a condition of the swap. The deal wound up becoming a one-year trial as they nixed real guarantees for year two of the three-year pact. As it turns out, Marshall flourished and he now appears to be a bargain at $9.5MM in 2016.
Here’s more out of the AFC East:
- More from Fitzgerald, who linebacker David Harris‘ deal is the worst contract the Jets currently have. Harris signed a three-year, $21.5MM contract extension with the Jets in March of 2015. Meanwhile, Fitzgerald writes that comparable players would earn in the $5MM/year range with a much lower guarantee. Harris has inked two favorable deals with the Jets over the course of his career but Fitzgerald believes the buck will stop soon with the Jets releasing the veteran before the start of 2017 season. Last year, Harris graded out as the 32nd best linebacker in the NFL out of 97 qualified players, according to Pro Football Focus.
- Linebacker Kiko Alonso is starting over again with the Dolphins after being traded to Miami in March and there is a lot of positive buzz surrounding him right now, as Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald writes. Injuries have held Alonso back over the last couple of years, but he now seems to have his knee problems behind hm. Alonso came out firing in his rookie year in 2013 and one GM allegedly told Alonso’s agent prior to the draft that Alonso was the best linebacker prospect he had seen since Brian Bosworth.
- If Sheldon Richardson is suspended to start the year, the Jets may have to give a bigger role to defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins than they had anticipated, Brian Costello of the New York Post writes. Losing Richardson to suspension is obviously not ideal, but the Jets are high on Jenkins and they see him as a younger and faster version of last year’s backups Leger Douzable and Stephen Bowen. “Jarvis is a three-down player,” coach Todd Bowles said. “He can move across the line of scrimmage. Good interior pass rusher. Has power and has some speed. We thought we upgraded there a little bit from a backup standpoint, that can come in and play.”