New York Jets Rumors & News

Jets To Decline Erin Henderson’s Option

The Jets’ salary-shedding spree looks to be continuing with Erin Henderson. The team will not pick up the linebacker’s 2017 option, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.

Henderson signed a two-year deal in 2016, but that pact did not contain any guaranteed money for ’17. Henderson missed 11 games last season, landing on the non-football injury list in October. The Jets will save $2.75MM in cap space by making this move. The former Vikings UDFA success story was due a $250K roster bonus on the first day of the 2017 league year, but the Jets are making this move early.

This continues Gang Green’s string of veteran cuts, with Henderson now joining Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Breno Giacomini and Nick Folk as free agents. Altogether, the Jets have added more than $29MM in cap room by making these moves. More could be coming when a decision on Darrelle Revis is made, but for now, the Jets are sitting on $19.2MM in space as the new league year nears.

Henderson spent two seasons with the Jets, spending 2015 as a backup but playing in all 16 games. Last season, he played in five and started four. The 30-year-old, though, landed on that NFI list for reasons that remain unknown. The Jets signed him to a one-year contract in 2015 but re-upped him for two a year later. However, the team selected Darron Lee in the first round last year. With David Harris also still under contract, Henderson became a potentially superfluous commodity, especially after the mysterious injury.

 

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Jets Release Nick Mangold

After 11 seasons, it appears Nick Mangold‘s time with the Jets will come to an end. The team is expected to release its longtime center, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk (on Twitter). Mangold confirmed the move is coming on his own Twitter account, with the Jets doing so soon after.

Mangold played in a career-low eight games last season due to injury and will enter his age-33 season in 2017. The former first-round pick was set to account for $9.075MM of the Jets’ salary cap, and since no guaranteed money remains on his deal, the team can clear that entire amount from its payroll. This was to be the final season of Mangold’s seven-year Jets pact signed in 2011.

The Jets entered this week as one of the most cap-strapped teams in the league, but cuts of Breno Giacomini, Nick Folk and the forthcoming Mangold release will increase their projected cap space to more than $16MM.

Previously, a possible pay cut hovered on the horizon for Mangold, but the sides are going to instead part ways before free agency. He’s expected to have suitors, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Wesley Johnson is expected to inherit the veteran’s job after making eight starts last season after Mangold’s injury, although the 26-year-old is a restricted free agent.

This continued major upheaval for Gang Green’s offensive front and marks the second consecutive offseason the team will see its longest-tenured player depart. D’Brickashaw Ferguson retired last April. His replacement, Ryan Clady, is now a free agent, joining Giacomini. Mangold’s cut will further deprive the team of experience up front but create space for the Jets to pursue younger additions to that group and elsewhere. Of the players that opened the 2016 season as starters for Gang Green up front, only guards Brian Winters and James Carpenter remain on the roster.

With the releases of Clady, Giacomini, Folk and Mangold, the Jets have now cleared $26.575MM off their 2017 cap, Darryl Slater of NJ.com tweets.

A two-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler, Mangold started all 164 games in which he played for the Jets. Mangold’s tweet appears to indicate he plans to keep playing, and he would be an attractive commodity for some teams, assuming he can recover sufficiently from the ankle injury that ended his season.

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Jets Notes: Quarterbacks, Harris, Cap Room

The Jets will surely be exploring every possible option when it comes to the quarterback position, and WFAN host Boomer Esiason believes Chiefs signal-caller Alex Smith would be an excellent fit for the organization.

“He can handle the crap if he has to,” Esiason told Connor Hughes of NJ.com. “He would be a very steady influence and somebody who is in the midst of his prime. And he knows the West Coast offense. I’m assuming that’s what [offensive coordinator] Johnny Morton is going to be running?

“There’s no way Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg are going to be ready for that. They’re just not ready for it. Alex has, obviously, played his entire career in it.”

Of course, Smith would only be available if the Chiefs acquire an upgrade at the position. This past season, the 32-year-old completed 67.1-percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns, eight interceptions, and a career-high 3,502 passing yards. The veteran’s cap hit is expected to be around $16.9MM next season, and he’s signed through the 2018 campaign.

Let’s take a look at some other notes coming out of the Big Apple…

  • Speaking of quarterbacks, NFL.com’s Charley Casserly believes Bears veteran Jay Cutler would be a fit for the Jets… as long as he can handle the media. Cutler has a history with wideout Brandon Marshall, and he’s also played for quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. The 33-year-old appeared in only five games this season, marking the seventh-straight campaign that he failed to play in all 16 games.
  • Darryl Slater of NJ.com believes that the Jets restructuring linebacker David Harris‘ contract would be “ideal.” The veteran is set to enter the final year of his deal, and the team could free up $6.5MM by cutting him loose. However, Slater believes the 33-year-old can still play, and a lower salary may be the better option than simply cutting him.
  • Slater also points out that the Jets have already cleared $17.5MM be cutting Ryan Clady, Breno Giacomini, and Nick Folk. The team could free up at least another $30MM by releasing Marshall, Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, and Marcus Gilchrist.

NFL Grants Compensatory Picks To Teams

The NFL announced that they have awarded a total of 32 compensatory picks to 16 different teams. Compensatory draft picks are given to clubs who lose more or better compensatory free agents (CFAs) than it acquires in the previous year. Those picks are slotted within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the free agents lost.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that there are no more than 32 compensatory picks granted each year. Due to that wrinkle, the Rams (one pick), Packers (one pick), Steelers (two picks), and Cardinals (three picks) will not receive those picks in accordance with the formula. Each of those four clubs will receive compensatory selections for other CFAs lost whose final numerical values ranked within the top 32.

This year, there is one notable change to the compensatory draft selection rules: teams can now trade those picks.

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Jets Release Breno Giacomini, Nick Folk

The Jets’ spring cleaning is underway. The Jets have announced the release of former starting right tackle Breno Giacomini and kicker Nick Folk. Breno Giacomini (vertical)

[RELATED: Cardinals LB Kevin Minter Interested In Jets]

Giacomini was slated to count for $5.1MM against the cap, but the Jets will save $4.5MM by cutting him. Folk, meanwhile, was scheduled to carry a $3.6MM cap number and his release means $3MM in savings. In total, the Jets have created $7.5MM in cap room between these two moves.

The release of Giacomini has been long expected. Last year, injuries limited him to just 266 total snaps. He did not see enough action to qualify for ranking, but his 44.3 overall score from Pro Football Focus would have placed him among the 15 worst tackles in the NFL. After Ryan Clady was let go, Giacomini stood the team’s only tackle with significant starting experience, but that did not Gang Green from going cheaper and younger. Giacomini will turn 32 in September.

Folk, 33 in November, connected on 27 of his 31 field goals last year, good for an 87.1% mark. He also went 24-for-26 on extra points. Folk finishes his Jets career with the second-most field goals made in franchise history. He has converted on 175 three-point tries with Gang Green in addition to his 64 makes with the Cowboys.

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Cardinals LB Kevin Minter Interested In Jets

Cardinals linebacker Kevin Minter is scheduled to become a free agent on March 9, and while he’s interested in returning to the desert, he’s “curious to see what’s out there,” Minter told SiriusXM NFL Radio today (Twitter link). Minter added he “wouldn’t mind” joining the Jets this offseason, especially given that they employ his former defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, as head coach.Kevin Minter (Vertical)

[RELATED: Darrelle Revis’ Hearing Postponed]

New York currently projects to have the second-least amount of cap space in the NFL, and while the club can release players and restructure contracts in order to create more room, it may have to find bargains on the free agent market. Minter could be one such cost-effective solution, as the 26-year-old graded as the league’s No. 25 linebacker among 87 qualifiers last season, according to Pro Football Focus. In New York, Minter would join David Harris and Darron Lee as linebacker options in Gang Green’s 3-4 scheme.

Minter, a 2013 second-round pick, didn’t become a full-time starter until his third season with the Cardinals, but he’s since started every contest for Arizona over the past two years. He’s a key part of the Cards’ defense, but general manager Steve Keim & Co. have other critical free agent defenders, including Calais Campbell and Chandler Jones, to worry about, meaning Minter could be the one that gets away.

Jets CB Darrelle Revis’ Hearing Postponed

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis‘ preliminary hearing on charges stemming from an altercation in which two men were knocked unconscious was originally supposed to take place on Thursday but now won’t get underway until March 15, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter links).Darrelle Revis (vertical)

[RELATED: Jets, Brian Hoyer A Match?]

The hearing’s new date is critical for a number of reasons, most of them financial and most of them negative (at least, from the Jets’ point of view). Revis is due a $2MM roster bonus on March 10, so New York won’t have any sense of Revis’ legal status before a decision is due on that payment. Moreover, free agency begins one day earlier on March 9, so Gang Green will have to wade into the open market without knowing where it stands with Revis.

Additionally, the league and/or the Jets are unlikely to levy any sort of disciplinary suspension on Revis until his case is sorted out. Revis is due $6MM in guaranteed base salary in 2017, however, so if New York releases him before a ban is enacted (and potentially wipes out his remaining guarantees), the club will be on the hook for that entire total.

From a legal perspective, the fact that Revis’ hearing is being rescheduled could mean a settlement is in the works, tweets Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Hypothetically, a deal for reduced or dropped charges could lead the NFL or the Jets to look upon Revis with greater favor. For his part, Revis (and/or his associates) have reportedly told New York management that a member of Revis’ entourage punched the two men, not Revis himself, reports Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

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Jets, 3 Teams Offer Deals To K’Waun Williams

The Jets have offered a contract to free agent cornerback K’Waun Williams, a league source tells Darryl Slater of NJ.com. The same source says that Williams also has contract offers from three other teams. Williams is expected to choose one of the offers later this week. K'Waun Williams (Vertical)

In addition to the Jets, Williams has also drawn interest from the Lions, 49ers, Vikings, and Dolphins. At this time, it’s not clear which of those teams have put contracts on the table. Williams, 26 this summer, could be drawn to the Jets because he grew up in Paterson, New Jersey and played at Montvale’s Saint Joseph Regional High. Ultimately, however, he’ll probably base his decision on playing time and lean towards any team willing to give him a partial guarantee on his deal.

Last summer, the slot corner was embroiled in a high-profile spat with the Browns organization. The Browns suspended Williams for “conduct detrimental to the team” when he independently decided that he could not play in the team’s first preseason game because of his ankle condition. Later, Williams had to have an operation to remove painful bone spurs and he is now pushing for the team to reimburse him for his 2016 $600K salary.

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Jets Could Turn To Brian Hoyer

  • While the quarterback-needy Jets have drawn connections to Mike Glennon and Jay Cutler, their best bet the open market could be Brian Hoyer on a low-cost, short-term deal, observes Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. Notably, the Mike Maccagnan– and Todd Bowles-led Jets had interest in Hoyer last spring before he signed with the Bears to back up Cutler. The 31-year-old Hoyer ended up faring well in Chicago, where he made six appearances (five starts) and threw six touchdowns against no interceptions as Cutler dealt with injuries. As was the case with Cutler, Hoyer didn’t get through the season unscathed – he went on the shelf for good in October after suffering a broken left arm.

Latest On Jets’ Darrelle Revis

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is facing four felony charges on account of a Feb. 12 altercation in Pittsburgh that left two men unconscious. Video of the aftermath, featuring those two unconscious men and an unseen man bragging about knocking them out, surfaced Sunday, via TMZ.

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“I knocked both of these (expletive) out,” said the man, who then threatened to do the same to someone else in the video.

Pittsburgh police believe the voice belongs to Revis, per a statement from the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety (via Austin Knoblauch of NFL.com). However, Revis’ lawyers, Robert G. Del Greco Jr. and Mark Fiorilli, emphatically denied that in a statement issued to USA Today on Sunday night.

“Darrelle Revis absolutely, categorically and positively did not knock out anyone, did not conspire with anyone to commit an assault, did not say ‘shut up before I knock your ass out next,’ and surely did not ‘rob’ another of a cell phone,” the attorneys said. “The voice and admissions made on the video are NOT that of Darrelle Revis. We have no doubt but that further investigation relative to the clothing and voice verification will corroborate the above assertions.”

Revis turned himself into authorities Friday and has a hearing scheduled for this Thursday. While it’s unlikely Revis will face jail time, the NFL is “looking into” the situation and could issue him some form of punishment.

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