New York Jets Rumors & News

Jets, Jamal Adams Agree To Deal

The Jets have agreed to a contract with their first-round pick, safety Jamal Adams, tweets Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. As the sixth overall selection, Adams will land a four-year deal worth approximately $22.25MM, including a $14.3MM-plus signing bonus.

Jamal Adams

Adams was a three-year starter at LSU, where he posted a career-best 76 tackles last season en route to second-team All-America honors. The year before, Adams racked up a personal-high four interceptions. The hard-hitting 214-pounder is a “natural-born leader of men,” according to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, who likens him to former Cowboys star Darren Woodson. Adams, along with second-round safety Marcus Maye, will now take control of the back end of a Jets defense that has cut ties with veteran DBs Marcus Gilchrist, Calvin Pryor and Darrelle Revis in recent months.

With Adams under contract, Solomon Thomas (49ers), Corey Davis (Titans), Gareon Conley (Raiders) and Jabrill Peppers (Browns) are the only unsigned rookies remaining. Meanwhile, the Jets’ entire nine-player draft class is now under control as training camp nears. Here’s a refresher:

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Jets Notes: Enunwa, Cousins

  • “It’s hard to argue with” the idea that the Jets are tanking “when everybody else sees all the stuff that’s going on,” wide receiver Quincy Enunwa admitted on Sunday (via Zach Braziller of the New York Post). Whether the Jets actually are tanking is debatable, but it’s clear they’re rebuilding. The team has released a slew of veterans, including receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, since last season. When healthy, those two were above Enunwa on the team’s depth chart. Enunwa is now the Jets’ clear-cut No. 1 option, having broken out as a third-year man in 2016 with 58 receptions, 814 yards and four touchdowns.
  • With Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty as the Jets’ choices under center, Enunwa seems unlikely to benefit from high-end quarterback play this year. But with the Redskins unable to lock up Kirk Cousins beyond the upcoming season, that could change in 2018. The Jets will have upward of $80MM in cap space next offseason, which could make them a suitor for Cousins if he becomes a free agent, notes Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. However, considering Cousins will be entering his age-30 season in 2018, Cimini doesn’t see him as a fit for the young Jets.

Slater On Bowles, Hackenberg

  • Darryl Slater of NJ.com makes a series of predictions for the Jets, with the most interesting being that he expects Christian Hackenberg to become the team’s starting quarterback no later than Week 12 (New York has a Week 11 bye), and that he expects Todd Bowles to be retained for 2018.

Chris Bordelon Among Jets' UDFA Who Could Make Roster

  • Undrafted rookie lineman Chris Bordelon has a chance to make the Jets regular season roster, writes Connor Hughes of NJ.com. The Nicholls State product can move around the offensive line, and his versatility might earn him a reserve role with the squad. Hughes also lists wide receivers K.D. Cannon and Gabe Marks, fullback Anthony Firkser, cornerback Xavier Coleman, and linebacker Connor Harris as other undrafted rookies who could crack the 53-man roster.

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Jets D-Line Rumors: Richardson, McLendon

  • There could still be major changes to the Jets’ defensive line by Week 1, suggests Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. The Jets have shopped Sheldon Richardson in recent months, and if a team comes along this summer willing to trade a third-round pick for him, Gang Green should take it, opines Cimini. Steve McLendon, one of Richardson’s prominent line mates, also might not be a lock to remain a Jet into the regular season. New York would like to see second-year nose tackle Deon Simon emerge this summer, and if that happens, it may make McLendon expendable, notes Cimini.

Brandon Marshall On Release From Jets, Decker, Harris

  • In an interview with “Boomer & Carton” of WFAN on Thursday, Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall indicated that he requested his release from the rebuilding Jets in March because they’re not going anywhere in 2017 (via Brian Costello of the New York Post). “For me, I just knew I couldn’t be in that environment,” said Marshall, who holds the unfortunate distinction of being the league’s current longest-tenured player without a postseason appearance (11 years). “I think everyone knows the type of personality I am at this point in my career. I wouldn’t have made it through an entire season knowing that we didn’t have a chance. That’s all you want as a player — you just want a chance.” Long after they cut ties with Marshall, the Jets released fellow veterans Eric Decker and David Harris in June. Marshall took exception with the timing in both cases, arguing that “it was too late in free agency” and calling the Jets’ maneuverings with Decker and Harris “bad business.” Harris’ agents made it known after his release that they were unhappy with the Jets, but the 10-year veteran did end up latching on with the reigning Super Bowl champion Patriots just over two weeks later.

Josh McCown Not Assured Of Jets Starting Job?

Although Josh McCown is the heavy favorite to open the 2017 season as the Jets‘ starting quarterback, Gang Green’s signal-caller competition hasn’t been resolved just yet, as Rich Cimini of ESPN.com writes. Given that head coach Todd Bowles is unquestionably on the hot seat — and needs victories to retain his job — New York could be loathe to bench McCown if the club gets off to an (admittedly unexpected) fast start. In such a scenario, second-year quarterback Christian Hackenberg might not get the type of long audition period required to show Jets management if they need to find another passer.

  • Although Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin was arrested on assault charges last month (and is facing a civil suit stemming from the same incident), he’s not expected to face a suspension until at least 2018, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post. Mauldin is accused of punching a man in a New York nightclub in early April, and allegedly broke several bones in the man’s face. A third-round pick in 2015, the 24-year-old Mauldin hasn’t registered much production thus far in his NFL career, as he’s managed only 6.5 sacks as a backup in two seasons.

Poll: Will Darrelle Revis Play In 2017?

Darrelle Revis is currently working out in south Florida with an eye on playing this season. Trouble is, the $6MM owed to him by the Jets comes with offset language, meaning that he’ll effectively be playing for free if he signs for a penny less than $6MM. Darrelle Revis (vertical)

At one point in time, Revis was one of the league’s very best cornerbacks. Unfortunately, that changed during his second stint with the Jets in 2015. In ’15, Revis was solid but unspectacular. The version of Revis that we saw in 2016 could not be counted upon as a regular starter. Throughout the season, there were rumblings that Revis was dogging it and the film seemed to back it up. There were a number of plays where Revis wasn’t going all out to make the tackle and he was routinely getting torched on routes that he should have been able to keep pace with.

Needless to say, no one wants to pay Revis more than $6MM for the 2017 season. Even if a contending team were to lose a starting corner to injury in training camp, it would be hard to see anyone offering more than a few million for the veteran’s services. So, what now? It’s possible that Revis, who has already made a boatload of money in the NFL, will cave and agree to play for free.

Alternatively, he could use a creative workaround to get on the field while still cashing his Jets check. As suggested yesterday by Mike Florio of PFT, Revis could sit out the 2017 regular season and sign with an NFL club just before the start of the playoffs. This way, Revis can earn his $6MM, have a chance at capturing another Super Bowl championship, and audition for his next contract. Revis would also have the added benefit of taking the field in January with fresh legs.

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Jets Notes: Revis, McLendon, Skrine

Former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis should wait until the postseason to sign with a team, Mike Florio of PFT opines. Revis, as you probably know by now, is reluctant or unwilling to sign with a team for less than the $6MM owed to him by the Jets in 2017. However, he can still collect on that paycheck while going for a ring if he holds off until January. In theory, the Jets could argue that they are entitled to Revis’ playoff share, but whatever they’d get for that would still be a drop in the bucket compared to the $352K per game he is owed from Gang Green.

If Revis follows this plan and recaptures some of his old form in the playoffs, he could set himself up for a nice payday in March 2018. Revis looked like he lost a step or three in 2016, but teams will be quick to forget about that if he plays like a top defender when it counts the most.

Here’s today’s look at the Jets:

  • Steve McLendon‘s fate is out of his hands, Brian Costello of the New York Post writes. If Deon Simon and Mike Pennel perform well in training camp, the nose tackle could lose his job even if he looks good in practice. The veteran, signed to a three-year, $10.5MM pact just last year, has no guaranteed money on his $2.8MM salary for the coming season. Pro Football Focus ranked McLendon No. 64 out of 127 qualified interior linemen they graded. He ranked 45th against the run as he tried to fill the void left by Damon Harrison.
  • Cornerback Buster Skrine can’t afford a repeat of last season, or else he might not get the opportunity to finish out his four-year, $25MM contract inked back in 2015, Costello writes. Last year, Pro Football Focus ranked Skrine the 87th cornerback out of the 111 they graded. He also committed a number of penalties, with six of them coming in one game. If Skrine doesn’t shine as the No. 2 cornerback behind Morris Claiborne, he’ll been seeking work somewhere else in 2018.
  • Former Jets safety Marcus Gilchrist could be cleared for football activities early next month. After the Jets released him in the spring, coach Todd Bowles left the door open to a reunion, so we could see him in green and white again.