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There will come a time when we look back on the John Idzik era and map out a pattern of behavior. It might take a year or two -- or maybe even three or four -- but eventually, there will be an obvious road map for how he handles troublesome decisions.

Unfortunately for Jets fans and the ravenous mainstream media, Idzik?s tire tracks are far too light right now to spell out Mike Goodson?s fate.

One thing is certain: Goodson, one of Idzik?s first budget-conscious signings as Jets general manager, put his new boss in a highly-unenviable position after being arrested on drug and weapon charges late last week.

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Bassett's out searching for tacos (hair of the dog!) so he's charged me with writing up a Junk Drawer ... here goes.

Jumping for Geno? ? Adam Schefter reported this afternoon the Jets are interested in trading up in order to take a quarterback. Schefter mentioned the Jets considered drafting Geno Smith at No. 13, which would lead one to think the Jets are enamored with the value of getting a quarterback they had a first-round grade at a second-round price. However, there?s also talk that Marty Mornhiweg is a huge Ryan Nassib fan, so maybe he?s the target. I?d bet the Jets at least have to get ahead of the Eagles at 35 regardless and might need to go all the way up to 33 to take Geno. There?s also the question of how much the Jets would have to give up to get up, with my guess being a third-round pick, although maybe the Jets will move a 2014 pick instead of losing this year?s selection.

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We at TJB asked our contributors their thoughts on the Revis trade and we've included them below.

Corey Griffin:

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Here's some notes on some of the goings-on around the Jets.

Paying a Visit -- The Jets have started their draft prospect visits and it is something they took very seriously under the Tannenbaum era and likely will continue to do so under Idzik. ?Late last week players like Oregon DE Dion Jordan and Alabama CB Dee Milliner announced as visitors in the coming days and the Jets will continue to bring in prospects that are either local or out of area, but the Jets are only allotted 30 of those special visits, we'll be bringing out list to you in the coming days, but pay attention to whom the Jets bring in for one of those invites ... those are big.

Comes Down to Compensation -- Rich Cimini reports on ESPN NY that the Jets are going to take a more aggressive stance at netting compensatory draft picks. ?It's an interesting direction and one that the Jets barely used under Mike Tannenbaum's tenure, but it is not without it's own risks. ?Losing a free agent / potential starter this year for the purpose of gaining late round draft picks more than a year later is long-term thinking and while that's good and the strategy of teams like the Packers, owners and fans will want results now, and so this paradigm can be dangerous. ?It puts more reliance on the draft -- and that's a good thing in our perspective. ?Of course, there's a ramp-up period for such a strategy, so while there's going to be a bridge period to make this seamless ... and depending on the results of this strategy, it might make for more?

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A look at the Jets in this pre-free agency weekend.

Shutdown Crickets -- I love Darrelle Revis as a Jet, I think he's a cornerstone of this team, but are any NFL teams?putting out the vibe that they are interested in him? ?It's been crickets. ?What would teams be trading for? ?The answer to this question is not one I've seen widely discussed. ?A year from seemingly inevitable free agency, teams are trading for the exclusive rights to negotiate a massive $16-17 million per year contract (likely over 5 or 6 years) with the league's best cornerback. ?And for that luxury the Jets could be asking for "bushels" of draft picks. ?Woody Johnson seems to have?forsworn re-signing him to a new deal, so at this point and now the Jets are backed into getting what value they can before he hits free agency next year and then takes a $9 million bite into the 2014 cap on his way out the door. ?If I was a mildly interested GM, I'd be rooting for no team to pick Revis up in a trade, so that I could just sign him to a deal next year based after carefully watching his performance this season. ?I don't doubt that most teams would rather have Revis on their team than elsewhere, but the cost of appeasing both Revis and Johnson is too high. ?Maybe once summer comes, the value of draft picks will be perceptively diminished ("that's not 'til next year!") and Revis will command more from teams, but I think the lack of interest now shows the high hurdle that trading a player, even of Revis' abilities, actually is.

Mangold News Coming This Week? -- I have no knowledge of the situation, but other of the high priced players on the team in years's past have restructured some of their bonuses or salaries to make them more cap friendly to the team. ?This year it's Mangold's turn and converting his $3 million roster due next week, could help save the Jets $2.4 million by?guaranteeing it and prorating over the next five seasons. ?This would give the Jets some additional money to work with ... if the Jets feel very confident in Mangold's long-term status, then they should consider asking Mangold to convert his salary as well, which could free up some real space (at the expense of future cap hits, of course).

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Here's a quick barnstorming of New York football.

LaRon Landry Wants to Come Back -- Landry enjoyed playing in New York and had his first Pro Bowl season in many years with the squad, so it's hard to blame him that he wants to come back to the team. ?Yesterday he joined NFL32 on ESPN and said as much. ?Even so, with the Jets up against the wall from a cap perspective, Landry will have a tough decision to make. ?To return, he's not going to get the lucrative deal he desires -- at least against the 2013 cap. ?So while Landry played on a heavy incentive laden contract in 2012 while he proved he could remain healthy for a decision, it's going to be up to him to chose whether they payday or playing in New York matters more. ?That's a lof of bananas at stake for Gucci!

Carrying Over?-- According to PFT, the Jets cap?carry over number to 2013?is $3.4 million. ?It's not a lot, but it will allow the Jets just a little more wiggle room as they maneuver the 2013 cap. ?What's amazing is seeing a team like the Eagles with $23 million in cap carryover ... how'd they do that? ?Also, note that the Seahawks were the team with the 6th most cap carryover space with $13.2 million. ?Being able to finagle that much money to carry over would have been in the radar of John Idzik, so it's ?good sign for the Jets going forward.

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We're going to start doing a lot more intensive looking at the NFL Draft in the coming days and weeks, but of course free agency comes before the draft. ?

Here's three spots in no particular order that the Jets might try and target players at once free agency begins, even thought they might not have a lot of money to do so. ?I just talked with Corey about this as we taped our podcast and he named two of the three positions below ... listen to the end of the podcast later today to hear which group he chose differently.

Safety -- With Eric Smith likely a goner, and Bell and Landry both up in the air as free agents, the Jets are going to have to address the spot via free agency again even though they just used two picks in the last draft on the safety spot. ?Josh Bush might be ready to step and take on a larger role, but the team is going to need to find some depth at the spot this spring to provide competition this summer. ?Trufant and Lankster played decently last year so the Jets have to feel comfortable with their 4th and 5th corners, so depending on what happens with the Revis situation ... see if the Jets don't try and convert one of their nickel cornerbacks to the safety spot if they feel like they can't round out the spot and Revis and Cro both come back. ?Louis Delmas might not have been able to stay healthy for the Lions, so see if he doesn't have to take a lesser or incentive-laden deal via free agency this spring.

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Some reactions from last night's big game.

Always Close -- While I thought it would be a close game that the Niners would eventually run away with at the end of the game, watching Super Bowls over the last decade has been nail-biting ?each time. ?Gone are the days of lopsided blowouts. ?While the power outage might have helped the Niners regain their composure, the game was well matched despite the first half score. ?That might be one of the more memorable recent Super Bowl games for me just watching the Niners climb back in that game with a dynamic offense ... and their impressive defense ... wow that got good. ?Even so, congrats to the Ravens on their well-deserved championship.

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The Darrelle Revis situation is at once the most understandable, ridiculous and thoroughly frustrating scenario the Jets and their fans have had to go through in the past 12 months. That?s saying something.

But to understand this situation, we have to look back at 12 months? worth of poor decisions and strange fascinations that got the Jets in this spot in the first place and why the man that made those decisions could not have solved the Revis problem.

From hiring Tony Sparano as the one to take Mark Sanchez to the next level by taking the ball out of his hands (think about that) to then extending Sanchez for millions of guaranteed dollars and trading for Tim Tebow, it was a strange offseason. Made even weirder by Rex Ryan calling the talent-deficient roster possibly the best team he?s had since he came to New York (ego boost, anyone?) and proceeding to watch said team collapse in on itself, betrayed by, guess what ? a lack of talent, particularly at quarterback.

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A lot has already been written in recent weeks about Sports Illustrated's awesome new coffee table book, FOOTBALL'S GREATEST and I know that I'm not going to be the one to discover new lands in my review of it.

Instead, I'll take a different tack. ?With a name like FOOTBALL'S GREATEST, you can imagine that it's full of glossy photos from the SI archives, lists of the best players at particular positions, the best overall teams, the best coaches and the like. ?All of this is interspersed with writing from many of SI's current roster of writers along with snippets from writers of days gone by. ?It's a little bit of time capsule and modern day analysis all rolled into one big book.

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Editor's Note: Over the past two weeks, Corey has been working to help his family recover from Hurricane Sandy from their Long Beach, New York home. ?Long Beach was one of the toughest hit areas by Hurricane Sandy. ?Here's some of his reflections since the storm.

I remember a sign I saw outside of a dive bar one of the first few days after the storm. ?BRUISED, BUT NOT BROKEN,? it read. Ironic that a dive bar was preaching recovery, but that?s exactly what we were going through. It?s why I was back in Long Beach.

By then, the garbage piles had turned two lanes into one and one-way streets into roadblocks. The mattresses were piled up next to couches, bookcases and even a crib. They sat on still-sandy streets, blocks away from a beach that was suddenly dumped in front yards and strewn throughout homes from Atlantic Beach to the East End.

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