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).