If you're following any team during its mini-camp sessions, the New York Jets might be the most compelling, especially with HBO's Hard Knocks cameras trailing everybody and everything.
There are four players who are in want of contract extensions - they are known as the Core Four - and if CB Darrelle Revis, C Nick Mangold, LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson and LB David Harris - don't get what they want, who knows how this season will go for the Jets. If all four are happy and playing, New York is going to be one of the best teams in the AFC and a potential Super Bowl contender. If not, well ...
Revis showed up today for the beginning of mini-camp, and though Mangold said last week it was a 50-50 proposition on whether he'd be there, he's in attendance as well.
So what will happen with the Core Four? According to ESPN NewYork's Rich Cimini , it doesn't look good for anybody not named Revis. From Cimini's story on Sunday:
Take this to the bank (no pun intended): C Nick Mangold, LB David Harris and LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson will not get contract extensions in 2010. The Jets have yet to begin negotiations with any of the players and, considering the uncertainty of the CBA, the organization is showing no sense of urgency. The Jets probably won’t admit this publicly, but I think they’ve already made a decision to wait.
By waiting until after the season, GM Mike Tannenbaum is putting himself in an almost impossible position, with Mangold, Harris, WR Braylon Edwards, WR Santonio Holmes and CB Antonio Cromartie all unsigned. Say goodbye to two or three of those players.
Plus, you've got the Jets struggling to sell seat licenses, and the unknown of how well QB Mark Sanchez's knee will perform. Intrigued? Yeah, you should be.
Bart Hubbach of the NY Post breaks it down for us.
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