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Report: Jets won't pursue Mario Williams

Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:20 pm
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Mario Williams would do a lot for the  Jets' pass rush. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

For all the flak quarterback Mark Sanchez took last season -- deserved and otherwise -- the Jets' defense had something to do with the fall from annual playoff team to unmitigated disaster. Specific instances come to mind -- Eric Smith getting Tebow'd in the Thursday night game, Anotonio Cromartie's phantom coverage skills against the Pats (not to mention what happened to him against the Raiders) -- but the lack of a pass rush and ill-timed coverage breakdowns haunted the unit for most of the season.

That and the Jets' willingness to spend money during the offseason would naturally put them in the conversation for Mario Williams' services. The Texans' 2006 first-overall pick, who missed much of last season with a torn pectoral muscle, will be a free agent in a few weeks and there's speculation that he could become the NFL's highest-paid defensive player when he signs his next contract.

While the Jets might covet Williams, the team probably won't pursue him for one simple reason: money.

"Even though the Jets have a glaring need for a 3-4 OLB, they are expected to sit out the Williams sweepstakes," ESPN.com's Rich Cimini wrote Sunday morning. "The primary reason is cap room. As of last week, they had less than $500,000 in projected cap space. They can create room by restructuring bloated contracts and cutting players -- and they probably will -- but they evidently prefer to use the money to address several needs instead of putting all their eggs in the Williams basket."

Which makes the decision to keep Santonio Holmes around for a cool $15.3 million all the more curious. That's obviously not enough to land Williams, but it's a start. And if nothing else, it would rid the team of Holmes, who quit mid-game in Week 17 and isn't much of a Sanchez fan (despite the Valentine's Day XOXO tweet).

For now, Ryan says Sanchez is his quarterback, Holmes is his wide receiver, and Williams doesn't appear to be in the team's offseason plans. That means that the Jets will target lower-priced free agents and use the draft to fix their defense. CBSSports.com's Rob Rang has New York taking Alabama safety Mark Barron with the 16th pick, and Dane Brugler likes South Carolina outside linebacker Melvin Ingram.

Whatever happens in the coming months, one thing remains a certainty: Ryan is still planning on getting a Super Bowl ring quickly.

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lingkind
Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:38 pm
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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:33 am
 

Report: Jets won't pursue Mario Williams

Report: Jets won't pursue Mario Williams
Mario Williams just let out a sigh of relief.



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:09 am
 

Report: Jets won't pursue Mario Williams

If the JETS don`t go after Williams i feel , that would be a BIG mistake ! He would make this defense a legit force , also with him you could cover up some holes . Mr T needs to be creative & move out dead weight , in order to make this happen ! Williams is a true sack master which the JETS have`nt had since the SACK EXCHANGE  , Williams would make Revis even better if that is possible & would in turn do the same to Cromartie . Other than going after Peyton Manning , this is a move that should be made in my opinion . Williams was ready for a banner year but was injured , if he`s health you can count on one hand players like him !  



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Report: Jets won't pursue Mario Williams

Go to the Raiders !!!


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