Tag:Darrelle Revis
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:32 am
Edited on: August 1, 2011 10:18 am
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Antonio Cromartie re-signs with Jets

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Antonio Cromartie had to wait a few days for the Nnamdi Asomugha situation to play out, but he's a Jet again, signing a four-year contract, the Associated Press reported early Monday morning. 

New York, like almost every other cornerback-hungry team, were pursuing Asomugha, who eventually signed with the Eagles for $60 million over five years. Cromartie, who is known as much for his coverage skills as his aversion to tackling, had to settle for $32 million, a relative bargain.

Cromartie's return also means that the Jets have an established veteran cornerback to line up opposite Darrelle Revis. The alternative -- 2010 first-rounder Kyle Wilson -- had an uneven rookie season and may not yet be ready to move into a starting job.

Still, for all the talk about Cromartie's one-dimensional style of play, or Wilson's growing pains, the Jets were among the league's best pass defenses a year ago. As Yahoo.com's Doug Farrar notes, New York ranked seventh in the league against the pass, according to Football Outsiders. And, yes, Cromartie isn't tackling machine, but New York was second against the run, too. They're doing something right … which makes you wonder why general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan were willing to pay an extra $28 million for Asomugha to only see marginal improvements.

Then numbers like this remind you why (via Farrar):

"According to STATS, Inc, Cromartie had the fifth-best percentage of catches allowed per targets among corners targeted at least 50 times, giving up 47 passes in 107 targets for a 43.9 % catch rate. However, he was also debited for giving up seven touchdowns, the most of any cornerback in the catch rate top 10. Among qualifying cornerbacks, only Washington's DeAngelo Hall and Cleveland's Sheldon Brown gave up more scores. This stat speaks to the downside of Cromartie's estimable athletic talent —- he's a player able to cover anyone in any part of the field, but he will suffer coverage lapses and give up the occasional exasperating play. It's just the nature of the beast."

A beast the Jets are quite familiar with. And one that will no doubt play a part in any success the defense has in 2011.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:52 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Cowboys were 'close' to getting Nnamdi

Posted by Will Brinson

As we've said elsewhere, the only rumors we really heard throughout the day Friday were that the Jets and Cowboys were in a dogfight for landing Nnamdi Asomugha. Then, of course, the Eagles swooped in and stole the best player on the market.

But were the Cowboys about to pull it off? According to Jerry Jones, via our Cowboys Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman, they were "close."

"We had an opportunity," Jones said. "We acted on it and, believe me, we firmly acted on it -- until my eyes watered."

Jones was also asked about pulling defensive coordinator Rob Ryan away from drills in order to hop on the phone with a then-unknown person on the other end. Turns out, it was indeed Nnamdi.

"I [wouldn't have gotten] Rob to break from a drill to come over unless it was serious business," Jones said.

To me, Jerry's comments about his eyes watering are kind of fascinating. Was five years, $60 million too much for the Cowboys to pay? And the Jets? Because that would be surprising -- $12 million a year seems relatively cheap considering that a) Darrelle Revis averages $11.5 million a year and b) the type of booming market we've seen for free agents this offseason.

Or perhaps Jones simply means he got upset when he was told that the Cowboys were out of the running for Nnamdi's services. If that's the case, then maybe Nnamdi did leave money on the table for what he felt was his best shot to win.

If it's the former, though, it means that while Nnamdi was easily the best cornerback on the market, he clearly wasn't ever worth the reported $19 million that was being thrown out, and that both the Cowboys and Jets didn't believe he was worth paying more than Revis.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:24 am
 

Report: Asomugha down to Jets, Cowboys

Asomugha

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While the Texans grabbed Johnathan Joseph and the Steelers re-upped with Ike Taylor, knocking two of the three most-coveted free agent cornerbacks off the market, we’re still waiting to see where the most-expensive of them all, Nnamdi Asomugha, will sign.

The original thought(s) were the Texans, the Jets and the 49ers. Then, as Houston took on Joseph on Thursday night, it became the Jets, the 49ers (and maybe the Buccaneers, the Cowboys and the Raiders (!)). All were rumors, and supposedly, there was a chance it would be resolved late Thursday night or early Friday morning*.

*Luckily, this didn’t happen while the Eye on Football blog was catching a few hours of shut-eye.

Apparently, it’s now down to two teams. As NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi reports, Asomugha will sign either with the Jets or the Cowboys, and some believe Dallas actually is the favorite.

This will be the first big competitive test for New York coach Rex Ryan and his brother, Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, since Ryan took over the Cowboys job. It adds a little bit of intrigue to a situation that continues to be one of the most interesting storylines of the new NFL season.

Who can afford to sign and pay a guy who will probably command at least $15 million a year?

Jets CB Darrelle Revis obviously would love to have the second-best CB in the league playing opposite of him, and Jets QB Mark Sanchez has intimated that he (and maybe some of his teammates) would be willing to restructure his contract in order to land a big free agent.

The Cowboys, while way over the salary cap limit at the beginning of the season, has been dumping big-salaried players since Tuesday in an effort to sign a high-impact player.

My guess: the Jets still have the upper-hand. But with Jerry Jones always looking to get what he wants, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Asomugha end up in Dallas.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:51 am
 

Report: Texans 'moved into the lead' for Nnamdi

Posted by Will Brinson

All the offseason talk this week about the No. 1 free agent in the land, Nnamdi Asomugha, has centered around him joining Rex Ryan and Darrelle Revis with the Jets. There's good reason for that, as it would put the two-best cornerbacks in the NFL on the same team.

But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves, because there are still other teams in play. For instance, the Houston Texans who, according to the NFL Network's Michael Lombardi, have "moved into the lead" for Nnamdi.

Lombardi reports that he's hearing the Texans have hopped everyone else by potentially offering $12-to-14 million per year for Asomugha's shutdown services.

As you know from last year's offseason, Revis Island is currently appraised at $11.5 million per year.

And that, my friends, is the rub of this situation -- how can the Jets legitimately give Asomugha more money than Revis? They can't, really. I mean, they can if it works under the salary cap, but they would immediately be telling the guy they prop up as the best cornerback in the NFL (Revis) that he is, in strict terms of financial measurement, not the best cornerback in the NFL.

It's totally possible that Revis would put that aside to generate one of the most dominant secondaries we've ever seen (and the defense would be epic as a whole too), but in case you missed all of 2010's offseason and every episode of "Hard Knocks" from last year, Revis isn't a guy who wants to feel underpaid.

Which is great news for the Texans (or anyone else chasing Asomugha) -- if they can figure out a way to get under the cap and pay Nnamdi more than Revis is currently making, they greatly improve their chances of landing the top free agent on everyone's board.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:42 pm
 

All the Jets news that's fit to print

AsomughaPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Whenever any of us do a radio interview, one of the questions we’re seemingly always asked is where free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha will play in 2011. The Texans maybe? What about the Buccaneers or the Lions?

Now, we have a clue, and if true, it would send Jets fans into a state of nirvana.

The Newark Star Ledger’s Jenny Vrentas is reporting the Jets have made contact with the No. 1 unrestricted free agent on the market.

Assuming they get rid of Antonio Cromartie -- there's no way they could keep him -- a Jets secondary of Asomugha and Darrelle Revis would automatically become the top DB corps in the league (Revis and Cromartie previously had that title).

The sticking point, of course, will be money. Revis is owed $7 million this season with an $18 million option. Asomugha most likely would want $18 million a year unless he drops his expectations for a humongous salary (and it sounds like he might have to do exactly that).

But if Revis and Asomugha end up working together, that won’t be a pretty picture for the opposing offensive coordinators who have to dream up gameplans to beat them.

In other Jets news:

-QB Mark Sanchez said today, via Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman, that he would be willing to renegotiate his contract in order to help the team (maybe to, ahem, sign an Asomugha type).

He also said he might not be the only Jets player who feels that way.

"Whatever we need to do to win, we'll do whatever we can," Sanchez said.

-OT Damien Woody, coming off a season-ending Achilles injury, has decided to retire, the New York Daily News reports.

The fact that Wayne Hunter signed a four-year deal earlier in the day might have sealed Woody’s decision. Woody -- a Pro Bowler in 2002 -- had said that if he couldn’t play for the Jets, he would give up the game for good.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 9:12 am
Edited on: July 7, 2011 9:38 am
 

Who we want to see on Hard Knocks '11

Hard Knocks (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Throughout the lockout that seems neverending -- now at 114 days and counting!!! -- we’ve seen players get arrested, we’ve seen the NFL and the NFLPA come together and then bicker and then come together and then bicker, and we’ve seen players sue their girlfriends for their engagement rings.

Most disturbing, we’ve seen the signs that Brett Favre might want to return for another season.

We’ve also heard plenty about how a lost preseason would cost the NFL $800 million if the lockout continues through August and into September.

But when it comes to the preseason and how much is on the line, you know what we haven’t heard about? We haven’t heard which squad will be the subject of the annual highlight of August –- HBO’s "Hard Knocks."  

Oh, we know which teams have already declined the invitation (or supposedly, declined the invitation). Among them are the Buccaneers, the Broncos, the Lions and the Falcons (who might be open to doing it in the future), and at this point, it seems as if nobody wants to be on the show. Making matters tougher are those who say cooperating with Hard Knocks is a mistake.

Assuming we’ll see a preseason this year that would provide a platform for the Hard Knocks crew to start filming -- and CBSSports.coms’ Mike Freeman writes that it’s getting close --here are five teams we’d like to see featured on Hard Knocks. Many of them might not be interested for one reason or another, but if we have a fantasy roster, this is it.

Panthers


NewtonThe big storyline: Simply put: the entertainer and the icon, Cam Newton. We want to see how he learns the offense; we want to see if his teammates rally around him; we want to get an early idea of whether Carolina made a bad decision last April. Or maybe he’s the next superstar in the game. Either way, he’s one of the biggest storylines of the preseason, and we want to be inside the locker room to see what happens.

The foil: Jimmy Clausen. How is he going to react to Newton? What happens when Newton badly fakes out some defender destined for the practice squad and gains 30 yards on a broken play? Will the director then cut to Clausen as he raises a fist to the sky in anger? And what happens if Clausen, um, actually outplays Newton?

Two other compelling reasons: 1) NFL.com’s Gil Brandt has mentioned in the past couple of days that Favre has offered to help mentor Newton. Can you imagine the video that could come from this, especially if the camera caught Favre alone in the locker room sending a text message? 2) WR Steve Smith: is he going to play for the Panthers or not?

Patriots


The big storyline: The same guy who makes sure this show would never feature his team on his watch. That would be coach Bill Belichick. How fascinating would it be to see how Belichick builds a team and how he relates to his players? Would we get to see Belichick’s team meeting in which he implicitly tells his team how to answer questions from the media (in the most uninteresting way possible)? Kidding aside, we want to see a future Hall of Fame coach behind the scenes and uncensored.

The foil: Rex Ryan. Is there any way to get a split screen of the Jets coach talking trash about Belichick -- hey, he’s not here to kiss anybody’s ring! – while Belichick coldly goes about finding a way to make Ryan pay for his words?

Two other compelling reasons: 1) Danny Woodhead: he was on Hard Knocks with the Jets last season, and though he’s not in danger of being cut with New England, I still want to know why Woodhead, all of a sudden, is so freaking good. 2) G Logan Mankins (and his agent) has said some not very complimentary things about the Patriots management, all in the name of landing a large contract. Will he be kinder and gentler this preseason?

Packers


The big storyline: Obviously, the Lombardi Trophy. Hard Knocks has never followed a team the preseason after it won the Super Bowl, so it’d be cool to see the ring ceremony the public wasn’t allowed to witness a few weeks back (I’m assuming Hard Knocks wasn’t actually there, but it’d be cool nonetheless) while watching the Packers attempt a repeat.

The foil: Charles Woodson vs. Tramon Williams. Woodson is the bigger name, but he’s older than Williams and there’s a pretty good chance Williams is the better CB these days. Maybe we’d really get to see if Woodson is close to the end, and if Williams can replace Woodson’s outrageous production.

Two other compelling reasons: 1) Would Aaron Rodgers sign autographs for the fans at training camp? Because, as we all know, he doesn’t like signing for cancer patients (I kid, I kid). 2) Last year, little-used cornerback Brandon Underwood had a sexual assault charge hanging over his head all season (he pleaded no contest to a lesser charge). Now, he’s been charged with disorderly conduct after an alleged physical altercation with his soon-to-be ex-wife. Underwood isn’t a great quote, but his story might make for an interesting change of pace on the show.

PhillipsTexans


The big storyline: The will-they-or-won’t-they-fire-him as it relates to coach Gary Kubiak. I’m kind of surprised he’s still coaching in Houston actually, and the last time Hard Knocks featured this kind of storyline, it was Wade Phillips with the Cowboys. Now, Phillips is Kubiak’s defensive coordinator. How hot can that boiler room get anyway?

The foil: The secondary. This is what I wrote in the Texans offseason checkup: “The secondary (Kareem Jackson, Glover Quin, Bernard Pollard and Eugene Wilson) were just tremendously bad. If the Texans can’t get this fixed, it doesn’t matter who’s coordinating the defense, because Houston simply won’t win.” I don’t disagree with that.

Two other compelling reasons: 1) Though he came off a bit bumbling in Season 4 with the Cowboys, Phillips is a sympathetic figure. And the man has proved he can coordinate a defense. I want to see how he transforms a 4-3 sieve-like defense into a 3-4 defense that potentially could save Kubiak’s job. 2) Will QB Matt Schaub ever get into the playoffs? He’s the best quarterback in the league who hasn’t gotten there.

Raiders


The big storyline: Obviously, Al Davis, and the one question I want to know. How hands-on is he these days?

The foil: Nnamdi Asomugha: Just like Darrelle Revis last season with the Jets, we’re not going to see too much of the talented free agent cornerback on the TV. Unfortunately, we won’t get to see any of Antonio Cromartie either (psst, see video below).

Two other compelling reasons: 1) New coach Hue Jackson finally gets his chance at running a team. Forget that Tom Cable went 6-0 in the AFC West last year without making the playoffs -- still a pretty damn impressive feat. Davis got rid of him, just like he gets rid of everybody after a couple years. Will Jackson be an exception? 2) Al Davis: Seriously, I want as much Al Davis as possible.



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Posted on: June 24, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Chris Johnson is going to want a new contract

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Chris Johnson is the most important player on the Titans roster and it's not even close. (Kenny Britt is probably No. 2 but it's only a matter of time before he's arrested again and/or has his Facebook page hacked.) In 2009, Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Last summer, he declared that "I'm shooting for 2,500 (rushing yards), but I'll be happy with anything over the record (of 2,105 set by Eric Dickerson in 1984)." He ended the 2010 season with 1,364 yards and Tennessee won six games.

Now, with light at the end of the lockout tunnel and the real possibility of training camps starting on time, Johnson could be a no-show, instead choosing to park himself on his couch until he has a new contract. PFT's Michael David Smith says Johnson could be this year's Darrelle Revis, who held out during Jets training camp last summer. (As you may remember, it was one of the many story lines from Hard Knocks.)

Johnson's set to make $800,000 in 2011 but he's looking for a deal that pays him like one of the NFL's top backs. Seems reasonable given his productivity, age (25), and importance to Tennessee's offense (particularly given the likelihood that rookie Jake Locker could see the field).

Details via NFL.com's Jason La Canfora:

"The idea of another 'band-aid' deal, after three highly productive seasons, isn't appealing to Johnson, and a contract in the range of the $5 million per season extension that Jamaal Charles signed with the Kansas City Chiefs last season isn't what he's thinking, either, La Canfora writes. "Johnson has talked in the past about wanting to join the ranks of those garnering $30 million in guaranteed money, and if the free-agent cash begins flying around in a furious manner post-lockout, don't expect his desire to wane."

Well, it's a starting point. Recent negotiations between owners and players to craft a new CBA have proven that no one gets exactly what they want. Ultimately, it's about compromise. The Titans won't give Johnson a blank check, and it sounds like he's not playing for $800,000. We're guessing they'll meet somewhere in the middle.

After all the gnashing of teeth about Revis missing the 2010 season, he and the Jets found common ground days before the regular season and he ended up with some $30 million in guarantees. Of course, cornerbacks are among the best-paid players in the game. Johnson might have to set his sights lower. Then again, maybe the Titans can be persuaded to sweeten the pot if Johnson promises not to hold out again in two years.

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Posted on: June 17, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Finally a resolution to Manning vs. Brady debate

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Sports Illustrated has released its list of the 50 highest-earning American athletes, and eight NFL players made cut. If nothing else, it provides resolution to question that comes up every time the Colts play the Patriots: who's better, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady

If we're going by the amount of money they can stuff into their respective man purses, Peyton's the big winner.

Manning, who ranks fourth on SI's list and first among NFL players, is set to make $23 million in salary (expected haul based on his 2011 contract) and $15 million in endorsements for a grand total of $38 million in 2011 earnings.

Brady ranks third among NFL players after Matt Ryan ($32M/$450K/$32.7M) and will pull down just $20 million plus a measly $10 million in endorsements.

Of course, Tom has three Super Bowl rings to Peyton's one.  Oh, and he's also married to Gisele Bündchen, the highest-paid supermodel for seven years running who happens to be worth nearly ten figures.  

But even if Brady loses points for, sigh, this -- or showing up in public looking like he just stepped off the set of Fantasy Island (lower left -- he was actually at the Kentucky Derby), or succumbing to Bieber Fever (lower right -- that was at a Celtics game) -- at the end of the day, he's still going home to Gisele. He could look like Vince Wilfork dressed up as Bill Belichick and he'd still be better off than every other man on the planet, including Peyton. 



As for the other NFL names to crack the top 50, here you go:
Remember what Plaxico Burress said recently about the Eli Manning-Mark Sanchez dynamic?

"Eli has won a championship, and the crazy thing about it is that Mark Sanchez almost gets more pub than the world champion quarterback," Burress said. "And I'm looking at it from afar. The man went out and led the organization to a Super Bowl, but for some reason I guess Mark Sanchez is supposed to be better than the guy that has already won one."

Turns out that holds true for salary and endorsements, too.

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