Tag:New York Jets
Posted on: July 27, 2010 12:54 pm

Is Jets' interest in T.O. Rosenhaus hardball?

The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero is one of the best sportswriters in the business. Salguero is familiar with Owens’s Miami-based agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and he makes a very shrewd observation/hypothesis:

I talk to a lot of agents who hate Drew Rosenhaus. But they all recognize Rosenhaus works his tail off for his clients and there really is little he wouldn't do to get them signed with an NFL team.

I've watched and reported on Rosenhaus since 1989. So I think I know small portions of his playbook.


On Monday the Cincinnati Bengals stepped up and said they have made an offer to Owens. The Bengals have made an offer and are in negotiations with Rosenhaus. But the offer is not what Owens and Rosenhaus are looking for yet.
So how does an agent get a team to raise its offer?

Find another suitor and get a bidding war going. Short of that, the next best way is to have the first team think there's a chance of losing the player. Thus, it was no surprise today when the report of Owens getting interest from another team -- the Jets -- made its way to ESPN, the nation's go-to sports media outlet.

I'm not saying Rosenhaus is among the "league sources," floating the idea the Jets might be serious about signing him. But, well, it does suit his agenda, doesn't it?

Salguero also digresses into an entertaining bit about Owens’s reality show. Salguero’s article deserves good traffic, so we’ll recommend you click here to read the digression.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 9:50 am
Edited on: July 27, 2010 12:14 pm

Jets contact Rosenhaus about T.O.

There has been a twist in the Terrell Owens sweepstakes. Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the New York Jets have contacted Drew Rosenhaus about the star receiver.

The Jets were limited in their ability to sign free agents, thanks to the “final eight” rule of the 2010 uncapped year. (Part of the rule was that the four teams that reached the Conference Championship round last postseason were not permitted to negotiate and sign any unrestricted free agent to a player contract except for players who acquired their status by being cut or were on one of the final four teams when their contract expired.) However, the “final eight” rule recently expired.

The Jets obviously don’t have a dire need for Owens (Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Jericho Cotchery are as good a receiving trio as you’ll find). Schefter writes:

A deal between the Jets and Owens still is considered a long shot; one person estimated the Jets' chances at signing the high-profile wide receiver at "20 percent."

Ultimately, this is similar to the situation in which the Jets contacted quarterback JaMarcus Russell but never signed him. Still, the Jets are debating Owens' acquisition as head coach Rex Ryan wants any player that improves the team's chances of winning.

UPDATE: According to ESPN's Tim Graham, the Jets' interest in T.O. is legit, but "very minimal".

-- Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 26, 2010 8:58 am

Chad Ochocinco decides to pick on 'other' Jets CB

Chad Ochocinco made a habit last year of trying to smack talk Darrelle Revis, only Revis decided that instead of running his mouth back, he'd just buy Chad a month-long vacation at a secluded island during January 2009 (two games, two catches, 28 yards, no TDs, one knee injury).

Since then, Ochocinco hasn't had as much to say about Revis; understandably so. Now it appears he's turning to Antonio Cromartie to run his mouth. Mercifully, they are both on Twitter .
Ochocinco: @A_Cromartie31 wake up, you can fake an injury when we play or get your ass routed up, which one?

Cromartie: u talkin a lil bit to early. U betta worry abt self b4 talking to me like that. Cause I will baptize u any day and time

Ochocinco: baptized huh? Man i got the keys to #Alcrotraz, i like that nickname by the way

Cromartie: this not a zone d I was in b4 I'm in ur face the whole game. On alCROtraz u will b thrown into solitary confinement with no food. u betta worry abt who u elimating tonight then me cause this is far from what u want.

Ochocinco: lmao, good come back.
The only thing that's LMAO worthy about this situation is that, if Cro is spending a lot of his time guarding Ochocinco, it probably means that Antonio Bryant -- or Terrell Owens! -- has surpassed 85 as the top target on the Bengals.

And while that might mean more open coverage and better stats for the wideout, it also means the awkward scenario of not picking them up against the game's best corner.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 11:35 am

Mangold says he won't hold out

Although he’s unhappy with the fact he doesn’t have a new contract, Jets center Nick Mangold told NFL Network’s “Total Access” on Friday that he won’t hold out from training camp.

"There's no reason not to be here," Mangold told the network, as detailed by the New York Post . "It doesn't seem that it would do me any good to (hold out), so I'll be there with bells on."

Among the New York core four of Mangold, LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson, LB David Harris and CB Darrelle Revis, only Ferguson has been given a new contract. But what can Mangold do about it?

"It's disappointing right now where we're at, but it's one of those things you go through," Mangold said. "I'm a professional. I've done everything the right way, and I'm going to continue to do that, be there for my teammates and coaches. We'll see how it all plays out."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:31 am
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:42 am

Darrelle Revis' goal is to retire as a Jet

Darrelle Revis participated in a chat on NFLPlayers.com yesterday -- anticipation for said chat was fairly high considering Revis' current contract status with the Jets.

However, the Pro Bowl cornerback answered just 11 questions (which you can re-read here ), most of which resulted in pretty tame answers, especially since the word "holdout" wasn't mentioned once.

One reader did ask how Revis focuses on being "the best at his position" with the "distraction" of his contract situation:
Revis Island: My contract situation is different from me being the best. I believe that I'm the best. The only thing that I can control is how hard I work in the offseason. I'm a laid-back guy. I try and stay positive and make sure things in my life go that way. And Revis was also asked if his "goal" is "to retire as a Jet":
Revis Island: Haha, that's always been my goal. When they drafted me, I told them this is one of the biggest things they did, and I won't let them down. From the business side, they make the choices. They know my heart is with the Jets and the New York/New Jersey area. I'm here as long as I can be. If they give me the ability to have a choice, I'll stay here as a Jet. Both those things sound nice and aren't inflammatory in the least, but they do contain the underlying idea that Revis has no problem distinguishing "business" and "loyalty" (or whatever other word you want to use). Which is to say, if the Jets don't reward him with a new deal, there's a good chance he's going to hold out of training camp.

That's great news for HBO (who'll be filming 'Hard Knocks' and shouldn't be short on drama), but not so fantastic news for the Jets, who certainly want their top cornerback in camp on time.

Also worth noting from the chat: Peyton Manning qualifies as the toughest quarterback to prepare for and play against ("he'll tear you apart"), and Revis expects Mark Sanchez, who has apparently "matured a lot," to "have a big year."

Oh yeah, and Revis likes to play FIFA (and tweet about whipping his manager/bff ) more than Madden. So there's that.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 12:02 am

Two PSL stories for the price of one

Chicago Bears Personal Seat License (PSL) holders are now part of a class-action suit against the city of Chicago. This is hardly a sports story (there’s a lot of legal technicality), but if you’re interested, the Chicago Tribune can explain.

In a sort of related story (another PSL story, anyway), the Jets are making headway in their PSL sales. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News writes:

The Jets' decision to slash prices by up to 50% on 9,000 unsold personal seat licenses at the New Meadowlands Stadium last month has paid off. The team has sold 75% of those PSLs and remains confident the rest will be sold in time to avoid a blackout for the Monday night season opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 13.

"We're 100% certain that we're going to sell out by opening day," Matt Higgins, executive vice president of business operations, told the Daily News Tuesday. "There's no chance of a blackout."

-- Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 21, 2010 11:50 am
Edited on: July 21, 2010 12:00 pm

Kris Jenkins calls ex-teammates 'women'

Kris Jenkins ' appeared in a video interview with Rich Eisen on NFL Network's "Total Access" on Tuesday, and he had words for, well, everyone. His teammates, Jets fans, his ex-teammates and his dietitian, who apparently bakes cookies for a living.

Keeping in mind that it's entirely possible Rex Ryan sent a team-wide mandate to have his players publicly run their mouths as much as possible leading up to their appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks," let's parse through it, shall we?

Jenkins, on teammates Darrelle Revis , Nick Mangold and David Harris , all of whom want their contracts reworked in some shape or form:

“Suck it up,” Jenkins quipped. “That’s what you all have been doing so far.”

On that, Jenkins backtracked a little (he was laughing while he said it, I  suppose), by saying what a prankster he was. Although I bet he was at least being a little serous.

He was not joking at all, apparently, when he threw out some words for some former teammates of his, presumably some combination of Kerry Rhodes , Alan Faneca and Thomas Jones :

We’re not here to play games. It’s one thing when you’re on camera and you’re being funny about things. We have great guys who have come in to step up and fill the void of some of these big losses that we have had this [offseason]. Then, in some other cases, we have had some real men come in and step in for the women that we lost. So, we’re going to be OK. Don’t worry about it.”

It's a real shame that the Cardinals (where Rhodes and Faneca landed) aren't playing the Jets this year. Because I'd be willing to be that things would be somewhat heated leading up that little melee.

Jenkins was much, um, nicer to Jets fans, telling them that the team was really gonna try to win! And if they failed that the fans could go get their torches and pitchforks and whatnot:

“If we win, then you get all of your dreams come true,” Jenkins offered. “If we lose, then you all get do what you’ve been doing for a long time, which is talk about us until you basically run us out of the city. So, you’re going to get what you want either way. But we’re going for a Super Bowl, so sit back, enjoy the ride. We’re planning on doing it big. That’s how we’re doing this.

But the best part of the interview had to have been when Jenkins talked about how he's lost 25 pounds in the Jets' weight-losing contest ... because of an all cookie diet

Which means cookies for breakfast and lunch apparently. Do you know a) how awesome that is and b) just how horribly out of shape you have to be in order to eat ONLY COOKIES AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT?

So, yeah, it's a pretty amazing interview and I  suggest watching it -- just like the rest of everything that's happened this offseason, it's just another indicator that "Hard Knocks" will be must-watch television.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 7:40 pm

All the Jets news that's fit to print

A few notes on the Jets from today:

1. Team owner Woody Johnson doesn’t sound all that concerned about the logistics of signing the final three of the Core Four. This, according to the NY Daily News .

From Manish Mehta’s article:

The Jets still haven't worked out new deals for Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold and David Harris, but the man in charge insists the fan base shouldn't worry.

"I think the fans know that we have to run the team ... and we have to run it within the rules," Johnson told the Daily News Monday. "The fans know that we are trying to win. We are using our best judgment – (GM) Mike Tannenbaum, all of the coaches and me as well."

The Jets inked LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson to an extension last week, but the uncertainty of next year’s potential lockout has made it more difficult to sign Revis, Mangold and Harris.

2. The Jets have announced they’ll establish a Ring of Honor for the New Meadowlands Stadium that will open this season. The first class of inductees: Weeb Ewbank, Winston Hill, Joe Klecko, Curtis Martin, Don Maynard and Joe Namath. The ceremony will occur during halftime of the Aug. 16 preseason game against the Giants.

“This organization has always had a deep appreciation for and admiration of those who have worn this team’s uniform,” Johnson said in a statement. “These six men span generations of Jets football, all embodying the best of this game and what it means to truly be a Jet. With this new stadium, we now have a proper way to salute those who have helped make this franchise what it is today.”

3. More from Mehta and the Daily News . According to a team official, the Jets have sold 75 percent of their 9,000 unsold personal seat licenses and they remain confident they’ll move the remaining PSLs in time to avoid any potential local TV blackout.

Already, the team has cut the prices of the PSLs by up to 50 percent, but the Jets also said they would not further reduce the prices.

--Josh Katzowitz

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