What Will the Jets Do in the Draft?

Who knows.

Patriots Sign Shaun Ellis

Can’t say I’m happy about this.  I really wanted Shaun back, but I do understand that it would have been a part-time role.  It probably wasn’t worth giving Ellis anything more than a minimum contract, but It’s a little disappointing to see him go to the Pats.

I don’t expect Ellis to record more than four sacks this season, but he’ll still be a pretty good player for New England.  He’s definitely on the decline, but it’s going to be a little tough seeing him on a different team, especially on a rival team.

It’s now time for Muhammad Wilkerson to step up.  I have no doubts that this guy can put up at least five sacks this season.  If he can get to the quarterback and help stop the run, Wilkerson could be the next Shaun Ellis for the Jets.

With Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, Ropati Pitoitua, Mike Devito, and of course Sione Pouha, the Jets will be fine on the defensive line.  I’ve also heard a lot of good things about Marcus Dixon, who has a shot to earn playing time in camp and in the preseason.

Losing Ellis is disappointing, but it was time to move on.

Jets Sign Derrick Mason

According to multiple sources, the Jets have agreed to a deal with wide receiver Derrick Mason.  Mason confirmed the signing on Twitter.

Averaging 66 catches per season in his fourteen-year career, Mason is a great third receiver for the Jets.  Any way you spin it, he’s been a better player than Cotchery has been for the Jets.

Any way you spin it, Holmes-Burress-Mason-Kerley-Turner-McKnight is a really solid receiving corps.  I think Jeremy Kerley will surprise a lot of people this season.  I wouldn’t be shocked if he proved himself as a top-three receiver.

Jets fans now have little to worry about concerning their passing game, even with Jerricho Cotchery gone.

Jets Training Camp News (August 5, 2011)

– Jerricho Cotchery has officially been released by the Jets.  Reports now say that it’s Cotchery that wanted to leave, not the other way around.  Jerricho apparently requested a trade or to be released back in February.

– Derrick Mason hasn’t been signed yet, which comes as a huge surprise.  If he doesn’t come here, the Jets need to find a third receiver.  Jeremy Kerley has potential, but he is just an unproven rookie as of now.

– The Patriots signed Mark Anderson today.  Hopefully this means Shaun Ellis will stay away from New England.  I will be very disappointed if the Jets let Ellis go.

– James Ihedigbo still hasn’t been signed.  With Brodney Pool returning, you have to wonder if the Jets will re-sign Ihedigbo.  He definitely still has a role on this team on special teams and as an occasional sub-in at safety.

– Former Giants tight end Kevin Boss signed with the Raiders today.  His four-year, $16 million deal was way too much for the Jets to offer.

Jets Training Camp News (August 4, 2011)

– Derrick Mason will take a physical today.  If he passes, he’s a Jet.  Mason will be the team’s third receiver.

–  Jerricho Cotchery will be released today.  His cap hit was nearly $4 million this year, but I’m not sure how much the team would save by cutting him.

– I may be in the minority, but I think this is a good move.   When you can’t practice the first day of camp, you know that’s a bad thing.   Just wait until he starts to get hit.  He’s one freak play away from his career being over.  I’d rather allocate that money elsewhere.   If we do nothing, it’s a terrible move.   But if we put the money to good use, it’s a great move.

– Plaxico Burress tweaked his ankle today, but it’s not believed to be serious.  Plax will sit out for a bit, but he has downplayed what we think is just a minor injury.

– (7:30 PM) Shaun Ellis worked out with the Patriots today.  No word yet on a possible deal.  I suggest the Jets do everything in their power from stopping a potential deal from happening, as it would be a slap in the face to the franchise.

– (8:25) Braylon Edwards has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the 49ers.  Unbelievable.  I expected a four or five year deal for at least around $7 million per year.  Why couldn’t the Jets have re-signed him for that price?

Jets Training Camp News (August 3, 2011)

– Today’s biggest news was that Rex Ryan said that he’d be willing to welcome back Braylon Edwards at the right price.  “If Braylon wants to come for what we want to pay, come on back,” said Ryan this afternoon.  He also said that he’d welcome Brodney Pool back as well.

– Rex predicted that Calvin Pace, who had a lingering foot injury all of last year, could have a 10 sack season.

– Rex also said that the right tackle spot isn’t an open competition.  Wayne Hunter will be the starter and Vlad Ducasse will back him up.

– Ryan commented on James Ihedigbo today, saying it’s a “possibility” he’d re-sign with the team.

– No news on the Jets possibly being interested in trading for Osi Umenyiora.

– (4:45 PM) The Jets have offered Shaun Ellis a veteran’s minimum contract for around 900k.  Ellis is reportedly weighing his options.

– (6:30 PM) The Jets have re-signed safety Brodney Pool.  Great move.

– (10:45 PM) The Jets are expected to sign former Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason.  Mason had over 800 yards last year.  This signing would open the door to trading Jerricho Cotchery, but Mason would be a fantastic fourth receiver if the Jets keep Cotchery.

10 sacks for Calvin Pace this season?

Jets Training Camp News (August 2, 2011)

– The Jets have reached a deal with David Harris, inking him to a four-year, $36 million contract.  His $29.5 million in guaranteed money is the most ever given to an inside linebacker.

– Harris’ first-year cap number for David Harris will be $4 million.  The cap number on his  franchise tender was $10.4 million.  The Jets will save $6.4 million this year for free agents.

– Rex Ryan has name Muhammad Wilkerson a starter.  A return from Shaun Ellis could change that, however.

– Darrelle Revis’ uncle, Sean Gilbert, has joined the Jets as an intern.

– The Jets have signed safety DaJuan Morgan.  He could be James Ihedigbo’s replacement, although I still expect him to come back.  Here’s how Morgan’s numbers look in comparison to Ihedigbo’s.

Ihedigbo: 44 games (includes six in postseason), 234 defensive snaps (66 postseason), 11 tackles, three missed tackles on defense, 32 special teams tackles, seven missed tackles on special teams, 5-for-6, 49 yards, TD when thrown at.

Morgan: 14 games, 310 defensive snaps, 29 tackles, five missed tackles on defense, ten special teams tackles, 3-for-4, 37 yards when thrown at.