Jets focusing on re-signing 'Core Four'

June, 6, 2010
AM ET's Rich Cimini writes that despite the Jets reputation for making unpopular moves with popular players based on finances, the club has zeroed in on a "Core Four" to lock up with long-term deals.

Writes Cimini:
The Jets are executing a game plan, and the crux of that plan is to re-sign their version of the Core Four -- [Darrelle] Revis, Nick Mangold, David Harris and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, a league source familiar with the team's thinking said Saturday. The club has "allocated enough money" to get all four players locked up to long-term deals, the person said.

While the person acknowledged the Faneca and Jones moves were motivated, in part, by finances, the idea was to take the savings and re-invest the money in their younger foundation players. They'd better save up because, according to league executives, the Big Four will cost at least $100 million in guarantees.

Cimini says that signing Revis will likely be the team's No. 1 priority, but the Jets are proceeding with caution with the uncertainty of the collective bargaining agreement.



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