ESPNNewYork.com'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.
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.