Monday, April 8, 2013
Jets set to visit with QBs Smith, Manuel
By Rich Cimini
A couple of highly regarded quarterbacks are coming to town to meet with the Jets.
Florida State's EJ Manuel will arrive Tuesday for an overnight visit, a source confirmed. West Virginia's Geno Smith is scheduled to visit Wednesday and Thursday, according to the NFL Network. Smith is widely considered the top quarterback in the draft, and Manuel is considered by some as the next-best prospect.
The Jets came away impressed with Smith after meeting with him last month at his pro day. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and senior personnel executive Terry Bradway made the trip to Morgantown. This time, the entire organization will get a chance to sit down with Smith.
It would be an upset if the Jets choose a quarterback with the ninth overall pick. They also hold the 39th pick.
PETERMAN LEAVES WITHOUT DEAL: Former Lions RG Stephen Peterman completed a free-agent visit Monday, but the two sides couldn't agree to a deal, according to a source. The Jets made a contract offer, the source said.
The Jets already have signed one guard (Willie Colon) and they're looking for another to create more competition with holdovers Vladimir Ducasse and Caleb Schlauderaff, both backups. They lost starting LG Matt Slauson to the Bears. RG Brandon Moore is a free agent and unlikely to return.
The Jets' interest in the guard market could be an indication they're not considering Alabama's Chance Warmack and North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper, the top two guards in the draft, with the ninth pick.
CUMBERLAND IS OFFICIAL: TE Jeff Cumberland, a restricted free agent, signed his one-year tender for $1.3 million.