Don't trade up -- unless it's for Richardson

April, 15, 2012
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Sunday notes, thoughts and observations on the Jets and the NFL:

1. Let's make a deal. If the Jets want to trade up, the highest logical target is the Jaguars (No. 7 overall), who may be looking to deal out. What would it take to go up nine spots? According to the trade value chart, which serves as a guide to teams, the Jets would have to give up their first-, second- and fifth-round picks -- plus maybe a seventh-round throw-in. There's speculation the Jets are willing to move up to No. 7 for South Carolina OLB Melvin Ingram. In my opinion, that would be too much to surrender for a short-armed pass rusher who started only one season. Don't get me wrong, he's a terrific prospect, but he's not one of the elite players. For Alabama RB Trent Richardson, I'd do it. He could change the entire offense.

2. The gang's all here. Monday is the start of the off-season program, which means the Jets will be together for the first time since the Miami meltdown on Jan. 1. Technically, these are "voluntary" workouts, but attendance is critical, especially for the Jets. They need to rebuild their chemistry and start learning Tony Sparano's offense. So far, no word on any disgruntled players that are planning to skip. Yes, CB Darrelle Revis, who is seeking a new contract, will be there on Day 1.

3. Darrelle's dollars. A few days ago, I wrote about the Revis contract, which has two years, $13.5 million remaining. Two years ago, the two sides failed to hammer out a long-term deal, settling for a one-year extension. The Jets expressed two legitimate concerns during those negotiations -- uncertainty with the NFL collective bargaining agreement and the lack of a naming-rights deal for the new stadium. Well, the naming rights came a year later (MetLife reportedly is paying $17 million to $20 million a year), as did a new CBA. With those two issues resolved, it'll be interesting to see how the Jets handle the Revis situation.

4. Tim-bucks. File this under "better late than never," but here are some numbers on Tim Tebow's contract (inherited from the Broncos): In 2012, he will make $1.1 million in base pay, plus a $472,500 roster bonus, due on the second day of training camp. His cap number is $2.572 million, which includes a $1 million payment to the Broncos to satisfy the agreement the two teams made with regard to salary advances. In 2013, he will make $1.055 million in base salary, but his cap figure will be $2.586 million because of a $1.531 million payment due the Broncos. In 2014, his cap charge drops to $895,000, his base salary.

5. Tim-sanity. Those were eye-opening comments by Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, who questioned Tebow's passing skill and said "some players" were bothered by all the attention lavished upon Tebow. You can bet Jets players will be paying close attention to Tebow and how he handles everything. He certainly hasn't been publicity shy since the trade; did you catch his sitdown on "Good Morning America"? I wonder how Bill Parcells would coach Tebow. Remember, Parcells is famous for saying he dislikes celebrity QBs. I assume that goes for celebrity backup QBs as well.

6. The '03 debacle. Not happy with the Jets' offseason? Relax, it could be worse. It could be 2003. That was a comedy of errors, culminating with one of the worst drafts in team history. It started when they lost WR Laveranues Coles to the Redskins. They received a first-round pick as compensation, but when they found out DT Josh Evans was facing a drug suspension, they panicked. They used the pick, and their own first-rounder, to trade up for DT Dewayne Robertson (No. 4 overall), who had a chronic knee condition. He was a bust; his career lasted only six years.

In fact, all seven players from the '03 draft are out of the league. The Titans and Bucs are the only other teams whose '03 drafts are wiped out -- and the Bucs didn't have a first-rounder. In case you're wondering, the Jets' top three picks that year were Robertson, LB Victor Hobson and FB B.J. Askew. Ah, nostalgia.

7. Irish eyes. I know Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd is one of the hot names in the draft, but I don't think the Jets would take him at 16. Nor should they. There's too much quality depth at receiver to take one that high. Plus, I'm not sold on Floyd. At 16, the Jets are looking at Alabama S Mark Barron, Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw and Syracuse OLB Chandler Jones, whose stock is rising.

8. Class act. Phillip Wilson, a Colts beat writer for the Indianapolis Star, tweeted the other day that he received an unexpected phone call from Peyton Manning. The former Colts QB called to thank Wilson for years of coverage. That rarely happens in this business, folks, and it says a lot about Manning.

9. A good turn. Agents sometimes get a bad rap; they're not all shadowy characters. Example: Priority Sports, a Chicago-based firm, held a symposium for its clients last week that was designed to educate them on real-life matters -- everything from money management to divorce to nutrition. Jets G Brandon Moore was one of 45 attendees. The speakers included former MSG exec Steve Mills and several other CEOs from large companies. It's a great idea; maybe they should've invited Warren Sapp.

10. Miami's heat. I think one of the most compelling teams in the draft is the Dolphins, who still haven't found their quarterback. They flirted with a couple of free agents and, somehow, ended up with David Garrard. Now, picking eighth, there's pressure to land Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill, who could go as high as fourth. Do they make the move for Tannehill, satisfying a restless fan base, or do they stand pat and risk losing him? It should be great theater.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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