In this version, Kiper believes Clemson's Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M's Mike Evans and Oregon State's Brandin Cooks will be off the board by the time the Jets are picking at No. 18. With a choice between Beckham and USC's Marqise Lee, he goes with the speedster from LSU.
If this is how it plays out on draft day, it would be a fascinating choice for the Jets -- assuming they still want to pick a receiver in that spot. Beckham and Lee are almost identical in terms of size (both 5-foot-11, listed in the 190s), but Beckham is faster than Lee. In fact, Lee ran a somewhat disappointing 4.52 at the scouting combine, yet chose not to run Wednesday at the USC pro day. He told reporters he's willing to stand on the 4.52.
With a big receiver like Eric Decker (6-3) in the fold, the Jets feel that complementing him with a speed element is the way to go. In that case, Beckham over Lee would be understandable. But Lee is regarded as a more polished receiver than Beckham and, as we all know, 40 times don't always equate to success in the NFL.
Does this preclude them from drafting a receiver in the first round? Not at all. They absolutely could select a "speed" player to complement all the big bodies. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. certainly could see them going in that direction. He believes they still need a No. 1 receiver because he doesn't see Decker thriving in that role.
"I think Decker is a good No. 2 receiver," Kiper said Thursday in a media conference call. "If you’re asking more than that, maybe you’re expecting too much. He was in the perfect scenario certainly in Denver with Peyton [Manning] last year, when you think about what he was able to do numbers-wise. When he was at Minnesota, I had a second-, third-round grade on him when he came out. I liked him coming out of Minnesota as a 2, not a 1.
"If you get a guy like Marqise Lee or you get a guy like Odell Beckham Jr. (at No. 18), or if you get a guy like Brandin Cooks at that point, you’re still getting a guy who could be very viable with Decker," Kiper continued. "They still could take a wide receiver. If they didn’t, you have to look at a versatile linebacker, you certainly could look at a tight end if [Eric] Ebron slid down there. There’s going to be an attractive receiver still there. What they have to decide is, is Decker enough or do they want to get an Odell Beckham Jr. or a Brandin Cooks or Marqise Lee because all three of those players -- at least two of those -- I think still could be there when the Jets pick."
We still have two months to debate it.
With the 18th pick, the Jets could have their choice of what many experts believe are the third- to fifth-best receivers in the class -- Marqise Lee (USC), Brandin Cooks (Oregon State) and Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU). Chances are, two of the three will be available. We're assuming that Sammy Watkins (Clemson) and Mike Evans (Texas A&M), the consensus top two receivers, will be long gone.
There's also the possibility of a tight end. Yes, they re-signed incumbent Jeff Cumberland, but Eric Ebron (North Carolina) would be awfully tempting at 18 -- if he lasts that long.
Mel Kiper's latest mock draft .
Howard has a $5 million roster bonus, payable Saturday. In addition, his 2014 base salary ($2.9 million) is fully guaranteed. His 2015 base salary ($3.9 million) is guaranteed for injury, but it's not fully guaranteed until the seventh day of the 2015 league year. In other words, the Raiders can cut Howard for skill after only one season with no cap ramifications.
A breakdown of the contract, courtesy of ESPN data:
Roster bonus: $5 million
Base salary: $2.9 million
Cap charge: $8.0 million
Roster bonus: $3 million
Base salary: $3.9 million
Cap charge: $7.0 million
Base salary: $4.4 million
Cap charge: $4.5 million
Base salary: $4.9 million
Cap charge: $5.0 million
Base salary: $5.4 million
Cap charge: $5.5 million
Note: A $100,000 workout bonus for each season.
There's the New England Patriots ... and then there's everyone else.
With a few exceptions, that has been the makeup of the AFC East since 2001, when Bill Belichick and Tom Brady won their first division title -- and Super Bowl -- for New England. Even when the Patriots lose, they win. One day after free-agent cornerback Aqib Talib left for Denver, New England replaced him with perennial Pro Bowl corner Darrelle Revis.
Belichick will turn 62 next month and Brady turns 37 in August. Both are closer to the end of their careers, so is it realistic to expect the Patriots to decline soon? The Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets are all surely hoping so, as recent history has been that they need to get past the Patriots to make a playoff run.
The AFC East hasn't produced a wild-card playoff team since 2010, when the Jets went on the road to upset the Patriots and punch their ticket to the AFC Championship Game. The Jets' success was short-lived, and they've since been cast back into the pack with the Bills and Dolphins.
Overall, this is a young division. All four teams, including the Patriots, were among the youngest in the AFC at the start of last season. That youth shows up most at quarterback, where Ryan Tannehill, Geno Smith and EJ Manuel are all green and looking to prove their worth in the NFL. Their teams' ability to challenge the Patriots might hang in the balance.
The four writers who cover the division -- Rich Cimini in New York, Mike Reiss in New England, Mike Rodak in Buffalo and James Walker in Miami -- offered their insights on the power structure in the AFC East and some other some key offseason topics. They also polled their Twitter followers to find out if they saw the issues differently.
Which AFC East team is closest to catching the Patriots?
Rich Cimini: The Jets, no question about it. The Jets, Bills and Dolphins are three teams with question marks at quarterback -- and quarterback play is everything in the NFL. So why the Jets? When rating teams, I like to look at which ones can be dominant on at least one side of the ball. Clearly, the defenses of the Bills and Jets (ranked 10th and 11th, respectively) are the best units among the three Patriots-chasing teams. Beyond the stats, I'd give an edge to the Jets because their defensive line has a chance to be the most dominant position group in the division. And the Bills lost their best defensive player, safety Jairus Byrd. Another reason I'd pick the Jets is the coaching staff. Granted, Rex Ryan has missed the playoffs for three straight years, but he has a veteran staff that experienced little upheaval. Continuity is important. The Bills have a new defensive coordinator and the Dolphins ... well, that situation is dysfunctional.
Mike Rodak: The Patriots hardly tore through the division last season, losing to the Dolphins and Jets on the road, while nearly dropping their season opener in Buffalo. But it's difficult to see the other three teams contending for a division title until their quarterbacks emerge as quality NFL starters. In Miami, Ryan Tannehill showed flashes last season. It's hard to predict much of anything season to season in the NFL, but I think the Dolphins are the closest to contending. The Jets and Bills are not that far behind.
James Walker: My short answer is no AFC East team is ready to catch the Patriots in 2014. As long as Tom Brady is healthy and Bill Belichick is coaching, the Patriots will be the favorites to win the division. But the team with the smallest gap is the Dolphins. They have the most talented roster to challenge New England and the second-best quarterback in the division in Ryan Tannehill. Miami's problem is it can't stay out of its own way with infighting and in-house controversy. Last year, there was the bullying scandal and coach Joe Philbin had a falling out with former general manager Jeff Ireland. Miami still split with the Patriots, mostly because of talent. But how can the Dolphins win consistently when they're fighting themselves?
How justified is the AFC East's reputation as a weak division?
Cimini: I hate to say it, but it's justified. The division doesn't have much street cred these days. The Jets helped the cause with their little run there in 2009 and 2010, when Ryan was in his "I'm not kissing Belichick's rings" phase, but the AFC East has turned into a bottom-heavy division. Since 2011, the Jets are 22-26, the Dolphins are 21-27 and the Bills are 18-30. In that span, the teams not named the Patriots have combined for a grand total of zero playoff appearances. The Bills haven't made the playoffs since 1999, which is practically prehistoric. The Dolphins haven't made it since 2008. Records aside, the division lacks star power, save for Brady, Belichick & Co. Each team has a handful of good players, but we're not talking about guys with a lot of box-office appeal. Everything is cyclical in the NFL, so I'm sure things will swing the other way. But right now, the AFC East is in a state of depression -- except for the Patriots.
Rodak: Strength of divisions is always difficult to measure because it changes so often. The NFC West was considered a weak division for several years, but recently it has been the class of the NFL. The Seahawks groomed their young talent into a perennial playoff team, while the 49ers found a coach (Jim Harbaugh) who has brought his team to three consecutive NFC title games. They're a far cry from the Seahawks, but the Bills and Jets both had some of the NFL's youngest rosters last season. Let's see if those teams can make the next step before we label the AFC East as "weak." Plus, how many other divisions have a team that has been as dominant as the Patriots? That adds strength at the top of the division while making life tougher for everyone else.
Walker: Absolutely, the reputation is justified. I cannot think of another NFL division that was mostly owned by one team over the past dozen years. I've said since last summer that the 2013 Patriots were the weakest New England team in years. That Patriots group still won the AFC East by four games! That is more of an indication of poor football by the Jets, Dolphins and Bills than dominant football by New England. Here is all you need to know about the AFC East: No team other than New England has posted a winning record the past three seasons.
Ryan Tannehill, Geno Smith and EJ Manuel: Which young QB will still be his team's starter in three years?
Cimini: I'll be blunt: I'm not confident that any of the three young quarterbacks will be starting in three years. They all have talent, but each one was thrown into a difficult situation. Smith and Manuel were rushed into starting jobs, and Tannehill was under siege last season, behind the worst (and most dysfunctional) offensive line in the league. Out of this group, I'd say Tannehill probably has the most staying power. I'm not saying he will be a star, because I've seen him throw passes that conjure up images of Nuke LaLoosh of "Bull Durham" fame, but he has a decent amount of talent and moxie. That said, Tannehill has a new coordinator, and he could have another one next year if the Dolphins decide to blow up the coaching staff. The same could happen to Smith next year if things go sideways on the Jets. Continuity is vital for a young quarterback. So is the quality of his supporting cast. Smith could overtake Tannehill in this category if the Jets surround him with better players. That, undoubtedly, would accelerate his growth.
Rodak: The Bills, Dolphins and Jets have dealt with inconsistent quarterback play for the past decade. Of those three teams, only the Jets with Chad Pennington had a starter for more than three consecutive seasons since 2000. Three years is a very long time in the NFL -- enough time for young quarterbacks to see their stars rise and fall. Smith, Tannehill and Manuel were all high draft picks and have the potential to be long-term starters. Of the three, I think Smith is least likely to stick. Playing in New York can be tough, while the Jets' coaching situation remains volatile. The Bills might have the most stable environment for Manuel to grow, but his knee injuries are a concern. Tannehill has shown promise in Miami, but changes in the front office might bring different opinions. This might be radical, but I don't see any of the three quarterbacks starting in three years.
Walker: My first response hinted at my answer: I'm going with Tannehill, though the instability of the Dolphins' organization gives me pause. Joe Philbin might not be Miami's head coach in 2015, let alone in three years. That obviously impacts Tannehill's job security. However, I think Tannehill has the most pure talent of the three young quarterbacks. Tannehill set career highs in yards (3,913), touchdowns (24) and passer rating (81.7) last season. He also was sacked a franchise-record 58 times last season and had little help from the running game. I believe Tannehill can thrive with good pass protection and a stronger running game. He needs to work on his deep ball and make quicker decisions, but that might improve with time.
The Dolphins, Bills and Patriots each experienced noteworthy changes to their coaching staff. Which will have the greatest impact?
Cimini: The Patriots lost a beloved assistant coach, Dante Scarnecchia, but let's be honest: As long as Bill Belichick is the HC of the NEP, the Patriots will be a highly competitive team. Assistants and coordinators come and go, but the Patriots remain the Patriots because of one man. I think the Bills' coaching change -- Jim Schwartz as the new defensive coordinator -- will have the greatest impact in the division. True, the Bills took a big jump last season under the departed Mike Pettine, but they still stunk against the run. Schwartz will fix that. The Dolphins' new offensive coordinator, Bill Lazor, has a chance to make a big impact, but it won't happen right away. Why not? Because the Dolphins' offensive line is in shambles (maybe you heard about the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin mess), and no offensive genius has invented a scheme that works without efficient line play. They addressed it in free agency by signing Branden Albert, but there will be growing pains for the offense.
Rodak: I think the Patriots' changes are the least likely to have an impact given Bill Belichick's reputation to wield nearly absolute control. Assistant coaches come and go in New England, but Belichick keeps his staff small and his message consistent, so there typically isn't much change. It's a toss-up, then, between the Dolphins and Bills. The Bills have seen significant changes on their defensive coaching staff, but their personnel doesn't figure to change dramatically. The Dolphins have a new offensive coordinator, and while their skill positions could remain intact, their offensive line will be different next season. That, coupled with the need for a culture change after their bullying scandal last season, means the Dolphins' coaches have more to overcome this season.
Walker: I really like the addition of Jim Schwartz in Buffalo, and it goes beyond X's and O's. Schwartz brings head-coaching experience to Buffalo's coaching staff. Bills head coach Doug Marrone is entering his second year after a 6-10 record in 2013. There were some things last year that appeared a little too fast for him as a rookie head coach in the NFL -- and that's expected. Schwartz can help slow things down in Year 2 for Marrone, who is trying to make the transition from the college game. Schwartz experienced plenty of ups and downs with the Detroit Lions and can be a shoulder for Marrone to lean on. Mike Pettine also was a solid defensive coordinator, but he couldn't bring that element to Buffalo's staff.
@mikerodak Sherman for Lazor better have a huge gain or heads will roll in Miami- Rob (@420wong) March 11, 2014
1. Signs of life: Yes, John Idzik has a pulse. After receiving unwarranted criticism for doing nothing on Day 1, the New York Jets' general manager signed two starters for his moribund offense -- wide receiver Eric Decker (pricey, but fairly safe) and right tackle Breno Giacomini (sorry, can't get excited about this move). The Jets also retained a solid backup, re-signing defensive lineman Leger Douzable.
2. Still divorced: The Jets had no desire to reunite with Darrelle Revis, who agreed to a one-year, $12 million deal with the New England Patriots shortly after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jets might have considered Revis at some point in free agency, but it never got to where it became realistic. He was unemployed for less than four hours. So now we can look forward to the big matchup in the fall: Decker versus Revis.
3. McGone: Former Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown was scheduled to visit the Jets, but he never made it out of Tampa, signing a two-year, $10 million deal with the Bucs. They immediately named him their starter. The Jets weren't willing to do that. Was it a deal breaker? Probably not. McCown had a previous relationship with Bucs coach Lovie Smith, so they always were considered the front-runner. So now the Jets shift their focus to Michael Vick.
4. Looking ahead: The Jets, in the market for a cornerback, reportedly will visit with Carolina Panthers free agent Captain Munnerlyn. They also have an interest in Green Bay wide receiver James Jones.
A few takeaways on the signing of former Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker to a five-year, $36.25 million contract:
1. It's a start: The Jets had to do something to improve their 31st-ranked passing attack, and this was a good start. The $7 million-a-year average is a bit steep for what many scouts consider a No. 2-type wide receiver, but beggars have to pay extra -- especially when you don't have Peyton Manning at quarterback. Other moves will follow. The Jets will try to add another veteran receiver, perhaps Green Bay Packers free agent James Jones, and they still hope to add another tight end.
2. Life after Peyton and Demaryius: Decker had a good thing going in Denver. He had one of the greatest quarterbacks in history and a legit weapon on the other side of the field, Demaryius Thomas, allowing him to enjoy single coverage. Decker capitalized, as he was one of only six players to have at least 85 receptions in each of the past two seasons. On the Jets, he will be the No. 1 receiver -- and that changes everything. That will mean extra attention from opponents. Scouts say he has trouble against aggressive press coverage. He faced that against the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl and he disappeared.
3. Positives: At 6-foot-3, Decker is a big target who can do more than run vertical routes, a la Stephen Hill. For Denver, he lined up all over the formation, including the slot, but most of his production came from the wide left. He will help Geno Smith in the red zone. In fact, seven of his 11 touchdown receptions last season came inside the 20. He'd better brush up on his blocking, because he'll be doing more than he did in Denver. He ran 608 pass routes last season, second in the league only to Thomas. He won't come close to that in the Jets' balanced offense.
4. A message to Mike: Suddenly, the Jets are more attractive to free-agent quarterbacks. Did someone say Michael Vick?
5. Heeeere's Johnny: General manager John Idzik took a lot of grief for not signing any players on the first day of free agency -- a typical overreaction by Jets fans. On the second day, he rebounded with Decker and former Seattle Seahawks tackle Breno Giacomini, who will replace Austin Howard at right tackle. Giacomini is a notch below Howard, so you have to wonder about that swap, but Decker is better than anything they have on the roster. And don't think for a second they didn't push the Decker and Giacomini signings to combat the fallout from the Darrelle Revis/New England Patriots bombshell.
6. Decker on Geno: In an interview late Wednesday night with the Denver Post, Decker explained his thought process on picking the Jets and the unproven Smith.
"I did research. I didn't go into our meeting today blind," he said. "When you go from a Hall-of-Fame quarterback, no one else -- no matter who it is -- can be on the same level. Talking to the offensive coordinator Marty [Mornhinweg], who has had a good track record in San Francisco and Philadelphia, he really believes in this kid. When you look at the statistics, yeah, he got off to a slow start, but he was hurt early on and he finished the season strong. He improved all season long in a tough market. That's pretty impressive."
The deal is for five years and worth $36.25 million with $15 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
It is easily the Jets' biggest free-agent signing since John Idzik became the general manager 14 months ago as Decker was considered by some the top receiver on the free-agent market.
Decker arrived in New Jersey late Tuesday night and spent Wednesday meeting with team officials in Florham Park. He capped Wednesday by dining out with Rex Ryan and other team personnel.
"I'm very thankful for my four years in Denver," Decker told the Denver Post late Wednesday night. "I think it's one of the greatest cities to play in. Unfortunately, I never got an offer from the Broncos. Denver will always be a part of me but I'm excited about New York being my new community and starting a new chapter in my life. On top of all that, my wife's expecting our baby any second."
The Jets are trying to rebuild at wide receiver after finishing 31st in passing offense, hoping to accelerate Geno Smith's growth by surrounding the second-year quarterback with better weapons. On Monday, they released their most accomplished wideout, Santonio Holmes, in a salary dump.
Decker, who turns 27 Saturday, is coming off back-to-back, 1,000-yard seasons. He recorded career highs last season with 87 receptions and 1,288 yards, contributing to the most prolific passing offense in league history.
But some scouts believe his gaudy numbers were a product of playing with Peyton Manning
In the end, Darrelle Revis preferred to play for a coach he once called a “jerk” than for a general manager he branded a liar.
What does that make Revis?
The New York Jets-Revis relationship and the Jets-New England Patriots rivalry took another crazy turn Wednesday night with the news that Revis Island is moving to the Bay State. Less than four hours after he was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the star cornerback ran to the Hoodie in New England, agreeing to a one-year, $12 million contract with the Patriots.
It surely is a nightmare for Jets Nation, seeing one of the best players in team history join forces with the Evil Empire to the northeast. It was a brilliant move by Patriots coach Bill Belichick, doling out a steep, but not-so-outrageous contract for one of the top corners in the NFL -- a move that has Jets fans asking, “Why didn’t we sign him?”
Don’t beat yourself up. It was never going to happen. Not ever.
Revis never wanted to return to the Jets; it was always the Patriots. He started thinking about the Patriots a year ago, when his bitter divorce from the Jets became imminent. It took him a year to reach his desired destination, enduring one miserable, but profitable ($16 million) season in Tampa, but he’s in position now to haunt the Jets, collect a bunch of money and maybe reach the Super Bowl.
There was supposedly a discussion Wednesday between the Jets and Revis’ camp, with talk of a reunion. In fact, there were no substantive talks. Revis’ agent reached out to a Jets staffer, believed to be via text -- and it went no further than that. It never got to general manager John Idzik.
And that was the so-called discussion.
The Jets most certainly need a No. 1 cornerback, and maybe they deserve some criticism for not making a push to re-sign Revis. But it would’ve been moot anyway, because Revis Inc. wasn’t about to sign on the dotted line -- unless they offered $14 million. And that would’ve been ridiculous.
Sure, he would’ve listened, but only as a means of squeezing more loot out of the Patriots. If Revis was so in love with the idea of returning to the Jets, why did it take him only three-plus hours to accept the Patriots’ offer?
He didn’t want the Jets. They didn’t want him. Basically, nothing changed from last spring, when irreconcilable differences led to the trade. After the trade, Revis called out Idzik, saying the GM told him “a lie” about the organization’s plans for him.
Make no mistake, the Jets talked internally about Revis over the past couple of days. Coach Rex Ryan wanted him back, of course, but the feeling in the organization was that it didn’t want to take a chance on messing up the positive vibe it created at the end of last season. The Jets have a great deal of respect for Revis the player, but they didn’t want to deal with an annual contract drama from Revis Inc.
That he ends up with Belichick is ironic because, in a March 2012 interview at ESPN studios, he slammed the Patriots’ coach. In a word-association game, he called Belichick a “jerk.” A few weeks later, talking to reporters at the Jets’ facility, Revis piled on, making more unflattering comments about the coach.
And now they’re buds, Darrelle and Bill, united in their desire to torment the Jets. You have to hand it to the Patriots. Less than 24 hours after losing Aqib Talib, they replaced him with a better cornerback.
Revis wasn’t Revis last season -- “He looked mortal to me,” a longtime personnel executive said -- but he was coming off ACL surgery. He should be a better player in 2014, and you know he’ll do something to make Jets fans want to throw up in their beer cups.
Such is the Jets-Patriots rivalry. The Jets stole Bill Parcells and Curtis Martin, and the Patriots got Belichick and now Revis.
Jets fans have a right to be sick over this, but there’s no reason to be mad. They made a decision a year ago to abandon Revis Island. They’re happy with the early results. As for Revis, he’s turning into the most expensive rental in NFL history, a millionaire mercenary.
Less than 24 hours after losing right tackle Austin Howard to the Oakland Raiders, the New York Jets found his replacement, agreeing to terms Wednesday night with former Seattle Seahawks tackle Breno Giacomini.
Contract terms weren't immediately available. Giacomini was the Jets' first free-agent signing after nearly two full days of inactivity.
The Jets made the announcement mere minutes after news broke that their former star cornerback, Darrelle Revis, agreed to sign with the New England Patriots, only hours after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giacomini deal won't offset the fans' anguish, seeing Revis land with a bitter rival, but the Jets did fill a hole with an experienced starter.
The 6-7, 318-pound Giacomini, a fifth-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2008, spent three seasons with the Seahawks. He has 33 career starts, including nine last season. He missed seven games due to a knee injury, but made it back for Seattle's postseason run. He started in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos.
General manager John Idzik is a former Seahawks executive and became familiar with Giacomini in 2011 and 2012.
Douzable played in 16 games, participating in 21 percent (236) of the defensive snaps. He recorded 22 tackles, three tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He became a respected veteran presence around the Jets' young defensive linemen.
The Jets are getting ripped for their snail's pace in free agency, but they've managed to re-sign tight end Jeff Cumberland and backup cornerbacks Ellis Lankster and Darrin Walls. They also signed kicker Nick Folk to a four-year contract.
As expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the star cornerback before a 4 p.m. Wednesday deadline, meaning they owe the New York Jets a fourth-round pick (No. 100 overall), not a third rounder, in the May draft.
If the Bucs had waited until Thursday, the third day of the league year, it would've been a third-round pick (No. 69) to the Jets, per the agreement from last April's trade. The Bucs also would've owed him a $1.5 million roster bonus if they had waited.
Now Revis is a free agent. Let the bidding begin.
In the end, the Jets received first- and fourth-round picks for their former star. They used the first rounder (No. 13) on defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, although it's not quite accurate to say it was a Revis-for-Richardson swap. If the Jets had kept Revis, they almost certainly would've picked Richardson with their other first-round choice (No. 9) instead of a cornerback replacement, Dee Milliner.
You can argue it both ways. That's what makes sports so compelling. The Revis trade will be debated for many years.
Jets fans could get to know Vick, 34, a little better if the team opts to sign the free agent. New York hasn’t made much of a splash in free agency, but Vick could change that. Vick is also getting interest from the Bills and Bucs according to Adam Schefter.
The Jets are also looking at Josh McCown at the quarterback spot, in order to compete with second-year quarterback Geno Smith.
The question is, does Vick want to come to New York if he had to spend the season as Smith’s backup? Or to put it another way, do the Jets need to manufacture quarterback drama every single season?
Smith, who had a 66.5 quarterback rating and 21 interceptions in his rookie year, was serviceable last season after a season-ending injury to Mark Sanchez. Sanchez is still on the Jets roster as a $2 million roster bonus is due on March 25.
But the quarterback isn’t the only position the Jets are shopping for. In the meantime, free agent wide receiver Eric Decker is visiting the Jets facility, according to multiple reports.
Decker -- at 6-foot-3 and 214 pounds -- most recently played in Denver, where he had 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns playing with quarterback Peyton Manning.
The Jets cut former No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday, and still have slot receiver Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill and David Nelson still on the roster at the spot.
Trufant will be reunited with former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, the recently hired Browns coach. The 5-foot-7 Trufant played primarily on special teams for the Jets; he played in only 68 defensive snaps last season. He finished third on the team with 13 special-teams tackles.
He played four seasons with the Jets. They decided not to retain him after re-signing Ellis Lankster and Darrin Walls.