Thursday, March 14, 2013
Day 2 recap: Three more out the door
By Rich Cimini
Putting our spin on the news of the day:
1. A THREE-PEAT: Another tough day for the Idziks. Three free agents decided to take their talents elsewhere -- RB Shonn Greene (Titans), S Yeremiah Bell (Cards) and S LaRon Landry (Colts). On Tuesday, it was DT Mike DeVito (Chiefs). Jets Nation could be on the verge of panic, but I ask: Is anybody surprised? You shouldn't be. Everybody knew the story of early free agency would be "The Rex-odus." They had a shot with only one of the four defectors -- DeVito. It looks bad from a public-relations standpoint, but this is what bad teams do. They rebuild.
2. GOING ... GOING ... : The next to go could be TE Dustin Keller. He arrived in South Florida Wednesday to meet with the Dolphins, who gave him a physical and took him out to dinner. He stayed the night. That could be a match. Frankly, I don't understand why the Jets aren't making a push to re-sign Keller. He'd be ideal in Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense. The market for RG Brandon Moore is expected to heat up next week.
3. HELP ON THE WAY: Well, kind of. The Jets will meet with at least three free agents on Thursday -- WR Brandon Gibson (Rams), who completes his overnight visit; RB Mike Goodson (Raiders); and OLB Antwan Barnes (Chargers). Barnes has been a situational pass rusher throughout his career, compiling 23.5 sacks in seven seasons -- 11 in 2011. We're not talking about household names here, unless it's John Idzik's household. But they're the kind of guys on the Jets' shopping list -- under 30, relatively inexpensive, some upside.
4. CELEBRATION: Honestly, the best thing that happened to the Jets on Day 2 was Wes Welker's stunning decision to leave the Patriots, signing a two-year, $12 million contract with the Broncos. Welker has been a nightmare for the Jets over the years. Former GM Mike Tannenbaum, a guest analyst on NFL Network, said on the air that Welker was always the No. 1 headache whenever they faced the Patriots.
The Welker defection reminded me of a Bill Parcells line from 1999. When the Colts traded Marshall Faulk out of the division to the Rams (in those days, the Colts were in the AFC East), Parcells said he and his Jets assistant were so happy they formed a conga line in the office. I don't know if Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman celebrated by dancing, but I bet they were pretty pumped. The Patriots replaced Welker with former Ram Danny Amendola, a downgrade in my opinion.
5. WIPE OUT: If the Jets lose Keller (when?), their entire 2008 draft will be wiped out. Call it The Curse of Vernon Gholston. They traded up to pick Keller at the bottom of the first round, costing them two picks. They did the same thing with Greene in 2009, trading three picks to select him in the third round. All told, the Jets surrendered a 2, a 3, two 4s and a 7 to draft two players that never made it to a second contract. That hurts.
6. WHAT GOES AROUND: Interesting footnote on Greene landing in Tennessee, who also signed former Lions LB Sammie Lee Hill. When the Jets traded up for Greene, they sent a fourth-round pick to the Lions, who used it to pick -- you guessed it -- Hill.
7. QUARTERBACK OPTION: I mentioned this about a week ago, but it bears repeating: If Kevin Kolb gets cut by the Cards, which is likely, the Jets will give strong consideration to bring him on board, according to a source. The connection is coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who coached him with the Eagles. For the bargain-hunting Jets, it'll all come down to money.
8. SO LONG, SIONE: The Jets made it official, releasing NT Sione Po'uha. The team issued this quote from Ryan: "Sione has been a leader on this team and a great example of a true pro. It's been my honor to coach him. I wish him and his family the very best."