Thursday, March 14, 2013
Day 3 recap: The bleeding stops
By Rich Cimini
A little spin on the day what was:
1. NO NEWS, GOOD NEWS: For a change, the Jets didn't lose any players. TE Dustin Keller completed an overnight trip with the Dolphins, but he left their facility in the afternoon without a deal. Sources say the two sides will stay in touch. I get the sense the Dolphins are wary of overpaying for Keller, so they will continue to gauge interest in him. The market for Keller isn't as robust as anticipated, and there's now some thought that he could return to the Jets, perhaps on a one-year deal. Last season's injuries hurt his value, but some team will get a tremendous bargain.
2. MONEY TALK: The contract numbers started to trickle in for the players that left the Jets. DT Mike DeVito (Chiefs) received a $6.2 million guarantee, S LaRon Landry (Colts) $11 million, RB Shonn Greene (Titans) $4.5 million and S Yeremiah Bell (Cards) $610,000. Total: $22.3 million, roughly equivalent to the guarantee in Santonio Holmes' last contract.
3. ON THE RECRUITING FRONT: Rams WR Brandon Gibson left the Jets without a deal and was headed to Miami to meet with Dolphins officials. Chargers OLB Antwan Barnes and Raiders RB Mike Goodson arrived in the Florham Park area for visits. The Jets like all three players, obviously, but it's clear that, based on deals Thursday around the league, the money is drying up. You saw a lot of good players take one-year deals. Such is life in a flat-cap era.
4. QUARTERBACK CLUB: There were some rumblings that Bears QB Jason Campbell was on the Jets' radar, but it's unlikely he will land with them, a source said. The name to watch is Cards QB Kevin Kolb, who probably will be released Friday.
5. PATRIOT GAMES: For the second straight day, we have Patriots' news in our recap. Former Jets RB/KR Leon Washington, who played the last three seasons with the Seahawks, signed a one-year deal with the Patriots. That has to sting true Jets fans. Another former Jet, DE John Abraham, is slated to visit with the Patriots, according to multiple reports. Looks like Bill Belichick is trying to collect ex-Jets. Kind of ironic, isn't it? He likes those "coach compensation" Jets. Two years ago, he signed DE Shaun Ellis, whom the Jets drafted in 2000 with the pick they received from the Patriots for Belichick. In 2006, the Jets picked Washington with the choice they received from the Chiefs for Herm Edwards.