Saturday, March 23, 2013
Not rebuilding? You make the call
By Jane McManus
The Jets had a lot of unrestricted free agents heading into the offseason, and the better players were snapped up quickly. A few linger, waiting for new teams or to re-sign.
Rex Ryan said Friday the Jets weren't in a rebuilding phase. Check out the list and see if you agree.
WHO IS GONE
TE Dustin Keller: Drafted by the Jets in 2008, Keller signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins worth $4.25 million. Keller was injured for much of last season, but was one of the most familiar targets for quarterback Mark Sanchez.
S LaRon Landry: Landry's Pro Bowl year with the Jets helped him rehabilitate his foot and elevate his profile. Ultimately he became too expensive to keep and signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Colts with $14M in guaranteed money.
DE Mike DeVito: The New York-born DeVito will play in Kansas City after getting a three-year, $12.6 million deal from the Chiefs. He will be tough to replace as a player and locker room presence.
RB Shonn Greene: Drafted in the same class as Sanchez, Greene heads to the Titans or a three-year, $10 million contract. He'll be paired with Chris Johnson, and Johnson already bristled at the idea.
S Yeremiah Bell: Bell will replace former Jet Kerry Rhodes with the Arizona Cardinals. Bell signed a one-year worth $965,000, which was a number in the Jets' neighborhood but they passed.
K Nick Folk: Signed a one-year deal to return to the Jets.
RB Lex Hilliard: Another one-year deal for Hilliard, who replaced John Conner at fullback last season.
WHO IS IN LIMBO
OL Brandon Moore: The veteran right guard has options, and seems to be weighing them before deciding on his future.
OL Matt Slauson: Slauson, drafted by the Jets in 2009, had for his left-guard job with Vlad Ducasse. The two split time during the season, a move that even offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo said was a decision made above him.
WR Braylon Edwards: The former and current wide receiver has said he wants to be a Jet, although Ryan didn't mention him on Friday's list of receivers he expects to excel in 2013.
LB Bryan Thomas: Thomas, 33, played 11 seasons with the Jets -- and has likely played his last.
WR Chaz Schilens: He has barely been with the Jets a year, and his deal is up. Schilens played well at times, but there seems no hurry to bring him back.