Friday, March 14, 2014
New York Jets' free-agent tracker
By Rich Cimini
We're into the fourth day of free agency, a good time to take a timeout and update the New York Jets' scorecard. Of their 16 unrestricted free agents, the Jets lost one and retained four others. For a complete look at Bill Polian's free-agent tracker across the league, click here. Here's a rundown of the Jets, based on our pre-free agency player rankings:
1. Austin Howard, right tackle: He signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Oakland Raiders after talks broke off with the Jets. They replaced him with Breno Giacomini, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks.
2. Jeff Cumberland, tight end: He re-signed with the Jets, a three-year, $5.7 million deal, including $1 million guaranteed. Solid move.
3. Calvin Pace, linebacker: There's mutual interest, but the Jets will let it play out. There doesn't appear to be a market yet for Pace, but that could change soon.
4. Nick Folk, kicker: He received the franchise tag, but that quickly turned into a four-year, $12 million contract ($2.1 million guaranteed). Good deal for the Jets.
5. Leger Douzable, defensive end: He re-upped for one year, $1 million ($150,000 guaranteed). It looks like the entire defensive line will stay intact.
6. Ellis Lankster, cornerback: Another under-rated move -- two years, $1.63 million, including $155,000 guaranteed.
7. Willie Colon, guard: There's still a hole at right guard. He's a fallback option.
8. Josh Mauga, linebacker: All quiet.
9. Aaron Berry, cornerback: Quiet. He's coming off ACL surgery.
10. Vladimir Ducasse, guard: He's drawing interest from the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals.
11. Ed Reed, safety: Crickets.
12. Josh Cribbs, wide receiver/kick returner: He's coming off a pectoral tear.
13. David Garrard, quarterback: He retired once, so it's possible he could do it again.
14. Lex Hilliard, fullback: Haven't heard anything.
15. Darius Reynaud, kick returner: Quiet.
16. Kellen Winslow, tight end: He hasn't made any free-agent news, but he did have a court appearance Thursday in New Jersey in connection with his synthetic-marijuana charge. The case was postponed.