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April 29, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Rich Cimini

Rich Cimini
  (12:58 PM)

Good afternoon, everybody. Is it afternoon? Morning? I'm not sure. I've been here at the Jets' facility for 12 of the last 18 hours, so I'm a little out of it. Anyway, let's get started.

Dean (New York)

Hey Rich, after Phil Taylor was selected, were the Jets ever serious about trading out of 30 to get 2nd rounders? Or were they just content having the choice between everyone else they had been linked to Wilkerson, Heyward, Ayers, Reed and Moore?

Rich Cimini
  (1:00 PM)

Before the draft, the Jets let it be known that they were interested in trading down under the right circumstances. When they were on the clock, I think they may have been hoping to get a call from Cincy or Buff. They could've moved down and grabbed a similar player. Obviously, that never happened.

kev (nyc)

do you think the swing and miss on gholston scared them away from the high risk/high reward of bowers? wanted to go with a safer DE pick instead.

Rich Cimini
  (1:02 PM)

You're talking apples and oranges. The Jets, and every other team, was scared by Bowers' knee. It's in bad shape. I have to laugh at people when they say, why not take a chance on potential greatness? This wasn't like a kid who tested positive for pot; it's a potentially debilitating injury. Too risky for the first round.

Oz (CT)

Do you think any of the Jets Free Agents show up next week to the voluntary workouts before they ink a deal ?

Rich Cimini
  (1:03 PM)

Players not under contract aren't allowed to work out.

Tom (CT)

Can't the jets trade next years Round 1 pick to say Denver or San Diego to get into round 2 of this year?

Rich Cimini
  (1:04 PM)

You'd trade a future first rounder to take a second rounder? You'd have to have a REALLY STRONG conviction about a player to do that. I don't think there's anybody left on the board that's worth it.

@JimmyShnoogen (Long Island, NY)

Hey Rich! Great job with the coverage! I'm sure the Jets rate other needs with a higher priority, but I am wondering if there is a place kicker in this year's draft that would be worth a mid-round selection. I'm tired of my hair line receding anytime the Jets line up for a FG attempt!

Rich Cimini
  (1:05 PM)

There are a couple of kickers with draftable grades, but I wouldn't hold my breath on that. Too many other needs.

Dan (NJ)

If the league goes back to the 2010 rules, will the Jets fall in the "Final Four" rules? Also, if the league goes back to the 2010 rules and then a new collective bargaining agreement is made in the near future, wouldn't this have a negative effect on the Jets if the Final Four rules are in place?

Rich Cimini
  (1:06 PM)

I do think they will go back to '10 rules, and I have to think that means Final 4 rules, too. And, yes, you're right about the second part. But what can they do? It's chaos right now.

IRA (Staten Island)

If the 2010 CBA rules go back into affect would you offer Edwards a1 yr deal for say 5 mill-6?

Rich Cimini
  (1:08 PM)

Why would Braylon sign a 1 yr deal? In a watered-down market, he'll be arguably the top UFA among WRs. He'll get some good offers and he'd be nuts to take a 1 yr deal from the Jets.

Chris (Morristown, NJ)

Is Sanchez still going to have his Jets West next week or is that on hold??

Rich Cimini
  (1:09 PM)

He's planning to have it. There are some rumblings that the court could grant a temporary stay, which means the lockout could go back into effect. Either way, though, I think the Sanchez camp is on.

Lee (Tampa)

Do you see the Jets trying to trade up in the second round today?

Rich Cimini
  (1:10 PM)

Highly unlikely. They'd have to give up way too much.

Rob (Nutley, NJ)

In reference to your article about Wilkerson not recording any sacks vs. the BCS. Seemed like you were implying you didn't like the draft choice. Thoughts?

Rich Cimini
  (1:13 PM)

Not at all. If you read my column last night, I liked the pick. I was merely pointing out the fact that he has played a lower level of competition. I've talked to numerous officials from other teams, and most think Mo Wilk was a solid choice. Brooks Reed, as I wrote, would've been a reach. Ayers was a possibility, but he's a little undersized for a 34 OLB.

Rob (Nutley, NJ)

According to a few mocks, it looks like Dontay Moch could fall to the 3rd round. Do you think the Jets are gonna be looking in his direction if he is there?

Rich Cimini
  (1:15 PM)

That would be interesting. Dude can fly, ran a 4.46 at the combinbe But he's only 6-1 1/2, 248, which is on the small side for Rex's scheme.

WestcoastJetsfan (Los Angeles)

Hey Rich, I like the pick out of Temple (hopefully he'll be as good as the last Defensive Lineman they took from Temple--Klecko) but does this mean Sean Ellis is all but gone. I think Sean still can help us on Defense

Rich Cimini
  (1:16 PM)

I agree, I think Ellis still has value to the Jets. Clearly, he has lost bargaining leverage, but I could see him back on a 1 yr deal. He could help groom Mo Wilk.

Angelo (Philadelphia, PA)

Hey Rich great work as always. What do you think the odds were if Jimmy Smith slipped to 30 that the Jets would have taken him over Mo?

Rich Cimini
  (1:17 PM)

Thanks, Angelo. Yes, I do believe the Jets would've taken him -- and I would've ripped them. I've talked to a handful of teams and they told me Smith is a train wreck. Talented, yes, but he's got some issues. Couldn't imagine him handling NY.

Tom (Islip)

At what point will you stop being chronically late for these chats? Seems like a new excuse every week.

Rich Cimini
  (1:18 PM)

What are you talking about? I actually started a couple of minutes early. Check your watch.

Sam (Schloss)

Do the Jets have any idea about the next position they want to go after?

Rich Cimini
  (1:19 PM)

I'd say OLB, WR, S ... I know that's not too specific, but it's hard to say. Still a lot of good players on the board, so there's a good chance they'll be picking for value in 3rd.

Brian (San Diego)

Your gut instinct concerning if both Braylon and Holmes will both be back this year?

Rich Cimini
  (1:21 PM)

Gut feeling? No. Edwards will be a UFA. Are you going to give him a $8m/per yr long-term deal knowing you're probably going to keep Holmes as an RFA? And we already know that Holmes is pining for a long-term deal. You can't pay $16m to $20 m per yr for a couple of WRs, especially when you're a running team.

Brian (Long Island)

what are your thoughts if the jets would trade their 3rd rounder and a 4th or 5th and nexts years 2nd for a early 2nd and picked up rahim moore

Rich Cimini
  (1:22 PM)

That's a lot to give up for a safety ... a safety who might be there anyway at the bottom of the 3rd.

Eric G (Woodcliff Lake, NJ)

Is picking Wilkerson a vote of confidence for Ducasse and Wilson to step in and be starters in 2011?

Rich Cimini
  (1:23 PM)

Apples and oranges. Wilkerson was the best value at 30 and he addressed a need.

Jimmy (RI)

Your thoughts on Torrey Smith the WR from Maryland? Any chance we snag him

Rich Cimini
  (1:25 PM)

Interesting player. Very fast, good size. A vertical threat. A great kid, from what I've been told. But he has small hands and he's a bit of a one-trick pony. But if he's there in the 3rd, I think you have to take him. Also a returner.

Paul (Ohio)

So what's going to happen with the signing of undrafted players this year? Usually their is a mad rush after the draft to sign these players.

Rich Cimini
  (1:26 PM)

The entire football-watching world is waiting for the league to announce the rules. We should know something soon.

Rob (Nutley, NJ)

Ayers, Houston, Bowers, these guys seems to be attached to the Jets first pick for awhile. I know about Bowers knee, any additional thoughts as to why the Jets passed on these "bigger" names?

Rich Cimini
  (1:36 PM)

Sorry for the delay. Brandon Moore just popped into the press room to discuss the latest on the labor front...as for the question ... Like I said, Bowers wasn't a consideration b/o of his knee. Houston? He's a second round talent. I think Ayers was in the mix, but Wilkerson was rated higher...not just by the Jets, but I think he was rated higher by most teams. I don't think Wilkerson was a surprise pick. Most of us had him going earlier.

Rich Cimini
  (1:37 PM)

They'd have to move up about 30 spots. theyd have to give up a ton...I don't think any of those players are worth it.

Matt (White Plains)

Hey Rich, great job as always. First, what do you think the jets chances are of signing nnamdi asomugha? Second, do you think they will grab a guy an intelligent guy like greg mcelroy in the 7th round to groom into sanchez's backup for the future?

Rich Cimini
  (1:39 PM)

The weekly Nnamdi question: If final 4 rules are in effect, the Jets can't sign an UFAs ... unless they lose one. Even then, they'd be restricted. Wouldn't be able to offer Nnamdi more than what they lost player is getting ...and there's no way the Jets will lose a UFA of that ilk.

Rich Cimini
  (1:48 PM)

Sorry, guys, I'm gonna have to call it wrap. Might have some breaking news on the labor front. Thanks for the questions. Great stuff as always.