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February 24, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Rich Cimini

Rich Cimini
  (1:02 PM)

Greetings, everyone. Thanks for checking us out. It was good to have a few days off. I'm still "off" actually, but I know there are many questions, so let's get to it.

IRA (Staten Island)

Rich, Its starting to look like Upshaw will not be a Jet. I can't see them trsading away anymore picks. So i feel they will select an OL in the first rd. With that said can you see them making a play for A. Spencer or even a flyer on J. Abraham? They signed Taylor and i think Abraham has more left in the tank to be a situational pass rusher then Taylor had. Thoughts.

Rich Cimini
  (1:04 PM)

Spencer doesn't excite me, although the Jets had a low 1st round grade on him in 07. If they didn't trade up for Revis, he would've been their pick. Abe is an intriguing idea for all the reasons you mentioned.

Rich (New Jersey)

LaDainian Tomlinson, will he or won't he be back with the Jets next year? If not, would the Jets go after the likes of a Ray Rice (Balt), Ryan Grant (GB) or another running back on the free agent market?

Rich Cimini
  (1:07 PM)

Tomlinson won't be back. My hunch is that he'll retire and we'll see him in Canton in 5 years. Rice will get tagged. Grant? Not sure. But I do agree the Jets need an RB, either draft or free agency.

kristie (nanuet)

How do you think Parcells would handle Holmes/Sanchez? really think Sanchez needs to grw up a bit and take charge.ever run into Criswell and cadigan :) ?

Rich Cimini
  (1:09 PM)

Great question, Kristie. He had a somewhat similar situation in 97 with Chrebet and Keyshawn. What did he do? He put their lockers right next to each other. They never talked to each other, but, hey, they were a very good WR tandem. Criswell and Cadigan? Never heard of 'em. :)

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What College Football Player do you think will be a Perfect fit for the Jets?

Rich Cimini
  (1:10 PM)

I'd have to say Trent Richardson.

Derek Hamilton (The Great White North)

Hey Rich, you compared Sanchez?s numbers after his 3rd year to Elli?s after his 3rd recently and they were neck and neck. Even go as far to say that Sanchez statistically looked better. Then you kind of refuted that by saying a scout said Eli ceiling was higher. Can you elaborate on that? Also if you take it a step further and look at Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Jim Kelly, Brett Farve, John Elway and Drew Bledsoe after their 3rd season you would think Sanchez is on his way to the HOF. But seriously, check those guys out because Mark?s third season is arguably better then all of the above QB?s

Rich Cimini
  (1:12 PM)

When I "refuted" it, I believe I was quoting a personnel executive from another team who felt Eli had a higher ceiling. That's said, Mark's numbers this season were a bit deceiving because of all his short TD passes. Actually, the most telling stat is yards per attempt. Check that out and get back to me.

Greg (Indiana University)

What are Rex Ryan's and Mike Tannenbaum's annual salaries?

Rich Cimini
  (1:14 PM)

This is the first time I've seen this question, so props to you, Greg. As you know, Rex received a bump after his first year. I believe he's in the $3.5M per year neighborhood. Mike, too, receive a new deal. Honestly, I'd be guessing, but I suspect he's in the top 25% of GMs.

D (NNJ)

Rex said he was angry with McElroy's comments about the locker room at the combine. Do you think it is possible that they get rid of him? And if not, is it possible that he could push Sanchez in camp?

Rich Cimini
  (1:15 PM)

They're not going to get rid of him. I'm sure they've scolded him, but, no, he's not going anywhere. I think GM has potential (he flashed some last preseason), but I wouldn't say he can push Sanchez this year. They'll sign a veteran No. 2, perhaps Chad Henne.

mike (NANUET)

As always great job rich.I saw the Namath special recently, unbelieveable he is estranged from the organization becasue he candidly identified the lockerroom issue. This guy still has a brillaint football mind and could help Sanchez on so many levels. Ps: re: Sanchez to tweet Homes for Vday? Pathetic move. could you ever see a Marino, Namath, Brady or Manning(s) doing something like that consdering the circumstances?

Rich Cimini
  (1:18 PM)

Much of what Joe said last season turned out to be correct, right down to Rex's lack of control. Namath isn't some wacko fan making crazy observations; he played the game and he studies the Jets very closely. I, for one, value his opinion....What, you can't envision Brady tweeting sweet nothings to his WRs? Ha!

Jim (Columbus, OH)

Who else could be restructured like Brick?

Rich Cimini
  (1:20 PM)

The most logical candidate is Harris, who has a $9.9M base salary. Sanchez also could be a candidate; his base is $8.5M, plus he has a $2.75M roster bonus on March 28.

john (long island)

Behind closed doors, do the Jets coaches realize that they severely overrated Sanchezs physical talent, namely arm strength? He's so clearly behind other early draft picks of recent years, like Stafford, Freeman, Bradford etc.

Rich Cimini
  (1:22 PM)

Arm strength isn't the issue, although I will agree that his arm isn't as strong as the guys you mention. For Sanchez, it comes down to 3 things: decision making, pocket presence and ball security.

Kman (NYC)

Rich, Have you noticed that Sanchez looks small in the pocket? He plays shorter than 6-2. It looks like he is always squatting and releases the ball with a unusually long stride. The "elites" all stand tall. Have his poor mechanics attracted any notice in the organization? Who will fix them? Cavanaugh hasn't.

Rich Cimini
  (1:23 PM)

His mechanics got sloppy, especially late in the season. Clearly, Schottenheimer and Cavanaugh didn't do a good enough job and, yes, people have noticed. Who fixes him? Great question. Sparano isn't a QB guru.

Pat (NY, NY)

Rich, if the Jets don't tag Sione Pouha will they lock him up with a long term deal? True NT's are hard to come by and with the priority of getting a new RT and OLB, he has a to a priority to bring back to the d right?

Rich Cimini
  (1:25 PM)

I think there's a very good chance that Sione re-signs before March 13. They need him, and he's very loyal. The Jets also have a good relationship with his agents, who also rep David Harris, among others.

Peter (NYC)

Rich - biggest need for a new starter (OLB, Safety, RT)?

Rich Cimini
  (1:26 PM)

Right now, I'd say safety, considering only 1 vet is under contract -- E. Smith. OLB is a close second, with RT a close third.

Matt (River Plaza, NJ)

Hey Rich,I know the Jets have a lot of holes to fill this off season. With the draft coming up. How likely are they to trade up for a coveted prospect like a Trent Richardson if he starts falling or a Courtney Upshaw? I know Mr. T will do this e.g. Sanchez and Revis. I was wondering if you thought this was likely or they will just see what falls to their pick. Obviously they need to evaluate the prospects to start falling in love with guys, but just wanted to get your thoughts.

Rich Cimini
  (1:29 PM)

We all know Mike's MO: he loves to trade up. But the Jets have given away a lot of picks in recent years and it's finally catching up to them in terms of depth. I wouldn't rule out a trade up for Richardson, but maybe only a couple/few spots. Can't see them leaping into the top 5-7. The cost would kill them.

Joe Caporoso (New York)

Proud Orange Alumni here, Rich. Keep up the great work representing our school. Do the Jets address their need at wide receiver via free agency? If so, what are some names to keep an eye on?

Rich Cimini
  (1:33 PM)

Thanks for the kind words, Joe. If they go WR in free agency, it has to be about value. I can't see them spending north of $6M per year, considering Holmes is making $9M apy. That wouldn't make sense, considering they want to get back to running the ball.

Geoff (Livingston, NJ)

What are the chances the Jets draft defense in the first round 3 years in a row?

Rich Cimini
  (1:34 PM)

Good chance. It could be OLB or S, although Barron's recovery will have a lot to say about where he goes.

Luis (Norfolk, VA)

Hey Rich, Is Mark Sanchez not getting a restructured contract because the team is unsure of what his future is with the Jets? This way they don't commit to more years.

Rich Cimini
  (1:38 PM)

Good question, Luis. But restructuring, by definition, means no additional years. Basically, all they'd do is move money around, like they did with Brick. However, the downside is adding pro-rated money into the deal. With Brick, they converted $9M in salary in a signing bonus, meaning $9M in pro-ration. That will come back to bite them if they decide in a year or 2 to cut him. The Jets don't want to add pro-ration with Sanchez because, let's face it, he could be gone in a year if he bottoms out. However, they can try to get him to take a straight pay cut. That could get messy.

Brian (Ridgewood)

WHY CANT Rex stop dancing around the Manning issue? Is it because of Woody? I have to believe that if they look at their whole team, they have a lot more holes than just QB?

Rich Cimini
  (1:40 PM)

First of all, they can't speak directly about potential interest in Peyton because of tampering rules. Obviously, they're interested. More than half the teams in the league should be interested. Rex is a huge Manning fan and, as much as he sweet talks Sanchez, he'd give anything to get a healthy Manning. But that's the question: Will he be healthy?

Ryan (Syracuse)

how much do you think it will take to re-sign Pouha? with the tag being about $8mil, you think it would be like a 2-3 year $12-16mil?

Rich Cimini
  (1:43 PM)

It will be for more than 3 years. I haven't researched comparable NTs, but I could see him in the 5 yr/$25M-to$30M range. Remember, it's not about the years, it's about the guaranteed money.

Oz (CT)

Hi Rich,I think my biggest concern with Sanchez is that the Jets haven't addressed a way to help him progress. They brought in Sparano who's a run first coach. They're keeping Cavanaugh, who, in my opinion, deserves no more of a pass than Schotty. They're "sure" the Holmes issue is a thing of the past, I'm not sure why. The only proactive step is to bring in someone to compete with him. That may pressure him but will it really help him improve ? Seems weak. Thoughts ?

Rich Cimini
  (1:46 PM)

all fair points, Oz, but pressure is good. I remember Curtis Martin once telling me about Parcells' philosophy: He puts so much pressure on players because he wants to see if/how long before they burst like a pipe. Competition should bring out the best in Sanchez. If he crumbles, he doesn't deserve the job anyway.

Drew (Virginia)

Rich, In the past Tannenbaum has said his approach to the draft is to fill all the void on the roster, so that he can draft the best available talent. Do you see that happening this year, because I can't.

Rich Cimini
  (1:47 PM)

Yes, he has that said in the past. I could see the same happening -- as long as he acquires an OLB, S and WR before the draft. It's not impossible.

David Budzitowski (Long Island)

With Brick taking a pay cut, who do you think is next in line for it or will he be the only one? This had to lead to more Peyton Manning speculation

Rich Cimini
  (1:49 PM)

He didn't take a pay cut. Basically, he received a salary advance in the form of a signing bonus.

Rich Cimini
  (1:51 PM)

Sorry, folks, I'm gonna have to check out. I'll try to get to these questions in an upcoming blog post. Too many good questions to let go to waste. Have a great weekend and see you next week. Rich