A Quick Recap of (Mostly) Last Week in JetNation:
Jets Cut Cromartie Monday Morning
In a move that didn’t surprise anyone, the Jets released corner back Antonio Cromartie Monday morning. Cromartie was due to receive eight million dollars for the 2016 season, none of which was guaranteed. The Jets will get back all of the eight million on Cromartie’s contract, freeing up a good amount of cap space. This move was easy to see coming as Cromartie struggled the entire first half of the season, then finished the season at an average level. The best Cromartie could have hoped for was a restructured contract, but from a cap standpoint the best move for the Jets was to move on. Last season Cromartie had 26 solo tackles, 12 passes defended, and a fumble recovery. It was the first season Cromartie failed to record an interception since his rookie season in 2006. After the move, the Jets are projected to have around $21 million dollars to play with under a $155 million dollar cap. It’s highly likely that this won’t be the only move the Jets make to free up some cap space by either making more cuts, restructuring contracts, or both.
Newly Signed Kicker Kyle Brindza Tears Achilles
Around two weeks ago the Jets signed kicker Kyle Brindza to a future/reserve contract. On Tuesday Brindza tweeted that he had torn his right Achilles tendon while working out at a local field in Plymouth, Michigan. Not long after tearing his Achilles, the Jets waived Brindza who’s contract contained no guaranteed money. Brindza would have likely been a camp leg to compete with incumbent Nick Folk. Folk’s mid-season replacement Randy Bullock is set to become a free agent once free agency begins. Brindza is a former kicker of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and didn’t exactly have a great track record. Brindza missed 6 out of 12 field goal attempts while he was with Tampa Bay.
On Thursday Muhammad Wilkerson tweeted that he had “A great visit with Dr.Anderson” describing how his leg responded great, and that he’s starting work ahead of schedule. On the surface Jets fans might be happy to hear the news, although it could have a deeper meaning than just Wilkerson’s recovery. Wilkerson could be sending out the tweet to let potential suitors know that his leg is recovering on or ahead of time. It could also be a hint that talks with the Jets haven’t made any progress. It’s extremely unlikely that the Jets would just let Wilkerson hit the open market, the most likely scenario would be the franchise tag, which has to be applied before March 1st. It is possible that the Jets could entertain the idea of a tag-and-trade, securing Wilkerson with the franchise tag and shipping him off to another team. Answers should be on the way soon, if Wilkerson isn’t tagged by March 1st then it’s either a long-term deal or he hits free agency.
The first part of the 2016 NFL Combine begins tomorrow, February 23rd. The combine runs from February 23rd to February 29th. There are over 300 invitees participating including 96 underclassmen. There are four different groups that arrive in Indianapolis at different times, with different schedules. The schedules look like this:
Group 1 (place kickers, special teams, offensive line, and running backs):
Tuesday, Feb. 23rd – Arrive, registration, hospital pre-exam, orientation and interviews
Wednesday, Feb. 24th – Measurements, medical examinations, interviews
Thursday, Feb. 25th – NFLPA meeting, psychological testing, PK/ST workout, bench press, interviews
Friday, Feb. 26th – On-field workouts (40-yard dash, positional drills, skill drills, etc.), departure from Indianapolis
Group 2 (quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends):
Wednesday, Feb. 24th – Arrive, registration, hospital pre-exam, orientation and interviews
Thursday, Feb. 25th – Measurements, medical examinations, interviews
Friday, Feb. 26th – NFLPA meeting, psychological testing, interviews
Saturday, Feb. 27th – On-field workouts, departure from Indianapolis
Group 3 (defensive linemen, and linebackers):
Thursday, Feb. 25th – Arrive, registration, hospital pre-exam, orientation and interviews
Friday, Feb. 26th – Measurements, medical examinations, interviews
Saturday, Feb. 27th – NFLPA meeting, psychological testing, interviews
Sunday, Feb. 28th – On-field workouts, departure from Indianapolis
Group 4 (defensive backs):
Friday, Feb. 26th – Arrive, registration, hospital pre-exam, orientation and interviews
Saturday, Feb. 27th – Measurements, medical examinations, interviews
Sunday, Feb. 28th – NFLPA meeting, psychological testing, interviews
Monday, Feb. 29th – On-field workouts, departure from Indianapolis
The combine will be covered on NFL Network starting at 9 am from February 26th to the 29th.