Jets Free Agency 2012: LaRon Landry 'Glad To Be A Jet'

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Jets Free Agency 2012 Scorecard: Who's In, Out And In-Between

Here is a quick look at what the New York Jets have done, and still have to do, in NFL free agency this offseason.

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S LaRon Landry (Redskins) -- Signs for one year, $4 million
QB Drew Stanton (Lions) -- Signs for one year, $1.25 million
WR Chaz Schilens (Raiders) -- Signs for one year, $765,000

Unrestricted Free Agents

QB Mark Brunell
QB Kevin O'Connell
RB LaDainian Tomlinson
WR Plaxico Burress
OL Robert Turner
DT Sione Pouha -- Re-signed
LB Bryan Thomas -- Re-signed
CB Donald Strickland
S Jim Leonhard
S Brodney Pool -- Signed with Cowboys
K Nick Folk -- Re-signed

Restricted Free Agents

LB Jamaal Westerman -- Signed with Dolphins
DB Marquice Cole -- Signed with Cowboys
TE Matthew Mulligan
LB Aaron Maybin -- First-round tender

Burress, Tomlinson and Leonhard all seem likely to end up elsewhere. The Jets appear to be moving on without them. It also seems somewhat unlikely that there will be any further free-agent 'splash' moves at this point.


Jets Free Agency 2012: LaRon Landry Signs With New York Jets

Apparently, the overnight visit worked.

Free agent safety LaRon Landry signed with the New York Jets on Monday after arriving in New York on Sunday for an overnight visit, according to Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the deal is worth $4 million over one season.

The Jets had been looking for safety help, and they found it -- providing Landry stays healthy.

Related: Peyton Manning To Denver Decreases Jets Super Bowl Odds

Productive when he's able to stay on the field, Landry has been limited by Achilles issues to just 17 games over the past two seasons. He had 48 tackles during an injury-plagued 2011 campaign, managing to suit up for just eight games.

Landry began the previous season on a tear, registering 85 tackles, a sack and an interception during Washinton's first nine games. But an Achilles injury forced him to miss the remainder of the season.

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Jets Free Agency 2012: Brandon Meriweather Reportedly Visiting Jets

Despite a flurry of activity around them, the New York Jets have remained relatively quiet on the free agency front. And while it doesn't appear that they're preparing for any sort of major splashes soon, the Jets do have their eyes on a pair of players.

Drew Stanton, a reserve quarterback for the Detroit Lions, is apparently on the Jets radar, according to a report. He'd likely compete for the backup job behind Mark Sanchez.

Additionally, the Jets have lined up a visit with former New England Patriots and Chicago Bears safety Brandon Meriweather. Meriweather comes with baggage, but also has previously been named to a Pro Bowl. The Jets need safety help in the worst way, and Meriweather would be an upgrade.

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Jets Free Agency 2012: Salary Cap Primer

As the New York Jets look to move past their nightmare season, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and company figure to keep them prominently involved in the 2012 free agency period.

Though the Jets were naturally one of the first teams listed as a possible destination for Peyton Manning, the extension offered to Mark Sanchez last week effectively removed them from Manning Watch. Sanchez' extension totals five years for $58.25 million with $20.5 million fully guaranteed over the next two seasons.

The Jets also re-signed arguably their top free-agent target in defensive tackle Sione Pouha last week. Pouha agreed to a three-year contract Monday.

Free agency period: March 13, 4 p.m. ET - July 22 (the first scheduled day of NFL training camps)

Salary cap: $120,600,000 per team

Jets cap situation: According to, $7.1 million under at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, March 9. That figure doesn't include the $1.6 million the NFL is distributing to most teams after the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins were penalized a combined $46 million in cap space after piling money into last season's uncapped year.

Restricted Free Agents (4):

WR Patrick Turner - Signed one-year, $875,000 contract
TE Matthew Mulligan
LB Aaron Maybin
LB Jamaal Westerman
CB Marquice Cole

Unrestricted Free Agents (11):

QB Mark Brunell
QB Kevin O'Connell
RB LaDainian Tomlinson
WR Plaxico Burress
OL Robert Turner
DT Sione Pouha
LB Bryan Thomas
CB Donald Strickland
S Jim Leonhard
S Brodney Pool
K Nick Folk


Jets Free Agency 2012 Rumors: What About Brandon Jacobs, Jets Fans?

The New York Giants cut running back Brandon Jacobs today in a move meant to clear salary cap space. Almost as soon as he heard the news Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post tweeted that Jacobs "would be a legitimately smart pickup for the New York Jets. A good fit for Tony Sparano's run-oriented offense."

Is Hubbuch right, Jets fans? Or, has he lost his mind? Even if he is right, could you stomach the thought of the mouthy Jacobs?

Remember Jacobs' on-field confrontation with Rex Ryan after the Giants defeated the Jets on Christmas Eve? Jacobs said recently that he had no hard feelings from that incident and would play for the Jets -- which is exactly what you would expect a guy who knew he might be needing a job to say.

What do you think, Jets fans? Jacobs sharing carries with Shonn Greene? Would you be in favor of it?


Jets Free Agency 2012, Sione Pouha Update: Talks Have Reportedly 'Accelerated'

With the clock ticking toward the beginning of the 2012 NFL Free Agency period on March 13, ESPN New York reports that the New York Jets "have accelerated talks" with nose tackle Sione Pouha in an effort to keep him from reaching the open market.

Pouha, 33, is widely considered the most important of the 11 unrestricted free agents the Jets could potentially have. The 6-foot-3, 330-pound Pouha has started for the Jets for the past three seasons, and had more than 50 tackles each of the past two years.

Pro Football Focus ranks Pouha second on its list of potential free agent defensive tackles. PFF grades players on a +/- system, and graded Pouha at +30.1 in 2011, the best grade in the league among defensive tackles.

PFF's 'Run Stop Percentage' statistic, which shows how often a player causes an offensive play to fail, showed that among defensive tackles only Broderick Bunkley of Denver had a higher RSP in 2011 than Pouha.


New York Jets Free Agency 2012: Peyton Manning, Mark Sanchez On Same Team Wouldn't Work, Says Tomlinson

With a possible chance of upgrading their position at quarterback via signing free agent Peyton Manning, the New York Jets need to figure out how to deal with incumbent signal-caller Mark Sanchez. Now, the Jets are a long-shot to sign Manning but if they do, former Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson says Sanchez would probably need to go.

"In my opinion, I don't know if he would handle it well," soon-to-be-free-agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson speculated regarding Sanchez's reaction to the potential acquisition of Manning during an NFL Network appearance on Wednesday.

"I think he would probably go in and maybe ask to be released because here is Mark Sanchez's gripe: 'I took you guys to two straight AFC Championship Games; yeah I didn't get it done last year, but my first and second year I took you to two AFC Championship Games. How can you turn around and just bring in another quarterback right now?'

Earlier on Monday, it was reported that the Jets have called Manning to see if he's interested in joining their franchise. Manning has said he does not know who or where he would like to go yet.

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Plaxico Burress Rumors: Plax Says He Rejected Giants in 2011

Plaxico Burress said Thursday on the Dan Patrick Show that he rejected a chance to return to the New York Giants a year ago, choosing the New York Jets instead. Burress insists that the Giants "wanted" him to return.

"I made the decision personally not to go back. I didn't have any animosity towards them because they wanted to bring me back. I made a decision not to go. ... It was just a situation where I just wanted to go somewhere and start over fresh," Burress said.

Is Burress right here, or is this revisionist history? The Giants and Burress did meet, but after signing with the Jets Burress admitted at the time that a return to the Giants was never in his plans.

Burress caught 45 passes for the Jets in 2011 and appears ready to move on once again. On the DP Show he once again talked about the possibility of joining the Philadelphia Eagles.

"It would be a beautiful place to play, no doubt about it. With all the players that they already have in place, I just see myself going to where I could help that team win a championship. If I go to that team and score some touchdowns in the red zone I really believe they have the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl and win it."

All Giants' fans can do is shake their collective heads. After spending much of the 2011 offseason talking about Burress, then having him ultimately sign with the Jets, now they might be looking at having him sign with the NFC East rival Eagles.

Burress is long gone from the Giants. That, however, does not seem to means the Giants and their fans are done having to deal with him.


Jets Free Agency 2012: Chad Henne Could Join Mark Sanchez

The New York Jets could add a quarterback when the doors swing open on NFL free agency March 13. According to Fox Sports, the Jets could take a run at Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne.

Tony Sparano, the Jets’ new offensive coordinator, knows Henne from his time as the Dolphins' head coach (2008- 2011). Familiarity is just one possible advantage for the Jets, though, as competition for Mark Sanchez also makes Henne an attractive, albeit expensive, backup option.

There are those who feel Sanchez would benefit greatly from a little competition. Henne is considered by many to be the perfect candidate for just such a task, one mediocre quarterback pushing another one.

Of course, bringing in a so-called "1A" will not be cheap. Henne is expected to warrant $5 million per season. Such is the price of a thin free agent market for quarterbacks, one in which Henne is the widely perceived third-best option among available players at the position.

Meanwhile, the Peyton Manning speculation will continue as some wonder whether or not the Jets are desperate enough to take a risk on the veteran.

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New York Jets Free Agency 2012: Plaxico Burress Has Eyes For Philadelphia Eagles

Before wide receiver Plaxico Burress signed with the New York Jets prior to the 2011 season the Philadelphia Eagles were considered among the likely landing spots for the former New York Giants star wide receiver.

Now that Burress has completed a mostly unsatisfying season with the Jets and is looking for a new team the Eagles are again in play, and Burress told a Philadelphia radio station this week that “nothing would make me happier” than playing for the Eagles.

“Obviously coming to Philadelphia, instituting myself into the offense, it just adds a unique dynamic to what’s already in place,” Burress said. “it would be dynamic to get me down there in that offense, especially with Mike [Vick] and all the ability that he has at quarterback.”

Is that a shot at Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has been heavily criticized in the wake of the Jets missing the playoffs last season?

Burress caught 45 passes for New York in 2011. He had been out of the league since 2008, when he went to prison after shooting himself in the leg with an illegal handgun in a Manhattan nightclub.


Jets Free Agency 2012: Pouha Remains Biggest Priority For New York

Sione Pouha, LaDainian Tomlinson and Plaxico Burress are the biggest free agents for the New York Jets this offseason.

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