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Jets were reportedly Darrelle Revis’ top choice

Darrelle-Revis-2012-holdoutDarrelle Revis and the New York Jets did not part ways on good terms a year ago, but that doesn’t mean the All-Pro cornerback was opposed to a reunion. In fact, Revis may have actually wanted to go back to New York once it became evident that his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was over.

A source reportedly told the NY Daily News that Revis put together a list of teams he would like to play for “based on non-economic reasons” when he knew the Bucs were going to dump him. The Jets were supposedly at the top of that list. The Patriots were second.

There were a few reports about Revis reaching out to the Jets when he was released by the Bucs, but nothing ever came to fruition. General manager John Idzik reportedly never called Revis’ agents, at which point Revis had no interest in starting a bidding war and signed with the Patriots.

Jets owner Woody Johnson is the one who ordered Idzik to trade Revis last offseason. Revis had held out twice, and there’s a good chance Johnson was tired of his business-above-all-else attitude. You know Rex Ryan would have loved for Revis to return to New York, but that decision is not up to him.

“We knew, everybody knew, that he was going to want north of $10 million for this season,” a Jets source told the Daily News. “We weren’t going to pay a corner that. That was pretty obvious. Would we have liked to have him play here again? Sure, for $2 million.”

Did Revis sign with the Patriots just to stick it to the Jets? I highly doubt it, though I’m sure his decision became more gratifying when he realized New York had no interest in bringing him back. By joining New England, Revis has given himself an opportunity to make a ton of money in 2014 while contending for a Super Bowl. After that, he can either sign a massive contract with the Patriots or elsewhere. He’s in a perfect spot with or without the Jets.

Jessie James Decker teased Jets fans before husband signed

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The New York Jets signed Eric Decker to a five-year, $36.25 million contract on Wednesday night. In doing so, they addressed their biggest need by adding the best wide receiver available. Jets fans would have been furious if their team did not end up with Decker. Fans in New York had already envisioned him in green, especially if they read his wife’s tweets.

Shortly after 10 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jessie James Decker sent the following tweet.

Everyone assumed the tweet meant Eric had signed a new contract, and the Jets were the favorites to land him. However, nothing had been announced yet and Jessie had to do a little backpedaling a few minutes later.

An appointment with a doctor at 10:21 at night? Come on now. Fortunately, Decker ended up signing with the Jets. After seeing what the Patriots did just a few hours earlier, Jets fans would have blown a gasket if Jessie got them excited over nothing.

Jets reportedly interested in Josh McCown

Josh-McCown-BearsJosh McCown filled in admirably for the Chicago Bears last season when Jay Cutler missed time with various injuries. The 34-year-old veteran compiled an impressive passer rating of 109.0 in eight games. He threw 13 touchdowns and just one interception. Because of his performance, McCown will receive plenty of offers when he becomes a free agent in March.

One team that is said to have interest in McCown is the New York Jets, who will head into the 2014 season with an uncertain quarterback situation per usual. Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reported on Saturday that the Jets may look to sign McCown as insurance in the event that Geno Smith struggles.

Mark Sanchez is still under contract with New York, though it would be a surprise if he is not released next month. Jets backup quarterback Matt Sims has attempted just 31 passes in his NFL career, so it would make sense for Rex Ryan to bring in a veteran backup.

Smith was wildly inconsistent as the Jets’ starter in 2013, which is no surprise considering he was a rookie. However, Ryan is not going to give him another season to prove himself if he can’t win games early on. That could make the situation one that intrigues McCown.

McCown will likely try to sign with a team that will give him a chance to compete for a starting job. History tells us the Jets could be that team, especially if Smith doesn’t take serious strides in training camp.

Jets won’t commit to Geno Smith as starting quarterback for 2014

Geno Smith JetsThe New York Jets won their final two games of the season to finish on a high note. Geno Smith was the team’s quarterback for almost the entire season, and the rookie led his the Jets to an 8-8 record. All things considered, the end result was not that bad. Smith’s numbers, however, left plenty to be desired.

There were a ton of growing pains for the former West Virginia star, as Smith threw just 12 touchdown passes to go along with a whopping 21 interceptions. His passer rating of 66.5 was last in the NFL. Perhaps that is why general manager John Idzik refuses to commit to Smith for 2014.

“We’re all excited about having Geno as part of the Jets but we will always look to improve every position in any manner we can and that doesn’t change going into 2014,” Idzik said Tuesday, via Seth Walder of the NY Daily News. “We’ll look at quarterbacks, yes we’ll look at quarterbacks.”

Idzik was then asked if Smith would be the starter when training camp begins next summer, and his answer was just as vague.

“We don’t look too far into the future with that,” he said. “Again, Geno started 16 games for us. You all witnessed how he did, how he finished strong. We’re very, very excited and happy that Geno is with us.”

The GM added that he believed Smith improved by “leaps and bounds” as the season progressed. If that was the case, you would think Smith would surely get another shot at leading the team to begin his sophomore season. Remember Mark Sanchez? He, too, is still under contract with the team.

“We’ll get to that in time. He is a Jet,” Idzik said of Sanchez. “We consider all our guys Jets until we make a decision or something happens that changes that. So with Mark — I met with him yesterday as well — our focus is to get him healthy, just as it has been really the entire season and then we’ll take it from there.”

Rex Ryan is returning next season and the players are thrilled about it, but the situation is still less than ideal. Teams who lack a reliable option at quarterback have a hard time winning games in the NFL. The fact that New York’s quarterback situation remains so muddled is an obstacle the team will have to address this offseason.

Jets players celebrate Rex Ryan returning as their coach (Video)

Rex-Ryan-keeping-jobThe New York Jets missed the playoffs this season, but that didn’t stop them from celebrating in the locker room after a win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Rex Ryan may or may not have been coaching for his job over the last month of the season — a stretch in which his team went 3-1 and lost a tough game on the road to a very good Carolina Panthers team. Ryan will now be keeping his job through next season, and the players are ecstatic.

After New York’s win over Miami, Jets owner Woody Johnson announced that the team has decided to bring Rex back for 2014. When Johnson made the announcement in the locker room, the players went crazy and jumped all over Ryan.

When reports surfaced that Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski is going to be fired, one player referred to him as a “douche” who is not trusted by several players. Similar stuff has been said about former Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Greg Schiano, who was fired on Monday. Ryan is different in that sense.

Players legitimately enjoy playing for Ryan. They want to win for him, and they proved that on Sunday by beating the Dolphins in a game where Miami should have been playing with incredible urgency. Johnson made the final call on keeping Rex, but it was really the players’ decision.

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Rex Ryan officially will be back as Jets head coach

Rex Ryan weight lossNew York Jets owner Woody Johnson announced on Sunday what the team should have announced a long time ago: Rex Ryan will be back as the team’s head coach in 2014.

“We’re going to keep Rex Ryan and he’s going to be our coach next year,” Johnson said via Manish Mehta.

The Jets eliminated the Miami Dolphins from the playoffs with a 20-7 road win in Week 17. They somehow finished 8-8 on the season. When you look at the team they have and the lack of talent, it’s nothing short of stunning that they won eight games.

Ryan deserves serious consideration for coach of the year with the job he did. He definitely deserved to be back next season.

Rex Ryan reportedly told his players he heard he is getting fired

Rex RyanThere could be a head coaching vacancy for the New York Jets this offseason.

According to FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer, Rex Ryan told his players in a team meeting Saturday night that “word on street is that he’s getting fired.” Glazer says Ryan asked his players to fight with him for the last two games of the season.

The Jets did just that and beat the Cleveland Browns 24-13 Sunday to improve to 7-8 on the season. They have the opportunity to finish .500 when they visit the Miami Dolphins in Week 17.

News that Ryan believes he is getting fired comes as no surprise. Many thought he would be fired after going 6-10 last season, but he avoided the ax. Perhaps reaching the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two seasons as head coach bought Ryan an extra year.

I actually think Rex has done a fantastic job this season. The Jets are devoid of talent offensively and have gotten poor quarterback play, yet they’ve still won seven games. A lot of that is due to Ryan’s good preparation with the defense.

Think about how many games the Jets have won in Ryan’s five seasons as head coach (they’re 41-38) and then think about who he’s had playing quarterback those seasons. Now tell me he hasn’t done a really good job with that team. They need a new QB, not a new coach.