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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Articles tagged: New York Jets

New Jersey governor paves way for Giants, Jets to begin training camp

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that professional sports teams are clear to resume training in the state, and his colleague in New Jersey has now followed suit.

On Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy gave pro sports teams the green light to reopen their training facilities as long as they follow health and safety protocols. That will allow the Jets and Giants, who reside in New Jersey, to move from virtual workouts to in-person activities.

The NFL has told teams they can reopen their facilities as long as their local governments approve, and several teams have already received clearance. Since New York and New Jersey were two of the hardest-hit states by the virus, it is a good sign that sports have been given the green light in those areas.

While sporting events will undoubtedly look a lot different than we’re used to when they resume, things appear to be trending in the right direction.

Report: Jamal Adams wants trade if Jets don’t sign him to extension

Jamal Adams

There have been reports of tension between Jamal Adams and the New York Jets due to the All-Pro safety’s desire for a contract extension, and it sounds like Adams could demand a trade if he does not get his wish.

Adams has informed the Jets he wants a new deal before the start of the 2020 season. According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the 24-year-old wants to be traded absent that.

Robinson compared the situation to when Earl Thomas and the Seattle Seahawks could not find common ground, and ultimately the two sides had to part ways. Adams has two years remaining on his rookie deal, but he is intent on not playing another season under that contract. He reportedly would prefer to be traded to the Dallas Cowboys but is open to playing for other teams as well.

Adams was openly angry about the Jets shopping him at the trade deadline last year, and it seems like a new contract is the only thing that is going to ease the tension at this point. While the Jets know they have him under contract for two more years and could franchise tag him after that, they may decide it is counterproductive for their best defensive player to be unhappy.

If the Jets do trade Adams, they would almost certainly want a first-round pick and then some in return. It could be difficult to find a team that is willing to give up that type of draft capital in addition to making Adams the highest-paid safety in the NFL.

Joe Flacco to sign one-year deal with Jets

Joe Flacco

After a year in Denver, Joe Flacco is headed back to the east coast.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Flacco will sign a one-year deal with the New York Jets, where he will serve as backup quarterback to Sam Darnold.

Flacco is coming off a year that saw him go 2-6 in eight starts with the Denver Broncos. A neck injury prematurely ended his season and forced him to have offseason surgery.

The 35-year-old is certainly past his prime, throwing a modest six touchdowns to five interceptions with Denver last year. As long as Darnold stays healthy and productive, Flacco won’t see much of the field for the Jets, but he’s a solid veteran backup at this point.

Logan Ryan says he is ‘open for business’ despite Jets reports

Logan Ryan

Logan Ryan is one of the top free agents remaining on the market, and there were rumblings earlier in the week that the veteran cornerback is on the verge of signing with the New York Jets. From the sound of it, that is far from official.

During an appearance on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” Thursday, Ryan was asked about the New York Daily News report claiming the Jets expect to sign him to a one-year deal. Ryan said he would be open to playing for the Jets as someone who grew up in New Jersey, but he insists he has not agreed to a deal with any team yet.

“That would make sense for sure, but like I said I’m trying to do what’s best for my family and everything like that,” Ryan said. “Obviously there’s a lot of rumors out there. I can’t confirm any of it because I’m still not signed yet. We’ll see.

“I obviously want to get a deal done, and I’m open to it. I’m also open to 30 other franchises besides the Titans. That’s the only one I’ve ruled out so far. I’m completely open for business.”

Ryan said recently that he would have been willing to return to Tennessee on a one-year deal at $9.5 million like he made last season, so the Jets or any other team would likely have to pay him somewhere around that number.

Ryan would be a great addition to New York’s secondary at a time in the offseason when starting-caliber players are difficult to find. Ryan had 113 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 4 interceptions for Tennessee last season. He spent the first four seasons of his career with the New England Patriots after being drafted by them in the third round in 2013.

Report: Jets expect to sign Logan Ryan

Logan Ryan

Logan Ryan announced last week that he will not be re-signing with the Tennessee Titans, and the veteran cornerback appears to be on the verge of landing with a new team.

Manish Mehtha of the New York Daily News reported on Tuesday that the New York Jets expect to sign Ryan to a one-year deal. The Jets have reportedly been discussing Ryan for weeks and looking for ways to increase their available cash to sign the 29-year-old.

While the Jets still have plenty of salary cap space, Mehta notes that there have been cash-flow issues for the team. Ryan said this week that he would have been willing to return to Tennessee on a one-year deal at $9.5 million like he made last season, so the Jets will likely have to be him somewhere around that number.

Ryan would be a great addition to New York’s secondary at a time in the offseason when starting-caliber players are difficult to find. Ryan had 113 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 4 interceptions for Tennessee last season. He spent the first four seasons of his career with the New England Patriots after being drafted by them in the third round in 2013.

Cris Collinsworth hoping he gets to call Jets game this season

Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth

The New York Jets last made the playoffs in 2010, so naturally they have not hosted as many primetime games as some contending teams since that time. It has been years since the Jets were featured on “Sunday Night Football,” and Cris Collinsworth is hoping that changes this season.

The Jets have one Monday night and one Thursday night game on the schedule this season, but they are not currently slated to play on “Sunday Night Football.” If they don’t play a Sunday night game, this would be the eighth consecutive season they were not featured on the NBC broadcast. Collinsworth tweeted on Sunday that he is hoping that changes.

The New York Giants last hosted a “Sunday Night Football” game in 2016, so it has been quite a while since the NBC crew visited MetLife Stadium. Collinsworth will get to travel to New York, however, as the Buffalo Bills are scheduled to host their first “SNF” game since 2007 when the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town on Dec. 13. Although, NBC reserves the right to flex that game.

With Tom Brady having left the New England Patriots, you could make the argument that the AFC East is as wide open as it has been in nearly two decades. The Jets could surprise plenty of people if Sam Darnold is healthy after having an offseason procedure, so there’s a decent chance they could play their way into a Sunday night game and give Collinsworth his wish.

Jets will not sell individual game tickets when NFL schedule is released

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The New York Jets offered another reminder of the uncertainty regarding the NFL season thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Jets announced Wednesday that they will not be putting individual game tickets on sale when the 2020 NFL schedule is released Thursday, citing “the changing conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We are preparing to play the 2020 NFL season as scheduled with increased protocols and safety measures for all players, personnel, and attendees,” the team said in a statement. “We will make any necessary adjustments in order to conduct games in as safe and efficient manner as possible, with all decisions based on the latest advice of medical and public health officials, as well as in full compliance with current and future government regulations.

“Given the changing conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, individual game tickets will not go on sale tomorrow when the schedule is released. We believe this is the prudent thing to do in order to provide the best experience and service for our fans at this time. We will inform you of the official individual ticket on sale date for the 2020 season as well as any other updates as they become available.”

This is probably smart. Even if the NFL season is played, there is definitely a chance fan attendance will be limited or even prohibited. That already seems apparent for one team, and it’s entirely likely that more will follow. The Jets are just doing the prudent thing by waiting things out until there’s more clarity.