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2018 Schedule
4-12, 4th in AFC East

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan did not attend Josh Allen's Pro day at Kentucky, likely because Allen — a potential target with the No. 3 pick — opted to stand on his combine workout. Allen told me he has a pre-draft visit scheduled for next week with the Jets. The Jets had at least one scout at the pro day, but no front-office personnel and no coaches. I asked a handful of NFL types at the pro day about the Jets, and the consensus belief if they will pick Allen if they are indeed playing a 3-4 defense.

Who has been the NFL's best bargain free agent this offseason? (1:41)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets are going light on quarterback insurance this year, a show of faith in Sam Darnold. The one-year contract for new backup Trevor Siemian, who agreed to terms Wednesday, is for only $2 million. A year ago, they went to training camp with Josh McCown ($10M) and Teddy Bridgewater ($6M) before trading Bridgewater. Darnold will miss McCown as a mentor; that can't be overstated. Siemian is a strong-armed passer who has won some games, but he hasn't started many more games than Darnold — 24 to 13. If Siemian fizzles or gets injured in training camp, it wouldn't shock me if McCown returns. Adam Gase's hunch on Siemien had better be right because the Jets can't afford to flush the season if Darnold goes down.

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Bell on Roethlisberger: 'Wants to win his way'

Le'Veon Bell, now a Jet, reflected on his time as a Steeler and told Sports Illustrated that his former quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, "wants to win his way, and that's tough to play with."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Trevor Siemian is visiting the Jets Wednesday as the team begins its search for a backup QB. It's slim pickings out there: Brock Osweiler (played under Adam Gase), Mike Glennon, Blaine Gabbert, Robert Griffin III ... get the picture? The door isn't shut on a Josh McCown return, but he may take another two months or so to decide his future and he understands the team must proceed with its business. Siemian didn't see any action last season with the Vikings. With the Broncos, he was 13-11 as a starter, with 30 TDs, 24 INTs, a 59-percent completion rate and a 79.9 passer rating. The Vikings reportedly want to re-sign him.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets DL Henry Anderson admitted he was "a little worried" about his future with the team when Gregg Williams was named the defensive coordinator. The reason: Scheme fit. Williams ran a 4-3 in Cleveland, but he's switching to a 3-4. It's a better situation for Anderson, who had a career year in the Jets' 3-4. Anderson, whose concerns were allayed when he spoke to Williams before free agency, expects the Jets to use "a lot of different looks." Clearly, the Jets expect a lot of Anderson, whose three-year, $25.2 M contract includes a $17M guarantee at signing.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets LG Kelechi Osemele is coming off a down year with the Raiders, but that hasn't affected his confidence. Osemele, acquired in a March 10 trade, said he's in "the best shape of my life." He weighs 307; he was listed at 333 last season. An injury, the former Pro Bowler said, is the only thing that can stop him. "You can look at the film; the film speaks for itself," he said on a conference call. "I'm going to dominate like I always do." Osemele said he found out about the trade while walking out of church with his girlfriend.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

New Jets WR Jamison Crowder expects to hit it off with Sam Darnold. Crowder, speaking to reporters on a conference call, believes he can be "very valuable" to a young QB because of his ability to find holes in a defense. He calls himself a "very friendly target." Crowder said Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa remind him of former Redskins teammates DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, respectively, both of whom topped 1,000 yards in 2016. Crowder said there were "some talks" with the Redskins about returning, but "not much."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The addition of former Bears TE Daniel Brown, who agreed to terms Monday night, is a move designed to help the special teams. Brown played in 223 special-teams snaps last season for the Bears (only 23 on offense). After losing some of their core special teamers in free agency, the Jets have made a concerted effort to address it, acquiring players such and Brown and Josh Bellamy, another ex-Bear. Brown also could fill the role of TE2 or TE3. Right now, the only tight ends are Chris Herndon and Jordan Leggett. Brown, 26, has never had more than 16 catches in a season.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets addressed their offensive-line depth by signing former Vikings LG Tom Compton, who started 14 games last season. He can play every position except left tackle and center, so he checks the "versatile" box. He struggled in pass protection last season, grading out as 47th among guards, per Pro Football Focus. Compton, who will be 30 on opening day, has played for four different teams with a total of 30 career starts. He can back up LG Kelechi Osemele and RG Brian Winters. On Tuesday, the Jets will host C/G Stefen Wisniewski on a free-agent visit. They still haven't adequately addressed the center position.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets offseason scorecard: Additions — RB Le'Veon Bell, LB CJ Mosley, WR Jamison Crowder, G Kelechi Osemele, WR Josh Bellamy, CB Brian Poole, K Chandler Catanzaro. Returning — DE Henry Anderson, DT Steve McLendon, C Jonotthan Harrison, CB Darryl Roberts, LB Neville Hewitt. Subtractions — K Jason Myers, KR Andre Roberts, CB Buster Skrine and G James Carpenter, C Spencer Long, DT Mike Pennel, S Terrence Brooks, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis. ANALYSIS: Bell and Mosley are lead dogs, as Jamal Adams might say. Crowder and Osemele are upgrades. Special teams? Ouch! Still need help at center, edge rusher and corner. Now under $50M in cap room.

Bill Barnwell ESPN Staff Writer 

Le'veon Bell's deal doesn't have the sort of practical guarantees Todd Gurley got from the Rams, even though Gurley was still two years away from unrestricted free agency when he signed his deal. Gurley's guarantees $21.95 million up front, but the Rams would owe $21.8 million in dead money if they had cut Gurley before today, which was never going to happen, given that the cap hit for Gurley to stay on the roster in 2019 is only $9.2 million. As of today, Gurley's 2019 base salary ($5 million), 2020 base salary ($5.5 million), and roster bonus ($7.55 million) all become fully guaranteed. Add that up and Gurley has $40 million practically guaranteed by the structure of his deal over three years. Bell's deal guarantees more money at signing on paper. At the time he signs his deal, Bell gets a $8 million signing bonus, and his 2019 base salary ($2 million), 2019 roster bonus ($4.5 million), 2020 base salary ($6.5 million), and 2020 roster bonus ($5 million) are all guaranteed in full. That's a total of $26 million. After that, though, the Jets have no further guarantees to Bell. Bell could make $13.5 million through his base salary and roster bonus in 2021, but the Jets could also cut him and owe just $4 million. In reality, Gurley's deal is a three-year, $40-million contract, while Bell's deal is a two-year, $26-million pact.

Team Stats

Passing Yards197.825th
Rushing Yards101.426th
Points For20.823rd
Points Against27.629th