Jets Announce CB/KR Nick Marshall Suspended for First Four Games

The Jets announced Friday that reserve cornerback/returner Nick Marshall has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Marshall is the third Jets player to be suspended this offseason. Wide receiver Jalin Marshall was suspended for four games for violating the performance enhancing substance policy.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was suspended for the first two games of the upcoming season stemming from a DUI when he was playing for the Buccaneers.

Jets Feel Muhammad Wilkerson Will be Back to Form in 2017

The Jets expect to see the 2015 version of Muhammad Wilkerson this season, not the slow-Mo who labored through a pedestrian 2016, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports. Reputations are riding on it, mainly those of Wilkerson and general manager Mike Maccagnan, who signed him to that monster contract last July.

“Hopefully, if he’s healthy, I expect him to be back to the Muhammad that he normally is,” coach Todd Bowles said last week at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

Wilkerson’s health was a matter of debate last season. He played in 15 games and 81 percent of the defensive snaps, yet there was constant speculation on whether he was affected by his surgically repaired fibula. He managed only 4.5 sacks, his fewest since his rookie season (2011). Bowles, who downplayed the injury throughout the season, offered a revised take last week.

“I’m sure he played hurt most of the year,” he said. “We had to give him some off-days. Usually, those things take about a year-and-a-half to come back from. He came back early and gutted it out. It shows the kind of warrior he is. Hopefully, he’s gotten better and he can go back to being himself.”

Jets Offer Contract to Former Browns CB K’Waun Williams

The Jets have offered a contract to free agent cornerback K’Waun Williams, a league source told Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger.

The source said Williams has contract offers from three other unidentified teams. It is not clear how the offers measure up against one another, or what exactly the Jets offered Williams.

A decision from Williams is expected later this week, the source said.

In addition to known free agent visits last week with the Jets and Lions, Williams reportedly visited the 49ers, Vikings, and Dolphins, or at least had arrangements to make those visits.

Between 2014 and 2015, Williams played in 26 games, with 10 starts. His career stats: zero interceptions, 10 passes defended, three forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles, and two sacks. Williams didn’t play last season, following an ankle injury.

Jets Cut Ties with Left Tackle Ryan Clady

The Jets have cut ties with left tackle Ryan Clady, whose 2017 salary cap number was prohibitively high, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

But could he still return to the team next season, at a lower price? That doesn’t seem highly likely right now, yet there are mitigating factors, as the Jets try to find his replacement.

The Jets on Wednesday did not pick up Clady’s contract option for 2017, a league source confirmed. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news. Clady is now a free agent.

The Jets had a Wednesday deadline for a Clady decision. That’s when Clady’s $1 million roster bonus became fully guaranteed. Clady was due to have a non-guaranteed base salary of $10 million in 2017. That was too high for him, considering his recent injury history.

Free Agent CB K’Waun Williams Visiting the Jets

The Jets are hosting free agent cornerback K’Waun Williams on a visit this week, a league source confirmed to Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Williams has “numerous” other visits set up with teams, the source added. One of those is with the Lions on Monday, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, who first reported Williams’ upcoming Jets visit.

Williams went undrafted out of Pittsburgh in 2014 and has spent his entire NFL career so far with the Browns.

Between 2014 and 2015, Williams played in 26 games, with 10 starts. His career stats: zero interceptions, 10 passes defended, three forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles, and two sacks. He was primarily a slot corner for the Browns.

Williams didn’t play last season, following an ankle injury. That injury — and the treatment of it — was a point of contention between Williams and the Browns in the preseason.

The Browns wound up suspending Williams for two weeks in August and fining him, because he refused to play in a preseason game at the Packers. Later in August, the Browns waived Williams.

He signed with the Bears immediately after the Browns waived him, but Williams’ contract with Chicago was voided because he failed his physical. After that, Williams did not get picked up by any team last season.

Former Coach Rex Ryan Says He’s Open to a Return to the Jets

Rex Ryan doesn’t rule out a return to his former team, the Jets, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

“I’m definitely never going to say never on that one,” Ryan said in a wide-ranging interview, his first since getting fired by the Bills before the season finale more than a month ago. “I love New York. I do. I love the people. I got a ton of friends — lifelong friends-in that organization. I’ll never say never. I don’t know in what capacity, but I’ll leave that open for sure.”

Ryan, who went 50-52 in six seasons with the Jets, has more playoff wins (four) than any coach in franchise history. He went to back-to-back AFC Championship Games in his first two seasons before missing the playoffs in his final four.

His relationship with Woody Johnson has always been rock solid even after the Jets’ 4-12 2014 season prompted an organizational house-cleaning.

“They had to fire me,” Ryan said. “I won four games. It’s as simple as that regardless of whether we had $40 million or whatever under the cap. It felt like $70 million under the cap. So, I get it. I walked out of there with my head up and I understood. But that wasn’t easy for Woody. That wasn’t easy for anybody. When you go 4-12, you’re going to get fired. And I knew that.”

“I liked Woody and his family,” Ryan continued. “(Woody’s younger brother) Chris Johnson now will have a bigger role with that team. I’m telling you, they’re good people. They mean well. They want to win too. Woody wanted to spend money. Woody wanted to spend every damn penny of (the money under the salary cap) and yet we saved it.”

“I had six years there and I enjoyed every one of them,” Ryan said of the Jets. “I know I was supported. It might not have been 100 percent support throughout the organization (see: Idzik). But it was probably 99 percent. So, that was awesome. I love that support that we got. It felt like a family.”

“I loved the fans too,” Ryan added. “The fans were awesome. They never stopped supporting me when I was in New York even when it was a disaster (of a) season. I still felt the support of the fans. That’s an unbelievable feeling. That’s what was so painful. I felt like I let them down. When we went 4-12, I wanted to win so damn bad for them.”

Jets Will Face Tough Call with LT Ryan Clady

The Jets eventually face a decision on the future of left tackle Ryan Clady, but the team bought itself sometime with a contract reworking that actually took place in December, Field Yates of ESPN reports citing a source.

Clady, who started eight games for the team in 2016, was scheduled to have a $2.5 million roster bonus due in mid-February, which would have put the clock on team management to decide whether or not to move on from the former All-Pro lineman, who was previously due a $7.5 million base salary for 2017, none of which was guaranteed.

Under the new terms, Clady is no longer due a roster bonus, with that $2.5 million instead being folded into his base salary, bringing that total to $10 million for 2017, with an additional $1 million available in incentives. None of that money is guaranteed until Week 1 of the regular season, at which point base salaries for all vested veterans become guaranteed.

Clady’s season was cut short because of a rotator cuff injury, as injuries have limited him to a total of just 27 of 64 total games since the start of the 2013 season. While Clady would still seem like a long shot to be retained for 2017 with a $10 million base salary, the Jets have afforded themselves more time to evaluate his health and performance.

Jets with Interest in Texans OC George Godsey for Their OC Position

The Jets are reportedly interested in hiring former Houston Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey for their vacant OC position according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

Cimini reports an interview could happen as soon as Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. The move makes sense from both sides. The Jets have had a hard time finding even marginal candidates who would be interested in the job after veteran OC Chan Gailey was allowed to “retire” at the end of the season. Considering there is no viable in-house quarterback and the entire coaching staff is operating on borrowed time entering the 2017 season, it Jets OC job in amid the media circus that is New York might be one of the least desirable in the entire NFL.

The Texans offense struggled with Godsey at the controls in 2016 and his play-calling duties were stripped by head coach Bill O’Brien at one point during the season. Godsey cannot, however, be blamed for the disaster that was Brock Osweiler as he had no role in bringing him to Houston and Godsey did a masterful job with a gaggle of replacement-level QBs including Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett in 2015. The Jets offense has no direction to go but up and Godsey could rehab his reputation if he can get anything out of Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, or whomever the Jets trot out under center in 2017.