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Jets Not All That Interested in Soon to Be Free Agent RB Le’Veon Bell?

It’s been thought for some time that the Jets were one of, if not the front runner for soon to be free agent running back Le’Veon Bell, who will leave the Steelers after a messy divorce in which he didn’t play at all last season.

The Jets need a running back, but it sounds like Bell might not be the answer according to today’s combine notes from Tony Pauline of

He reports that the Jets are not interested in Bell, but instead will go after other ‘second tier’ running backs.

I’m told the New York Jets will target second-tier running backs during free agency. This affirms reports from our February 14 podcast on the Jets showing little interest in Le’Veon Bell. It’s a podcast I recommend people listen to, as we went into the reasons why the Jets may not be keen on bringing Bell into the mix.

Could the Jets still sign Bell during free agency? Absolutely; if they don’t sign a big-time pass rusher. After losing out on Kirk Cousins last year, they moved their free-agent money to cornerback Trumaine Johnson.

Report: Jets Won’t Go After Former Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt

Upgrading their running game is one of the primary goals of the Jets this offseason but one player they reportedly are not interested in pursuing is former Chiefs star Kareem Hunt according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

As most football fans know, Hunt was released by the Chiefs in November after video of him kicking a woman went viral and he is currently on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has spoken in the past of how domestic violence has personally affected his family-a family friend was killed-and stated, “There are some things that are extremely egregious that I personally have a very hard time with condoning.

And violence in particular — that’s a very serious thing to me. That’s something that for me and my wife, we’ve had a personal experience with that. I would say, simply, we don’t take it lightly.”

A recent report indicated that Hunt will be taken off the exempt list in time to play in 2019, although he is expected to serve a suspension before he’s eligible to play again.

Given his talent, there will likely be numerous teams pursuing him but it sounds like the Jets will not be one of them. It is far more likely the team goes after impending free agent Le’Veon Bell.

Jets Interested in Hiring Adam Stenavich as New OL Coach

The Jets are interested in hiring 49ers assistant OL coach Adam Stenavich as their new offensive line coach according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

The 49ers previously gave him permission to interview for the Packers’ opening at OL coach. The Jets are looking to fill out their staff after hiring Adam Gase as head coach last week.

A standout tackle at Michigan, Stenavich bounced around the league for five years but never played an NFL snap. Prior to joining the Niners in 2017, the 35-year-old got his feet wet as an O line coach at Northern Arizona, San Diego State and Indiana State.

Jets to Hire Gregg Williams as New Defensive Coordinator

Adam Gase has a new defensive coordinator for his new team the Jets, and it’s someone who comes to the team with plenty of history and baggage.

The team is wrapping up a deal with Gregg Williams, who just wrapped up a season as interim coach of the Cleveland Browns, leading the Browns to an impressive end of the year in which they finished 7-8-1 after starting the year 2-6-1 under Hue Jackson.

The Jets are finalizing a deal to hire Williams, according to the report, as he was believed to be picking between the Jets and Redskins.

Williams would be a somewhat controversial hire, considering his role in the Bountygate scandal with the Saints. He’s an aggressive, in-your-face coach who is known for his attacking style of defense. He served as the Browns’ interim head coach this past season and went 5-3 after the team went 2-5-1 with Hue Jackson.

Jets to Chat with Former Broncos Coach Vance Joseph About DC Job

The Jets will need a defensive coordinator for the new staff of new head coach Adam Gase, and one name that will be coming to town to chat about the job is that of former Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph.

Joseph went 11-21 in two seasons as the Broncos head coach, 5-11 in his first season, and 6-10 this past season.

Jets Young QB Sam Darnold in Favor of the Hire of New HC Adam Gase

The Jets have a new head coach in former Dolphins top man Adam Gase, and the biggest question is if he and soon to be second-year QB Sam Darnold are going to be able to grow together.

The franchise really needed a coach that Darnold approved of, and Jeff Darlington says that the young QB was really in favor of the hiring of Gase.

After what happened in Miami, it’s probably a given that some players are a little afraid of dealing with Gase, but let’s hope that Darnold is right and a fresh start is all the coach needs.

USC Trojans OC Kliff Kingsbury to Interview with the Jets About Coaching Opening

The Jets are in the market for a new voice at the head coaching spot after firing Todd Bowles on Sunday after the conclusion of the season, and one new name that has popped up is former Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach and current USC Trojans offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports states that Kingsbury has scheduled interviews with the Jets as well as the Arizona Cardinals.

Kingsbury is one of the best offensive-minded personalities in the college ranks, and could revamp what was a more than bland Jets offense if he gets the position.

In Lubbock, Kingsbury was able to mentor some quarterback named Patrick Mahomes, who might end up as the league MVP for the Chiefs this season after throwing 50 touchdowns.

Kingsbury has also worked with the likes of Case Keenum, Davis Webb, and Baker Mayfield.

Don’t fall asleep on Kingsbury, as he could be the answer to what the Jets are looking for.

Jets Sit CB Trumaine Johnson Over Apparent “Disciplinary Matter”

The Jets have sat down cornerback Trumaine Johnson, as reports say that he was benched for practice Wednesday due to an apparent “disciplinary matter.”

Jets head coach Todd Bowles did not give details as to what took place to make the team site Johnson, other than that it was “an in-house matter that we’re dealing with.”

He would not comment if it was related to discipline, although he made it clear it wasn’t an excused absence. Johnson was likely also fined.

Johnson did talk to reporters about the matter, and did say that he thinks he’ll be on the field for practice on Thursday and will play in the team’s final game on Sunday.

“Me and the head man talked about it,” he said. “That’s between us.” He wouldn’t say anything further or if it was a disciplinary violation, “me and the head man talked about it. That’s between us.”