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Report: FA LB Anthony Barr Backing Out of Agreed Upon Deal with the Jets

Jets fans were giddy over the team landing not one but two big name free agent linebackers to start free agency, as the team reportedly agreed to terms to sign both Anthony Barr and C.J. Mosley.

Now though it appears that one of those two LB’s are having second thoughts, that being Barr who according to Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider for SNY is backing out of his reported deal with the Jets.

It was thought that the Jets were going to pay Jets Barr somewhere in the range of $13 million to $14 million per year, but the Vikings may have upped their offer and now it sounds like Barr is having second thoughts.

It remains to be seen if the Vikings have done enough to keep Barr, but the fact that he’s even having thoughts of backing out of his reported deal with the Jets is not a good sign for the Jets and their fans.

Jets to Ink Baltimore Ravens Free Agent LB C.J. Mosley to a Massive Deal

The New York Jets had a busy first day chatting with players that are going to be free agents on Wednesday, and continue to rebuild their linebacker core in a big way.

Late Monday the team agreed to ink Vikings free agent Anthony Barr to a deal, and early Tuesday morning the team added another big name linebacker, agreeing to terms with Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley.

The Jets are backing up the Brinks truck for Mosley, giving him a massive five-year, $85 million deal with $51 million guaranteed.

The deal will pay him an annual average value of $17 million per year, the most money committed to an inside linebacker in the NFL.

Mosley is a very good player that will upgrade the Jets LB core. He spent his first five seasons with the Ravens and made four Pro Bowls.

The linebacker was second-team All Pro four times, and he put up 100 tackles in every season except 2016, when he missed two games.

He has nine interceptions and five fumble recoveries in his career.

Jets to Upgrade LB Spot, to Ink Vikings FA LB Anthony Barr

The Jets are set to upgrade the linebacker spot in a hurry in free agency, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team is set to ink Vikings free agent LB Anthony Barr.

Barr has spent the last five years with the Vikings, starting 71 games, appearing in four Pro Bowls and being one of the best defensive players to play in Minnesota.

The Jets are expected to be very active in free agency in 2019, and this is a big start for new coach Adam Gase and the teams’ defense.

Report: Jets to Upgrade the LB Spot, May Move on From 2016 First-Round Pick Darron Lee

The New York Jets are looking to upgrade the linebacker spot, and the NY Daily News is reporting that the team is likely going to move on from 2016 first-round draft choice Darron Lee.

Lee was drafted out of Ohio State with the 20th overall pick back in 2016 NFL’s Draft, but in the two seasons in the Big Apple he’s not had the impact the team was hoping for.

Last season he appeared in 12 games, intercepting three passes including taking one back for a touchdown in the Jets season opening win against the Detroit Lions.

He ended the season with 74 tackles, 43 of which were solo. He was suspended on December 7th of last season due to a PED violation.

In he started 15 games at linebacker for the Jets, recording 94 tackles with three sacks and two forced fumbles.

Lee is set in 2019 to enter the final year of his rookie deal, which is set to pay him $1.8 million. The Jets have to decide within the next two months if they are going to pick up his fifth-year option, which would be worth up to about $10 million next season, a salary the Jets clearly won’t be picking up.

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 DraftAnalyst.com.

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.