The New York Jets have put the franchise tag on kicker Nick Folk, which will ensure the player known as “Folk Hero” will be paid among the top five kickers in the league. And now the Jets are showing him the money. But they need to show him more.
According to a report, general manager John Idzik is interested in free-agent-to-be Josh McCown, who was excellent for the Bears after Jay Cutler went down with an injury.
With only Jeremy Kerley standing tall in Geno Smith’s arsenal, the Jets could use a stud pass-catcher. And if there is any year to find one in the high rounds, this would be the year.
Idzik, hired by the Jets in January 2013, spent six seasons in the Seahawks’ front office and helped build the team into a Super Bowl-caliber squad.
Both coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik have said that while Geno Smith improved greatly, they will wait until they see who’s on the roster in a few months before considering their starters at any position.
Don’t expect Mark Sanchez to go the way of Tim Tebow. The quarterback apparently won’t have much trouble finding a job if he’s cut by the Jets this offseason.
Rex Ryan went from the hot seat to some job security. Well, at least through the next two seasons. “I’m glad to be a Jet. I’m happy to be a Jet. That’s never changed,” the coach said Thursday.
As far as Antonio Cromartie is concerned, Jets general manager John Idzik should not be putting too much effort into looking for a quarterback this offseason. That’s because Cromartie sees Geno Smith as the present and future of the franchise.
Now we know why the Jets hired John Idzik as GM a year ago. He’s a get-along guy. He wants to get along with owner Woody Johnson, and he wants to have a comfortable working relationship with Rex Ryan.
“We will always look to improve every position in any manner we can and that doesn’t change going into 2014,” John Idzik said. “We’ll look at quarterbacks. Yes, we’ll look at quarterbacks.”
Wednesday is as good a day as any to lay out five real truths concerning our two football teams. No phony resolutions, but real things that have happened or need to be done in order to avoid a repeat of a sad, unproductive 2013.
Ryan is “comfortable” with his current contract, although the New York Jets’ coach and general manager John Idzik would not address questions about whether an extension is in the works.
Rex Ryan may get an extension from the New York Jets. But it won’t be of the long-term variety, according to Ian Rapoport and Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network.
For all the hoopla that’s followed Rex Ryan around, a lot has not been made of John Idzik and the serious task facing this largely unknown general manager going forward.
The postgame cheer from inside the Jets’ locker room could be heard in the stadium hallways. The reason for the roar: New York was keeping its coach.