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Could Thomas Jones be back in a Jet uniform next season,  after all?

PFT’s Mike Florio, citing “a league source” reported earlier today that the Jets will attempt to re-sign Thomas Jones.   The 31-year-old Jones was officially released Friday after refusing to renegotiate his contract which included a $2.8 million roster bonus.

Which begs the obvious question: Why on earth would Jones agree to come back for less money after refusing to restructure his contract in the first place?

Perhaps the market for Jones is indeed not as strong as he anticipated?  We shall see.    It will certainly be interesting to see how this situation develops, with the free agent period officially kicking off just after midnight tonight.

Marshall Plan in works?

With the Broncos only giving star-studded receiver Brandon Marshall a first-round tender, Denver has sent a strong message to the rest of the league:  Come take this problem off our hands!

There aren’t many 6-foot-4, 230 pound receivers in their prime on the market, so it can be expected that Denver GM Brian Xanders will be fielding a number of calls regarding the troubled receiver in the coming days.   Could Mike Tannenbaum be one of those suitors?

If you recall, back in August, the Jets had expressed a strong interest in acquiring the 25-year old Marshall but rebuffed after Denver asked for LB David Harris in return.   Six months later, the Jets still find themselves in search of an elite vertical weapon to complement their powerful running game.

With the long-term future of Braylon Edwards up in the air and the asking price for Marshall (1st round pick) exponentially lower than what it was last August, look for the Jets to make another strong play for “The Beast”.   Getting Marshall, a receiver who is leaps and bounds above any of the receivers in this year’s draft pool, for a late-round first would be the ultimate highway robbery for Gang Green.

Could the Jets be a potential suitor for Brandon Marshall?

Marshall, who hauled in 101 balls for 1,120 yards and 10 TD last year, would give QB Mark Sanchez the big-time receiver he lacks.   With Marshall and Edwards on the outside, and Jerricho Cotchery at his more natural slot position, the Jets would suddenly have one of the most formidable aerial attacks in the NFL.

But would Marshall be on his best behavior in New York?  Could Rex Ryan handle the troubled receiver?   Ok, maybe we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves here….

Raven Reunion?

Jets LB Bart Scott appeared on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” earlier this week and revealed that his former Baltimore teammate, Patriots LB Adalius Thomas, is interested in reuniting with Rex Ryan in New York.

“It’s funny,” said Scott. “I was hanging with Adalius Thomas for Super Bowl week. We’re buddies from back in the day. He’s made it public that he’s interested in joining Rex. I think some of his better years of his career have been as part of the Ravens’ defense under Rex’s tutelage. It would be exciting.”

The 32-year-old Thomas is all but on his way out of New England, and is expected to be released this week.  Thomas would not be considered a free agent and could theoretically be picked up by New York.   But would the Jets want him?

Thomas has seen his production tail-off substantially the past three seasons, only posting 34 tackles in 2009.   He is clearly no longer the feared QB bounty hunter he was in Baltimore, but could possibly serve as a situational pass rusher and a possible mentor to Vernon Gholston.

The official tenders
Here are the Jets official restricted free agent tenders,  as reported by Rich Cimini of The Daily News:
WR Braylon Edwards – First and Third Round Level
RB Leon Washington and WR Brad Smith – Second Round Level
QB Kellen Clemens, S Eric Smith, OT Wayne Hunter – Third Round Level
CB Drew Coleman – Sixth Round Level
S James Ihedigbo – Undrafted, $1.101 million tender
WR Wallace Wright, LB Marques Murrell, and DT Howard Green were not tendered, meaning that the Jets will not receive any compensation if they are signed by another team.
Draft Prospect of the Week: Taylor Mays, Safety, USC
With the impending future of safety Kerry Rhodes in question, safety could become a position of need for the Jets this offseason.  The 6-foot-3, 230 pound Mays has the potential to be a star in the right NFL system.   Mays has the ultimate blend of size and speed, possessing the ability to run like the wind and hit like a Mack Truck.   It is unclear where exactly Mays will fall on draft day, with reports of his stock fluctuating between the top 10 and mid-to-late first round.   Chances are that the Jets would need to trade up for this athletic freak, but it would be a gamble worth taking.   Scouts say Mays could end-up playing  outside linebacker at the pro level, specializing as a speed-rusher, another area of need for this Jets squad.


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