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Woody Johnson pleads for Ryan Fitzpatrick to ‘come back to the Jets’ 03.22.16 at 8:52 am ET
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Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Jets apparently are not ready to move on from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Although contract talks have appeared to reach a stalemate, Jets owner Woody Johnson made a public pitch for Fitzpatrick to return to the team at the NFL owners meetings on Monday morning.

“Come back to the Jets,” Johnson said.

While his words may hold some weight with the quarterback, Johnson likely will need to put his money where his mouth is in order to retain Fitzpatrick. Reports have said the two sides are off by around $7 million per year. The 33-year-old Harvard product had the best season of his career last year with the Jets, finishing with 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns.

“I kind of hope [he returns],” Johnson said. “He did have such a good year. I like him a lot as a person; he’s very engaging. He’s the Harvard guy, and then he’s the normal guy.

Although neither side has seemed willing to give up any ground in contract discussions, Fitzpatrick has yet to find another suitor in free agency, which has given the Jets some leverage.

“The two sides have got to come up with an agreement that obviously both sides are happy with,” Johnson said. “That is what we’re working toward.”

Added Johnson: “He’s a priority. You have to fill out about 25 positions, 25 percent change. We’re focused on this and we’re also looking at the draft. There is time to pick up players, not only this period but pre-draft free agents.”

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Reports: Browns, Jets, Broncos among possible destinations for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick 03.11.16 at 12:15 pm ET
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Colin Kaepernick

Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of trade talks all week. While there are several potential suitors for the 28-year old, his destination remains unknown.

A report Friday morning indicated that Kaepernick wants to be traded to the Browns to play for new coach Hue Jackson. The team officially released troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel on Friday morning, and have reportedly been in talks with the 49ers on a possible deal. Sources say the Browns have been one of the most aggressive teams on the trade front for Kaepernick.

On Thursday, reports came out indicating that the Jets were interested in Kaepernick’s services and had been asking about a possible trade. New York reportedly has not shown any progress on a possible deal with free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

If the team does not give into Fitzpatrick’s contract desires, the remaining options at the quarterback positions would be limited to Geno Smith and youngster Bryce Petty. Needless to say, the Jets will be in the market for a new quarterback, whether it be through free agency, a trade or the NFL draft.

Another team that is considered a contender for Kaepernick is the Broncos. After Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler’s signing with the Texans, the team is forced to find a competent starter elsewhere. Despite the dire need at the position, the Broncos reportedly have been “slow-playing” their approach to acquiring Kaepernick thus far.

While a deal with one of these teams is likely, nothing is considered imminent at the moment.

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Report: 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick wants to play for Jets next season 02.03.16 at 11:23 am ET
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Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

After a dreadful season in 2015, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly wants out of San Francisco, and his preferred destination apparently is the Jets. This is according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, citing sources.

Kaepernick has experienced quite the fall from grace, as just a few years removed from leading his team to the Super Bowl he was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert midway through the 2015 season.

While he may want out of San Francisco, that is easier said than done. The 28-year-old has five years left on his $114 million deal he signed in 2014. The 49ers will need to decide if they want to trade Kaepernick, cut him or keep him right where he is. On April 1, his salary for the upcoming season ($11.9 million) will become guaranteed. That means if the team is going to make a move, it might need to do it relatively soon.

An additional and maybe more significant question is if the Jets actually are interested in Kaepernick. They are coming off their best season since 2010, and that was in large part due to the success of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. They also have 25-year-old Geno Smith, who has not had much success in the NFL, but Jets owner Woody Johnson recently was quoted as saying he has “the ability” if he sticks with it.

If the Jets do feel Kaepernick would be a beneficial addition to their team, trading for him likely would cost them more than signing him if he was cut by the 49ers. It remains to be seen what their level of interest is in Kaepernick, if any at all.

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Free agent QB Brian Hoyer reportedly fielding offers from Jets, Texans 03.09.15 at 12:47 pm ET
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Free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer is considering an offer to join the Jets in 2015, according to ESPN.com. He is expected to sign with the Texans, but New York apparently has entered the sweepstakes for the former Browns and Patriots signal-caller.

Current Jets QB Geno Smith has been prone to turnovers. Hoyer, who has a 20-6 career record, would challenge Smith for the starting job.

Hoyer beat out Johnny Manziel to become Cleveland’s starter in training camp last season, and finished the year with 3,326 yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions

The Jets, along with the Bills and Dolphins, have been adding pieces to their teams over the past few days in an effort to challenge the Patriots for the AFC East title. On Friday, it was reported that the Bears reached an agreement to send receiver Brandon Marshall to the Jets.

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Bills asking for fans’ help to shovel stadium 11.20.14 at 9:28 am ET
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Despite the amount of snow the area in and around Buffalo has seen in recent days, the Bills say they still plan on hosting the Jets Sunday at 1 p.m. But, in order to make this happen, they are asking for fans’ help.

The Bills say they need to remove 220,000 tons of snow to clear the Ralph Wilson Stadium for Sunday’s game. They are seeking at least 500 fans, working three different shifts, to shovel out the stadium. For the work, the Bills will pay fans $10 per hour and offer free game tickets.

“We don’t have a maximum number [of people to shovel],” Bills vice president of operations and guest experience Andy Major said. “We can’t have too many people helping.”

With the snow and driving bans in place, the Bills have been unable to get to the stadium to hold practice. It is possible the NFL could move the game to either Monday or Tuesday.

The Bills tweeted the following picture of the stadium on Wednesday:

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Jets’ Nick Mangold calls Steelers DB Mike Mitchell’s leap over offensive line ‘a dirty play’ 11.10.14 at 11:06 am ET
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The frustration of an eight-game losing streak boiled over at the end of the Jets’€™ win over the Steelers on Sunday.

As quarterback Mike Vick set up in the victory formation to take a knee, closing out the team’s second victory of the season, Steelers safety Mike Mitchell attempted to jump over the offensive line in attempt to get the ball.

As Mitchell jumped leaped toward Vick, Jets center Nick Mangold grabbed and body-slammed the safety to the ground. A small scrum ensued, but no penalties were called.

“I think it’s a dirty play, and that’s what it is,” Mangold said after the game. “Didn’t expect him to do that, but he did it. I didn’t think it was the smartest of plays, but we’re glad that he wasn’t able to get to Mike.”

The play only added to coach Rex Ryan‘€™s anger toward the officiating. As the clock winded down, Ryan was visibly angry and swore at the referees as he walked onto the field. The coach said the officiating crew didn’t do a good job of protecting Vick during the game.

In second quarter, no flags were thrown when Vick took a hit to his head as he went to the sideline. But Ryan was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the game because of his disagreements with the officials.

“I got a little upset,” Ryan said of his penalty. “In this league, they put a huge emphasis on protecting the quarterback and all players, as they should. I’m not so sure our quarterback was protected the same as the other quarterback today.”

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Patriots only AFC East team not scheduled to play in London in 2015 11.06.14 at 10:45 am ET
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The AFC East will have a heavy influence in the NFL’s International Series in London next season. The Patriots will be the only member of the AFC East not to travel over the Atlantic to London’s Wembley Stadium.

Here is the complete London schedule, released Thursday by the NFL:

Oct. 4, 2015: Dolphins host Jets
Oct. 25, 2015: Jaguars host Bills
Nov. 1, 2015: Chiefs host Lions

The Dolphins-Jets game will be the first ever divisional game held in London. The Patriots played in London against the Buccaneers in 2009, winning 35-7.

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Drew Bledsoe compares playing quarterback for the Jets to being sacrificial virgin 11.04.14 at 8:36 am ET
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Former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2006, but he did have some interesting things to say about playing quarterback for the Jets.

“Going to play quarterback for the Jets … it’€™s kind of like, you know when they used to take the pretty young virgin up to the edge of the volcano and then just throw them in?”€ Bledsoe said on ESPN Radio, via the N.Y. Daily News. “€œThat’€™s kind of what it is when you play quarterback for the Jets. It just feels bad.”

Bledsoe is happy for former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez who is now getting a chance to play with the Eagles after Nick Foles went down with a broken collarbone in Sunday’s game.

“Mark had to live with that for a long time,”€ Bledsoe added about Sanchez playing for the Jets. “€œAnd people threw him under the bus like he was the whole reason for the demise of the Jets. To see him be able to come on to the field in a good system, with good talent and perform well, I’€™m just really happy for him.”

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Video: Mike Francesa goes on epic Jets rant 10.28.14 at 8:44 am ET
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Long-time WFAN host Mike Francesa went on a rant for the ages on Monday following general manager John Idzik’s press conference after the Jets’ 1-7 start this season — which includes losing seven straight games.

“€œThe owner [Woody Johnson] has to be cringing,”€ Francesa said. “You can’€™t stonewall everybody that way. To go in there and waste 20 minutes of that time telling you how good everybody is when the team is a mortal embarrassment is a waste of time.”

During his press conference, Idzik used a “play like a Jet” phrase. Francesa doesn’t even know what that means.

“What does that mean?” he asked. “Commit a penalty, or fumble the ball, or drop the ball? Which one is that, play like a Jet? We know it’€™s not play well, because we’€™ve all been here all our lives.”

The Jets are coming off a loss to the Bills Sunday where Buffalo rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins posted 157 yards receiving and a touchdown.

“You know how long it takes a Jets receiver to get 157 yards?”€ Francesa yelled. “Three years.”

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Report: Jets QB Mark Sanchez likely to miss rest of season 09.12.13 at 12:22 pm ET
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After renowned sports physician Dr. James Andrews confirmed that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has a labrum tear in his right shoulder, sources close to both Sanchez and the Jets told ESPN that the 26-year-old quarterback is “likely to have surgery” and will miss the rest of the season.

However, Sanchez texted ESPN Wednesday night and called the report “reckless.”

“If I needed surgery right now, I never would have left Andrews’ office,” Sanchez wrote. “I would’ve stayed and got the surgery.”

While a labrum tear is not a career-ending injury, it does not simply heal on its own and requires surgery. Sanchez could decide to rehab his shoulder and attempt to play through the pain this year, but he would ultimately require surgery to fully repair the injury during the offseason.

According to ESPN’s sources, Sanchez is expected to make a decision regarding when to have surgery within the next few days.

Sanchez injured his shoulder on Aug. 24 during the Jets’ third preseason game against the Giants after being hit by defensive tackle Marvin Austin.

Jets coach Rex Ryan received flak in the days that followed Sanchez’s injury, as he rushed the quarterback in with 11 minutes remaining, with an inexperienced second-unit offensive line.

With Sanchez likely out for a significant amount of time, it seems like rookie Geno Smith will take on the role as Jets quarterback for the foreseeable future.

In the first start of his career last Sunday, Smith was solid, finishing the game 24-for-38 for 256 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Smith came up big for the Jets at the end of the game, leading his team on a fourth-quarter drive that set up a game-winning 48-yard field goal from Nick Folk to give New York a 18-17 win.

Smith will have a much tougher task on Thursday night, as he will face off against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

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