The problem with Jets having NFL’s most free-agency money
With the moves the Browns made Friday, acquiring Jarvis Landry and Tyrod Taylor, the Jets moved past Cleveland to the top of the heap in salary-cap space. They have $89.9 million in space, according to overthecap.com, as free agency begins Monday with teams being permitted to talk to agents. Players cannot officially sign deals until Wednesday at 4 p.m.
I think our approach will be, obviously, to try to figure out every position and make it as competitive as possible, Maccagnan said at the Scouting Combine, and to a certain degree I think we’re going to try to do things that will help us not only in this coming season but obviously identify players that can help us next year and the year after that, so we continue to build a young group of players. We made a lot of very tough decisions last year sort of retooling the roster with the idea that after we got through last year we’d get to this season when we have a lot of cap space and cash to potentially work with. That’s what we’re excited about.
The Jets’ roster has plenty of holes to fill. On offense (besides quarterback), expect the Jets to be aggressive at running back, center and possibly wide receiver. On defense, they need to add another cornerback and possibly a pass rusher.
They also are trying to re-sign several of their own free agents, including Demario Davis, Morris Claiborne and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
League spokesman Michael Signora confirmed that players can be held out based on certain diagnoses but that he believed Hurst was still in town.
Jeff Foster, president of National Football Scouting, declined to confirm details of what happened because of privacy concerns. But he did tell The Associated Press that six to eight players have been withheld from drills this year for reasons players were not aware of before their arrival.
Foster said that number has stayed relatively consistent over the past 13 years.
Hurst had been rising steadily on mock draft boards.
The 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle had 59 tackles and 5.5 sacks last season. He also had 13 tackles for loss and has been considered one component of a deep class of defensive tackles in this year’s draft.
Hurst’s father played seven seasons with the New England Patriots as a cornerback.