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New York Jets Bolster Offensive & Defensive Lines

New York Jets Bolster Offensive & Defensive Lines

NFL(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets signed offensive tackle Corey Hilliard and defensive end Stephen Bowen on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hillard was originally selected by the New England Patriots out of Oklahoma State in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft. The 29-year-old has spent the past six seasons with the Detroit Lions. He missed 15 games last year after suffering a season-ending foot injury in Week 1 against the New York Giants.

Bowen signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Hofstra in 2006. In 168 regular-season games with the Cowboys and Washington Redskins, the 30-year-old has recorded 168 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks.

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Tim Tebow Works Out for Eagles, but Team Doesn’t Plan to Sign Him

Tim Tebow Works Out for Eagles, but Team Doesn’t Plan to Sign Him

Jared Wickham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tebowmania experienced a sudden jolt on Monday as Tim Tebow surprised the NFL world by working out for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Despite the workout, ESPN is reporting the Eagles have no plans to sign the former Heisman Trophy winner.

Tebow last appeared in an NFL regular season game when he was with the New York Jets back in 2012. He did spend time with the New England Patriots in 2013, but was cut before the regular season started.

A true media magnet, Tebow was one of the greatest college football players of all time while he was with the Florida Gators.

He was a first-round pick by the Denver Broncos back in 2010, and even led the team to a division title in 2011. Despite his success, his erratic and unorthodox style never quite fit in the NFL, and he's been unable to gain many opportunities to continue his pro career at the quarterback position.

Tebow completed 47.9 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions during his pro career, while rushing for 989 yards and 12 scores.

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Revis Returns to the Jets

Revis Returns to the Jets

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After spending the last two seasons with the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, cornerback Darrelle Revis is returning to the New York Jets, according to ESPN.ESPN reports Revis receives a five-year, $70 million contract -- $39 million guaranteed. That makes him the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history.Revis, 29, helped the Patriots win their fourth Super Bowl of this century last season.

I want to thank the Pats and Pats Nation for an unbelievable year. NEW YORK I'm coming home. #revisisland #jetnation pic.twitter.com/KQE3Yc1orz

— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) March 11, 2015

The Patriots could have picked up a $20 million option on the four-time All-Pro for the 2015 season but declined. Revis then became a free agent at 4 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday before agreeing to join the Jets.During Revis' six seasons with the Jets, he made four Pro Bowls. The phrase "Revis Island" was also created referring to his ability to shut down an opposing teams' best receiver. In 2013, Revis was traded by the Jets to Tampa Bay for first and fourth-round picks. Revis then signed a six-year, $96 million contract with the Bucs. He stayed in Tampa for only one season before joining the Patriots. Revis played in all 19 games for the Pats last season, recording 53 tackles, 18 passes defended, three interceptions, and one forced fumble.

 

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Patriots Decline $20 Million Option on Revis

Patriots Decline $20 Million Option on Revis

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(FOXBORO, Ma. ) -- Darrelle Revis is free to sell his services to the highest bidder once again.

The New England Patriots declined a $20 million dollar contract option on the All-Pro cornerback Monday, allowing Revis to enter free agency.

Revis's original team, the New York Jets are believed to be very interested in reuniting with their 2009 first round pick.  The Jets traded him in 2013 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a first-round and what would eventually be a fifth-round selection. The Jets selected defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the first-rounder in 2013.

The Patriots continue to actively negotiate with Revis after recently re-signing defensive back Devin McCourty to a five-year, $47.5 million contract. 

New England filed tampering charges against New York in January after Jets' owner Woody Johnson stated he would "love for Darrelle to come back."

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Chris Johnson in Stable Condition After Shooting

Chris Johnson in Stable Condition After Shooting

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former New York Jets and Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is in stable condition after being shot in the shoulder during a drive-by that occurred at 4 a.m. Sunday in Orlando, Florida, according to police.

According to a police report, deputies arrived at the scene to find a Jeep with one deceased man and two others with gunshot wounds on the sidewalk. The victims said an unknown vehicle pulled up beside them at a red light and opened fire.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and everyone impacted by this tragic event," the Jets said in a statement.

Chris Johnson is set to become a free agent Tuesday. After one season with the Jets, the team declined to exercise an option for 2015, setting him free.  Johnson will look for work elsewhere next season.

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Jets Re-Up MLB David Harris To Three-Year Deal

Jets Re-Up MLB David Harris To Three-Year Deal

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets are bringing back David Harris to lead their defense for a few more seasons.  

The 31-year-old linebacker known as "Hitman," signed a three-year contract worth $21.5 million, $15 million of it guaranteed in the first two seasons.   

"After hearing the plans and vision of Coach Bowles and Mike Maccagnan, there was no doubt I wanted to return, help win a Super Bowl with the Green & White, and retire a Jet," Harris said. 

The Buffalo Bills, now led by former Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Miami Dolphins who added former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum to their front office were expected to aggressively pursue Harris once free agency began.

Harris was selected by the Jets in the second round out of Michigan in 2006. He has played in all but five games since 2007.  

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LaRon Landry Suspended 10 Games For PED Use

LaRon Landry Suspended 10 Games For PED Use

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free agent safety LaRon Landry will be unavailable to any team for the first ten weeks of the 2015 NFL season.

The NFL suspended the former Indianapolis Colts defensive back for ten games after a second positive test for performance enhancing drugs. 

Last season, Landry missed four games for the Colts season as a result of his first positive drug test. His impact was mixed as he registered just 46 tackles on the season, creating no turnovers and according to Pro Football Focus, graded out marginally well in coverage.

Landry was released last month by the Colts after signing a four-year deal worth $24 million in 2013.

Landry has never admitted to PED use, but he famously tweeted out this picture after a workout:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jets Decline Option On Chris Johnson

Jets Decline Option On Chris Johnson

Leon Halip/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets will part ways with running back Chris Johnson after one underwhelming season.

The team declined a second year option worth $500,000. A decision was required on Monday.

Last season Johnson was signed by former general manager John Idzik to a two-year, $8 million deal in the expectation that he would create an aggressive running attack. The running back formerly known as "CJ2K" ran for a career low 663 yards on 155 carries. 

Johnson had hoped to revive his career with New York after being released by the Titans after the 2013 season.  Initially he was to provide a speed compliment to Chris Ivory, but by the end of season he saw his carries eclipsed by the Ivory and Bilal Powell.

Johnson, 30 was one of seven running backs in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season. In 2009 he ran for 2,006 yards.  

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Jets Introduce Todd Bowles

Jets Introduce Todd Bowles

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Todd Bowles era in New York has begun.

Bowles was introduced on Wednesday by the Jets, and he understands that in the end it comes down to winning.

"We're going to be a tough team, intelligent team, do things the right way," Bowles said.  "Going forward we're going to everything we can to use all our resources, we're going to try and build a championship team here and that's my only job."

Bowles comes over from the Arizona Cardinals, where he served as defensive coordinator for the past two seasons. Previously, he served in the same position with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012 and was the assistant head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008-2011. Bowles was also the interim head coach of the Dolphins for the final three games of the 2011 season.

"I'm just going to be myself," Bowles said when asked of how he'll handle the New York media.  "I'll deal with the media as they talk to me I'll talk to them."

"I'm open, honest, upfront," Bowles continued.  "I grew up here, I understand the media."

Bowles, 51, is New Jersey native who grew up in Elizabeth and attended Temple University. He played 8 seasons in the NFL: seven with the Washington Redskins (1986-1990, 1992-93) and one with the San Francisco 49ers (1991).

Bowles understands that there will have to be a culture change in the locker room coming off the Rex Ryan era.

"We have to get to some of the players and we got to teach them our culture," Bowles said.  "Not that the other culture was bad, but it didn't win.  Our culture is going to try and instill different things in them from a winning organization."

Bowles said he'd also evaluate all the players on the staff, including quarterback Geno Smith, once all the coaches are in place.

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New York Jets Hire Chan Gailey to Run Offense

New York Jets Hire Chan Gailey to Run Offense

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(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets are overhauling their team. Tuesday, the Jets have officially hired Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator.

Gailey, 63, most recently served as head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2010 through 2012.  The offensive-minded coach formerly led the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Dallas Cowboys.  He was also the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. 

"He understands football and is a very good communicator and teacher with players," said former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher to NewYorkJets.com. "He understands the strengths of players and puts players in positions where they will succeed."

Gailey joins newly hired head coach Todd Bowles as the Jets try to rebound from a 4-12 season.  Bowles took the head position after serving as the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator for the past two seasons.

"Chan has been a head coach as well and the other thing I think he gives Todd is a voice of reason." Cowher said. "A guy that Todd can go to about the numerous amount of elements of being a head coach that are going to be new to Todd."

Former players have great respect for Gailey, both as a coach and a professional. Bills running back C.J. Spiller, an impending free agent, told the New York Daily News he believed it would be a "perfect match" to re-join Gailey and that "he’s going to treat you like you’re a grown man. He’s going to give you respect."

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Report: Patriots File Tampering Charges Against Jets

Report: Patriots File Tampering Charges Against Jets

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(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots have filed tampering charges against the New York Jets over comments made by team owner Woody Johnson during an end-of-season press conference.

The NFL office is looking into whether Johnson committed a violation for comments he made regarding cornerback Darrelle Revis.

During a December 29th press conference, when Johnson announced the firing of Rex Ryan and John Idzik, a reporter responding to Johnson's acknowledgement that the team should have spent more money last season asked, "how much of it was your decision [to not re-sign Revis], when he made it clear he wanted to come back?"

"Darrelle is a great player and if I thought I could have gotten him for that, I probably would have taken him," Johnson responded. "It was our best judgment to do what we did, but I'd love for Darrelle to come back."

Johnson realizing he made a mistake in his comments issued a statement the next day saying he, "misspoke" and called Patriots owner Robert Kraft to "emphasize those points."

If found in violation of the league's anti-tampering rules, Johnson could face a fine or the team could forfeit a draft pick.

Revis is due $20 million next year as a contract option with the Patriots.  If they decline the option, he will become a free agent. 

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Jets Tap MacCagnan as General Manager

Jets Tap MacCagnan as General Manager

New York Jets(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets have found a "football guy" to lead their team. Gang Green tapped Mike Maccagnan, former Houston Texans director of college scouting, to be their new general manager, the team announced Tuesday.

Owner Woody Johnson relied on the help of former NFL executives Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf to aid in his search for new leadership of the franchise.  

“I want to thank Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf for their contributions during this search. Their experience, guidance and expertise have been invaluable. We are proud to welcome Mike to the organization and I am confident that he will help us build a winning team,” Johnson said.

While general manager of the Redskins, Casserly discovered MacCagnan and gave him his first chance in the NFL with Washington in 1999. When Casserly moved on as general manager of the Houston Texans in 2000, he brought MacCagnan along as a pro scout. 

MacCagnan replaces former general manager John Idzik, who was fired along with head coach Rex Ryan on December 29.

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Report: Jets Will Name Todd Bowles Head Coach

Report: Jets Will Name Todd Bowles Head Coach

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The Jets have found their replacement for Rex Ryan: Todd Bowles. 

ESPN's Josina Anderson was informed by Bowles via text message that he will take the head coaching position with New York. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal is for four years.

Bowles comes over from the Arizona Cardinals where he served as defensive coordinator for the past two seasons. Previously, he served in the same position with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012 and was the assistant head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008-2011. Bowles was also the interim head coach of the Dolphins for the final three games of the 2011 season.

This season, the Cardinals finished 11-5, carried largely by their defense, especially after starting quarterback Carson Palmer was injured in week 10.  Arizona finished 5th in points allowed (18.7 ppg).

Bowles, 51, is New Jersey native who grew up in Elizabeth and attended Temple University. He played 8 seasons in the NFL: seven with the Washington Redskins (1986-1990, 1992-93) and one with the San Francisco 49ers (1991).

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RB Chris Johnson Arrested For Carrying Unconsealed Handgun

RB Chris Johnson Arrested For Carrying Unconsealed Handgun

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(ORLANDO, Fl. ) -- New York Jets running back Chris Johnson was arrested Friday after a police officer discovered a handgun in his car.

The officer pulled Johnson's car over after he passed through a traffic stop.  Upon approaching the car, the handgun was discovered between the seats.

Johnson was charged with the open carry of a firearm -- a second degree misdemeanor. According to ProFootballTalk.com, Johnson does have a license to carry the gun in the state of Florida.

In 2014, Johnson rushed for 663 yards on 155 carries and one touchdown.

If the Jets were to cut Johnson this offseason, they could save $3.75 million.

 

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Jets Fire Head Coach Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik

Jets Fire Head Coach Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The Rex Ryan era is over in New York. The team informed Ryan that he will not be brought back as their head coach in 2015, along with general manager John Idzik.

"Both Rex and John made significant contributions to the team, and they have my appreciation and gratitude for their efforts and commitment. Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great postseason runs, which all of us will remember," team owner Woody Johnson said in a statement.

Ryan took over the team prior to the 2009 season and experienced immediate success. He made the AFC Championship Game in his first two seasons with Mark Sanchez starting at quarterback.

The Jets and Ryan struggled to keep up in the AFC. The team never won more than eight games in a single season after 2010.

Overall, Ryan went 46-50 as the team's head coach in the regular season, but 4-2 in the postseason.

Idzik came under fire for his poor drafting and personnel decisions since being hired in 2013.

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Report: Rex Ryan Preparing To Be Fired

Report: Rex Ryan Preparing To Be Fired

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- Rex Ryan is cleaning out his office after the reported hiring of Charley Casserly as a consultant to the New York Jets.

According to NJ.com, Ryan is preparing to be fired on Monday after the Jets play their season finale against the Miami Dolphins. 

Additionally it is being reported that Casserly has begun contacting prospective head coaching candidates as well as several General Manager candidates to replace John Idzik.

Ryan is 45-50 in his six seasons with the Jets and also has four playoff victories in his tenure.  

The fault of the Ryan/ Idzik marriage can be placed squarely on owner Woody Johnson.  After firing General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, Johnson insisted that the next GM inherit Ryan. Johnson hired a search firm and chose Idzik to be the man in charge.  After two seasons in which Idzik continually failed to find impact players, the Jets appear to be starting back at square one; a familiar spot under Johnson's ownership.

Since purchasing the team Johnson will have cycled through four head coaches and three general managers.

 

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QB Geno Smith Thinks Jets Could Benefit from Coaching Change

QB Geno Smith Thinks Jets Could Benefit from Coaching Change

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rex Ryan's tenure as the head coach of the New York Jets could be in its final week, and quarterback Geno Smith doesn't necessarily think that would be the worst thing for the franchise.

"To reset and re-adjust is a tough thing to do, but we're professionals and we have to do it," Smith said. "A change could be good for us all, so if it happens -- when it happens -- then we'll see."

In 13 games this season, Smith has thrown for 2,167 yards with 10 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Ryan made the AFC Championship game his first two seasons with the team, but the Jets have gone 25-38 since. At 3-12, the Jets will miss the postseason for the third-straight season.

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ESPN: Jets Prepared To Hire Charley Casserly as Consultant

ESPN: Jets Prepared To Hire Charley Casserly as Consultant

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- In the eyes of some, the 2014 New York Jets season is coming to a merciful end next week.

Black Monday, however, may be a merciless day at One Jets Drive, as owner Woody Johnson may clean house of the football operations department -- notably Head Coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idzik.

 According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jets will hire Charley Casserly to be a, "consultant in the event [Woody Johnson] decides to make major changes."

"I know one thing for sure: Woody is going to do what he thinks is going to help this organization win. Whether it's Charley Casserly or whoever, that's what he'll do," Ryan said when asked about the potential hiring of Casserly.

Casserly, 66, was formerly the general manager of the Washington Redskins.  He oversaw the drafting of notable players including Brian Mitchell, Stephen Davis, Champ Bailey, Mark Schlereth, and Frank Wycheck.

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Dolphins Rally to Beat Jets, 16-13

Dolphins Rally to Beat Jets, 16-13

Marc Serota/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Jets held a 13-6 lead going into the fourth quarter and looked to be in complete control over Miami. However, the Dolphins rallied for 10 points in the final frame, beating the Jets 16-13 on Monday night. 

Caleb Sturgis' third field goal of the night, a 26-yarder, was the go-ahead score for the Dolphins (7-5) while the game was sealed when Geno Smith threw an interception with less than a minute to play.

It was the second straight loss for the Jets (2-10) who dominated in the first half and put on an impressive running display, racking up 277 yards on the ground.

"We had to draw a line in the dirt. No more," Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake said after his team gave up 210 rushing yards in the first half. "We came out in the second half scheme-wise the same, but guys played the way they're supposed to play."

New York ran just 13 pass plays, with Smith completing seven, while running the ball 49 times as part of a concerted effort to control the game. It was a game plan that worked until Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins marched down the field in the fourth. A holding penalty helped Miami extend the drive and Lamar Miller rushed in from 4-yards out to tie the game. 

That was one of many mistakes the Jets made, including a pair of missed field goals from Nick Folk. New York had a chance to take the lead back after Miami tied it up, entering field goal range before a sack of Smith forced them to punt. 

With the win, Miami remains in a wild card spot with four games left to play.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: San Antonio Spurs 109 (13-4) – Philadelphia 76ers 103 (0-17)

Washington Wizards 107 (11-5) – Miami Heat 86 (9-8)

NHL:  Tampa Bay Lightning 6 (17-6-2; 36pts) – New York Rangers 3 (11-9-4; 26pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (7-15-2; 16pts) – Florida Panthers 1 (9-7-6; 24pts) 

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