The New York Jets trimmed some fat on the roster on Wednesday afternoon. Plus, the front office spoke to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine. Here are the highlights.
Let’s start off with the double-decker bombshell we received on Wednesday.
The first shocker was when Matt Forte announced his retirement from Pro Football on social media:
— Matt Forte (@MattForte22) February 28, 2018
Shortly after that, we learned that the New York Jets would be parting ways with Muhammad Wilkerson.
We have released DL Muhammad Wilkerson. pic.twitter.com/NhLfoREpLK
— New York Jets (@nyjets) February 28, 2018
These two moves saved the Jets around $14 million in cap space. Now the Jets will enter free agency March 14 (barring signing any in-house free agents) with approximately $92 million in their pockets.
Speaking of money, it appears the New York Jets will not be putting all their eggs in the Kirk Cousins basket. Head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan spoke to the media at the annual NFL Scouting Combine and had some interesting things to say.
Todd Bowles tells reporters #Jets have multiple plans at QB.
— Eric Allen (@eallenjets) February 28, 2018
If the Jets have plans A, B, C, and D ready, you can imagine that this nugget from NFL Insider Rich Cimini holds significant merit:
“The Jets are scheduled to meet with QBs Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield at the combine,” Cimini stated on ESPN.com.
It’s always good to have options and that’s what the Jets have this offseason. They have premium draft picks and a ton of cap room. The Jets should have multiple plans ready so they can be prepared for the unexpected. I always say prepare for the best and expect the worst.
Every week, I speak with Jets Insider Joe Caporoso of Turn on the Jets and this time he gave his reaction to Forte’s retirement, Wilkerson’s release, and the top three players Jets should trade up for if they miss on “Captain” Kirk Cousins:
.@JCaporoso of https://t.co/PXLJUDpShH talked with @BoyGreen25 on "Drive Time Sports" about everything #Jets including the release of Muhammad Wilkerson, Matt Forte's retirement and more right here on @TheScore1260!https://t.co/5H6q0uZAtR
— The Score 1260 (@TheScore1260) February 28, 2018
Other Jets News, Stories:
- ESNY’s Robby Sabo and Paul Esden Jr. unveiled a new series that puts together the perfect Jets team after free agency and the NFL Draft. On Sunday, they started with the quarterbacks.
- Why the Jets passed on Marcus Peters (Boy Green of ESNY).
- Robby Sabo predicts the Jets free agent and draft targets in his latest column for ESNY.