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The New York Jets reportedly are on the verge of releasing four notable players.

By Tim Graham

New York Daily News beat writer Manish Mehta writes the Jets will cut right tackle Damien Woody, outside linebacker Jason Taylor, nose tackle Kris Jenkins, and defensive end Vernon Gholston.

Woody confirmed his move with a tweet, thanking the Jets and their fans.

The moves will help New York navigate the salary cap once a new collective bargaining agreement is in place. Contracts will expire for 17 Jets this week. Among that group the Jets want to re-sign are receivers Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith, and cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Each player the Jets are about to cut was significant in his own way. Three of them combined for 11 Pro Bowls and five first-team All-Pro selections. The other will go down as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.

Woody started for one of the NFL's best offensive lines, but he also missed the final three regular-season games to rest his right knee and the final two playoff games because of an Achilles injury that required surgery.

Taylor was a strong veteran presence. The six-time Pro Bowler, 2006 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year and 2007 Walter Payton Man of the Year recorded five sacks, two forced fumbles and two recoveries.

Jenkins played only one game. A left knee injury ended his 2009 campaign after six games. He returned only to suffer a repeat injury six plays into the season opener.

Gholston was the sixth overall pick of the 2008 draft. He was supposed to be a monstrous pass-rusher and entered the league with a contract that included $21 million in guarantees.

But Gholston didn't record a single sack in his three seasons. He started only five games as a Jet, and occasionally was a healthy scratch.

General Discussion / Fiend Posts yeah he does
« on: February 26, 2011, 06:30:24 pm »

The SS Dolphin locks on to some incoming Jets

General Discussion / Rex Ryan Is Talking…Again
« on: February 25, 2011, 11:21:54 pm »
Rex Ryan Is Talking…Again

AUTHOR: Mike Rosenbloom |

Seems you can’t go longer than a few days without the New York Jets opinionated coach saying or doing something to stir the pot.  At least this time, he isn’t dressing up.

Jets coach Rex Ryan, speaking to reporters at the NFL Combine on Thursday personally guaranteed a Jets Super Bowl victory in 2012.

    “I believe this is the year we’re going to do it. I believe this is the year we’re going to win the Super Bowl. The fact is, I thought we’d win it the first two years. I guarantee we’ll win it this year.”

This isn’t the first (…or second, …or third) time Ryan has made headlines. As well as provoking his own players to speak their minds whenever they please, Ryan (more specifically, Ryan’s wife) was also the subject of a foot fetish video that hit the web in the December, prompting Wes Welker to have a little fun at Ryan’s expense.

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I’m getting a little tired of this Rex Ryan circus. What is the point of guaranteeing this? If they don’t win it, so what? Ryan makes another outlandish guarantee next year and I write another article criticizing him. If they win, Rex all of the sudden looks like a prophet and I end up with a big foot in my mouth (no pun intended). Just support your team, stand on the sidelines, and let them play the game. Not only does this put pressure on Ryan, it also put an enormous amount of pressure on young quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Look, regardless of what their 11-5 record indicates, the Jets only beat two legitmate teams during the 2010 regular season. (The Patriots, once, and the Steelers) Those other 9 wins? Against the Dolphins (sorry), Bills (twice), Vikings, Broncos, Lions, Browns, Texans, and Bengals.  I won’t even get into some of the questionable calls that got the Jets some of those W’s.

Yes, they made the AFC Championship back-to-back years. With an rapidly aging LaDainian Tomlinson, and the (possible) free agency of both Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, plus dangerous return man Brad Smith, I don’t see the Jets getting to the Divisional Round again, let alone the Super Bowl.

Miami Dolphins: Franchise Tag Placed on Nose Tackle Paul Soliai

By Jason Clary

Miami has just made a great move by putting the franchise tag on nose tackle Paul Soliai.

Soliai had his best season for Miami during 2010, which was a contract year for the 355 pound defender.

This move comes after Soliai and the Dolphins were reportedly far apart on contract negotiations. It was rumored he would test free agency before accepting a deal to play again for Miami in 2011.

This gives Miami one less area to stress over during the offseason. It also allows Miami to keep a player that helped their defense improve immensely from 2009 to 2010.

At this point in time last year, Randy Starks was expected to make a move to nose tackle after Soliai had struggled to produce during his first three years in the league.

If Miami can re-sign Tony McDaniel, they will field a very deep group at defensive line next season. Also, Philip Merling and Jared Odrick should be regular contributors after injuries shortened their 2010 season.

The franchise tag placed on Soliai is a one-year contract worth $12.38 million. Although this yearly salary is more than Miami would have liked to pay, the move was made because Miami didn't want to part ways with an integral part of their defense.

While Soliai's numbers don't seem impressive, his main job is to plug up the middle, which he did extremely well in 2010.

This one-year contract also gives Miami one more year before they have to make a multi-year investment in him.

General Discussion / Dolphins GM: Chad Henne Our Quarterback 'Right Now'
« on: February 24, 2011, 07:15:33 pm »
Dolphins GM: Chad Henne Our Quarterback 'Right Now'
By Andy Kent  AOL/NFL Writer

<b>INDIANAPOLIS</b> -- Chad Henne is still the Dolphins quarterback, Miami GM Jeff Ireland said at the NFL Combine Thursday. That is, at least, until a better option comes along.

"Right now, our starter is Chad Henne," Ireland told the media during a press conference, then cited the lack of depth behind Henne on the roster.

Ireland also reiterated he will approach the quarterback position the same way he approaches every position -- namely, that he is always looking to upgrade his roster.

He later revealed that no talks have taken place between the Dolphins and recently released ex-Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey, who has expressed interest in coming to Miami, though Ireland repeated his mantra of "turning over every acorn." According to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Shockey worked out for the Dolphins and passed a physical, but the Dolphins did not confirm that

As always, Ireland kept it close to the vest when he was asked about specific players like Cam Newton, because Ireland has proven to own the ultimate poker face in the past. The one thing Miami's general manager had no qualms about discussing was the priority he is placing on speed.

"Speed, in general on both sides of the football, is very important to me," Ireland said. "I think we have to get better at team speed overall, so that's something we're going to be looking for."

He pointed out that speed is a needed asset at tight end to compliment pass-catcher Anthony Fasano -- Ireland also expressed a desire to upgrade in that area at wide receiver and running back.

Overall, Ireland is impressed with the 2011 draft class, specifically the defensive line group. He believes there are plenty of starting caliber players available.

Once he left the podium, Ireland stepped out into the lobby and discussed where the team stands with defensive tackle Paul Soliai. Ireland said both sides are still talking – then a few hours later, there were multiple reports from ESPN and the NFL Network that Miami had placed the franchise tag on Soliai. If true, Soliai will be paid $12.5 million in 2011.

Miami finished 2010 as one of the NFL's top defenses, so keeping Soliai and others around is important for Ireland.

"I am certainly never satisfied," Ireland said. "I think there are some really good players in that role and I think there are some guys in there that have really come out of their shell a little bit, grown up, matured and become playmakers for us. So not that I'm totally satisfied, but I think that is the strength of our football team."

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