-Over $1 million per season and a starting job. With Darling now in Arizona, it's a virtual lock the Jets will use one of their likely two first round picks on a linebacker. Also, expect the team to add a reasonably priced veteran free agent linebacker. Buffalo's Keith Newman is a possibility. Ted Cottrell coached him for two years with the Bills . . .
The Jets are in no rush to sign kickers to replace punter Matt Turk and placekicker John Hall.
"By the time we go to Tokyo (in the preseason), we will have kickers on the plane," said Jets GM Terry Bradway . . .
Before matching the offer sheet, the Jets met with Chad Morton and assured him he would have a bigger role with the team. Aside from the money, a big reason Morton signed the offer sheet with the Redskins is because they offered him a chance to play on offense. Morton was frustrated during his first two seasons with the Jets that he was such a small part of the offensive attack.
"We are going to try and give him a package on third down," said Herman Edwards. "We would like to get the ball in his hands a little more. It's something we talked about and we want to get it done."
With his great open field ability, Morton could be quite a weapon on third down as a receiver out of the backfield. During his rookie season in New Orleans, he had 13 catches in a playoff game.
While Morton did receive a $2.5 million bonus as part of his new contract, the Jets front office feels the contract has a very reasonable yearly average and won't hurt their cap situation . . .
There has been a lot of talk about the Jets interest in Seahawks free agent wideout Darrell Jackson, but the media might be driving this story more than the Jets. Remember Jackson is a restricted free agent and if the Jets sign him they would have to ship a number one pick to Seattle. They could sign Tennessee's Andre Dyson and not have to give up any compensation. Also, keep in mind Seahawks owner Paul Allen is the richest in the NFL. He was Bill Gates partner with Microsoft. He would likely match any offer for Jackson. Since Jackson doesn't have great size or speed, he's not likely to get a bonanza offer that Allen wouldn't match.
This Jackson story seems to be driven more by his agent through the media, then by the Jets. When asked about his interest in Jackson, Bradway said, "It's not necessarily the way we are gong to go."
When asked about former Charger Curtis Conway, Bradway said, "Not at this point."
A good fit for the Jets would be former Bear Marcus Robinson. If he's healthy, he's a the type of big, fast and affordable receiver who would be a good match for the green and white . . .
While the Jets aren't likely to match the Laveranues Coles offer sheet, they intend on taking the whole week to decide. They have until next Wednesday.
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