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2018 Schedule
4-12, 4th in AFC East
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2dJeremy Willis

The best cheesy Valentines from around the NFL

Nothing says "I love you" like an exquisite pun from your significant other's favorite NFL team. Here are some of the best from around the league, including from the league's leading Casanova, the Atlanta Falcons.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets legend Joe Namath is stepping up for a former teammate. Broadway Joe will be in Atlanta on Saturday to represent Emerson Boozer, who will be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame, the BCFHOF announced Tuesday. Boozer, 75, who lives on Long Island, can't make it because of a medical issue. Boozer played at Maryland Eastern Shore and shared a backfield with Namath on the Super Bowl III champion Jets. Boozer is one of seven inductees. Former Jets DE Hugh Douglas (Central State) also will be inducted.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills on Tuesday signed free-agent OL Spencer Long to a three-year contract, the team announced. Long, 28, was released by the Jets last week after signing a four-year, $27.4 million deal last offseason. He was a third-round pick of the Redskins in 2014 who has started 44 games in his career. Buffalo's problematic offensive line is looking for help this offseason, especially on the interior. Long could compete for a job at either guard spot or center.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets' top 10 cap charges for 2019 (in millions): 1. Leonard Williams $14.2, 2. Trumaine Johnson $12.0, 3. Kelvin Beachum $9.5, 4. Avery Williamson $8.0, 5. Sam Darnold $6.9, 6. Brian Winters $6.5, 7. Jamal Adams $6.1, 8. Isaiah Crowell $5.0, 9. Mike Pennel $3.3, 10. Darron Lee $3.2. Analysis: This list does not inspire hope for a turnaround. Darnold and Adams are the only players guaranteed to be on the team beyond 2019.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Three Jets drafted in 2016 — LB Jordan Jenkins, RT Brandon Shell and CB Rashard Robinson (49ers) — are in line for raises in 2019 based on the NFL's proven performance escalator. Their pay increases to $2.02 million because they played in at least 35 percent of the offensive/defensive snaps over their first three seasons or, in Robinson's case, at least 35 percent in two of his first three seasons. They had been scheduled to make $720,000, the fourth-year minimum. Only players drafted in rounds 3 to 7 are eligible for the bump.

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8dRich Cimini

Gase's staff with Jets doesn't lack for family drama

The coaching staff of new Jets coach Adam Gase includes Joe Vitt, his father-in-law, and Gregg Williams, who coached with Vitt with the Saints. Vitt and Williams had a rocky relationship while together in New Orleans.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

In his 2.0 mock draft, ESPN's Todd McShay has the Jets selecting Michigan DE Rashan Gary at 3. With Ohio State DE Nick Bosa and Kentucky OLB Josh Allen off the board, McShay picks Gary over Alabama DT Quinnen Williams. This would be an interesting dilemma for the Jets. Williams is generally considered a better prospect than Gary, but Gary fills a need because he can play on the edge. Gary scares me a bit because his production didn't match his raw talent. A shoulder injury probably factored into that. In this scenario, I think GM Mike Maccagnan should strongly consider trading down and taking an offensive lineman. Build a wall for Sam Darnold.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets' offensive-line overhaul is underway with the news that C/G Spencer Long has been released. Long can be a decent backup because of his experience and versatility, but his cap charge ($6.5 million) was too high for that role. Adam Gase witnessed Long's lowpoint. Who can forget his snapping misadventures last year in the Miami game? The Jets will be looking for new starters at center, left guard and perhaps left tackle. GM Mike Maccagnan is 0-for-2 at center, having whiffed on Long and Wesley Johnson as potential Nick Mangold replacements. Maybe this time he'll get it right.

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11dRich Cimini

Snap decision: Jets release center Spencer Long

In the first significant roster move under new coach Adam Gase, the New York Jets announced Tuesday they are parting ways with center Spencer Long.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets are facing their first roster decision of the offseason — G/C Spencer Long. If he's on the roster at 4 p.m. tomorrow, his $3 million roster bonus becomes guaranteed. Translation: It secures a roster spot. So far, the Jets haven't tipped their hand, which could mean they've decided to keep him. Long was underwhelming at center (in part because of an injured hand), but his play at left guard was encouraging to the organization. Factors to consider: They have only one interior lineman under contract (Brian Winters) and the free-agent class isn't that appealing. If they keep Long, it'll cost them $6.5 million on the cap. If they cut him, there's no cap charge. It would be a clean break.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the takeaways from the Super Bowl, from a Jets perspective, is that defense still matters. The 2018 season was all about offense, with some teams posting video-game numbers, but the Patriots won because they were able to play team defense. While it's important to build around QB Sam Darnold, the Jets can't ignore the defense when they attack the offseason. They need an edge rusher (probably two), another linebacker and a starting-caliber corner (maybe two). They hired a proven coordinator in Gregg Williams, but he needs some horses to make his system work.

14dJeff Legwold

Reed, Bailey, Law, Gonzalez, Mawae make HOF

Four defensive backs -- Ed Reed, Champ Bailey, Ty Law and seniors finalist Johnny Robinson -- were among the eight men chosen for enshrinement by the Hall's board of selectors on Saturday.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Jets C Kevin Mawae is going to Canton. In his third year as a finalist, Mawae was selected Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019. He joins Curtis Martin, Joe Namath and Don Maynard as the only Jets in the Hall of Fame — meaning players who spent their prime years with the franchise. Mawae was the premier center in the 2000s, and deserved the honor. Ed Reed and Ty Law, who also spent time with the Jets, also were selected.

Team Stats

Passing Yards197.8
Rushing Yards101.4
Points For20.823rd
Points Against27.6