Jets will heave big names overboard


Jets will heave big names overboard

By TomE. Curran
The Jets' big-name purge is under way.Informed of their pending walk off the plankroster are Jason Taylor, Damien Woody, Vernon Gholston and Kris Jenkins. Manish Mehta of the Daily News reported it first. According to Mehta, the Jets will save themselves 13.5 million in salaries and bonuses and that's not including the 10 million negotiable bonus Taylor was due to receive. Taylor is a possible Hall of Famer; Woody and Jenkins were very good players who are on the downside (Jenkins has been hurt the past two seasons). Gholston, the sixth overall pick in 2008, has been an unmitigated bust at outside linebacker. Mehta says the Jets may try to re-sign some of the players at reduced rates later. That will be an interesting proposition, given there will be about 500 free agents and about 250 rookies and undrafted free agents looking to join teams when the lockoutwork stoppage that's about to happen comes to an end. Throw on the fact that the salary cap could conceivably go down some from the 130 million it was at in 2010 if the owners get their way and there will be a lot of players getting asked to play for less than they were making previously. Looking at some of the Patriots' salary numbers chronicled by the indefatigable Miguel, Ty Warren could be another Patriots in line for a haircut similar to what the team asked Nick Kaczur to take. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'


Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

FOXBORO -- After starting the offseason "five weeks behind," as Bill Belichick put it, the Patriots have caught up. 

"I think we’re probably caught up to where we are now," he said before Thursday's OTA practice at Gillette Stadium. "I think it’s being behind in draft, free agency and that type of thing.

"I think at this point, we’re ready for OTAs. We’ll be ready for training camp. I think that part of it we’ll be on schedule on. It’s the catching up on all the spring projects, draft and free agency. It’s the initial part of it."

Belichick made headlines on the morning after winning his fifth Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots when he said, "As of today, and as great as today feels and as great as today is, in all honesty we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in the league. Fortunately we have a great personnel staff

"Look, in a couple weeks we're going to be looking at the combine, obviously the draft, all-star games have already occurred, and in a month we're into free agency, not to mention all the internal Patriots players (whose) contracts are up and we're going to have to work with in some form or fashion like every team in the league does."

Leaning on evaluations of players that began in the build-up to previous drafts, Belichick and his staff opted to trade away some of this year's draft capital for veterans like Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen. They also gave up their fifth-rounder to sign restricted free agent Mike Gillislee.

Before heading out to the team's third practice of the week -- the first week the Patriots were allowed to introduce helmets and run offense versus defense periods -- Belichick said that part of his focus will be spent on finding out how those players he picked up this offseason are progressing.

"Yeah, that’s definitely part of it," he said. "Seeing the new players, how they’re doing and also how they’re doing relevant to the rest of the other players that I’m a little more familiar with. Again, each year is a new year, so even though we’ve seen some of these guys multiple years, it’s still starting all over again, seeing where they are, how they’re progressing in their training and preparation for the season."