Please Help Sam Bradford.

Seriously, St Louis, you’ve done nothing for that boy. You got Sims-Walker? COOOOOOOOOL, 2009 is very happy about that. But really, why couldn’t the Rams have gone out to find him a great wideout? There weren’t a ton of bonafide number 1 WRs, but they could’ve made a run at a few.

Braylon Edwards, Steve Breaston, Malcom Floyd, Sidney Rice, Derrick Mason, Plaxico Buress, Brad Smith, Jericho Cotchery, Terrell Owens, ANYBODY! The Colts have a bunch of receivers, why not try and grab Anthony Gonzalez or Austin Collie?

With only (in my opinion) three real stars on the team (Bradford, Steven Jackson, and James Laurinaitis) you KNOW they have the cap space to have signed one of those guys. Cotchery and TO are still out there. They went from worst to almost first last season, so you’d think they’d try and help out the kid that did most of the work.

He might bring headaches, but why not take a gamble on TO? He’s been on his best behavior the last 2 years with Cinnci and Buffalo, give him a “show me” contract and see how it works.

At least they would’ve tried.

Everything stated here also applies to the Cleveland Browns and Colt McCoy.

Steelers are very well rounded at WR

With the exception of possibly Lofa Tatupa, the last semi-big name free agent available signed today with Pittsburgh, Jerricho Cotchery. Cotchery should pick up this offense very quickly and be ready to help Big Ben and Pittsburgh get back to the playoffs. Not very fantasy relevant yet, but he will help with the young talents in Wallace and Antonio Brown, with of course Hines Ward as well.



With Jerricho Cotchery gone and Shaun Ellis halfway out the door and maybe headed for the Patriots, the notion of the Jets and loyalty to long time guys and players who want to stay here have come in question again.

Guessing that Cotchery asked to be free after refusing to take a pay cut, and that Ellis is insulted with the offer given his decade long tenure, we are all once again witnesses to the fact that pro football is both the greatest sport, and cruelest business in sports.

What many of us FAIL to see is that other NFL teams do the same. Derrick Mason wouldn’t be visiting Florham Park for a physical had HE not been let go by Baltimore for the same cost cutting reasons. The Giants said goodbye to ageless foot soldiers Shaun O’ Hara and Rich Seubert in order to move in “another direction” only days ago. 

It’s not just the Jets. All teams due to cap restrictions are forced to cut corners after their star players leave them in penny pinching situations. It’s true that Jet players restructured their deals in order to give the front office more flexibility but none of this salary cap shell game is easy to play. For any GM.

It’s doesn’t ever feel good to say goodbye to players we love and respect. Especially when they are courted by hated rivals. It is however, the harsh reality of the NFL. One that will not be going away any time soon. Especially with a lower cap in place. That’s why teams and players must seize the moment of a championship opportunity when it arises. There are zero guarantees for that same team being together tomorrow. 

When former NFL Head coach Jerry Glanville said years ago  that the NFL meant “not for long” he had no idea how accurate his thoughts would be in relation to how the contract game is played in 2011. 

Panthers sign free agent WR Cotchery from Steelers

Panthers sign free agent WR Cotchery from Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (89) hauls in a pass while being covered by Detroit Lions free safety Louis Delmas (26) during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. The Steelers won 37-27. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Panthers announced Thursday they’ve signed free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery to…

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Tonight rings in the 2011 campaign. With it the natural question marks all teams will have going into a new season. For the Jets, much of the foundation that has brought two consecutaivre AFC championship appearances remains intact. For the New York Jets, there are both All pro players and standout units ready to take off as well as areas of concern and intrigue.

The following is a list of five areas we will be watching under a microscope tonight, as the Jets kick off their preseason schedule in Houston against the Texans:

1-THE RECEIVERS: Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery and the all purpose Brad Smith are out. Plaxico Burress, Derrick Mason and camp sensation Jeremy Kerley are in. Despite the fact that Burress won’t play tonight due to an ankle injury, Jets fans still want to see some sort of positive relationship between QB Mark Sanchez and his targets. Former Colts offensive guru Tom Moore, now a Jets special assistant, brings with him the hopes that Dustin Keller will be featured the way Dallas Clark has been for years with Indy. All eyes will be on this connection, or lack thereof. Starting in Houston.

2-PRESSURE FROM THE KIDS: Muhammad Wilkerson and Kenrick Ellis were drafter to give the Jets size, power and pocket crushing potential in 2011. Wiklerson has already been named a starting defensive end. This unit has failed for years with regard to appyling consistent pressure. The focus will be on them to produce what only Rex Ryan blitzes have been able to provide in opposing team backfields over the past two years.

3-THE TERMINATOR: Former Jets FB Tony Richardson, the ageless wonder, kept Sanchez safe while plowing holes open during his time as a Jet. That job now belongs to John Connor. Missed assignments simply cannot afford to happen if the Jets plan to keep Sanchez upright in 2011.

4-THE RETURN GAME: Rookie Jeremy Kerley sits atop the depth chart at both kick and punt returner heading into Houston. Special Teams guru Mike Westhoff told ESPN radio last week that he is looking for the next guy in line to follow Brad Smith and Leon Washington. Westhoof mentioned Joe McKnight and Antonio Cromartie as possible players to look at as well this Summer. Regardless of who steps up into those roles, solid returns in the kicking game will help the Jets ease any concerns that the loss of the always productive Smith will hamper field position and big play potential.

5-THE KICKING GAME:  We originally had this spot saved for Mark Brunell, hoping we’d see SOMETHING from a guy who has left us concerned that a long stretch without Mark Sanchez would leave the Jets in a precarious position. Now that Brunell has been ruled OUT, we’ll switch focus over to the kicking game.

Punter Chris Bryan leads TJ Conley in the race to replace Steve Weatherford. Nick Folk is the incumbent kicker but Nick Novak waits in the shadows for an opportunity to steal the job. BOTH positions need to be on autopilot as the Jets can ill afford issues with the kicking game.

Weatherford, now fighting for a job with the NY Giants, hit both long punts and clutch landings inside the 20 last year. Folk was extremely shaky midseason, but clutch later in the year. We’ll be keeping an eye on both battles for two spots that can often be the difference between winning and losing.


Aditi Kinkhabwala @AKinkhabwala         18:50 16/09/2013 I like Jerricho Cotchery a LOT. But really? An end-around? The Steelers have 3 receivers faster than him. Prob 2 TEs and a FB too
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Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell         18:51 16/09/2013 Calling for an end-around to Jerricho Cotchery seems like Todd Haley’s trying to get himself fired.
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Chris Wesseling @ChrisWesseling         18:50 16/09/2013 You have Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton, and old man Cotchery is your choice for an end-around?
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Evil Mike Tomlin @EvilMikeTomlin         18:50 16/09/2013 Cotchery end-around…we call that play ‘The Antique’
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Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell         18:54 16/09/2013 "We’ve got to get the ball to Jerricho Cotchery in space." "…like, outer space? Like a trip to Belize? We can just cut him." "You’ll see."
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Josh Norris @JoshNorris         18:54 16/09/2013 Press start. Team Management. Depth Chart. Press A on Jerricho Cotchery. Scroll down to Markus Wheaton. Press A. Then B. Then B.
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All heart. all soul. What a sad day. Many are asking us why is the release WR Jerricho Cotchery imminent. J-Co is a staple of consistency, toughness and symbolic of the notion of the phrase “Play Like A Jet.” The answer is simple. It’s business. A cruel business. Football is the greatest sport but the business aspect of it is the worst

Cotchery had back surgery in February. We’ll assume that his health is playing a primary part in this decision. Derrick Mason is now a Jet, replacing one vet for for another.

To remember Cotch here in New York, you only have to look back to one play. One day. One moment that embodied the quiet class and leadership from a guy who has done nothing but what he’s been asked to do here.

It happened at the Dog Pound last season, when Cotchery pulled his groin BEFORE making a key drive saving third and nine catch in OT at Cleveland. The first down never amounted to the game winning drive. That took place later for the Jets, but it was the “team first” effort, the willingness to sacrifice the body in order to help the team, that stuck with players and fans after the game. It was a play repeatedly shown on ESPN and all of the sports news sites.

RT at the time Damien Woody called it one of the best plays he’d ever seen. We call it the symbol of what Jerricho Cotchery was here. A player who provided the Jets heart, soul, and selfless spirit.

You will be sorely missed J-Co. Get healthy and get back onto the field. You will be a great addition to any club that hires you.

Panthers sign former Packers WR Jarrett Boykin to one-year deal

The Carolina Panthers have signed former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin to a one-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal were not released Friday. Boykin has appeared in 39 games with 11 starts in three seasons for the Packers, recording 57 catches for 731 yards and three touchdowns.

His best season came in 2013 when he had 49 receptions for 681 yards and three TDs.

The Boykin, 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds, described himself as a physical receiver who’s not afraid to make the tough catches. He will compete for playing time in a receiving group that includes second-year wideout Kelvin Benjamin, veteran Jerricho Cotchery, recently reacquired Ted Ginn Jr., Corey (Philly) Brown and Brenton Bersin.

“They’ve got a great, young talented group. They’ve got the veteran in Cotchery. They got Ginn back. They’ve got Philly as a speedster. They’ve got Benjamin, who had an outstanding year last year,” Boykin said. “I feel like that’s a great group that’s ready to ascend and take a step forward to become great.”

Boykin, undrafted out of Virginia Tech, spent three seasons with Green Bay before becoming a free agent when the Packers chose not to tender him.

Boykin’s best year came in 2013 when Randall Cobb was injured most of the season. Boykin, 25, hauled in 49 passes for 681 yards and three touchdowns while starting eight games.

But his production fell off drastically last season with Cobb back in the lineup. Boykin missed three games with a groin injury, lost the No. 3 receiver spot to rookie Davante Adams, and finished with as many dropped passes (three) as catches (three for 23 yards).

The Packers decided not to tender Boykin, a restricted free agent, a right-of-first-refusal contract worth $1.542 million in March, allowing him to become a free agent.

This is a homecoming for Boykin who played his prep football at Butler High in Charlotte.

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WR Derrick Mason signed a one year deal with the Jets ending a drama that took days to culminate. Things began heating up mid week with the notion that Mason was being brought in to replace longtime Jet Jerricho Cotchery. As the tale unfolded we heard from Rex Ryan that the Jets wanted Cotch to stay but it was J-Co himself who wanted his release.

Mason then posted to his twitter “Jet fuel is fill. Time to fly” after joining the Jets. The popular Cotchery is now seeking a new home that includes more than the slot work he got in 2010 and was poised to receive again in 2011.


S Brodney Pool (above) returned, signing a one year deal on Wednesday. The hard hitting Pool came on late in 2010 and will benefit from a year of work within the Rex Ryan system. Overthinking leads back to instinct once a player and the scheme that he plays under become second nature. We expect more pass break ups and bone jarring plays from a guy who was brought in last year to do just that.

Talk on Wednesday then began to hover around veteran WR Derrick Mason. Recently released by Baltimore, the trustworthy Mason, owner of nine hundred plus career receptions will be brought in Thursday for a physical. If he passes, he will add depth and experience to a wide receiving corps that may need it.

Veteran receiver Jerricho Cotchery had back surgery in February and is still unable to practice, leaving the Jets with a bit of a sure handed hole at the third WR spot. Rookies Jeremy Kerley and Scotty McKnight, as well as the six foot five Patrick Turner COULD provide that in a four wide out set. There are just those times however, when a dependable player who has done it for a long time, a security blanket of sorts, is called for. Mason would provide that, especially given the health status of Cotchery.

Free Agency Day Seven: The Jets re-signed CB Antonio Cromartie to a four year deal worth 32 million dollars. The signing completed the Jets goal of solving the starting cornerback, right tackle, and wide receiver positions through free agency.

Rumors later in the day had WR Jerricho Cotchery on the trading block in order to clear cap room for 2012. Fears of Cotchery’s notorious bad back were also said to be part of the reason for his being available. No deal has been made involving the trustworthy veteran yet.


The Jets had a humongous scare when C Nick Manglod walked into the trainers room after going to the ground during live goal line drills. The All Pro Center had Jets nation on edge but thankfully it turned out that the injury was just a “stinger”. Losing Mangold for any serious length of time could put the Jets season in the balance. Period.

Former Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery signed a one year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. We thought the NY Giants would be in play on this one, after the loss of Steve Smith to arch enemy Philadelphia. Cotch, provided his back does not give him problems, will be the same security blanket for Ben Rothliesberger that he was here in New York since 2004.

Today is WR Plaxico Burress birthday. He turns 34. There are many who feel that his age will be a detriment to him in the battle to regain his pre jail sentence form. We are not one of those people.

Wall St Journal-Coach Rex Ryan said Jerricho Cotchery requested his release, but refused to provide specifics. Ryan declined to comment when asked if the team wanted Cotchery to take a pay cut, though Ryan did say he tried to convince Cotchery to stay. “That’s the tough part about the business,” Ryan said. Cotchery was due to make $1.8 million this season.
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