Idzik: Jets have been "productive" in free agency

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm •  Published: March 20, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — John Idzik is still calm and deliberate, even when panicked New York Jets fans are begging for more.

Sure, the Jets have upgraded at wide receiver by signing Eric Decker and replaced the departed Austin Howard with Breno Giacomini at right tackle. There have been few splashes, though, by the Jets since the NFL's free agency period began last week.

They still have plenty of holes to fill on their roster. Just read the frantic posts by fans on Twitter and Jets message boards. Don't worry, insists Idzik, the Jets' second-year general manager.

"Nine days in and in the days leading up to free agency, we feel like we've been productive," Idzik said during a conference call Thursday. "Yet, we also recognize that there are still opportunities that await us as we go forward — not only free agency, but other avenues, such as waiver claims, trades, street free agent signings, and of course, the draft."

Free agent quarterback Michael Vick is scheduled to meet with the Jets on Friday, but Idzik would not discuss the visit or a potential signing. If he signs with the Jets, he would be reunited with Marty Mornhinweg, his former offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, and provide strong competition for second-year quarterback Geno Smith.

"Whenever you have some inside knowledge of a player with a coach who has worked with him or a player that has played with him, some member of your staff has been around him for a while, that is a tremendous advantage," Idzik said. "There is less projection."

Mark Sanchez is due a $2 million roster bonus next Tuesday, so the Jets soon need to make a decision on his future. Idzik said the team and Sanchez's representatives have been in close contact. If the Jets cut Sanchez, as expected, they'll be in the market for a veteran backup — a role perhaps Vick could fill.

Idzik highlighted the fact the Jets have already re-signed seven of their own free agents, including right guard Willie Colon, linebacker Calvin Pace, tight end Jeff Cumberland and kicker Nick Folk — something he thought was "somewhat unrecognized."

Despite the signings of Decker and Giacomini, the Jets have lost out on several chances to upgrade at cornerback. Darrelle Revis, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Vontae Davis and Alterraun Verner have all signed elsewhere, and the Jets cut Antonio Cromartie, who signed with Arizona on Thursday.

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