AFC Notes: Jets, Patriots, Ravens



  • A league source tells Rich Cimini that Jets CEO Christopher Johnson is “enamored” with Mike McCarthy, whose offensive background is appealing to New York.
  • Cimini says it will take a lot for the Jets to land McCarthy and there are concerns about uprooting his family in Green Bay.
  • According to Cimini, it would not be surprising if the Jets also interviewed Baylor HC Matt Rhule while they’re in Texas for their meeting with Kris Richard.
  • Cimini hears that the Jets will consider the possibility of trading DL Leonard Williams for a second-round pick or better this offseason.
  • Manish Mehta reports that the Jets are “very very very very very interested” in possibly hiring USC OC Kliff Kingsbury.


  • Mike Reiss writes that he would not be surprised if Patriots DE Trey Flowers‘ value on the open market is harder to pin down, given that he isn’t a traditional speed-rushing defensive end.
  • Reiss mentions that Flowers could end up having a similar type of free agency experience as Dont’a Hightower had two years ago.


  • Following Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, Ravens HC Jim Harbaugh made it clear that Lamar Jackson is the team’s starting quarterback moving forward: “Lamar is our QB going forward.” (Jeff Zrebiec)
  • Harbaugh said Joe Flacco will have a market this offseason: “Joe can still play… Joe’s going to have a market, a lot of teams are going to want Joe. … Joe Flacco is a great talent, he’s a better person, he’s the best QB in the history of the Ravens… he’s going to be just fine.” (Aditi Kinkhabwala)
  • Regarding his future in Baltimore, Harbaugh said: “I don’t believe so…There’s a Bible verse that says, ‘make no oath.’ …We’ll see what God has in store, but I have every expectation of being here as long as the Ravens want me here…I do believe that’s what they want.” (Aditi Kinkhabwala)
  • Ravens long-time OLB Terrell Suggs reiterated that he wants to play next year and understands that it might not be with the Ravens. (Jeff Zrebiec)

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