AFC Notes: Jets, Patriots, Titans

     

Jets

  • According to Rich Cimini, the buzz at the Combine indicated that it would be a “minor upset” if QB Christian Hackenberg services the Jets rebuild. Cimini says that Hackenberg’s fate could be tied to the outcome of the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes.
  • Should New York miss out on Cousins, Cimini could see the Jets signing a veteran quarterback or possibly two with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater being options, which wouldn’t leave room for Hackenberg.
  • If the Jets are able to land Cousins, it possible they could keep Hackenberg as a backup, but Cimini says that’s by no means a sure thing.
  • Cimini reports that Jets free agent LB Demario Davis is looking for $8-$10 million per year and there’s “no way” he’ll get that kind of money from the Jets, as they view him in the $3-4 million range.
  • Cimini lists Nigel Bradham, Avery Williamson, Anthony Hitchens, Tahir Whitehead and Paul Posluszny as potential replacement options.
  • The Jets are reportedly interested in re-signing CB Morris Claiborne, but the two parties aren’t close to a deal.
  • Cimini says that the Jets are expected to have interest in CB Trumaine Johnson, but there’s buzz he could be headed to either the Raiders or 49ers.
  • The Jets also like Patriots free agent CB Malcolm Butler, according to Cimini.
  • Regarding Cousins, Mike Jurecki says it would not be surprising to see the Jets go all in to sign him, as they could exceed the $90 million he’s looking for in the first three years of an agreement.

Patriots

  • Doug Kyed reports that former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is at the NFL Scouting Combine as a representative of the Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss writes that the Patriots could look to the draft to bolster their running back depth with Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead scheduled for unrestricted free agency.
  • No surprise here, but Reiss says that franchising Malcolm Butler is off the table for the Patriots.
  • While the Patriots have yet to announce anything, Reiss mentions that LBs coach Brian Flores is expected to take on expanded responsibilities and leadership of the defensive unit in 2018.
  • As for the idea of trading for Seahawks DE Michael Bennett, who is reportedly available, Reis would be surprised if New England went this route.

Titans