Jets beat writer Rich Cimini identifies two potential cap cuts:
Percy Harvin, wide receiver ($10.5 million cap charge): Former general manager John Idzik executed a desperation trade last October that made sense on the risk-reward scale, but the landscape has changed. Not only is $10.5 million too much money for a player of Harvin's ilk, but there's also draft-pick compensation to consider. The Jets owe the Seattle Seahawks a conditional sixth-round pick that improves to a fourth-rounder if they keep him on the roster until March 19. The X factor is offensive coordinator Chan Gailey; his spread offense would be a nice fit for Harvin (if that's the system they choose to run). The March 19 deadline allows the Jets to explore free agency before making a decision on Harvin, who hasn't been an impact player since 2011.
Chris Johnson, running back ($5.25 million): The Jets have until Feb. 16 to decide whether to pay a $500,000 option bonus, part of the two-year, $8 million contract Johnson signed last April. The amount of the bonus isn't prohibitive, but the cap charge is steep for a player who would be no more than a part-time back again. Johnson was a worthwhile signing a year ago, but he'll be 30 in September and isn't close to being the player he once was. The Jets can save $3.5 million by parting ways with Johnson. That probably will be the outcome.
Johnson averaged 4.3 YPC in his first season with the Jets. He and Harvin were two high-profile acquisitions last season, but there's a new regime in town, so expect plenty of change.
Saturday, December 27, 2014, 6:57pm
Any sudden movement -- a cough, a laugh or even a sneeze -- can be painful for Jets WR Percy Harvin, who suffered a rib cartilage injury in last week's loss to the Patriots. Nevertheless, he's determined to play in Sunday's season finale in Miami.
"It felt a little better,'' said Harvin, who practiced for the first time Friday, though on a limited basis. "I was able to move around, catch a couple balls, I ran a few routes, so I'm confident I'll at least be able to give it a go.''
He's listed as questionable on the injury report and Rex Ryan said Friday that Harvin will be a game-time decision. Harvin, who also has played the past two games with a third-degree ankle sprain, said his rib injury feels "a little bit better'' than it did Wednesday, the story said. He said the biggest issue for him is pain tolerance, but he quickly added, "I think I'll be able to handle it pretty good.''
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle, ribs, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Harvin is expected to be a game-time decision this week. The game is early on Sunday.
Harvin was originally listed as questionable to return but was later downgraded to out.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. Harvin’s usage is all over the place, making him a boom-or-bust option against a good New England secondary this week.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Harvin’s usage is all over the place, making him a boom-or-bust option against a good New England secondary this week.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
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For his part, Harvin said he "absolutely" wants to remain with Gang Green beyond his nine-game audition.
"I feel at home here. I'm comfortable with all the players," Harvin said Friday, per the New York Post. "I like the vibe around here."
With a $10.5 million tab in 2015 and no guaranteed money past this year, the Jets must decide whether they want to pay the receiver or cut him loose.
Harvin has been a bigger part of the Jets' offense than he was in the five games he spent in Seattle before the mid-season trade. He's averaging 12.2 yards per reception with Gang Green and is coming off a six-catch, 124-yard performance last week.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15. It appears that Harvin now has a good chance to play against the Titans this week. It’s a late game, so it makes for a dicey situation for those owners who want to (or are forced to) wait. Jeremy Kerley is a decent Plan B, though we would look elsewhere, if possible.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. It’s been diagnosed as a low-ankle sprain, so Harvin has a chance to play this week, though HC Rex Ryan said that “it doesn’t look good.” Eric Decker suddenly has some appeal as a Sneaky Start. In the seven games in which Geno Smith attempted at least 15 passes, Decker has averaged 4.3-58.8-.43, or 8.5 fantasy points. That’s what Sammy Watkins has averaged this season.
What's Percy Harvin's status for Sunday's game in Tennessee? Well, it depends on whom you ask.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said it would be "a stretch" for the multifaceted receiver to play this weekend after Harvin suffered an ankle sprain against the Vikings. Though Ryan said the swelling in Harvin's ankle has gone down "quite a bit," he didn't practice Wednesday.
Harvin, however, said, "I feel pretty good. I definitely think I'll be playing this week."
This is a situation to monitor. Harvin would have a nice matchup against the Titans and is coming off a productive game. If he doesn't play. Eric Decker would be a Sneaky Start as the team's primary pass catcher. In the seven games in which Geno Smith attempted at least 15 passes, Decker has averaged 4.3-58.8-.43, or 8.5 fantasy points. That’s about what Sammy Watkins has averaged this season.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. It’s been diagnosed as a low-ankle sprain, so Harvin has a chance to play this week, though HC Rex Ryan said that “it doesn’t look good.” Eric Decker suddenly has some appeal as a Sneaky Start. In the seven games in which Geno Smith attempted at least 15 passes, Decker has averaged 4.3-58.8-.43, or 8.5 fantasy points. That’s what Sammy Watkins has averaged this season.
Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin played one of his best games in two years, but he could be lost for the remainder of the year after injuring his left ankle late in the fourth quarter of the New York Jets' 30-24 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium.
"I can't talk too much about the injury other than it will be evaluated here in a little bit," he said after torching his first NFL team for 124 yards on six receptions, including a touchdown.
The story added that Harvin left the stadium on crutches afterward. Harvin also said, according to the story, that he was going for tests.
Ryan met with Smith and Michael Vick on Wednesday morning and informed them of the decision. Ryan likes to say that all decisions are organizational decisions, but this choice suggests that General Manager John Idzik had a far greater say and it bodes poorly for Ryan’s job security.
Starting Smith on Monday – and the rest of the season, it seems – gives Idzik another, perhaps final, opportunity to evaluate the quarterback he drafted in the second round last year.
The Jets offense is a mess and Smith won't be startable in a bad matchup with the Dolphins on Monday night. It may be good news for Eric Decker long term. In the five games in which Smith attempted more than 15 passes (and Decker played at least 60% of the snaps), Decker averaged 4.6 receptions for 61 yards and 0.60 TD on 8.0 targets per game. The arrival of Percy Harvin may change this dynamic, but Decker has posted solid fantasy numbers with Smith under center. We wouldn't want to use any of the Jets players this week in a tough matchup, however.
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