Latest Jets free agency buzz: DE Vinny Curry, RB Tevin Coleman sign one-year deals

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Eagles DE Vinny Curry
Eagles DE Vinny Curry

The Jets and GM Joe Douglas are armed with around $69 million in cap space this offseason, which is why Gang Green is expected to be highly active in landing new players from every tier.

Here's the latest buzz surrounding those free agent targets...

March 24, 4:40 p.m.

DE Vinny Curry has agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million deal, according to SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano.

The veteran will be entering his tenth season in the NFL, after playing eight out of nine seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He made three sacks in 11 games for Philly in 2020, and has 32.5 sacks over 123 career games.

The Jets are signing former San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman to a one-year deal worth up to $2 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

Coleman had just 28 rushes for 53 yards in eight games (one start) in 2020, after having 544 yards and six touchdowns in his first season with the Niners in 2019. He's run for 2,937 yards and 24 touchdowns over six seasons in the league out of the University of Indiana.

March 24, 12:40 p.m.

Veteran DE Vinny Curry is currently on a visit to the Jets, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The 33-year-old has spent most of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, playing just one season at defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018. Last season in Philadelphia, Curry collected three sacks and 16 tackles over 11 games (three starts).

Curry hasn’t been a consistent starter in his career, except for his 2017 campaign in Philly. So he should be viewed as an experienced depth piece for New York if he were to sign a deal.

A Neptune, NJ native, Curry could be lured home.

March 20, 3:33 p.m.

The Jets and Dallas Cowboys had previously been reported as the two finalists to land former Falcons safety Keanu Neal, but Neal ended up choosing Dallas.

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Neal is signing a one-year deal with the Cowboys worth $5 million.

Marcus Maye accepted his franchise tag earlier in the day, and the Jets are signing veteran Lamarcus Joyner as his likely fellow starter at safety.

March 20, 12:50 p.m.

Safety Marcus Maye has accepted his franchise tag from the Jets, according to his agent Erik Burkhardt.

The franchise tag is reportedly worth $10.612 million. The Jets and Maye have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal, as both sides are open to the idea.

Maye made 88 combined tackles, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, and one fumble recovery while starting all 16 games for Gang Green in 2020. The 28-year-old from Florida has started all 54 games he's played for the Jets in his four-year career.

March 19, 6:54 p.m.

According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, free agent safety Keanu Neal is deciding between the Jets and Dallas Cowboys as his next team.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano has previously reported the Jets' interest in Neal.

The Jets agreed to sign another safety in Lamarcus Joyner on Thursday, and with Marcus Maye still in the fold, it would be interesting to see how all the pieces would fit in Robert Saleh's defense.

March 19, 6:05 p.m.

Tight end Tyler Kroft is staying in the AFC East and signing a one-year deal with the Jets, according to his agent Mike McCartney.

Kroft made 10 receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns in seven games with the Buffalo Bills during the 2020 season. Over 69 career games in six seasons, the 6-6 tight end has made 83 receptions for 839 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The 28-year-old from Rutgers was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played there through the 2018 season before joining the Bills in 2019.

March 19, 1:17 p.m.

JuJu Smith-Schuster is staying in Pittsburgh.

The Jets had interest in the wideout before signing Keelan Cole on Thursday. Now, Smith-Schuster returns to the Steelers on a one-year, $8 million deal, per multiple reports.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano noted that the Jets had been checking in on his price, but nothing more than that. Once they signed Cole, the chase was over, per Vacchiano.

Smith-Schuster tweeted out the famous "I'm not leaving" scene from Wolf of Wall Street, confirming the deal.

March 18, 9:32 p.m.

After adding a couple of offensive players earlier in the day, Joe Douglas and the front office turned to defense on Thursday night.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Jets are adding former Rams and Raiders safety Lamarcus Joyner on a one-year, $4.5 million deal.

Originally a second-round pick out of Florida State in 2014, the 30-year-old has played in 95 NFL games, making 58 starts. Over the course of his career, he’s intercepted four passes and recovered two fumbles to go along with 5.0 sacks.

March 18, 5:30 p.m.

The Jets and former Jaguars WR Keelan Cole have reached a one-year deal worth $5.5 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Cole was an undrafted free agent out of Kentucky-Wesleyan in 2017 when he signed with Jacksonville. He made his mark there the past four seasons as a speedy receiver that can surely work in a complementary role to others. The Jets already have Corey Davis, Jamison Crowder and Denzel Mims on their roster, but Cole adds more depth to the position that should be fun to watch in training camp.

Last season with the Jags, Cole totaled 642 yards on 55 receptions with five touchdowns – a career-high.

New York also inked a one-year pact with G/C Dan Feeney, a former Charger, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano also confirmed. He was a third-round pick back in 2017 and has started every game for the past three seasons at either left guard or center.

March 18, 10:57 a.m.

The Jets have been having conversations with WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning.

Gang Green just signed fellow WR Corey Davis to a three-year deal earlier this week, but the Jets were reportedly speaking with Smith-Schuster prior to that deal, as well.

Nothing is set in stone, but it looks like they may not be finished adding playmakers to their offense just yet.

March 17, 2:34 p.m.

The Jets brought RB Josh Adams, a restricted free agent, back on a one-year deal, according to The Athletic.

Adams played in eight games for Gang Green last season, and had pretty solid numbers when he was carrying the ball. In 29 attempts, he picked up 157 yards, which was good for 5.4 yards per carry.

The Notre Dame product hasn’t seen a large workload like he did with the Eagles in 2018 as a rookie, but with an open competition at starting running back for the Jets, he returns to make his run at that.

March 16, 6:48 p.m.

The Jets and cornerback Justin Hardee have agreed to a three-year deal, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Terms are not yet known, but Hardee comes to Gang Green after spending his last four seasons in New Orleans.

Hardee has never started an NFL game at corner -- as a matter of fact, he only had one defensive snap last season. But he has been productive in special teams. He was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week back in Week 9 of 2017.

The Jets now have some added depth in the secondary and help on special teams.

March 16, 5:33 p.m.

The Jets have shown interest in safety Keanu Neal, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Neal and Marcus Maye were teammates at the University of Florida, and current Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich was Neal's defensive coordinator in Atlanta.

Neal played in 15 games last year, and made 100 tackles with one interception.

March 16, 1:24 p.m.

CB Shaquill Griffin, who was a top cornerback on the free agent market the Jets could've targeted, is going back home to Florida.

He signed a three-year pact with the Jacksonville Jaguars worth up to $44.5 million with $29 million guaranteed.

The Jets still need a No. 1 cornerback and one of their best options is gone. There are others like Patrick Peterson and Will Jackson on the market.

March 15, 11:07 p.m.

Trey Hendrickson has agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal with the Bengals, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Hendrickson will immediately fill the void left by Carl Lawson, who the Jets signed earlier on Monday.

SNY's Ralph Vaccinao reported earlier Monday that the Jets were in pursuit of Hendrickson, but he has taken a different route.

March 15, 6:52 p.m.

Kendrick Bourne has agreed to a three-year, $22.5 million deal with the New England Patriots, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday night.

The Jets were interested in Bourne, but he wasn't considered a high priority for them, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

March 15, 5:15 p.m.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed that the Jets are one of a few teams showing interest in San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne -- though he is not a high priority for the team at the moment.

The 6-1, 200 pound receiver has been a fairly productive third receiver for the 49ers.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that the New England Patriots are working on a potential deal with Bourne, but he's gotten multiple offers and is still talking to other teams -- like the Jets.

March 15, 4:16 p.m.

Joe Thuney, who was one of the top targets on the Jets' board, has signed a five-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs worth $80 million, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

March 15, 2:57 p.m.

The Jets are "in pursuit" of free agent DE Trey Hendrickson, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Hendrickson, 26, had a career year in 2020 for the New Orleans Saints, racking up 13.5 sacks in 15 starts.

He amassed just 6.5 sacks over the first three seasons in his career, appearing in 30 games (three starts) from 2017 to 2019.

March 15, 2:02 p.m.

The Jets have Joe Thuney near the top of their list, but the New England Patriots could be a serious threat.

The Pats have interest in retaining Thuney, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. Per Vacchiano, New England's interest in Thuney bears watching due in part to the question of how much of a bidding war the Jets are willing to get into for him.

New England has already agreed to terms with potential Jets target Matt Judon, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

March 15, 11:54 a.m.

While the Jets will be looking in the upper echelon of free agents, second-tier guys will also be on their radar if they miss out on landing the top dogs.

The Jets have an interest in 49ers cornerback K’Waun Williams and the interest appears to be mutual, an NFL source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The Jets are unlikely to make any offers to him right away, though, until the first wave of free agency is over. Several teams have reached out to the 29-year-old New Jersey native, who played in only eight games last season due to a knee injury.

He’s considered one of the top slot cornerbacks on the market, though, and is known to be a favorite of new head coach Robert Saleh, the 49ers’ former defensive coordinator.

March 15, 11:06 a.m.

According to NFL Network's Jeremy Fowler, there is mutual interest between the Jets and WR Breshad Perriman to work out a deal for the veteran to return to New York next season. Fowler added it might not get done, but it's been brought up.

Perriman joined the Jets last year when Robby Anderson chose the Carolina Panthers instead of returning to the Jets. Injuries hampered Perriman a bit, which has been a problem in the past, and he hauled in just 30 catches for 505 yards and three touchdowns.

He's still a vertical threat when he's healthy and only 27 years old. Perriman wouldn't cost much either.

March 15, 9:30 a.m.

When the "legal tampering" period begins on Monday at noon, the Jets are expected to look heavy in the edge rusher department, multiple sources told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

There are a good crop of edge rushers, including Matt Judon, Yannick Ngakoue, Bud Dupree and more that the Jets could bring over to New York.

They are also expected to be looking in the offensive line department, something Douglas is determined to fix for whoever quarterbacks the team this season. Guard Joe Thuney makes the list there.