Jadeveon Clowney remains the biggest name still available on the free-agent market. The Jets could desperately use an edge-rusher.
So has Jets general manager Joe Douglas tried to sign Clowney?
“I would say we’re going to do our due diligence on everybody who’s out there, especially at the edge-rusher position,” Douglas said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “I’m not going to get into the specifics or the details of the conversations we’ve had.”
That is a way of answering the question without revealing much and will lead to speculation.
The reality is it is highly unlikely the Jets would sign Clowney.
ESPN reported Wednesday that he has lowered his asking price to $17 million-$18 million per year. The Jets have shown no inclination to spend that kind of money this offseason. Perhaps if the price keeps dropping dramatically the Jets would be interested, but if that happens the odds are a more successful team than the Jets will be able to land him.
Two top wide receivers were traded last month when DeAndre Hopkins was dealt by the Texans to the Cardinals and the Vikings shipped Stefon Diggs to the Bills.
Were the Jets in on those players?
“We did our due diligence. I can’t get into the specifics,” Douglas said. “Obviously, those guys are in Arizona and Buffalo. We are going to try to remain as flexible as we can as far as opportunities that come up whether it’s free-agent signings, trades, draft, etc.”
WR Quincy Enunwa played just one game last season after suffering his second neck injury in three years. Douglas said the team remains uncertain of Enunwa’s future.
“Still going through the process with Quincy,” Douglas said. “I think we should have some more information on that, hopefully soon. Obviously, that’s a big question mark for us moving forward.”
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There was speculation that RG Brian Winters could be a cap casualty since he is due to make $7 million this season, but it sounds like he will be in training camp with the Jets, competing for a starting spot.
“Brian is our only remaining opening day starter from last year,” Douglas said. “You love his competitiveness, his toughness. We should have a really good competition for our starting offensive line.Ultimately, we’re going to have our best starting five on the field come opening day.”
Douglas said LB C.J. Mosley is making progress as he recovers from core muscle surgery. … Douglas said there was nothing new with the effort to sign safety Jamal Adams to a contract extension. Douglas said the focus has been on free agency and the draft.
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