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QB Josh McCown to visit Jets, others

Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) gets hit

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The Jets have some competition for Josh McCown.

A source said the former Browns quarterback will visit the Bucs, Texans and the Jets – in that order. But there’s always a chance McCown, 34, won’t make it to Florham Park. He said on Sirius radio Monday that he knows the “one or two teams” he’s going to play for and that he wants to get a deal done quickly.

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Jets sign K Nick Folk to a multi-year deal

Nick Folk reacts after kicking the game-winning field

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Nick Folk finally got more than a one-year deal.

The veteran kicker signed a multi-year deal, the Jets announced Tuesday.

The team placed the franchise tag on Folk almost two weeks ago – the franchise-tag amount for kickers is projected $3.55 million – but both sides were able to reach a long-term deal.

Folk, who made $780,000 last season, had a career year in 2013. He connected...

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RT Austin Howard can't strike deal with Jets, becomes free agent

AUSTIN HOWARD Tackle

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Austin Howard officially is on the market.

A source said the Jets' right tackle is now a free agent after his agent and the Jets could not agree on a multi-year deal. Locking up him was one of the Jets’ biggest priorities this offseason, but now Howard – who turns 27 later this month – will get to test the market.

Free agency officially started at 4 p.m. Tuesday. 

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Jets agree to terms with CBs Ellis Lankster and Darrin Walls

Jets players Quinton Coples (98), Dawan Landry (26)

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The Jets announced Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with Ellis Lankster and Darrin Walls.

The pair of cornerbacks were set to become free agents on Tuesday -- Ellis an unrestricted free agent, while Walls would have been restricted. But both avoided free agency by agreeing to return to the Jets.

Lankster, a seventh-round pick of the Bills in 2009, has been key on special...

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Jets claim former Chargers CB Johnny Patrick off waivers

San Diego Chargers cornerback Johnny Patrick, right, hits

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The Jets announced Wednesday that they have acquired cornerback Johnny Patrick off of waivers from the Chargers.

Patrick, 25, was waived Tuesday.

A former third-round pick of the Saints in 2011, Patrick played in 13 games (four starts) and posted a career-high 34 tackles during his first season with the Chargers in 2013. He also recorded the first interception of his NFL career against...

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2014 salary cap increases to $133M

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According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, the NFL notified clubs that the salary cap for 2014 will be $133 million -- an increase of nearly $10 million per team over the 2013 figure.

Even better: the cap is expected to be higher in 2015.

The Jets should have over $25 million in cap space after franchising kicker Nick Folk on Friday. And they could clear another $25M more if/when they...

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Jets place franchise tag on K Nick Folk

Nick Folk (2) kicks a field goal during

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The Jets announced Friday that they placed their franchise tag on kicker Nick Folk.

It’s the first time the Jets have exercised their franchise tag since 2011, when they placed it on linebacker David Harris.

Folk, who had a career year in 2013, made $780,000 last season. But the franchise-tag amount for kickers is projected to be $3.556 million.

Since joining the Jets in 2010,...

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Report: Jets meet with UCF QB Blake Bortles

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles runs a drill

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UCF quarterback Blake Bortles had formal interviews during the Combine with eight teams, according to the Orlando Sentinel. And the Jets were one of them.

“I did everything I could to just stick out in their head, so they know this is who I am, these are my goals, this is what I want to try to do,” Bortles told the paper. “That I’m going to do everything I can to help an organization in becoming...

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Jets' trainers help distressed passenger on flight bound for Indy

**Updated @ 4:21 p.m.**

Members of the Jets' training staff administered potentially life-saving CPR aboard a Newark Airport flight bound for Indianapolis on Feb. 17.

After the plane door had been closed, a passenger alerted others onboard that an elderly female woman needed help and was "in severe distress," according to the team. A doctor, who identified himself as an ICU/cardiologist,...

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Report: Jets a 'possible landing spot' for QB Michael Vick

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick throws a pass

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It’s no secret the Jets are in the market for a veteran quarterback. And it comes as no surprise that Michael Vick is at the top of their list. 

The Jets are a “possible landing spot” for the controversial Eagles QB, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. After five years in Philly, Vick is set to become a free agent. And his relationship with Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg...

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