Although we mentioned this over a week ago, the Jets made it official today, naming Mark Carrier as the team's defensive line coach.
Carrier, remember, spent time with Rex Ryan on the Ravens‘ defensive staff from 2006-08. He comes to the Jets after serving as Baltimore’s defensive backs coach for the past four seasons. The former defensive back and first-round pick out of USC played for the Bears, Lions and Redskins in his 11 seasons in the NFL before retiring in 2000.
Should be interesting to see how this move works out given Carrier is a DB and was coaching DBs in Baltimore. It's already causing a few to scratch their heads.
One move we can be virtually assured the Jets won't be making: bringing in LB Joey Porter. The always chatty Porter had been badmouthing the Dolphins, and they finally released him today, making him free to sign with any team.
Yes, that includes the Jets. Under the current CBA, those final eight teams who made it to the divisional round in the playoffs are only allowed to sign the same number of free agents they lose -- for the same amount of money. But players that are waived aren't subjected to that rule and Porter could sign with the Jets if that's what both sides wanted.
Apparently, it's not. Our Bob Glauber spoke with a league source who said there's "zero chance" the Jets will go after Porter, who's production has decreased over the past two seasons even though his mouth remains in tip top shape.
So don't be expecting to see Porter roaming around the New Meadowlands Stadium in 2010 -- unless he's playing on the opposing team.
Lastly, the Jets announced the signing of nine players to future/reserve contracts: FS Brannon Condren, WR Britt Davis, FB Jason Davis, T Dan Gay, WR Marcus Henry, DT Matt Kroul, C Michael Parenton, LS Tanner Purdum and DT Ty Steinkuhler.