Apr 07

Jets CEO ready to get involved in draft process now

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam made himself visible when his coaches and scouts were watching pro days for the top prospects last month.

Now the guy who runs the Jets is ready to join the fray, as the ultimate decision-makers are wont to do when it comes to quarterbacks.

For a proud franchise like Big Blue trying to rebound from a disastrous 3-13 season, obtaining a boat-load (pardon the pun) of draft picks in return for OBJ would be a smart play. The team has plenty of holes to fill on the league’s second-worst defense statistically, not to mention an offensive line that struggled in the run game and at times in pass protection.

There’s no doubt Beckham can be productive in Shurmur’s offensive system that was so effective for the Vikings last season (without a $20 million-per-year receiver). But Beckham also could be a major headache with his contract, his love of the limelight and his often poor decision-making on and off the field.

That’s the juggling act a team faces with a player such as Beckham. Is he worth the drama he invariably brings? You’re hoping he changes his M.O., but that might not happen until several years down the road. It’s hard to see him changing now as a 25-year old who clearly likes to party and hang out with celebs.

The Ravens opened a Wednesday press conference with outgoing General Manager Ozzie Newsome, his impending replacement Eric DeCosta and head coach John Harbaugh with the announcement that Robert Griffin III will be joining the team as a backup quarterback.

“One of the things we brainstormed was, ‘Well, we’re going to get picks (for Smith). Let’s go after a corner that maybe we can’t get in the free-agent market or the draft.'”

Speaking of free agency, the Reese’s Senior Bowl in late January proved as valuable a chance for franchises to begin laying the groundwork for upcoming veteran signings as it was for scouting college players. With no fear of league repercussions for tampering, agents and executives that met face-to-face in Mobile continued to make such headway in negotiations that free-agent deals featuring specific contract terms began surfacing the day before the actual start of the NFL’s signing period.texans_071

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