The Miami Dolphins officially lost Safety Renaldo Hill today when he signed with the Denver Broncos. Hill received a deal worth 10 million over 4 years with 3 million guaranteed. While the Dolphins spent the first day of free agency entertaining a 3rd string OG and the signing him, the NY Jets were their normal busy self.
New HC Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum spent more money once again in the free agent market. After LB Bart Scott balked at the initial offer of the Jets and decided to go back to Baltimore for 2 million dollars more, the Jets came back with a 6 year 48 million dollar deal that Scott took.
The deal for Scott includes 27 million in the first 3 years and approximately 22 million guaranteed. Last off-season the Jets threw similar money and guarantees at LB Calvin Pace and offensive lineman Damian Woody and Alan Faneca. Then the team of course traded for Brett Favre and missed the playoffs.
The Jets weren’t finished with just Scott. They have Philly CB Lito Sheppard headed to town tomorrow and it appears that the teams have worked out a trade for the All-Pro. Sheppard has one year left on his contract that expects to pay him 3 million so it’s more than likely that a new deal will need to be reached. The fact that Sheppard is on his way indicates the clubs have agreed in principal on compensation.
So it appears that the Jets will have two new defenseman. Well, make that possibly 4. The team also is close to signing (if they haven’t already) Corey Ivy a nickelback and will entertain Safety and former Baltimore Raven Jim Leonhard on Saturday as well and are expected to sign him.