Mike Maccagnan addressed the media on Friday. We didn’t pay a ton of attention to it because seldom is anything of substance said at these predraft news conferences. General managers aren’t going to give away their strategy.
One notable comment by Maccagnan was something he didn’t say.
Maccagnan declines to say whether #Jets will pick up Calvin Pryor's 5th-year contract option.— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) March 24, 2017
As a first round pick, Pryor was given a four year contract, but the team also controls an option for a fifth year. For a player who was not a top ten pick, the fifth year option salary is the average of the 3rd through 25th highest average salaries at that player’s position.
It is a low risk move in most cases. None of the contract is guaranteed until the player’s fifth league year begins or unless the player suffers a catastrophic injury that costs him that fifth year.
This is fairly noteworthy because unlike many aspects of the offseason, there would be no strategic value for Maccagnan to hide his willingness to pick up Pryor’s fifth year option if he wanted to do it.
We will have to wait until the deadline to know for certain what will happen, but that was fairly noteworthy. Because of how low the risk is, refusing to pick up a player’s fifth year option is a major vote of no confidence.
Here are some of the other highlights from Maccagnan’s chat with the press.
Maccagnan said #Jets looked thru "a lot of QBs" in the FA market. But they liked Josh McCown... (1)— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) March 24, 2017
Maccagnan said Josh McCown has "very good veteran character" + "still has ability to play and perform on the field." (2) #jets— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) March 24, 2017
Maccagnan won’t say if McCown enters the spring as the No. 1 QB. Defers to Bowles #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) March 24, 2017
Maccaganan on McCown: He still has "ability to play & perform on the field" from talent standpoint. #Jets— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) March 24, 2017
Mike Maccagnan: "All options on the table at the quarterback position." #jets— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) March 24, 2017
Maccagnan asked about Kaepernick, says #Jets "vetted all quarterbacks," thought McCown was best fit.— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) March 24, 2017
“Highly unlikely” #Jets add another veteran QB. Next one could “potentially” come through the draft, says Maccagnan— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 24, 2017
On Claiborne: "When he's played, he’s played at a very high level & he fits in a schematic standpoint with us…We felt good about the risk."— New York Jets (@nyjets) March 24, 2017
Maccagnan said he didn't want to "mortgage the future" in FA... instead targeted specific players #jets— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) March 24, 2017
Asked re: Sheldon Richardson, Maccagnan said he's "under contract" + "we're looking to see how he progresses" -- but #NYJ will weigh options— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) March 24, 2017
“We're not going to mortgage the future for short-term gains." Adds, "We’re focused on making this team as competitive as possible.”— New York Jets (@nyjets) March 24, 2017
Maccagnan says #Jets are ideally looking to get more picks in this year's draft.— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) March 24, 2017