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Mike Maccagnan talks quarterbacks, Muhammad Wilkerson’s release, and more at the Combine

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Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan held a media availability today on the first day of the 2018 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Here are some of the highlights of his media session.

On The Quarterback Question

No shock here. Even beyond the fact Cousins isn’t yet a free agent, it isn’t like Maccagnan is going to lay out his free agency strategy for the rest of the league. We all know the Jets are going after Cousins, but we don’t know how far they are willing to go, or what their fallback plans are.

On Muhammad Wilkerson’s Release

It is true that the contract offered a two year window, but that is true of virtually every big free agent contract in the NFL. A $9 million dead money hit is enormous and a sign this contract was a catastrophe.

On Recent Player Arrests

Again, this one is fairly obvious. Despite a few calls for the Jets to make moves with these players, the process has to play itself out for both guys.

On Free Agency

Last week, the team’s official website was describing the Jets’ upcoming free agency approach as “long-term” and “prudent.” We’ll see the definitions soon enough.

On the Draft

Maccagnan never offers much of substance at these press conference, but occasionally he will offer an interesting nugget of information that provides a look into his approach to team-building. That was not the case today.

Why exactly do these general managers speak at the Combine again?