New York Giants: Divisional rival Eagles to have QB competition after Wentz trade

Carson Wentz has been a divisional foe of the New York Giants since joining the Eagles in 2016, but that will be no more after the Eagles moved him to the Colts for a pair of draft picks. The move ushers in questions about the quarterback position in Philly while the Giants, on the other hand, more or less know they’re sticking with Daniel Jones this season for better or worse.

The trade was reported on by ESPN, who also claims that Jalen Hurts isn’t the automatic starter now that Wentz is moving on from Philadelphia.

Wentz will be reunited with Colts head coach Frank Reich, his former offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, and help fill the void left by Philip Rivers’ retirement, while the Eagles are likely to turn to Jalen Hurts, though they also intend to bring in competition for him. The Eagles’ starting job is not expected to automatically go to Hurts.

Hurts shared time with Wentz last season but didn’t throw any passes against the Giants. Famously, he was pulled from the final game of the season for Philadelphia which the Eagles would lose to keep the Giants out of the playoffs and give themselves better draft position.

It remains to be seen whether the Eagles plan on bringing in competition through the draft or free agency. Either way, however, the Giants might come into the season with an advantage given how they aren’t figuring out their own quarterback situation right now.

Daniel Jones is obviously set to be the starter, even though it’s unknown how long he’ll hold onto the title. It’s hard to say the same about Hurts, and no matter who is starting, the Eagles will have to adjust to someone different taking the reins.

UFC books Holly Holm – Julianna Pena

The UFC has finalized a big matchup in the women’s bantamweight division. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report that the promotion has finalized a matchup between former bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (14-5), and former Ultimate Fighter winner, Julianna Pena (10-4).

The fight will take place at a UFC Fight Night on May 8th. For Julianna Pena, she will be looking to pickup her second straight victory after getting choked out by Germaine de Randamie. Pena just fought at UFC 257 where she pulled off a submission victory over former title challenger, Sara McMann.

Of course, Pena made headlines with her callout after the fight. For some reason, Pena called out the UFC champion, Amanda Nunes, while suggesting that the champ had been ducking her. However, it’s worth noting that every time Pena has been in a title eliminator, she has lost.

Nevertheless, the callout fell on deaf ears because she was never going to get a title. However, she does get a big step up in competition and if she wins her next fight, it will be hard to deny her of a UFC title shot.

UFC title eliminator?

Pena isn’t getting a shot at the title next, but she is getting a crack at a former UFC champion. Holly Holm is one of the most decorated fighters in women’s combat sports. Holm is a former world champion in boxing and her career highlight came at UFC 193 when she knocked out Ronda Rousey to become UFC champion.

However, since that moment, Holm hasn’t been able to climb back to the top of the mountain. She lost her title in her first title defense to Miesha Tate. After that loss, she’s had three more shots at the title. Once at bantamweight and two shots at the title at featherweight. She came up short in all three attempts.

Holm defeated Raquel Pennington in early 2020 by decision, but the fight was not impressive. Many were wondering if Holm was past her prime. However, in her last performance, she looked better than ever. Holm took on the tough, Irene Aldana. She put on a clinic that night and almost got the finish.

It was a brilliant performance over five rounds by the former UFC champion. Now, Holm will go head-to-head with a hungry Julianna Pena. Considering where things are at in the bantamweight division, it would be difficult to deny the winner of the fight of a title shot. Perhaps Germaine de Randamie will get the next shot, but these two ladies are right behind that.

UFC: Are the talks between Usman and Masvidal already in trouble?

Yesterday, there was some solid momentum when it came to the direction of the UFC‘s welterweight division. The champion, Kamaru Usman (18-1), and his management met with Dana White this week and laid out what they wanted next. It was clear that they wanted the rematch with Jorge Masvidal (35-14).

Talks were picking up quickly and both men appeared set to not only rematch but coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. All of this started coming together after UFC 258. After Usman successfully defended his title, he took to the microphone and called out Masvidal.

The two men fought at UFC 251 and Usman won by decision. However, Usman was not happy with the performance and he wanted to fight him again to prove a point. The point that he wanted to prove was that he could finish the UFC‘s BMF. Masvidal and his management seemed to be down for the deal as well.

However, momentum has seemed to hit a snag today. The champion tweeted out, “I’m not feeling generous anymore. Anyone can get it.” Masvidal then responded with his own tweet saying, “Cold feet when you heard we said yes.” It now appears that the UFC has hurdles to getting this done.

What will the UFC do?

It is unclear at this time what has happened that broke down the talks. The UFC was gearing things up and a deal could have been finalized in the next few days. However, that no longer appears to be the case. There are a number of things that could’ve happened.

One interesting wrinkle to this situation is the Leon Edwards news. Leon Edwards is now booked to fight Belal Muhammad on March 13th. With Edwards taking on Muhammad, that leaves Colby Covington (16-2) without a dance partner. Covington and Usman had arguably the fight of the year in 2019.

When it comes to the UFC, Kamaru Usman holds the most leverage as the champion. Dana White all but said that they will follow what Kamaru Usman wants. If Usman wants to fight Covington next, Covington will be the guy. If it’s Masvidal, Masvidal will be the guy. Both would be worthy challengers to the champion.

For Masvidal, the fight could be billed as the fight we should have seen in July. Both guys on a full training camp to see who the better man is. For Covington, the fight could be billed as the rematch after a classic first fight. Both situations would sell for the UFC.

It’s worth noting that the promotion had a tough time booking Usman – Masvidal the first time. Masvidal actually lost the fight to Gilbert Burns. However, Burns’ positive COVID test brought the fight back to Gamebred. At the end of the day, It all comes down to what Usman wants. Whoever the champ wants, the champion will likely get.

New York Yankees re-sign Brett Gardner to interesting new deal

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

The New York Yankees struck and deal with veteran outfielder Brett Gardner on Friday, according to John Heyman of MLB network.

The new deal comes as a surprise as manager Aaron Boone had stated he hadn’t spoken to Gardy in a couple of weeks, but as always, GM Brian Cashman finalized the deal before the rest of the team joined the pitchers and catchers down in Florida.

Gardner, who seems to be eternally healthy, will rejoin the Bombers at 37 years old. He has a bit of diversity with his lefty bat and offers a reserve option in the outfield behind Clint Frazier.

The deal is worth $4 million in guaranteed money over one year with an option for the 2022 season. This is an interesting contract, which would indicate that Brett can actually return for a second season at 38 years old. This past year with the Yankees, he finished with a .223 average, five homers, and 15 RBIs. He is two years removed from a 28 HR season, a career-high.

Whether or not you are pleased with the signing, Gardner is a constant in the outfield and offers a solid depth piece who understands what the Yankees need and desire on a daily basis. With Frazier unproven, Gardy can supplement any deficiencies if need be, giving him some rest over the course of a 162 game season.

 

 

UFC Vegas 19 Preview: Ketlen Vieira – Yana Kunitskaya

In the co-main event of UFC Vegas 19 we have a big time matchup in the women’s bantamweight division. Top ten contenders, Ketlen Vieira (11-1) and Yana Kunitskaya (13-5, 1 NC) go head-to-head tomorrow night.

Vieira’s UFC career started out very strong. She made her octagon debut back in 2016 and she started out her UFC career 4-0. It wasn’t just started out 4-0, but it was the fact that she had wins over bantamweights like Sara McMann and Cat Zingano. At one point, Vieira was the second ranked bantamweight in the UFC.

Vieira is a black belt in jiu jitsu as well as judo. She’s very good on the ground and she is very good in the clinch. Vieira loves to strike and she has very good power. However, she can be a little too wild with her striking at times.

Standing across from Vieira tomorrow night is Yana Kunitskaya. Kunitskaya made her UFC debut back in 2018 and she’s gone 3-2 so far inside the octagon. However, her two losses came against Aspen Ladd and Cris Cyborg. However, she’s represented herself well in all her fights.

Kunitskaya has a very decent all around game. She has good striking and she has very good top pressure. There are a number of things that Kunitskaya does well that can cause problems for Vieira tomorrow night.

UFC Vegas 19 Prediction

For Kunitskaya to be successful at UFC Vegas 19, she’s going to have to keep this fight standing. As mentioned, Kunitskaya does have good grappling and good top control. However, she’s going to be at a disadvantage in this one. Vieira is very strong in both of those positions.

Vieira is going to have the power advantage tomorrow, but Kunitskaya is going to have the technique advantage on the feet. For Vieira to pickup the win tomorrow, she’s going to have to make this more of a grappling matchup and I believe she will force a lot of clinches tomorrow.

When it comes to a prediction for UFC Vegas 19, I really like Ketlen Vieira. While Kunitskaya is very good, I don’t think she has the power to keep Vieira off of her tomorrow. While I’m expecting Kunitskaya to have some success, I just don’t see her keeping this fight on the feet. With that, I think Vieira is getting her hand raised tomorrow.

Prediction: Ketlen Vieira by Unanimous Decision

New York Jets positional preview 2021: Special teams

ESM’s New York Jets offseason preview concludes by analyzing the special teams, which welcomes back overseer Brant Boyer.

The Position: Special Teams
On the Roster: P Braden Mann, LS Tom Hennessy, K Chase McLaughlin
Free Agents: N/A
Reserve/Future: K Sam Ficken

As the New York Jets have abandoned their coaching ship twice over the past three years, Brant Boyer has proven unsinkable.

The Jets’ special teams coordinator is about to embark on a journey with his third coaching group, having survived the respective purgings of Todd Bowles and Adam Gase’s staffs. Boyer has overseen the development of Pro Bowlers (sending two, Jason Myers and Andre Roberts, in 2018) and has often been floated by fans as an interim boss once they get tired of the regular man in change.

“So many people have called on his behalf.” head coach Robert Saleh said of Boyer’, per notes provided by the Jets. “He’s held in such high regard.” Saleh eventually made the decision to retain Boyer to his new staff, a rare holdover from Gase’s group.

The retainment comes at a time where strong special teams are more vital than ever. New York is desperate for offensive traction but must work with what it can in these trying times. Whether it’s pinning an opponent deep when a driver sputters out or making the most of a drive that reaches fourth down in enemy territory via a field goal, the Jets need to make sure their special teams are ready to go.

While one area seems to be settled…rookie Braden Mann earned positive reviews at punter, and gained a cult following for his propensity to make touchdown-saving tackles…the Jets have been looking for a solution at kicker ever since Myers shipped off to Seattle. Including preseason contests, six different kickers have filled the role since the 2019 season began. There was three alone last season, as injuries and inconsistency forced Sam Ficken from the post. The Jets got by with Sergio Castillo and Chase McLaughlin for the remainder of the year.

Also back for another year is long snapper Thomas Hennessy, who has spent the last four years in the role incident-free. Receiver Braxton Berrios had primary punt return duties, while former Giants defensive draft pick Corey Ballentine later took over affairs on the kickoff.

Free Agents-to-be

None

Will They Draft?

After using their final choice of Mann last season, it’s definitely possible the Jets could use one of their day three picks on another leg, this one of the more offensive type. Last season was a bit of a struggle for the top prospect Evan McPherson, but other options arose through Miami’s Jose Borregales (18-of-20, long of 57) and Riley Patterson of Memphis, who struggled as a senior but posted sellar numbers the year prior.

Veteran Possibilities

Younghoe Koo, Atlanta

Born in South Korea and raised in Ridgewood, NJ, Koo has been one of the more inspiring stories in recent NFL history. He memorably executed three successful onside kicks during a Thanksgiving 2019 tilt in New Orleans and led the NFL with 37 made field goals last season (on 39 attempts). Koo was also the NFL’s leading scorer at 144 points, tied with fellow kickers Daniel Carlson of Las Vegas and Jason Sanders in Miami.

Ryan Succop, Tampa Bay

Mr. Irrevelant was anything but for the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers this season. The final pick of the 2009 NFL Draft recovered very well after knee surgery, tying a career-best best with 136 points and converting all nine of his postseason triple attempts en route to the Big Game.

Jamal Agnew, Detroit

If the Jets are looking to spice up their return game, or at least create some competition, they can turn to Agnew, who has likewise played offense and defense during his time with the Lions. Agnew would have to work on his ball control, but double-digit averages on both kicks and punts are nothing to scoff at.

Outlook

For the third straight year, the Jets are going to spend the offseason looking for a new kicker. It’s possible that endeavor can be solved in the spring by signing someone like Koo or Succop, or create competition with the draft. Either way, that situation must be resolved sooner rather than later. With punter and long snapper accounted for,

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

UFC Vegas 19 Preview: Andrei Arlovski – Tom Aspinall

Andrei Arlovski

Tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 19, we will see an intriguing matchup in the heavyweight division. Former heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski (30-19, 2 NC) will be taking on top prospect, Tom Aspinall (9-2).

Aspinall will be making his third appearance in the UFC. While he’s already had two fights, we haven’t seen him long inside the octagon. In his first two fights, Aspinall was able to score first round finishes. Neither of those two fights went more than 95 seconds.

Aspinall is a very intriguing heavyweight. He’s a black belt in jiu jitsu, but he’s really known for his striking. One of the things that makes him so interesting is the fact that he trains with the boxing heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury. You can imagine Aspinall gets great work in at the gym.

Standing across from Aspinall in his third UFC fight is a former champion. Andrei Arlovski has been in the game for a very long time and he’s a former heavyweight champion. Arlovski made his professional debut back in 1999 and he became the UFC heavyweight champion in 2005.

He has a wealth of experience and he will bring a lot to the cage on Saturday night. Arlovski is now training at American Top Team and you can see the more measured approach he’s taken. In his last fight, he defeated another solid prospect in Tanner Boser by decision.

UFC Vegas 19 Prediction

When it comes to the fight at UFC Vegas 19, Arlovski is going to have to be very crafty. At this stage in the game, I’m not expecting him to go out and outstrike Tom Aspinall. I just don’t believe that Arlovski has that in his bag anymore.

However, Arlovski does have a lot of tools at his disposal. We’ve seen Arlovski have a willingness to mix in his wrestling during his fights. He’s going to have to have a diverse approach in order to get the win tomorrow. However, even with that approach, he has a very tall order in front of him.

Yes, Arlovski is a former UFC champion, however, I just don’t believe this is a great fight for him. Aspinall is not a guy who’s going to go all out for the finish early and gas himself out. I’m expecting a very measured approach and with that, the right shot will come.

I wouldn’t rule out Arlovski having his moments early, however, I believe they will be few and far between. I’m expecting Aspinall to have a signature performance tomorrow and get this one done in the first round.

Prediction: Tom Aspinall by TKO – Round 1

Three ways the Carson Wentz trade affects the New York Jets

One green team’s move has ripple effects on another. Find out how things have changed for the New York Jets’ QB situation.

The NFL offseason offered an early bird special this week, as it appears a potential starting quarterback vacancy has been filled.

The Philadelphia Eagles dealt beleaguered franchise man Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts on late Thursday morning. Indianapolis, fresh off a brief appearance in January’s NFL postseason, is looking to fill a thrower’s void left behind by the retiring Phillip Rivers. A pair of second-day draft picks (a third in 2021 and a conditional second in 2022) are on their way to the City of Brotherly Love in return.

Fans in the metropolitan area no doubt wonder what this means for a certain green team…ok, maybe two, as Giants fans look toward a Wentz-free landscape for their biggest rival. But fans of the New York Jets, eager for clarity on their own franchise’s passing situation, will likely wonder what this means for their own man on the hot seat, Sam Darnold.

So how does this change things? ESM investigates…

One Trade Partner is Off The Market

A Jets-Colts trade during the offseason seemed to be a football certainty on par with Giants-Cowboys on Sunday night. It was, of course, a pre-draft deal that put Darnold on a New York path in 2018, and several veterans have made the switch from blue to green in recent seasons through both deals and free agency (i.e. Matthias Farley, Quincy Wilson, Pierre Desir).

Darnold potentially ending up in Indianapolis could’ve been on the table. The Colts have reasonably recovered from what could’ve been a disaster from a franchise-standpoint, the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck. Indianapolis is also situated in a division that could well be up for grabs soon. Jacksonville’s rebuild is ongoing, nothing more needs to be written about the Texans, and the Colts tied with Tennessee for the division title.

With Rivers leaving, a serviceable quarterback option like Darnold in a much better situation could’ve made a strong union. It might’ve come at the sacrificing of draft picks, but with the AFC potentially up for grabs after Kansas City’s Super Bowl no-show, putting Darnold behind their strong line possibly could’ve helped earn a home playoff game. It appears, however, that the Colts will instead embark on that possibility with Wentz instead.

Darnold’s Trade Value Potentially Weakens

NFL history was forever altered on September 23, 2001, when the Jets’ Mo Lewis laid down a crushing hit on New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, leaving some unknown backup named Tom Brady to go into the game to finish things off. The Jets won that game and little else since, because that backup named Brady got it together pretty quickly.

It’s very much fair to wonder, likely on a smaller scale, to wonder what divergence was created in the NFL timeline on December 10, 2017, when Wentz, gunning for MVP honors during the Eagles’ magical Super Bowl run, tore an ACL in a win over the Rams. This is more or less a long way of saying the narrative that Wentz was a Philadelphia bust is ridiculously overblown. The 2020 season was brutal, but it’s Wentz’ only season that could objectively be called bad.

Nobody knows just how much the Adam Gase era stifled Darnold’s development. But, even without the Gase handicap, it’s safe to say Wentz has had a stronger and more impactful career than Darnold to date. So if his value is a pair of second day picks, the Jets probably shouldn’t keep their hopes high when it comes to Darnold, who has, like Wentz, had issues in playing a full 16-game season (unfair as injury-prone labels may be).

Part of the reason Wentz didn’t produce a high yield was the infamous contract extension the Eagles bestowed upon him after the 2018 season ($107 million guaranteed). But one can’t help but wonder if teams will be a little more reluctant to deal anything truly valuable when it comes to a hypothetical Darnold deal.

The Likelihood of Darnold Staying Might’ve Increased

This offseason is unique in that there could possibly be a dozen teams vying for a new starting quarterback. The Jets appear to be one and two more could also reside in their division (Miami and New England). So the Colts trading for Wentz isn’t the end of the world if they’re looking to truly deal Darnold.

But, a combination of one team off the board, one that is undoubtedly searching for a new quarterback, and teams perhaps being wary of trading high capital, the possibility of Darnold sticking around just raised ever so slightly.

Something that should be kept in mind as the Jets start to navigate through what could be a fateful offseason is that they’re anything but a “quarterback away” from mere postseason contention, much less the Super Bowl. It’s probably one of the biggest reasons Deshaun Watson hasn’t made his way over just yet. They have many, many areas to address, and while there’s a big offseason budget to work with, if they have a relative solution in Darnold, they could take care of other issues like the changes they need to make in their back seven, blocking, and weapons.

Time will tell exactly what the future holds for Darnold, but, for the time being, the Colts and Eagles’ bargain might’ve ensured, for now, that Jets fans need not ditch their No. 14 threads just yet.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags 

New York Yankees Player Profiles: Robinson Chirinos, is he a catch?

Will the New York Mets pursue Robinson Chirinos in free agency?

The New York Yankees have addressed the situation of having only two catchers to start the 2021 season. The retirement caused the void at the end of the last season by catcher Erik Kratz. Kratz was the backup catcher that caught Deivi Garcia’s Major League debut. If either Gary Sanchez or Kyle Higashioka were to be injured, the Yankees would have no backup catcher. To resolve that, they signed veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos.

Yankee fans know little about Chirinos, so today, I am introducing Robinson, his career, and his journey to the New York Yankees. Robinson David Chirinos Gonzalez is 36 years old and was born in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. He signed with the Chicago Cubs as a non drafted free agent in 2000. He is a 20 year veteran of the game. He made his Major League debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. He has also caught for the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, and the New York Mets before coming to the New York Yankees.

In his first year in the majors, he hit .218/.283/.309 and only had a caught stealing record of 9%. After a concussion, he did not play in 2012. On April 8, 2013, he was traded to the Texas Rangers. With the Rangers, he was the backup catcher for A. J. Pierzynski, but only played in 13 games. But in 2014, he was the starting catcher for the Rangers; he played a career-high 93games that season, hitting .239/.290/.415, but he made 13 errors, the third-most in the American League.

In 2015 he again started for the Rangers. He batted .232/.325/.438. He came back for the ALDS against the Toronto Blue Jays and hit 3-for-11 (.273) and one home run in 3 games played in a series loss. Chirinos continued to catch for the Rangers through 2018 with similar results. On June 13, 2018, Chirinos was struck at home plate by Matt Kemp. Robinson felt the collision was intentional and started a bench-clearing brawl.   Both players were ejected from the game.

In 2018 he batted .222/.338/.419. Chirinos allowed 53 stolen bases, fourth-most for a catcher in the AL, as he caught 6 runners for a caught-stealing percentage of 10%. At the end of the season, the Rangers declined his $4.5 million option. On December 6, 2018, Chirinos signed a one-year contract with the Houston Astros. On September 1, 2019, Chirinos caught Justin Verlander’s third career no-hitter. In 2019 he batted .238/.347/.443.

After the season, he started the year with his second stint with the Rangers, but he was traded to the New York Mets in August. For the two teams in 2020, he combined for the worst batting average of his career, hitting only .162 just above Gary Sanchez’s worst season.  Now he is a non-roster catcher for the New York Yankees. After reading this, you realize that Chirinos is a pretty lousy hitter, as demonstrated by his record. There is no reason to believe he will be any better this season if used. He will only be used if Sanchez or Higashioka is injured. He can call a good game, but outside of that, he is a pretty average catcher. He does have a connection to Gerrit Cole as he was his personal catcher with the Astros.

In a surprising move by Yankee manager Aaron Boone, he has announced that Kyle Higashioka will not be Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher in 2021. He said in spring training Cole would pitch to Sanchez and Higashioka. The very nice day, Cole, in an interview, started with a mention of his former Astros teammate  Robinson Chirinos. “Let’s not forget the third catcher that we have in Robinson,” Cole said. The bottom line for the Yankees is that they have picked up an adequate catcher to fill in. How big a role he ends up playing, only the season will tell. The Yankees solved a problem without spending any money.

The photo accompanying this profile is of Chirinos with Gerrit Cole when playing together with the Houston Astros. EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.

New York Jets: Two bold free-agency predictions

New York Jets, Hunter Henry

The New York Jets need help. They have a new coaching staff, which should help, but they need talent. Regardless of what happens at quarterback, because that decision is far from over, weapons have to be around whoever that is.

The Jets are reportedly interested in JuJu Smith-Schuster and Will Fuller V, but those wouldn’t necessarily be bold predictions. For one, Smith-Schuster going to the team seems to be a common one. However, there are some players who, even though they have a good chance of returning to where they played last season, could come over to play at Metlife Stadium.

With more than $62-million in cap space, the team can certainly make a splash. Here are two bold predictions for the use of that cap space:

WR Allen Robinson II

Robinson is going to be the most coveted number-one receiver in free agency. This past season, with an underwhelming quarterbacking tandem of Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky, he posted 102 receptions for 1,250 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Robinson can do it all on the field. At 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, he certainly isn’t small. He can use his size and strength to win the tough catches and shield the ball from defenders. He’s a solid route runner and is smart after the catch. Along with his on-field skills, he’s someone that Denzel Mims can learn a lot from.

Also, at only 27 years old, he is still very well in his prime. He’s going to get offers – and a lot of them. However, the Jets can offer him the most appealing amount of money. I say “appealing” because only the Jaguars have more cap space, but I don’t see any scenario with him returning to Jacksonville.

So, the New York Jets will sign Allen Robinson II to a four-year, roughly $84-million deal.

TE Hunter Henry

Although they have Ryan Griffin and Chris Herndon on the roster, neither is the solidified option at tight end. Hunter Henry is proven to be a reliable and capable player at the position. Last season with the Chargers and rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, he totaled 60 receptions for 613 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Henry quickly became a favorite target for Herbert, and rightfully so. He’s explosive and consistently finds a way to be open. Also, he’s well-rounded – meaning he can catch and block effectively. Sam Darnold, or whoever is the quarterback, could desperately need that assistance. He’d be vital for anyone, especially if they draft a quarterback.

There’s a real good chance, however, that the Chargers franchise tag Henry again. If they do, he’ll be locked up. If not, he could walk. Recently, the latter seems increasingly likely. According to Sports Illustrated, the Chargers have joined the conversation in trading for Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. He could be the replacement in Los Angeles that allows Henry to come to Gang Green.

In this scenario, that trade happens. The New York Jets then sign Hunter Henry to a four-year, $48-million deal.

These bold signings would instantly bolster the Jets’ offense.