Jet Fuel Rundown: Le’Veon, Super Bowl LII, and Cousins drama

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Welcome to the Jet Fuel Rundown, a weekly column published on Saturdays here at New York Jet Fuel with quick-hitting stories from around the NFL and the Jets. It is the eve of Super Bowl LII and there is no shortage of storylines. From the actual game, to an all-of-a-sudden trade, the NFL is at peak excitement. And it’s February.

As I promised last week, starting these roundups with quarterback news will probably become a trend. Let’s do it again.

1. Odds to get Cousins

Who cares about betting on the Super Bowl? You can bet on the color of Pink’s hair during the national anthem, the color of Justin Timberlake’s shoes, and now, the team quarterback Kirk Cousins will be employed by at the start of the 2018 season.

Following the wild Alex Smith trade, Cousins has locked up his case for the hottest commodity in the NFL free agency pool. The soon-to-be former Washington quarterback is expected to get paid anywhere from $25-30 million per season, and the Jets, who have over $70 million in cap space, are sure to be major players in the sweepstakes.

So much so that betting odds released by BetOnline.ag peg the Jets as the second-most likely team to have Cousins at the start of the 2018 regular season.

Here’s the full list:

Team Odds Proj. Cap Space
Denver Broncos 8/5 $26.8 million
New York Jets 9/4 $72.4 million
Jacksonville Jaguars 6/1 $16.5 million
Cleveland Browns 13/2 $109.7 million
Arizona Cardinals 7/1 $8.7 million
Buffalo Bills 12/1 $29.4 million
Minnesota Vikings 15/1 $50.2 million
Miami Dolphins 20/1 $7.5 million
New York Giants 20/1 $22.3 million

2. Le’Veon’s Twitter Roast

Another player who will get paid is star running back Le’Veon Bell. But apparantly, it won’t be by the Jets.

On Twitter, Bell was encouraged by a Jets fan to take “$60 million [in] cash” to join the Jets. Bell’s response?

“That ain’t enough to come run with the Jets…”

Well, if there are odds on Bell’s 2018 destination, the Jets just became the longest of longshots.

At least Jamal Adams stuck up for his team.

3. Former Jets in Super Bowl

Hey, Jets fans: If the sight of Tom Brady winning his sixth Super Bowl would make you sick, just keep in mind that it would also mean David Harris would finally get his hands on the Lombardi Trophy.

His interception in the 2010 AFC divisional playoffs brought Gang Green as close to that Lombardi Trophy as it had gotten in the last five decades.

Some other ex-Jets with a chance to earn a ring on Sunday: Patriots practice squad members Trevor Reilly (a 2014 seventh-round draft pick of New York’s) and Will Tye (whom the Patriots signed just over a week after the Jets waived him this year).

4. Former Jets in Minneapolis, but not in the Super Bowl

A few ex-Jets made cameos in Minneapolis during Super Bowl week (along with what seems like every single NFL player and media personality ever). Perhaps the most notable was Nick Mangold, who revealed that an injury restricted him from playing in the NFL this past season, but still has hopes to return to the game in 2018.

5. NYJ Roster Move

It’s never too early to make some moves for the future. This past week, New York announced it signed linebacker Micah Awe to a futures contract.

Awe most recently played in the CFL with the British Columbia Lions, where he was allowed to terminate a year of his contract to join the NFL. The 24-year-old recorded 54 tackles at WILL linebacker in the CFL last year, and has also been in the NFL as a member of the Buccaneers’ practice squad.

6. Catch this

Do you hate everything surrounding the NFL’s catch rules? Do you rip your hair out every time an announcer says, “is this a catch?'” If you answered ‘yes,’ you’re correct. I know those aren’t factual questions, but yes, the catch rules are awful.

In his State of the NFL speech this past week, league commissioner Roger Goodell said the league has “a great opportunity to get this rule right,” and will “look at the rule fundamentally from the start.”

All we, as NFL spectators, can do is hope that the catch rule doesn’t ruin what should be an extremely exciting Super Bowl.

7. One-liners from around the league

ESPN: How to not blow a 28-3 lead over the Patriots: Advice from NFL players, coaches

The Athletic ($): All 22: Could Belichick steal from Indiana University to stop Eagles’ RPOs?

ESPN: Kirk Cousins says Redskins trade for Alex Smith ‘came as a surprise’

New York Times (opinion): I’m the Wife of a Former N.F.L. Player. Football Destroyed His Mind

NFL: Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome to step down after 2018

CBS Sports: ‘Madden’ sim of Super Bowl 2018: Patriots beat Eagles in the wildest ending ever

NJ.com: Super Bowl 2018 is proof that the NFL Draft isn’t the only path to football glory

About Max Marcilla

Max is a sophomore broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland. He is the news director for WMUC Sports, a reporter for The Left Bench TV and the co-owner of New York Jet Fuel, a site dedicated to covering the New York Jets. You can contact Max at mmarcilla98@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @MMarcilla98.

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