Another week, another Jet Fuel Rundown. Here are some of the top stories from around the league, and around the Jets, from the last week.
1. The Eagles are Super Bowl Champs
This is old news. But what is “newer” news is the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade. The crowd was an estimated 700,000 people, and it was absolutely wild. Among the highlights was Jason Kelce doing… whatever this is.
Jason Kelce, man of the people. #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/4VEIFkAfd2
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 8, 2018
Philly’s coach, Doug Pederson, also caught a beer. Can you imagine Todd Bowles doing that!?
DOUG PEDERSON WITH THE ONE-HANDED BEER GRAB! (Video courtesy of @TimmyLederman) #EaglesParade #Eagles pic.twitter.com/DGE5S7oVh7
— Howard "THE EAGLES WON THE SUPER BOWL" Finkelstein (@howfink) February 8, 2018
2. Butler drama
After the Eagles took home the Lombardi Trophy, there was one big unanswered question: what the heck happened with Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler?
To summarize, Butler — the hero from New England’s Super Bowl 49 victory against Seattle — was sick and arrived a day later to the Super Bowl. He still practiced fully and was expected to play. However, shortly before kickoff, he was made aware that he would not play in the game. He ended up playing one special teams snap, and head coach Bill Belichick would not explain the decision.
Earlier this week, Butler defending himself, shedding rumors of wrongdoing, and essentially saying goodbye to New England. He is an unrestricted free agent, and one of the best cornerbacks on the market. The Jets will certainly take a look.
3. Nick Mangold for… Congress?
Not so fast. Former New York Jets center Nick Mangold had toyed with the idea of running for office, but on Thursday, he released a statement on Twitter saying he is “not at a place where I could commit to that.”
Hopefully this helps……. pic.twitter.com/8o4gfATfeQ
— Nick Mangold (@nickmangold) February 8, 2018
Mangold has been vocal with his political views during his decade-long career in green and white. The former Ohio State Buckeye introduced then-candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Ohio, and previously voiced his support for Mitt Romney in 2012.
The 34-year-old didn’t play football in 2017, but didn’t rule out a potential return to the game next season. He remains a free agent.
4. Other Jets in politics
Mangold wasn’t the only Jet to make headlines in the political field this week. Free agent quarterback Josh McCown and linebacker Demario Davis apparently met with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday to “talk about the need for criminal reform.”
It was great meeting with @demario__davis and @JoshMcCown12 of the @NYJets to talk about the need for criminal justice reform. Let’s get this done. pic.twitter.com/vfLJN28BZe
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) February 9, 2018
Both Davis and McCown are unrestricted free agents this year, but both have openly discussed a love for New York — and it shows in their political activism. McCown has said he would like to stay with Gang Green, while Davis took a pay cut to play for the Jets in 2017 after a disappointing 2016 season with the Browns.
5. Jimmy G’s
Davis may have took a pay cut, but long-term 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garropolo did not. And he is making bank.
After just seven career starts, Garropolo inked a five-year deal worth over $137 million, including $74 million guaranteed. He earned it, leading an otherwise talentless San Francisco team to five straight wins to end the season. But the new contract could set the market place for future quarterbacks (Kirk Cousins, anyone?) who are set to make over $30 million per season.
6. Le’Veon sets his price
Last week, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell said he wouldn’t take $60 million to play for the Jets.
This week, he said $100 million sounds good.
That’s a lot of money and it’s not going to happen. Period. But that didn’t stop Jamal Adams from reaching out to Bell once again to try to sway him toward New York.
Hahah my guy you making me work! @L_Bell26 https://t.co/5AumOpSUFE
— JamalAdams (@TheAdams_era) February 7, 2018