News is flying in the first day of free agency. The biggest news of which is that Bart Scott is now a member of the New York Jets! The two sides have agreed in principle for a 5 years, $40 million dollar contract, which will insert him as the clear defensive captain alongside David Harris in the middle.
As for LG Chris Kemoeatu, the Steelers have dropped out of the bidding, leaving the Jets as the clear favorite. He hasn't been signed yet, but don't be surprised if he's a Jet by the end of the day. The contract allegedly is worth about $4 million dollars a year.
But the most interesting defection has to be tight end Chris Baker, who flocked up to join divisional rival Bill Bellichick and the hated New England Patriots*. With Dustin Keller in the fold, Baker was surely to leave, but the pipeline between these two teams is never-ending.
As for the Jets, Scott and Kemo are the two biggest news items so far. Bills CB Jabari Greer and Ravens CB Corey Ivy are also on the team's short list. Greer would be a huge addition for the Jets, as he's been a playmaker in the Bills' secondary. Putting him opposite Darrelle Revis would be scary for opposing quarterbacks. Ivy would have familiarity with Rex Ryan, but he's undersized and not particularly fast. Consequently, he would also be cheaper to sign.
Also, a crazy rumor, but the source is good. Erik Boland posts a comment on his own blog, saying that the Jets could still sign Ray Lewis, then offer David Harris to Cleveland, where Eric Mangini loves him. That could net Braylon Edwards, whom the Browns are trying to ship out.
Lewis, by the way, is not happy that Scott went to the Jets because the younger 'backer had a lot more options in free agency than the elder Lewis. Ray Ray now is probably going back to Baltimore, unless the Browns rumor actually has legs to it.