After a career season, the Jets are trying to have one of their veterans back for another year.
According to a report from the Post, the Jets are in talks with Calvin Pace’s agent to bring the linebacker back for another season. Calvin was released early in 2013, only to be brought back at a minimum salary.
Calvin Pace responded by posting a career high 10 sacks in 2013. Rex Ryan, loyal as we all know, would be thrilled to get him back:
“With Calvin, he knows our system so well,” Ryan said. “It’s such a comfort level for me that way, but when you guys asked me about who’s the most improved player — clearly, Geno was an improved player. You can see that statistically. But how about Calvin Pace? I don’t care how old Calvin was. He had 10 sacks. He had a tremendous year. It just goes to show you that even though his age [is] what it is … he still through his work ethic and everything else was able to improve. That’s exciting to me. He is our own player right now. He’s still a Jet until somebody tells me otherwise. I can actually comment on him. We’d love to have Calvin back.”
If a raise is what Pace wants, the Jets have to wait until after the free agent period begins to sign him.
After his production last year, there is no reason not to want Pace back, but at what cost? What role? That will depend upon the off-season. If the Jets can set up to have a younger player start, that would be the ideal situation. But having Pace back as a mentor would be just fine.