Dec 15, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; xxNew York Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace (97) reacts in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jets Trying to Bring Back LB Calvin Pace


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.

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  • Piazza31nyj

    I assume they’ll add an OLB but probably not until the 3rd or 4th round. Morgan Breslin is an intriguing name coming off an injury. It would be great if ware becomes available. I bet rex will go crazy for ware.

    • Alan Schechter

      I agree. The idea of Ware being released might actually have Rex drooling. Could you imagine a DeMarcus Ware playing to his potential on this team?

    • Paul Newbold

      I like Attaochu as well. He didn’t make the combine due to injury, and has been mocked as high as the late second. I’m hoping without the combine, he’ll slip into the third and the Jets could grab him there. The kid is fast and plays with attitude, a Rex style linebacker for sure. Teamed with Coples, I think things could get scary for AFC East QB’s for quite some time.

  • Van Hazard

    Idzik should bring Pace back if they can reach a reasonable deal. Pace would be a nice mentor for his replacement, who I’m expecting Jets will draft somewhere in the mid rounds. Ideally, they’ll get a future edge-rusher to bookend with Coples. With Mo’, Snacks and Richardson up front the Sons of Anarchy could be just that for years to come.

  • Paul Newbold

    Pace surprised the hell out of me last season! I thought for sure he’d be cut and done! He did have an awesome year rushing the quarterback, but much of that production came from the work of the defensive front. I can see bringing him back at a deal similar to last years, nothing much more than that, and that’s dependent on that they bring in his replacement and let him mentor for a year.