Jets back in 'Hard Knocks' consideration?

Just when you thought the Jets were out of the "Hard Knocks" picture ...

The Falcons declined HBO's invitation to be the featured team on this summer's reality series, ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas reported Saturday, meaning the network (and NFL Films) could come knocking again on the Jets' door.

The Jets have sent out mixed signals on "Hard Knocks." Owner Woody Johnson said recently he'd consider it if a formal offer was made, but Rex Ryan appears to have no interest in reprising their starring role from 2010.

"If we're asked, we'll talk about it," Ryan said Monday on a conference call with reporters, dancing around the question.

Clearly, the Jets are divided. If there was unanimous interest, HBO probably never would've approached the Falcons. The Jaguars want to do it, and the 49ers and Ravens -- coached by the Harbaugh brothers -- also are being considered, ESPN.com reported.

ESPNNewYork.com first reported HBO's offer to the Falcons.