Jets can jump-start free agency effort by re-signing these three

A look at what's happening around the New York Jets:

1. Money talk: The Jets have 15 unrestricted free agents. Naturally, they can't keep them all -- why would they want to? -- but they hope to re-sign a few. They've prioritized their targets and, from what I understand, their top three are cornerback Morris Claiborne, linebacker Demario Davis and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, likely in that order.

They've begin preliminary talks with all three, with Newsday reporting that Seferian-Jenkins rejected a two-year, $8 million offer. The Jets believe Jordan Leggett can develop into a pass-catching tight end in the Seferian-Jenkins mold, but that's a stretch at this point because Leggett hasn't played a down. Presumably, they will sweeten their offer to Seferian-Jenkins.

It's the same situation with Claiborne. They have some young corners (Derrick Jones and Jeremy Clark), but they're not close to being ready. In Davis' case, they have no heir apparent at middle linebacker.

All three players will generate fairly significant interest on the open market, so the Jets will try to get them locked up before the start of free agency (March 14).

2. Holding pattern? If Todd Bowles is planning to make a run at Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, he'll have to wait at least another week because the Eagles advanced to the NFC Championship Game.

John Morton remains the Jets offensive coordinator, but there have been rumblings about his job since the season ended. Some players weren't happy with his playcalling, and there's a sense in league circles that Bowles might go in another direction if the right guy shakes free.

Bowles tried to hire DeFilippo last year for the vacant position, but the Eagles wouldn't grant permission. This time, that won't be an issue because DeFilippo's contract is expiring. Thing is, he could be courted by other teams, so there's no guarantee the Jets would get him.

3. Generation gap: The Jets visit the Chicago Bears next season, and one of the storylines is sure to make Bowles feel ... well, old.

The Bears' new coach is Matt Nagy, whose father, Bill, was Bowles' high-school coach in Elizabeth, New Jersey. How's that for a small world? Matt was a two-year-old spectator when Elizabeth, led by Bowles, played for the state championship in 1980 at Giants Stadium.

Bowles, 54, and Nagy, 39, have kept in touch over the years. In fact, Nagy was on Bowles' radar last offseason when he was searching for an offensive coordinator.

4. Will Bruce rock Jersey? The Twitterverse got excited when I quoted a line from Peter King's Q & A with former Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who told the Monday Morning Quarterback he might spend time this summer in the Jets' training camp. He didn't give any details, fueling speculation he might become a consultant of some sort. Arians is known as a quarterback whisperer, and we all know the Jets have quarterbacks who could use some whispering.

From what I understand, Arians wouldn't be there in an official capacity. Oh, sure, he might talk ball with the coaches and players, but it would be more social than anything else. He has a standing invitation from Bowles, who told Arians that he'd be welcome to visit camp whenever he retires. The two men have known each other for more than 30 years and have remained close.

5. Wise guy on Jamal: While assisting with New England Patriots coverage last week, I got a chance to meet rookie defensive end Deatrich Wise, a high school teammate of Jets safety Jamal Adams. Wise told me nothing about Adams has changed since their days at Hebron High in the Dallas area.

"The person he is now, he was back then," Wise said. "Very energetic. He was a freshman, but he played on the varsity. He came in and brought energy to the team. He brought a lot to the team. He's a funny guy and a good person.

"As a freshman, I knew he was going to be a great player in the league," he continued. "He made plays that other people couldn't make. He's a hard worker. You may not see it, but he works hard off the field and it shows on the field."

Wise wasn't surprised to hear that Adams, after failing to make the Pro Bowl as a rookie, vowed never to miss it again.

"He can do anything he puts his mind to," Wise said. "I think he's going to be a great player."

6. Tuna helpers: Bill Parcells will see a lot of old colleagues on TV this weekend. Three of the eight coaches in the divisional playoffs come from his coaching tree -- Bill Belichick (Patriots), Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints) and Mike Zimmer (Minnesota Vikings).

Another Parcells protege, Brian Gaine, received a big promotion this week. Gaine, most recently an executive with the Buffalo Bills, was named the general manager of the Houston Texans. He got his start with the Jets in 1999, when Parcells gave him a job in the pro-personnel department. Not many people will remember this, but Gaine interviewed for the Jets' GM job in 2013. It eventually went to John Idzik.

Parcells knew how to surround himself with good people. Consider: Those '99 Jets produced four future GMs -- Gaine, Mike Tannenbaum, Scott Pioli and Trent Baalke. The coaching staff produced six head coaches -- Belichick, Romeo Crennel, Al Groh, Todd Haley, Eric Mangini and Charlie Weis (college).

7. The old gang: Rex Ryan's old assistant coaches are making a comeback. Brian Schottenheimer and Mike Pettine, the offensive and defensive coordinators on Ryan's first staff (2009), were hired for the same positions this week by the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, respectively. Ryan's old special teams coach, Mike Westhoff, came out of retirement in November to join the New Orleans Saints. Say this for Ryan: He hired a staff with staying power.

8. Did you know? The Jets and Giants share a stadium, but their philosophy on head coaches couldn't be more different. The Jets' last six coaches have been defensive-minded, while the Giants have gone with offensive guys for the last five hires. (We're not counting interim coach Steve Spagnuolo.)

The Giants' last defensive coach was Parcells (1990), who seven years later replaced Rich Kotite, the Jets' last offensive coach.

The Giants will break the trend if they hire Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.