Thursday, February 7, 2013
Potential Jets cuts
By Tim Kavanagh
Apparently some of the speculative cuts discussed below are all but official.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets will be cutting Scott, Smith and Pace in the coming days, which will clear $27.7 million off their 2013 salary cap. This will help alleviate their cap woes, though this is a long-term process.
The New York Giants already got their offseason financial moves off to a brisk start, removing RB Ahmad Bradshaw and DT Chris Canty from the roster on Wednesday in order to shave some value off their salary cap figure. Their co-tenants at MetLife Stadium will be joining them in this action soon.
According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, the Jets are around $20 million over the projected 2013 salary cap, which is a pretty wild occurrence considering how poorly this iteration of the roster performed in 2012. Regardless of 2012 performance, however, some cuts will need to be made to get them under the salary cap prior to the start of the league year on March 12. Hubbuch suggests excising OLB Calvin Pace, ILB Bart Scott, OT Jason Smith and S Eric Smith; in removing those four, the Jets will save $30.8 million in cap room.
Once the cap cuts are transacted, the Jets can get the rest of their offseason planned out; S LaRon Landry needs a new contract, they need to fill some vacancies, and there's also the matter of CB Darrelle Revis, who is entering the final season of his current deal.