Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Shuffling for Jets at LB
By Tim Kavanagh
Based upon the salaries they doled out to their starting corps of LBs in 2012, one would think that the New York Jets had one of the top units in the league. But, as has been an issue with some of New York's players in recent campaigns, the salary didn't match up with the production.
We've been hearing that ILB Bart Scott and OLB Calvin Pace are set to be released at some point between now and the start of the league year; doing so will free up $15.8 million off the salary cap. Meanwhile, impending free agent Bryan Thomas is unlikely to be brought back, and the lone returnee, David Harris, is a candidate for a contract re-structuring, in the opinion of Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. Harris is set to count $13 million against the cap, and that number can come down a bit by finagling his deal.
As for the other three spots, here's Cimini's vision of what the Jets could do:
Rich CiminiPositional analysis: LBs
"Prepare for a new look, and not a moment too soon. Pace and Scott will be released any minute now, a salary-cap savings of $15.8 million. Replacing Scott won't be hard; Demario Davis will get first crack at the job. He'll upgrade the athleticism, but he needs to improve his instincts. Thomas, who will be 34, won't be back, meaning they have to replace two OLBs. That won't be easy. They can fill one spot in the draft, possibly with the ninth pick (Jarvis Jones, anyone?). The other starting spot could go to the athletically limited Garrett McIntyre or a moderately priced free agent. "