While at the 2013 NFL Combine, the New York Jets met with the agents of some of their players, mainly those about to hit free agency. The big buzz was around the team neglecting to meet with the agents of Darrelle Revis, but what has been ignored is the meeting with the representation of free agent safety LaRon Landry. Long thought to be a goner as far as the Jets are concerned, the team has opened up some avenues to potentially keep the Pro Bowl safety.
It has been generally accepted up to this point that the New York Jets were going to have to watch LaRon Landry walk away after a monster year at safety. The Jets got him at a nice discount on a one year deal because Landry was looking to prove that he could stay healthy. That gamble by the Jets, which was a low risk-high reward venture, paid off big time in the secondary. The unfortunate part was that the team wouldn't be able to afford keeping him around after 2012.
But things are changing in terms of the salary cap situation. The awaited cuts of Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, Eric Smith and Jason Smith got the Jets under the expected salary cap. Word of the Jets restructuring Santonio Holmes in an attempt to lower his cap number has spread and being that he wouldn't lose any money in the long run, there's no reason to think it won't happen. That would put the Jets even further under the 2013 salary cap.
Then we get to some of the speculated moves. The biggest one is a potential Darrelle Revis trade. It wouldn't directly open up 2013 salary cap space; it would actually make his 2013 cap hit bigger, but with the extra room from a Santonio Holmes restructured contract, it wouldn't be felt nearly as much. Plus, it opens up a lot of room in future years, which would allow the Jets to structure contracts with free agents this offseason to take advantage of that. The Jets have denied any talk of a Darrelle Revis trade so far, but it has been reported that they have actively shopped him during the 2013 NFL Combine.
There are other possible cap-friendly moves that could be made. One of them would be cutting Sione Pouha. It turns out that many of the concerns about giving a multi-year deal to an older nose tackle came true last season. Pouha was banged up and generally unproductive compared to past seasons. With Kenrick Ellis emerging as a real piece to the defensive line rotation, Pouha could become expendable.
Keeping LaRon Landry seemed like a pipe dream just a short while ago, but recent developments have made it a possibility. There are some big pieces that would have to fall into place and Landry has said the Jets won't be getting any discount. Stay tuned as things continue to develop, especially once we get to the new league year on March 12 and NFL free agency opens.