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New York Jets: Salary Cap and Potential Savings Before Free Agency

February 12th, 2014 at 8:45 PM
By Peter Schifani

Now that the Super Bowl is over all NFL teams are in there offseason heading towards the NFL Combine in about 10 days, and free agency is just under a month away. The New York Jets will likely be active then to add some key players before the 2014 NFL Draft in May.

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Since the New York Jets were able to finish the 2013 season with an 8-8 record you can expect them to be more aggressive this offseason in the hopes of a winning campaign in 2014 leading to a possible playoff berth. In order to do so they need to make some key additions in free agency prior to adding young talent to round out the roster during the 2014 NFL Draft. In an article on ESPNNewYork.com by Rich Cimini, it appears the Jets have a little over $20 million currently in space under the salary cap. Besides allocating somewhere between five and six million to there upcoming draft class that still leaves then with 14 to 15 million dollars to spend.

Of course it is very likely the New York  Jets will separate themselves from quarterback Mark Sanchez, which will save them approximately $8.3 million, wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who's savings is about the same as Sanchez and also cornerback Antonio Cromartie, with a $9.5 million savings. The Jets expect to Cromartie to test free agency but likely return at a lower salary number as did Calvin Pace last season. If all of these things happen then the Jets will find themselves over $40 million under the salary cap. General manager John Idzik and the front office staff would then be hard pressed not to find the right talent to fill all the major and minor holes to produce a possible winner in 2014.

The New York Jets will need to get better at tight end, wide receiver, safety and begin to sign new talents or re-sign offensive lineman like Austin Howard and Willie Colon plus look at possibly giving Muhammad Wilkerson a new deal worthy of his play the last two seasons. After that the reshaping of the roster truly begins and hope for Jets fans in 2014 will spring eternal as the weather hopefully starts to turn towards spring as well. 

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Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Football, John Idzik, Mark Sanchez, Muhammad Wilkerson, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Santonio Holmes

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