'Tis the season for number crunching.
The Jets, like many teams, have salary-cap concerns. They have roughly $6 million in cap space, which doesn't allow them to be serious players in free agency -- unless they create more room by cutting players and/or restructuring contracts.
Here's a position-by-position breakdown of the cap totals, providing insight into how the Jets have invested in recent years -- and where they need to trim some fat. (Note: Totals don't include current free agents such as Dustin Keller
, Mike DeVito
, LaRon Landry
, et al. Allow small margin of error.)
$16.48 million. Roughly 14 percent of cap devoted to a position that needs an overhaul. Yeesh.
$1.8 million. If the QB position is Peter Luger's Steakhouse, this is Burger King.
$16.86 million. Not much bang for the buck, based on 2012 performance.
$960,000. Konrad Reuland
and Hayden Smith
are the top guys under contract. Hence, the low number. They need Keller.
$22.12 million. A pretty high number, considering only two starters are under contract.
Offense total: $58.22 million
$12.5 million. One of the few areas where the talent lines up with the cost. They're trying to re-sign DeVito.
$20.6 million. We're counting $4.5 million in dead money from Bart Scott
, Calvin Pace
$26.47 million. The total will increase by $3 million if they trade Darrelle Revis
, if you can believe that. Landry will be a tough squeeze.
Defense total: $59.57 million