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Jets release offensive lineman Smith

By Sean M. Deegan
Publisher, Jets
September 10th, 2004
In a somewhat surprising move, the team announced that they have released veteran G/T Brent Smith.

In a somewhat surprising move, the team announced that they have released veteran G/T Brent Smith.

Smith, an 8 year pro originally signed with the Jets last season as a backup but the sudden retirement of Tom Nutten forced him into the starting lineup where he did a solid job filling in. Coming into camp this season, Smith was expected to resume his starting role but was forced into a battle as a starter when the team acquired Pete Kendall at the beginning of camp. He was eventually beat out by second year man Brandon Moore at the right guard spot.

The move is a bit of a shock considering the Jets very thin depth at the position. The only reserve guard on the depth chart at present is Jonathan Goodwin who is actually now the reserve center behind Kevin Mawae.

Word coming out of camp is that the move was salary cap motivated. If Smith was active on the Jets opening day roster the team would have been responsible for his entire $550K salary. However, by releasing him they can re-sign him next week and only be responsible for his weekly salary while he is on the roster. Still, with many teams looking to bolster their offensive line depth the Jets are taking a big risk that he may be claimed on the waiver wire.

The Jets roster now stands at 52 players. One under the team limit.

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