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Josh Evans: You lose your appeal, you lose the dough

June 4th, 2003
If Jets DT Josh Evans is not successful in appealing his positive drug test he loses a ton of money and the Jets get cap relief. Josh, was that puff really worth seven figures?

It seems that based on Evans history, the Jets protected themselves.

Dave Hutchinson of the Star-Ledger has obtained a copy of Evans contract and reports that if he loses his appeal on his latest positive test for marijuana, the team would recoup the $3 million option bonus it paid him in March to pick up the final three years of the contract. If a lifetime ban is placed on Evans, the Jets will gain $1 million of his prorated bonus on the salary cap this season. Finally, if the Jets decide to release Evans outright, they would get rid of his entire $1.2 million base salary and see a cap savings of $2.2 million.

Although the cap space is nice, the more pressing problem would be to replace Evans who was an integral part of the Jets defense last season. A few names that may appeal to the Jets who are still available are Gilbert Brown (Packers), Henry Ford (Titans) and Sean Gilbert (Panthers). The more likely scenario is that the Jets will stay in house and bring rookie Dewayne Robertson right in the picture. James Reed will also definitely get some more reps this training camp to see if he is finally ready to step up.

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