The Jets have officially announced the release of four veteran players: linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, safety Eric Smith and offensive tackle Jason Smith. They also announced that they have waived TE/FB Josh Baker.
These moves save the Jets approximately $31 million, putting them about about $6 million over the projected $121.1 million salary cap. However, recent reports indicate that the 2013 cap may move up to $121.5 million.
With the messy salary cap situation (and 2012 performances), the release of Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, Eric Smith and Jason Smith was simply a foregone conclusion. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is now reporting that the Jets are planning to mee with Scott’s agent this week in Indianapolis to see if the two sides can agree on a reduced salary, so there is a possibility that he may return to the team. Also worth noting that some people suspect that Scott plans to retire, but I have not seen any reports on this theory.
The Jets are still going to need to make several more cuts, even if only to plug in holes with mid-tier free agents and sign draftees. They also have to make decisions about several players, including RB Shonn Greene, S LaRon Landry, TE Dustin Keller and RG Brandon Moore,among others. (Reports indicate the Jets plan to meet with Keller’s representatives at the combine to talk about a contract. The franchise tag is not expected to be an option).
For old times’ sake…