Let's try and get a handle on the current Jets' salary cap situation heading into free agency?
What is the salary cap for 2016?
The NFL still has not announced the salary cap for the 2016 season. If there is one consistent, the projections keep going up the closer we get to free agency. A little over a week ago, there were guesses it would be around $155 million. This week there was a reported arbitrator ruling on a claim brought by the NFLPA that Adam Schefter estimates will raise the cap by around $2 million per team. Let's go with $157 million give or take a few million.
How much space do the Jets have?
Over the Cap currently has the Jets on the hook for $135.8 million after the release of Antonio Cromartie. That would put the Jets around $21.2 million under the cap. Teams are also allowed to carry over unused cap space from the previous season. Just this week the NFLPA put out the figure that the Jets will carry over a shade under $2.5 million. Let's say this puts the Jets around $23.7 million in space.
Can the Jets clear any further space?
Here are some potential cuts and the amount they would save.
- Breno Giacomini $4.3 million
- Nick Folk $2.1 million
- Jeff Cumberland $1.9 million
- Brian Winters $1.6 million
- Jeremy Kerley $1.3 million
- Quarterback (Ryan Fitzpatrick)
- Running Back (Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell)
- Right Guard
- Right Tackle
- Defensive Line (Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison)
- Inside Linebacker (Demario Davis, Erin Henderson)
The following positions have potential internal replacements after the Jets let the incumbent starter go but could potentially use an upgrade.
- Cornerback (Marcus Williams for Cromartie)
- Tight End (Jace Amaro for Cumberland)
- Edge Rusher (Lorenzo Mauldin for Calvin Pace)